APS Nursery

Welcome to our Nursery

At Abercarn Primary, The nursery runs half-day sessions running from 9am – 11:30.


Children can start at our nursery in the September following their third birthday. However:

  • Children born between 1 September and 31 December may be offered an early start from the January following their third birthday, if places are available
  • Children born between 1 January and 31 March may be offered an early start from the April following their third birthday, if places are available
  • Children born between 1 April and 31 August are not eligible for an early start

Meet the Nursery Team

Miss H Hodges
Mrs C Lewis
Mrs C Bishop
Children arrive by 9:00am and are welcomed in by our friendly nursery team. They hang their belongings on their peg and self-register by posting their name in the box. The children then enter the Rainbow room to access the activities on offer while the nursery teacher takes the register.
Arrive and Register
Children come together for phonic and number activities. They learn their numbers and phonic sounds through a range of interactive activities and songs. When children sing, they are using their vocal muscles to produce sound, this helps them to develop the muscles needed for speaking. In addition, singing helps children to develop a good sense of rhythm and pitch, which are important for language development.
Warm Up Songs & Activities
Children will be placed into different colour groups. During this time, the groups will work with a member of the nursery team on a variety of stimulating activities developed by our team to support their development.
Focused Small Groups
This is the time where the children can explore the nursery learning environment. Our indoor spaces are designed to ensure your child’s time with us is one of delight and wonder. The environment is thoughtfully planned and equipped with resources to meet and exceed the needs of all our children through exciting activities every day. Each area has its own distinctive look. It will become a time that your child will love, with endless resources for good quality, open-ended play. Our outdoor areas offer the space for your child to explore and take risks with the support of our team. Outdoor play encourages natural curiosity and allows children to develop their gross motor skills while benefiting from healthy fresh air.
Play Development
Snack time at nursery is a perfect opportunity to introduce children to different flavours. Our snack times are well prepared and consist of fresh fruit, vegetable sticks, crackers and toast. They support your child’s learning and development in many ways. They are an opportunity to reflect what the children have been doing that day in nursery and socialise with others.
Snack & Family Time
At the end of the nursery session, the children come together to have a story, sing songs and nursery rhymes. Singing nursery rhymes daily supports your child’s development in so many ways. Nursery rhymes provide bite-sized learning opportunities for young children to develop key developmental skills and enable children to become interested in the rhythm and patterns of language. Adding actions when singing develops hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills. Reading is a fundamental part of education and reading on a daily basis greatly helps your child in all areas of learning.
Story, Songs & Rhymes

Ready for School

1. I can use the toilet independently

2. I can wash and dry my own hands

3. I can blow my own nose

4. I can ask for help if I feel unwell.

1. I can put my own coat on and off

2. I can put my own shoes on and off

3. I can open my own packed lunch

4. I can use a knife and fork

5. I can sit at a table when I eat.

1. I can interact and play games with others

2. I try to be a good friend

3. I can problem solve

4. I have persistence

5. I am willing to try

6. I am able to turn take and share

7. I am confident being away from Mummy and Daddy

8. I am able to express my emotions, thoughts and needs.


Frequently asked questions

Admissions to our nursery are made through Caerphilly Council. The easiest way is to fill out the online application form, click here

Once your child has been allocated a place in our Nursery, Caerphilly Council will write to you to confirm your child’s place and they will also inform us.

When we have received our complete Nursery admission list at each admission round during the year, we will write to parents to invite you and your child to an information session. This information session will give you the chance to meet key staff as well as receiving important information ahead of your child starting with us. Your child will also have the chance to explore our nursery, play with some of our toys and meet new friends who will be starting at the same time as them.

Ahead of your child starting with us we will also ask you to do three things:

  • Complete a Data Collection Form to provide us with information about your child and emergency contact information. You can either do this online or complete a paper form.
  • Send us a copy of their Birth Certificate. You can either email a photograph/scan of this to us or bring it into the office for us to copy.
  • Complete all for the following consent forms, ICT Consent, GDPR Consent and Photos/Video Consent.

For children starting at the beginning of an academic year in September, we usually stagger their starting days during the first week – meaning your child would attend nursery once as part of a small group for a reduced session between Monday – Thursday and they would then stay for their full session from Friday onwards. This helps us to get to know your child really well and helps them to settle in quickly without feeling overwhelmed.

For children starting in our nursery as an in-year transfer (not at the start of an academic year or as a Rising 3 in January or April), you will receive a notification from Caerphilly Council that your child has been allocated a place.

Your child should bring a coat to school – we spend lots of time outside!

They can bring their own water-bottle if they choose but we have plenty of cups for children to drink water when they’re thirsty.

A spare change of underwear can be helpful in case your child has an toileting accident.

In Summer months, please make sure your child wears sun cream and brings a sun hat to school.


Yes, we expect all children to wear our school uniform, though please don’t worry if there are odd days where you. haven’t managed to wash it and need to send your child in wearing something else. You can find out more about our school uniform and where to get it from here. We also have some uniform available from school.

At Abercarn Primary, we communicate with parents in a variety of ways.

Text Message: We often send text messages to update parents on school events or various matters.

Telephone: For more urgent issues, we will contact you via telephone.

SeeSaw App: We will upload some of your child’s work to the SeeSaw app. You can also upload images and videos of your child’s work/achievements outside of school to share with us.

School Website/Newsletters: Each week (Friday), we send out a newsletter to update parents on all that’s been taking place in the school.

Child’s Annual Report: At the end of the school year, parents are provided with a written report summarising what their child has covered and achieved during the year.

Young children love it when you chat, play and read with them!

Read together
Reading is a fundamental part of education and reading on a daily basis greatly helps your child in all areas of learning. Reading is also a great opportunity to wind down and relax in between other activities. Picture books introduce your child to new things they may not have seen yet. Try to use the same book because children learn from repetition.

Switch off the television and talk to your child about everything. When talking to your child you are teaching them what communication is about. Remember to listen to what they are saying and respond.

Imaginative play
Imaginative play is a great way to get children to express their creativity. You could create a scene such as setting up a shop with tins from the cupboard. You could set up a pet shop using soft toys or a farm using animal figures.

Replicate activities
Repeating activities or tasks your child has carried out at nursery can help to reinforce the things they have learnt. You will learn directly from your child what they have enjoyed and things they might like to do more of. You can find what we have been up to in nursery on Seesaw.

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Last modified: Thursday, 14 March 2024, 5:11 PM