meet our manager - zoe
welcome to leavesden
Zoe completed an Early Years PGCE after a drama degree.
Starting as a Year one teacher her passion for the Early Years led her to become the Reception class teacher and eventually leader of the Schools Foundation Stage.
10 Years ago Zoe, with Jenny, opened the doors to their first day at Jack in the Box and they have never looked back.
Zoe has lead all of her settings to Ofsted Outstanding and completed Herts Quality Standard.
Zoe has a passion for teaching especially phonics and the termly concerts which enables her to use that drama degree!!!
Zoe has completed training in Special Educational Needs, Phonics and is Designated Safeguarding person in the setting.
Zoe has a team of energetic and enthusiastic staff at Leavesden who love to think creatively and ‘out of the box’ to provide fun and interactive activities.
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Breakfast Club - 8.00am-9.00am
AM Session - 9.00am-12.00pm
Lunch Club - 12.00pm-1.00pm
PM Session - 1.00pm-3.00pm
Tea Club - 3.00pm-4.00pm
Full Day Session - 8.00am-4.00pm
Address: Leavesden Green Community Hub, Clarke Way, Watford WD25 0BW
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Contact Zoe on: 07963782004
NURSERY SCHOOL CURRICULUM
At Jack in the Box we follow a structure of learning, development and care for children from birth to five years old. This is called the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and it enables your child to learn through a range of activities.
The EYFS ensures:
- Children learn through play
- Providers work closely with parents
- You are kept up to date on your child’s progress
- The welfare, learning and all-round development of children with different backgrounds and levels of ability, including those with special educational needs and disabilities.
As children enter the nursery for the start of their session, their name card will be displayed with a YES/NO question for you to answer with your child (this happens daily).
Small Group Time
This is a time for children to work in small groups mainly with their Key Person to work on key skills like shapes, colours, numbers, sounds etc.
Letters and Sounds
Linking Letters and Sounds is scheme where the children have a chance to explore sounds, rhyming and initial letters sounds using the Jolly Phonics programme.
C.I.P & A.I.A
Children are supported during Child Initiated Play (C.I.P) is where the children choose to free play within the nursery this includes both indoor and outdoor play. During this time Adult Initiated Activities (A.I.A) are available for the children to choose.
This is a sociable occasion where children eat with practitioners and peers. Children then have the opportunity to look at books with their peers. We promote healthy eating. Please look at our lunch box idea leaflet HERE
Every day children are provided with fruit, water, milk and other snacks throughout their session. Please bring to each session a piece of fruit and/or vegetable for your child to share.
All activities your child has available to them are linked to the potential learning following the Early Years Foundation Stage (E.Y.F.S). Parents and carers are welcome to share their child's learning journal with their child's key person at any time or during our termly open classrooms. To find out more about our curriculum please click HERE
dates for your diary
All children have a key person this person meets the needs of each child in their care and responds sensitively to their feelings, interests and behaviours. The key person will offer security, reassurance and continuity as well as complete your child’s main assessments. This first part of the term we like children to become familiar with all adults and for all adults to observe and care for all children please refer to the key person lists above the coat pegs. This list may change as some children over the next few weeks may bond with a certain staff member other than their key person and children may move key persons to reflect their bond. Staff are available daily to answer any questions or concerns about your child.
All children have a Learning Journal, which helps to assess your child’s progress and makes a lovely keepsake of their journey with us at Jack in the Box. Your child may make or create things, and these may not come home each day as they will be added to their Learning Journal. This will be managed by their key person. We will be holding an open classroom from Monday 25th November – Friday 29th November from 9.00-9.30 AM children and 1.00-1.30 PM children (All week). This is a time for you to come into the setting and see the children playing and learning and a time for you to look at your child’s learning journal and meet with your child’s key person, who if required will feed back your child’s Two-Year-Old Check or Unique Child Summary. The curriculum we follow is called the EYFS and there are information sheets in the foyer. Please feel free to speak to a member of the team too.
Learning Journals and
Each child, whether they are existing or new children, will receive this form. Please complete and return on your child’s next session as this proves beneficial in supporting their development and transitions in the setting. Any further information you wish to share with us regarding your child will always be happily received. Our sharing tree and wish jar in the foyer is also a great way for us to hear about your news.
All about Me Info Sheets
Our older children will take part in synthetic phonics session. This is a short focus to support your child in beginning to use and recognise sounds and letters. ‘Jolly Phonics’ is a programme which offers children short stories and songs to help learn the new sound which we share with you on our notice board. A Phonics workshop will be held in the near future to share the teaching of phonics.