Nursery Prospectus ‘What we offer’ 

The quality of teaching in the early years is good overall with some outstanding practice in the Nursery.
Children are enthusiastic and embrace the learning opportunities provided for them and make good progress. Overall, the early years provision is well led and managed, offering high expectations and aspirations for all children. Relationships across the unit are strong and supportive – Ofsted, 2015

Miss Critchlow (Nursery Teacher)

I am new to the Ash Green team this year (Jan 2020). Prior to my appointment, I undertook 4 years at the University of Derby to study BEd Primary Education with specialisms in EYFS and Science. During this time, I was able to develop my understanding of outstanding practice within the EYFS and KS1. After graduating with First Class Honours, I worked in 2 schools across Derbyshire (Yr2/3) and Cheshire East (Reception) . I now thoroughly enjoy teaching my fabulous Nursery children here at Ash Green. Every day, I am overwhelmed by their immense desire to learn and shine. In my current role, I lead the Nursery team along with leading Computing across the school.

I am very passionate about the EYFS and self development – I’m sure my colleagues will agree that this is evidenced by my ongoing commitment to the children in my care and my dedication towards the wider team. Likewise,  I have an overwhelming passion to support both student and staff wellbeing. To date, I have several Level 2 and 3 qualifications surrounding mental health and wellbeing. I am also currently undertaking Level 2 training in educational counselling. I strive to ensure our school community continues to be the larger than life and supportive family that we are.

I have an irresistible passion for Science & the natural world we live in. Each week, I look forward to undertaking Outdoor learning within our Forest School area. In regards to my own personal teaching philosophy, I believe every child deserves a chance to shine regardless of background and ability. 🌟

Outside of work, I am an avid swimmer having swam competitively for Staffordshire Moorlands from a young age. Alongside swimming, I enjoy mindfulness activities such as yoga and meditation.

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Year group information:

Nursery Timetable  2020

What we’re learning this term:

This term we are learning about growth and change in both animals and plants. Our main text will be ‘The hungry caterpillar’.

Please see the below links for further information:


Tuesday – Outdoor learning within our Forest School site

Friday – Fundacats (PE) and Mystery Readers

On Fridays at 2:45pm we like to have a Mystery Reader in our class to read to the children. If this is something you would like to do please speak to a member of the Nursery team or write a note inside your child’s diary to book in a Mystery Reader slot – the children absolutely love having mystery readers!

Helpful links to support home learning:

Phonics Play

Purple Mash

Doorway Online

ICT Games This has a very good range of Phonics, Maths and Literacy games and they are all free!

Top Marks As above, many great games for children in Early Years and KS1.

Crick Web Loads more great free games!

Oxford Owl Lots of free E-Books to support reading

Tux Paint is an online painting programme that is free to download, children love it and it is great for teaching early computing skills!

Helpful documents to support parents:

What to expect, when

School readiness Checklist

Listening activities (1)

Listening activities (2) 

Stoke Reads challenge

Our memories so far…

Chinese New Year:

Pancake Day:


Dentist Visit:

World Book Day:


Grandparents Afternoon:

The Caterpillar Delivery: 

Forest school 1: 

Forest school 2:

Other Information:

Children at Ash Green Nursery enjoy a balanced routine of free choice and structured activities, which are specifically designed to support their development according to the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

Watch the video below to gain insight into what a typical day is like for Nursery at Ash Green.