Arriving on time for your child’s session is very important, as we all learn to sing the ‘hello song’ to learn each other’s names. We then spend a short time on the carpet sharing any news or stories the children are interested in. The children start interacting with each other and this is where friendships can start to form.




Please bear in mind when you dress your child that we can get very messy at nursery, through playing outside or inside. Also think about footwear as we do tend to do a lot of climbing and jumping, running, skipping and dancing.  As we have mud, water and sand please provide have a spare change of clothes including socks and appropriate shoes. A nursery sweatshirt or T shirt is optional and available from Bucks Schoolwear Plus, please see the link here


Snack Time

To encourage healthy eating we like to offer our children different snacks.  We provide milk and fruit but welcome donations of healthy snacks. Please remember we are a no nut school.


Importance of outdoor play

Muddy Boots children love attending Forest School, and we are lucky to have a Muddy Boots mud kitchen where we have weekly mud play sessions  It really is one of the highlights of their week! Have a look at what benefits a Forest School brings to your child’s learning!


Healthy Lunch

Lunch boxes and water bottles – PLEASE LABEL ALL LUNCH BOXES, POTS AND BOTTLES! Your child can also have a hot school lunch, ordered daily with nursery staff. The menu is available in the cloakroom, or here on our website.

We promote Healthy eating at Muddy Boots so please consider the sugar content of your child’s lunch boxes. No chocolate or sweets please.

No Nuts please.



What can you do at home to support your child?

On this page we have tried to give you some suggestions about how to support your child’s learning at home.


Encouraging Independence

When children come to our nursery, we try to encourage them to undertake simple independent task, such as taking on and off their coats, taking their shoes on and off and using the toilet by themselves. We feel this is important to develop children’s self esteem and co-ordination skills. These tasks can be easily practiced at home. Remember to praise every attempt, no matter how small.


Communication, Language and Literacy

Developing good listening skills

The ability to listen is important in a child’s learning journey. This is an on-going skill which they will continue

through their childhood. Some suggestions on how to support this at home could be:

  1. At family meal times, encourage all family members to listen and talk to each other, taking it in turns to talk.
  2. Read books to your child, especially at bed time.
  3. Taking advantage of long car journeys to play simple games for example eye spy
  4. Playing Simon says


Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy

Encouraging using number language in play or in everyday situations

  1. When you are out shopping, you could ask your child to help by asking them to get you three apples or two bananas
  2. When its bath time, see if your child can count items in the bathroom such as ducks, toys or tiles!
  3. Maybe ask your child to help you set the table, they could help get out four forks, three spoons etc
  4. Taking advantage of long car journeys to play simple games for example or “how many red cars can you see.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Encouraging your child to understand and investigate the world around them

  1. Encourage wild life into your garden and talk about what they are.
  2. You could explore the garden looking under stones and logs, you can even use a magnifying glass to get up close and personal!
  3. Talk about what activities you do on different days of the week e.g. “we go to nursery on a Wednesday”


Physical Development

Encourage children to use their bodies

  1. Walking to nursery
  2. Visiting the park and climbing on the equipment
  3. Riding bikes or scooters
  4. Kicking a football


Creative Development

Encouraging make believe games

  1. Make dens using sheets and pillows over a chair or table
  2. Dressing up
  3. Making puppets and putting on a show – you can either make your puppets out of paper bags or stick faces to straws or sticks.