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Personal, Social & Emotional Development

At York Road Nursery School we feel privileged that parents have chosen our school to educate their children and are continually working with parents to ensure our environment is a happy and safe where all families are valued and respected.

Ofsted report 2013 stated

‘York Road Nursery School works closely with parents/carers to help children settle into school life quickly and effectively.’

Making Relationships

At York Road Nursery School. we provide a happy safe and secure environment where children feel valued and respected.

Children join a group of 12 children with their teacher and L.S.A. for their year at nursery. The group share – soft start, register, helper of the day and group-time before going to explore the nursery environment and choosing their own activities.

Children are relaxed and happy within the nursery environment and ready to share their own learning experiences with friends from their own group, friends from other groups, teachers, L.S.A’s and some of our very strong volunteer and student team.

We also share a snack time which allows children to socialise and develop relationships with their group.

At York Road Nursery School, we also offer opportunities for children to share their news, celebrations, family books and magic moments from home. Thus we are able to celebrate and learn about the diverse cultural backgrounds of all our families.

York Road Nursey School has several nursery pets where children are involved in their care and families participate in their weekend and holiday care.

Self Confidence and Self Awareness

At York Road Nursery School, we provide an environment which enables all children to grow in independence. Children are encouraged to speak out and express ideas and –group-time planning is devised on their ideas and interests, thus ensuring all children are excited about their learning.

Managing Feelings and Behaviour

At York Road Nursery School, children are offered a variety of ways to learn about their feelings and those of others. The use of ‘Social Stories’ help the children to use appropriate behaviour, share, take turns and learn about self-care and empathy.

All staff encourage the children’s positive behaviour and children very quickly learn and understand about ‘good’ and ‘bad’ choices with the help of signing.

To support the Personal, Social and Emotional Development of all children throughout their time with us York Road Nursery School Families and children experience the following activities.

Workshops for children starting Nursery

Family Visits   Head Teachers Talk   ‘Tapestry’ record Keeping   ‘Tapestry’ drop in sessions

Family Books   Named Badges for each child

Religious celebrations   Parental Consultations   Charity fun days

National Den Building Day   Visiting Musician’s  

‘Sensory Trail’ sessions   Speech Therapist    

Small Group experiences     Time lines    

Caring for Nursery pets   Sharing snack time     Social stories

Local walks   Whole school family outing    

Live Caterpillars life-cycles   Living Eggs/chicks    

Christmas Tree Festival     Hitchin 5k Run (staff not children!)

Parent’s Maths workshop   E Safety workshop

and many more.

Promoting British Values at York Road Nursery School

The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At York Road Nursery School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:


We listen to children’s and parent’s voice in many ways e.g. through daily contact with parents and children, questionnaires and feedback, planning for children’s interests. Our school behaviour policy is clear that children are expected to contribute and co-operate, taking into account the views of others.

The Rule of Law:

We consistently reinforce our high expectations of children. Children are taught the value and reasons behind our expectations (rules) that they are there to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility and that there are consequences when rules are broken. At York Road we talk about what is a ‘good choice’ and what is a ‘bad choice’ for the children to be able to think about their responsibilities and their actions. 

Individual Liberty:

Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young children to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment and empowering teaching. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms.

Mutual Respect:

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and children are modelled this by caring, sharing and listening to others. Staff help children to understand how to respect by talking about how actions/words can affect others.

All children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities are valued for their individuality and supported to achieve their best. Children are taught that life is not the same for everyone. 

Staff promote diverse attitudes and challenge stereotypes, for example, sharing stories that reflect and value the diversity of children’s experiences. 

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

We aim to enhance children’s understanding of different faiths and beliefs by participating in a range of celebrations throughout the year. Children have the opportunity to dress-up in clothes and try different foods from other cultures and we encourage parents/carers to participate and support our multi-cultural events.

What is not acceptable is:

  • actively promoting intolerance of other faiths, cultures and races.
  • failure to challenge gender stereotypes and routinely segregate girls and boys.
  • isolating children from their wider community
  • failure to challenge behaviours (whether of staff, children or parents) that are not in line with the fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs.

Counter Terrorism

At York Road Nursery School we have a statutory duty to have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism. We do the following:

  • Have an effective partnership with other local agencies (LSCB, police, health)
  • Share information
  • Maintain appropriate records
  • Assess local risk of extremism
  • Protect children
  • Have clear protocols for visiting speakers
  • Have safeguarding policies
  • Train staff to give them knowledge and confidence
  • Have ICT protocols that filter out extremist materials
  • Ensure our building is not a platform to extremists

Schools leaders (including governors) must:

  • Establish or use existing mechanisms for understanding the risk of extremism
  • Ensure staff understand the risk and build capabilities to deal with it
  • Communicate and promote the importance of the duty
  • Ensure staff implement the duty effectively