Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, regrettably we are unable to invite parents into school for a tour of Berkswich CE primary and nursery. We understand that choosing the right setting for your child is one of the most important decisions that you will make in your child’s learning journey. With this in mind, we hope to provide you with a range of opportunities to allow you to gain an insight into life as part of our special Berkswich community and the chance to ask questions. We certainly welcome the opportunity to support and reassure you as you organise your child’s first steps into Nursery and Reception. We are offering virtual meetings to provide an opportunity for new parents to meet our headteacher, EYFS leader and teaching staff. This will provide a great opportunity for you to ask questions and find out about our community and learning at Berkswich CE. Your child is a vital part of this process, and so we welcome them to join in with the meeting.

Reception slots

Tuesday 17th November 9am – 10:30am

Tuesday 1st December 3:30- 5:30pm

Tuesday 8th December 9am – 10:30am

Nursery slots

Tuesday 19th January 9am– 10:30am

Tuesday 2nd February 3:30—5:30pm

Tuesday 9th March 9am—10:30 am

To book your ten-minute virtual meeting on one of the following days please call the school office on 01785 337360 or send an email to

Please visit our admissions page to take a closer look at our Nursery and Reception classes, as well as our admissions arrangements. Thank you.

BerkswichCE Primary School

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How you can help your child in Nursery

We value your support with your child's learning at home. Please see the information below about how you can further support yours child's learning and development. 


In Nursery we follow the 'Letters and sounds' phonics programme alongside 'Jolly phonics' to support our children with their phonics, reading and writing development. We look at both Phase One and Phase Two. 


Phase One of Letters and Sounds concentrates on developing children's speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for the phonic work which starts in Phase 2. The emphasis during Phase 1 is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills. We enjoy our phonic lessons everyday in Nursery, at home you can practise the sounds and actions. You can also enjoy mark making in different ways, in Nursery the children love mark making in glitter, foam, sand and using playdough to make the sounds. 

In Nursery we do lots of counting and number recognition. The children enjoy counting lots of different things such as the fruit at snack time, how many children are in the line, how many bricks are in their tower and using loose parts to sort and count. Counting can be such fun, help your child with their counting by counting everyday items at home or when out at the shops. 


The children also enjoy singing along to our number songs and playing interactive counting games here are some link for things you can do at home. 


While your child is in Nursery we capture exciting learning that they do on Tapestry. These will be uploaded at the end of each month for you to see. In addition, please add an observations yourself to Tapestry. These can be linked to the homework sent each week or something exciting you have done as a family. Tapestry is a great way to share this and create good links between school and home. We love finding out what children have been getting up to and the children love talking about what they have been doing at home. Please add as many observations onto Tapestry as you like, the more the better!