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RGS Springfield Nursery

RGS Springfield Nursery in Worcester is one of three nurseries within the RGS Worcester family. Located in Britannia Square and in the centre of Worcester, our ‘Secret in the Square’ is an oasis of tranquillity offering the very best Nursery and pre-school education for children aged 2 to 4.

RGS Springfield Nursery provides children with a magical first experience of school filled with fun and laughter. Our exceptional whole school facilities, extensive grounds, Forest School and dedicated and experienced early years education experts provide the perfect environment that stimulates and nurtures learning and development.

The RGS Springfield Nursery environment is structured to promote independence, decision-making and problem-solving. Our highly qualified team of experienced and committed staff share a passion for teaching and working with young children, with play-based child-centred learning at the heart of our practice. Our children are happy, proud and feel secure knowing that we celebrate their successes and value their achievements.

Children can enjoy a wide range of activities based around subject topics and their interests as well as regular trips out to places such as museums, art galleries, wildlife centres and theatres. All opportunities for learning and development are aimed at supporting and improving confidence, independence, problem-solving skills and resilience. The skills that RGS Springfield Nursery imparts will support children as they flourish and grow throughout their lives.

RGS Springfield Nursery staff constantly review and evaluate working practices and are passionate about providing the highest levels of Early Years education and care. Each child is allocated a Key Person that works closely with parents and the child, helping them settle into the Nursery and overseeing their learning and development. Parents can also view and add to their child’s online learning journey and are kept up-to-date through daily contact, newsletters and child and parent activity days.

Come and see the ‘Secret in the Square’ for yourself.

Mrs Laura Brown, Headmistress

Starting Nursery

At RGS Springfield Nursery, we make sure that both children and parents are fully supported throughout the first days of starting Nursery. Before starting Nursery, you and your child will be able to meet two members of staff through the arrangement of a home visit. The home visit provides the perfect time for you to meet staff, ask any questions that you might have and fill out any forms or paperwork for our records. Staff bring along toys and books for your child to play with and will use the home visit as an opportunity to find out more information about your child to ensure that their individual needs will be met.

We also offer free taster sessions before children start at Nursery where children can come and play and gain familiarity with their new Nursery, staff and other children. As the settling in process is different for every child, our staff work with parents to arrange as many settling in sessions required to help each child feel comfortable and relaxed.

The RGS Springfield Nursery provides a safe, fun and welcoming environment for children to learn and grow. Our indoor facilities include light and spacious classrooms fully equipped with interactive whiteboards and iPads. All equipment is child-height and labelled to encourage independence with choosing, playing with and tidying away games and activities. Our secure outside play area has plenty of choice for fun and learning with playhouses, ride-on toys, sports equipment, a mud kitchen and more! Our specialist teachers and Early Years experts support children in their learning and development so that they grow to become confident and independent learners ready for the transition to Dragonflies.

Nursery School Routine

The Nursery school routine is a source of learning that has many benefits for health, learning and overall development. Providing children with feelings of safety, structure and control, our structured Nursery routine helps children develop familiarity and trust in order to feel safe and calm in the Nursery setting.

Term-time Hours

Full-day children arrive between 8.00am to 8.40am and leave at 3.30pm.

Morning session children arrive between 8.00am to 8.40am and leave at 1.00pm.

Nursery children are welcome to attend Before School (8.00am to 8.30am) and After School Clubs (3.30pm to 6pm) as well as Holiday Clubs available for those on term-time sessions.

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Early Years Foundation Stage

All of our Nursery activities are based on the Early Years Foundation Stage which emphasises the importance of child learning through play and provides the standards, commitments and principles for the learning and care for children from birth to 5.

The seven main EYFS areas of learning are used to help form weekly planning and to ensure that the activities provided to children are fun, engaging and specific to all abilities and needs. Staff provide a wide range of activities for children including child-initiated and teacher-led activities that support learning and development.

As part of the RGS Springfield Nursery curriculum, we offer Music, French and PE lessons to our children as standard. Children can also enjoy extra paid activities, such as Baby Ballet, that are taught by subject specialist teachers.

Nursery Key Person and Staff

Each child starting RGS Springfield Nursery will be allocated a Nursery Key Person. The Key Person will be the member of staff that the child has the closest bond with, who supports the child as they settle into Nursery and who works closely with the parent to form a partnership with you in the care and education of your child.

The Key Person will develop a trusting relationship with the child where the child feels comfortable and supported with their adjustment to Nursery life and learning and development. The Nursery Key Person also supports the parent too so that they can discuss any concerns or worries that they have.

The Nursery Key Person will also be the person that records the child’s achievements and together you will build the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. The EYFS Profile is completed at the end of the Reception year to summarise each child’s learning and development. This is then used to support the Year One teacher in providing effective provision for each child in the class.

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Staff Profiles

Sam Salisbury

Sam Salisbury RGS Springfield Nursery Staff

Head of Early Years 

Rachel Powell

Rachel Powell RGS Springfield Nursery Staff

Deputy Head of Early Years

Vikki Hill

Vikki Hill RGS Springfield Nursery Staff

Early Years Practitioner and Tadpoles Room Leader

Natalie Hiam

Natalie Hiam RGS Springfield Nursery Staff

Early Years Practitioner and Frogs Room Leader

Emily Bates

Emily Bates RGS Springfield Nursery Staff

Early Years Practitioner and Ducklings Room Leader

Alicia Filer

Alicia Filer RGS Springfield Nursery Staff

Early Years Practitioner

Olivia Hewitt

Olivia Hewitt RGS Springfield Nursery Staff

Early Years Teaching Assistant

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Nursery Food and Menus

We are extremely fortunate to have a wonderful, dedicated catering team on-site at RGS Springfield, who prepare fresh, delicious and nutritious food every day for our nursery children,

Our Nursery menus offer a wide range of healthy food and drinks to provide options to suit all dietary requirements and tastes whilst also educating children on the importance of healthy eating.  We have vast experience in dealing with all types of allergies and dietary needs.

