Moorgate Nursery School and Munchkins Childcare

Welcome ToMoorgate Nursery School

Welcome ToMunchkins Childcare

Welcome To Moorgate Nursery School and Munchkins Childcare

Nursery Day

Nursery is organised so children have time to be involved in adult directed activities and in their own initiated activities. We involve the children in their learning and let them know why they are doing something. Children are encouraged to make decisions and solve problems, to initiate, plan, carry out and review their activities. The children become more independent, acquire a desire to explore and learn, and develop skills, which will enable them to become successful students as they grow older.

Morning Nursery session are from 9.00am to 12.00pm and afternoon sessions are 1.00pm to 4.00pm.


There are several elements within the daily routine:-

Circle Time
Children and staff come together in either the Sun Room, Rainbow Room or the Star Room for Circle Time.  We will discuss the events in the children’s lives and nursery life and a short learning session will take place. On a Wednesday, children take part in discrete Phonics activities to increase their listening and attention and to develop skills within Early Reading. Children normally attend Circle Time in their Key Group.

Focus Activities 

Staff plan each week for an exciting indoor and outdoor focus activity. The activities are linked to children's learning needs and reflect their current interests. Staff are skillful at recording children's interests and these reflections are used to inform the focus activities. A previous example... Children were enthused by the real vegetables provided in the Home Corner and by the carrots that we had harvested in the garden - this promoted lots of play and  talk focused on cooking. The indoor focus activity that week was making carrot and potato soup, where children developed their cutting skills and learned how to be safe! Children are encouraged to join in these focus activities. 

Child Initiated Activities

Staff engage in skillful interactions with the children whilst they play in continuous provision, outside and inside. Staff know their children’s targets and differentiate their questioning and input to the needs of each child. Children learn much more when they are playing. 

Our Nursery Environment

Each week, staff record their observations and interests of the children. This information is then used to enhance the environment so that learning is purposeful and exciting! For example, if children are enjoying pretending to bake cakes in the sand, staff would add cupcake cases, baking utensils etc and focus on a particular skill to develop.  Early phonics skills are embedded into our Nursery curriculum.

Story Time

Story sessions are planned for each week - books are chosen to focus on children's current interests and reflect Literacy objectives.  Children attend story time in their Key Groups. We read and discuss stories, poems and information books. The children are picked up by parents and carers at the end of the session from their story room.


Nurture Group - ‘Star Time’

This special, calm group time helps to develop confidence, turn taking skills, peer relationships, listening and communication skills, supports self-regulation and much, much more! ‘Star Time’ takes place during various sessions throughout the week and involves a practitioner inviting a small group children, or individuals where appropriate, to join in with a special activity such as baking, making hot chocolate, playing small group games etc. for a short period of time.

Bucket Time

 Bucket Time is part of the Attention Autism approach created by Gina Davies, with the aim of developing children’s shared attention skills in a group setting. During Bucket Time, the children are provided with motivating and visually exciting experiences that encourage them to focus their attention for extended periods of time and to take part in an adult-led group activity. Although developed specifically with the needs of children on the Autistic spectrum in mind, Bucket Time is a very useful tool for any child to develop and support their listening and attention skills. This is especially useful when children join Nursery and they may not be used to focusing their attention for a longer period of time.

Please see the video below:

Once you are familiar with the structure of the sessions, you could lead your own sessions using items you have at home.

There are 4 stages to Bucket time, although we will mostly focus on stages 1 and 2. We may, on occasion, move to stage 3, which requires children to take turns/have a go at the activity. Stage four encourages children to focus for a longer period, transitioning to working independently.

Stages 1 and 2

Stage 1: The bucket. Objects are explored from within the bucket, the aim being to grab the attention of the child with visually motivating and stimulating items. The child will gradually learn to focus on the adult and the activity they have chosen, watching what they are doing more consistently. The bucket includes cause and effect/interesting items such as wind up toys, balloons, party blowers etc.

Stage 2: Attention builder. The aim in this stage is to extend the amount of time that the child is able to focus for, introducing activities that build anticipation. An activity might include pouring water into various containers, sieving flower onto black paper etc.


At both of these stages:

  • The adult is aiming to be the most motivating and interesting thing in the room. Try to remove other distractions and motivators where possible. 
  • The child is watching the adult, not carrying out the actions themselves. Only the adult touches the objects used. At later stages, turn-taking and independent exploration are introduced.
  • Use minimal language, focusing on keywords which describe the current action you are carrying out.

If you have a query about Bucket Time, please do not hesitate to ask.


Science, Technology, Engineering and Music (STEM)

STEM sessions are held twice per week. These exciting adult-guided activities are planned to develop many curriculum objectives, but often have a focus on Communication and Language (learning key vocabulary), The Natural World (learning about the world and observing change), Expressive Arts and Design (constructing using various resources) and Mathematics (particularly problem solving). Please let us know of any STEM activities you complete at home! 


Diversity and Equality Quality Mark

Moorgate is an inclusive school; we welcome all children and families regardless of race, culture, religion, disability, gender identity and family diversity.  We are currently working towards Lancashire County Council’s Diversity and Equality Mark and aim to have completed all aspects of the award by July 2025. Please see our Equality and Diversity Policy (link) for our objectives and further information.

We also work hard to raise money for our 8 partner schools in Africa as part of the Ripple Africa Project.  This charity helps the preschool children in Malawi who are so beautiful and happy with just a sheet to sit on!  Share this video with your children to help them understand how others live. 


We are lucky to have practitioners who are able to speak French fluently here at Moorgate! A fun French adult-guided or led activity is held at least once per week for those children who wish to join in. Learning is consolidated for everyone within the classroom environment.