Mesty Croft Primary

Believe and Achieve


Afternoon Nursery

We can't wait for you to join our Nursery!


November 2023


We would like to invite you in to school on Wednesday 22nd November 2023 at 1.30pm, whereby you will attend a brief welcome meeting with the Nursery staff. The meetings are for parents only please; we ask you to find alternative childcare where possible.  We would like to share our hopes and expectations with you and provide you with ways in which you can support your child in making the best start to their journey in the Early Years Foundation Stage.


The transition from home to school is a big step. To ensure a smooth start, we would like to invite you and your child into school for a Play and Stay session on Wednesday 29th November 2023 at 2.30pm. This will last for approximately one hour and will provide both you and your child with the opportunity to meet the staff and to hear about routines and the curriculum. Please sign up to attend one of these sessions at the welcome meeting on Wednesday 22nd November 2023



There are lots of games and activities you can do with your child to have fun together and get them developing important skills, such as speaking and listening and developing eye-hand co-ordination.


Here are some fun learning ideas for you to try at home:


1. Sing together

Children enjoy exploring and experimenting with language and it helps them to learn new words and their meanings and also to listen to the sounds that make those words. So sing, rhyme, shout, whisper, rap and dance to the beat!


2. Painting and drawing

Give your child lots of opportunities to draw and paint. This is not only fun, but also can help to develop eye-hand coordination and control.

Let them experiment with lots of different materials – paint brushes with a range of widths, pencils, crayons, chalks and finger paint. You could try playing music when they paint and draw as this can help to create a relaxing environment.


3. Hands-on games

  • Use modelling clay to get creative and develop fine motor skills.
  • Threading beads, macaroni or cotton reels on wool or string can help with eye-hand co-ordination and control.
  • Joining the dots and drawing paths through simple mazes are not only fun but are a great way to develop eye-hand coordination and pen control.
  • Enjoy jigsaws together and chat about finding the right pieces!


4. Reading books of all kinds together

Have fun reading books of all kinds to your child: picture, words and pictures, pop up, information and poetry.


5. Talk about numbers around you

It’s never too early to explore numbers with your child. Numbers are all around us, from calendars to the remote control, the telephone to car registration plates.

Try pointing out numbers when you’re out and about – on front doors, signs, the front of buses and train platforms. Talking about numbers around you early and often will help your child to recognise numerals and show them that numbers are part of everyday life.