We understand the importance of nutrition and a balanced diet and the positive effects that this can have on learning and behaviour, and we provide children with the knowledge they need to continue making healthy choices in later life.

We have a rolling menu that rotates on a three week cycle – Please see a typical week below.

Week 1 Lunch Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Soup and homemade bread Carrot and coriander Leek and potato Tomato and basil Sweetcorn chowder Mushroom
Main course Pork sausages Chicken curry Beef bolognese Honey roast gammon Cod fish fingers
Vegetarian Quorn sausage Lentil dahl Tomato, mozzarella and basic gnocchi Breaded Quorn fillet Pea and feta bruschetta
On the side Mashed potato
Garden peas
Gravy
Rice
Cauliflower
Naan bread
Spaghetti
Sweetcorn
Roast potatoes
Cabbage
Carrots
Chips
Peas
Tartare sauce
Light bite Jacket and beans
Hot dessert Apple crumble with custard Lemon drizzle Syrup sponge and custard Cheese and biscuits Chocolate crispy cake
Cut fruit Fresh fruit and yoghurt Fresh fruit and yoghurt Fresh fruit and yoghurt Fresh fruit and yoghurt Fresh fruit and yoghurt

Sparkles Toddler Group

Our Sparkles Toddler Group provides a friendly, safe and nurturing environment where parents, carers and children can come and meet new people and enjoy a wide range of fun and engaging activities.

The Sparkles Toddler Group helps children gradually become more comfortable with new social environments, learning alongside children and social interactions which can help to support their transition to Early Years when they start Nursery and school.

Our parents and carers also enjoy the social benefits of attending our Toddler Groups in Worcester and many have formed lifelong friendships with other parents/carers that attend the Toddler Groups.

Forest School

RGS Springfield Nursery Forest School in Worcester provides children with the perfect woodland and natural environment with hands-on learning opportunities for holistic development.

The Forest School hosts regular lessons and activities that support play, exploration, and personal, social and technical skills. Children are taught about the importance of nature and build empathy with the world around them. Child-centred learning activities encourage children to take supported risks to develop confidence, resilience and self-esteem.

RGS Springfield Nursery’s beautiful grounds surround our fantastic Forest School area. Complete with its own mud kitchen, digging pit, willow bothy and log piles and trees, children can explore and learn through hands-on experiences supported by specialist Forest School teachers that are passionate about the outdoors and nature. There is a sense of freedom that children feel outside exploring Forest School. That moment of excitement and endless possibilities, with stories of make-believe and woodland creatures we aim to capture the imagination of the children to make anything.

Each year we celebrate Forest School day where the whole school takes part in activities such as wood whittling, storytelling, cooking on the campfire and more! It is a wonderful occasion that encourages all children and staff to get outdoors and appreciate time outside learning and connecting with nature.

Moving to Reception Class (Dragonflies)

Moving to Reception class from Nursery is a big step for children and parents! Here at RGS Springfield Nursery, we ensure that each child’s transition to Reception is a positive experience.

RGS Springfield Nursery staff will prepare the children by working closely together with Reception staff work to organise regular events and visits to one another so that the children feel comfortable with the school, staff and daily routines to help make the transition and moving to Reception class easy and smooth.

Dragonflies Daily Routine

Reception Classroom

The Dragonflies classroom is the perfect, bright and welcoming environment where children aged 4 to 5 take part in engaging activities that help them build confidence to explore more structured learning.

In the Reception classroom, you will find children who are happy, excited and motivated to learn through rich and challenging learning experiences. With a maximum of 16 children in each class, staff go above and beyond to nurture and support each child’s development.

Children have opportunities to learn in all areas of the curriculum with a particular focus on phonics and number. Staff encourage children to become more actively involved in their learning through problem-solving and investigation. Children work independently and with peers to develop skills such as critical thinking, creativity and problem-solving.

Children learn to further develop communication skills through social interactions and enjoy reciprocal relationships with teaching staff and peers. They have opportunities to explore and take risks, whether that is within the classroom or outside. We are passionate and believe that any learning which takes place inside the classroom can also be replicated and extended in the outdoors.

Reception children are able to access and explore our multiple secure outdoor areas and their wide variety of stimuli throughout the day. Children also enjoy weekly Forest School sessions and swimming lessons take place on a Thursday morning. Learning is also enhanced by regular school trips to places such as to the local farm shop, museums and more. Children can take part in a wide range of after school clubs including ballet, music and singing.

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Nursery Admissions

Nursery admissions in Worcestershire happen throughout the year and children can join RGS Springfield Nursery at any point. As a starting point, we invite children and their families to join us for a visit to the Nursery or at one of our Open Days where they can learn more about what life is like at RGS Springfield Nursery.

Children may be invited into the Nursery for a familiarisation session depending on their age. Younger children may take a while to settle in and we may offer several sessions to help with this. Once they have settled, we will write to offer a place at the Nursery.

Nursery Location and Contact Details

RGS Springfield Nursery

Nursery location

RGS Springfield Exterior

Part of the RGSW Nurseries in Worcestershire family, RGS Springfield Nursery is based in Worcester city centre. The outstanding grounds are tucked away in Britannia Square, and provide a unique and tranquil setting. It is an oasis of calm in the heart of the city. The Nursery can be accessed via the M5 and the nearest railway station is Worcester Foregate Station. Parking is also available onsite for drop off and pick up.

Nursery contact

RGS Springfield Nursery
Britannia Square, Worcester, WR1 3DL
Tel: 01905 24999
Email: springfield@rgsw.org.uk

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