Nursery Parents: Questions arising from the welcome presentation

Dear Parents

Thank you for attending the Nursery Parent Welcome last Thursday. It was lovely to see so many of you. We’re really excited to welcome your children back next week. For those who couldn’t attend, please find a link HERE to a recording of the presentation.
Following the presentation, parents were welcome to email through any questions that arose and I thought it would be useful to share these answers with all Nursery parents. I therefore hope you find the information below useful.
How is the traffic light system used in school?
The traffic light system forms part of our positive behaviour management policy which runs consistently throughout our entire Early Years phase. The traffic lights consist of red, amber, green, 3 silver circles and gold and are used to reinforce the children’s positive (expected) choices. The children’s names will move from green, to silver and finally gold when they receive a medal which they will bring home to share with you.
The yellow and red lights are used as visual aids to support the children in being aware of negative (unexpected) choices which we refer to as ‘yellow’ or ‘red’ choices. If the children are moved to yellow, their teacher will have a restorative conversation about their choice and discuss ways the children can modify their choices. This is a very interactive process to enable the children to have ownership and investment in their future choices. As soon as the child demonstrates positive (green / silver / gold) choices, they are moved back to the circle they were on before.
As you will know from the presentation, we support the development of the unique child at DBIS, therefore any restorative conversation is tailored to the individual’s needs and stage of development. However, to give you an idea of the timescale for this, we would not usually expect to spend any more than 5 minutes on this entire process.
Red choices are under exceptional circumstances and would usually require the child to have some quiet, calm time in an area of the classroom in order to self regulate with the support of an adult. Red choices could be the result of a physical action towards another child. The process is the same for a red choice in which the children would be involved in a restorative conversation with their teacher and given an opportunity to talk to the other child (if another child was involved or hurt). The difference with a red choice is that we would almost always contact parents to let them know what has happened and ensure both parents are aware of the situation if there was a physical incident towards another child. If your child’s teacher has any concerns about your child’s development, they will always initiate a meeting to discuss how we can positively support your child.
An important point to note with the positive behaviour management system is that we always talk about the children’s choices and never refer to the child personally as ‘naughty’ or ‘bad’ – these are also not words we would use when describing the children’s choices. In addition, once the restorative process is complete, the children will move back to the circle they had reached before and they always start the next day where they left off. For example, if the child was on the second silver circle, they would start the next day on the second silver circle.
Will my child have enough to eat during the morning?
We are mindful the children are going to be engaged with learning opportunities for a great deal longer than they usually would before lunch time (in Nursery lunch time is normally 11:30am – 12pm). We are therefore advising that the children have a hearty breakfast followed by a healthy snack just before they come into school. We will also provide the children with sandwiches and a piece of fruit / vegetable during their outdoor learning time between 10 – 10:45am (each class will go to the dinner hall at an allocated time during this period to sit down and eat their snack under the supervision of an adult).
We will have additional healthy snacks available such as breadsticks and rice cakes should the children become hungry in class. If the children need a snack outside of the designated snack times, they will eat this outside, under the supervision of an adult (we are not allowed to let the children consume food in the classroom). We will never refuse food to a child who says they are hungry, so if they require a bigger snack than their friends at snack time, we will accommodate this. In order to provide a bit of variety to the children, we will substitute the sandwich option with pasta on some days. The children will have free access to their water bottles throughout the day.
Will my child still be able to play with their friends under the current restrictions or will they be expected to play by themselves?
As we hope you have learned from the presentation, we value play as the most important vehicle through which learning will be facilitated. Whilst the restrictions have meant we have had to consider carefully the resources available to the children in order that they are easily cleaned, our approach to teaching and learning remains the same. You will know from the video that we have placed learning leaves around the environments to support the children in making choices about where to play and avoid large gatherings in small spaces. The children are still encouraged to play, learn and grow together as per our Early Years Motto! The adults learning alongside your children will support them in maintaining good hygiene so they are able to enjoy their friends and the environment in a safe way that complies with EdB guidelines for Kindergartens.
Where do I find the communications for Nursery?
All communications will be placed on the hub which can be found at by selecting ‘parent bulletins’. You can filter the communications so you can only see those relevant to Nursery. Teachers will also place copies of relevant notices on the board outside the classrooms.
Do we need to join the class WhatsApp group?
We understand that classes often set up WhatsApp groups which can be very useful to communicate social activities and provide connections for new families. As a school, we politely remind you that the WhatsApp groups are not endorsed as an official means of communication from school and we will never use these groups as a means of communicating with parents.
We kindly ask that if you have any questions or suggestions that these are brought to the attention of your child’s class teacher or the Early Years Leadership Team as we cannot guarantee the information you will receive via a WhatsApp group is accurate.
There is no expectation on parents to join class WhatsApp groups if they are set up.
I hope the above information is useful to you and supports you in preparing your child for Nursery. We are so excited to welcome the children into school and can’t wait to start your child’s face to face learning journey with them.
With best wishes
Hannah Cole
Head of Early Years