Miss H Nicklin - Class TeacherNursery Teacher - Miss Nicklin

As a former pupil of Ravensmead, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to begin my teaching career here in 2008.  Since having my first daughter in 2010, I have worked part time and been predominantly based with our lovely Key Stage Two children.  I have though been fortunate enough to experience teaching in all of the year groups and have found a new passion in teaching Early Years.

I take great pleasure in getting to know the children and being a part of their unique learning journeys.  I love to read to the children and particularly enjoy sharing the Julia Donaldson stories.   Arts and crafts are another passion of mine – it never ceases to amaze me what even our very youngest children can create and talk about!


Nursery Teacher - Mrs Egerton-BrooksMrs K Egerton-Brooks

I began my teaching career at Ravensmead in 2003 and have taught in every year group since then. I am thrilled to be teaching again at Ravensmead this year and am thoroughly looking forward to being part of the Nursery team.

I love any creative and practical activities, especially taking our learning outdoors with the children, and I also enjoy reading stories to the children, one of my favorites being “ Shark in the park” by Nick Sharratt.



Applying for a Nursery Place

Following consultation with the governing body, Ravensmead Primary School is now responsible for the Nursery Admissions process from 2018 onwards. Admission to Ravensmead’s Nursery is subject to an application being made and places subject to availability. Therefore, you now need to apply directly to the school rather than through the Local Authority Admissions.

Go to Admissions for more information



Learning at Ravensmead Nursery

Learning in Nursery is largely based on first hand experiences and through play: exploring and investigating in different ways, combining adult focussed and child choice activity. For example, outdoor and indoor learning, messy play and story telling.

Our children are able to flow freely between the indoor and outdoor learning environments, meaning that they can independently choose to access a wide variety of child choice activities throughout their session – including learning in an all weather covered space with a large wooden kitchen, investigative and role play area.  Outside, there is also a gardening area, large sand pit,  mud kitchen and fixed climbing apparatus for physical development.

All 7 areas of learning in the Foundation Stage, are planned for and assessed through child friendly, flexible topics which take account of our individual children’s interests and their next steps in learning.

All children will have some time in adult led sessions and some time choosing independently with staff on hand to sensitively extend their learning.



Home Learning

All children are encouraged to complete home learning tasks on a weekly basis, that aim to prepare, strengthen and extend the learning in Nursery.

We encourage parents/carers to check our website regularly for Home Learning updates, but an overview of children’s learning for that week, along with a brief outline of what is coming up and how parents/carers can help children at home is also given as a hard copy in children’s book bags.



What does the Home Learning look like?

  • Daily reading: We strongly value reading in Nursery and sharing lots of different books regularly at home is not only a vital step to becoming literate but also a special time to relax and enjoy with your child.
We check reading diaries on a weekly basis  – if a child has 4 signatures in a week they are entered into the school reading raffle as a reward and they will have the chance to win a book.


  • Home Learning Activities:    This might include supporting children in bringing in items from home to share with us, helping them to practise their Jolly Phonics letter sounds, songs and actions or playing games like I Spy.
  • We encourage parents / carers to regularly share special moments or milestones that their child reaches at home with us via Learning Book.



Weekly Home Learning  & further information for the Spring Term:


Click on the Links below to open the Word documents

 New to Nursery brochure Sep 2019


Parents information sheet – Spring B 2020

Weekly home learning 13.3.20


We love visiting Audley Library!

We had another lovely, sunny walk to Audley Library on Thursday 12th March and we spotted lots of signs of Spring in the village as we went.

We returned books and used our library cards to take out new books to share at nursery.  A big thank you to all the grown-ups who helped us to walk and thank-you also to Audley Library for allowing us to share your wonderful selection of children’s books.

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