We feel privileged to be able to accommodate three year olds at our school. We have a beautiful light, airy space with a home-from-home feel. Our sessions can hold up to 16 children and we have three permanent members of staff within the setting. The nursery is run as part of the school and so has access to all the schools staff, premises and equipment. Admission to the nursery does not however guarantee you a place in the school.
All staff are highly qualified and are managed by the Headteacher of the school. Day-to-day management of the nursery is the responsibility of Mrs Sarah Sole. Nursery and Reception are led by Mr Cotton.
Interview with Mrs Sole
Why I got into nursery teaching?
I got into nursery teaching because I had my two children and I started helping out at their pre-school. Seeing inspirational teaching encouraged me to retrain. I enjoy working with nursery children because there are so many ways you can make a difference to a child, just by helping and supporting them to become independent in the little things; giving them the confidence and security to try and try again! Being there to see their joy and excitement when they achieve what they want to is just amazing. I feel I am helping them start their school life being confident and happy children.
Why do I want to work at St Merryn?
When we moved to Cornwall, we visited a couple of primary schools, and I also had experience of working with other schools in Cambridgeshire, so I have had a wide exposure to different primary schools. As soon as I set foot in St Merryn, I knew it was a special school and having had my two children attend the school, I’ve seen how it works from both a professional and personal view. It was an environment I wanted to work in. I have such enthusiasm for what I do, that it pushes me to want to do my best for the children I work with.
What do I love about my job?
Everything! Watching the children grow day by day and nurturing that growth. Building strong bonds that support their development and making a difference in these little peoples lives. Building on the familiar security of love, when a child is left for the first time. Getting to know their families and helping them integrate into the school and making them feel part of the setting is key to my role.