WORCESTER News reporter Grace Walton was welcomed to a first school with warm smiles and laughter when she visited a school outside the city. She visited the pupils and teachers from Westlands First and Nursery School.

Headteacher Rachel Roberts introduced me to the nursery and reception children in Farmers Way, Droitwich, during my visit.

Nikki Byng, early years coordinator said: “This is a very nurturing school, that’s our ethos as a whole. The children are very welcoming and understanding of each other and everyone’s different needs.

“Every day is different. It’s a challenging but a rewarding job.”

Miss Byng, who has been working at the school for 20 years, added: “When the children come to our nursery it helps with their transition. They’re already familiar with the building and the staff so when they go into reception, they already feel settled.


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“We’ve got the qualified teaching staff here. You can see the difference in the children as they progress.”

The children were enjoying playing outside in the new outdoor area which has just officially opened.

As they were being active playing and exploring the outdoors, they were also developing their motor skills by hammering, digging and playing on the swing.

It was a joy to watch the youngsters working together and building a den outside using the equipment on offer.

Nicola Sidley, reception teacher said: “It’s lovely to watch the children progress and see how mature they become as they move up through the school.

“They are very accepting of differences. We are a close-knit community and the families look out for each other. Parents are very supportive; it’s a nice community feel.”

After meeting with the smiley children in reception, I had a chat to the youngsters in nursery and their teacher, Jo Dyer.

Staff at the school encourage the children to have their own ideas and use their skills that they’ve learnt.

Every morning when the parents take their children to school, the pupils help find their name and put their coats on the peg. They also encourage children to tidy up after themselves and put their waste in the bin.

At the age of three, it was outstanding to watch three-year-olds have this level of independence and actually enjoy doing things by themselves.

Ms Dyer said: “We promote independent learning here. It’s empowering to them. They are really happy children. They’re just amazing.”

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