Everyone at Kerr Mackie Early Years and Foundation Stage would like to welcome you and your child to our school. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming and caring school, with stimulating learning environments and a happy atmosphere.

Our Foundation Stage principles

We use a play-based approach, as set out in the EYFS framework which states:

 ‘A safe, secure and happy childhood is important in its own right and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.’

The EYFS is organised into four overarching principles.

These are:

  • every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
  • children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
  • children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early year’s provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

We ensure that these 4 principles are achieved by resourcing well-planned, purposeful play opportunities with a balance of adult-led and child-initiated indoor and outdoor activities that embrace every area of learning.

We aim to provide an environment which is vibrant, stimulating and fun!

We follow children’s interests to provide activities and experiences to develop each child’s skills in the prime areas:

  • Communication and language
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Physical development

Above all we want children to be happy and safe at nursery, interested and engaged in their learning.

The Outdoor Environment

We aim for children to enjoy the space and freedom of the outdoors. They are encouraged to explore and make sense of the world around them.

Children have free access to large scale creative and sometimes messy activities. We do provide protective clothing, but children do still sometimes get wet or dirty.

Parental Involvement in Assessment

We aim to visit all children before they start and really value this opportunity to meet your child. It is also an opportunity to discuss their interests, development and needs with you. This helps us prepare for your child’s arrival in nursery and helps your child settle into daily nursery routines.

Parents meetings are held in the autumn term and spring term and written reports are sent home at the end of the year. We use an online learning journal called ‘Tapestry’ which you will have access to and you are encouraged to contribute comments and add photographs, to record your child’s development at home. We welcome your knowledge, expertise and information of your child, as this will help us create a full picture of your child. Please come in and share your child’s achievements with us. We want to work in partnership with parents to enable your child to achieve their potential in their time at our nursery

Key workers

As your child settles into Nursery they will be assigned a key worker. They are available to talk to you and your child at the beginning and end of nursery sessions, to let you know about their day. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s development, or would like to talk about your child’s day, please come and talk to your key worker.


At Kerr Mackie Primary School we are delighted to offer a variety of flexible free nursery sessions for 3 and 4 year olds.

You can choose from either:

  • 3 hours per day – either morning or afternoon.
  • 5 days* – Beginning of the Week (Monday, Tuesday all day and Wednesday morning) or End of the Week (Wednesday afternoon and Thursday, Friday all day).
  • A small number of 30 hour* free places are also available for some qualifying families

*Some additional fees apply

Application forms are available from the School office or feel free to fill in the online application form here

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