St Anne Line Catholic Infant School & Nursery

We love to learn in Jesus, In Jesus we learn to love

Wickhay, Basildon, Essex SS15 5AF

01268 524263

Welcome to the Wagtails and Ducklings class blog!

Nursery Manager: Miss Roel

If you have any questions you can email me, at the following address:


 We have a new wall display in our nursery, supporting the children with their transition to their new reception classes.

The children are enjoying looking at the logo's on the jumpers and familiarising themselves with the photos of the buildings. 

Please let us know (via Tapestry) if your child has the opportunity to visit their new school this term. 

Friday 18th June 2021

The children enjoyed dancing and keeping fit in their sports clothes!

Week beginning 14th June 2021 

This week in multi skills the children enjoyed using the hockey sticks. 

Week beginning 17th May 2021 

The children have enjoyed capturing their own learning  using the iPad. We hope you enjoy watching the slideshow!  

Week beginning 10th May 2021 

Exploring playdough 

Week beginning 26th April 2021

Outdoor learning! 

We hope you enjoy looking at some of the experiences the children have had this week in our outdoor provision. 

Week beginnig: 19th April 2021

This week some of the children were wanting to making posters for the 'missing children' who had been caught by a dinosaur! 

The children were high involved in their child led learning. 

Let's celebrate:  Easter 

The children have been learning all about the Easter story and we hope you have enjoyed sharing their Easter books with them.

Below is a link to the CBeebies Let's celebrate page for more Easter information.

We hope you all have a wonderful Easter. 

Miss Roel, Mrs Ager, Miss Joseph, Mrs Miles, Mrs Mary, Mrs Igbinovia, Mrs Morton, Mrs Bejestani and Miss Dorrington

Spring term ITMP Parent feedback meetings

Thank you to all of the Parents who have attended their child's 'Zoom' feedback meeting this term.

Please do look out for your invitations for next terms meeting, they have been sent out. If you have not received your invitation, please email me at the above address and I will resend you the link. 

Kind regards

Miss Roel 

Multiskills - Friday 26th March. 

This week our warm up was to explore traveling in a variety of ways: jumping, hopping and running. Then we worked on our ball skills - bouncing and catching the ball. 

The Easter story read by Fr Dan 

Dough disco time! 

The children enjoy participating in 'dough disco!' 

Climbing fame! 

The nursery children have been busy exploring our new climbing frame. It is much bigger than our other ones!!

World Book Day - Digital Library 

Please copy the link below into your web browser. We hope you enjoy exploring lots of different stories!

Book scavenger hunt!

The children were set a daily book challenge over two weeks.

Below is an example of some of the things they had to look for: 

  • Can you find an animal in a book. 
  • Can you find a picture of the sun in a book. 
  • Can you find someone asleep in a book.  

The children enjoyed look through their books at home - and all the children received a new book and certificate for participating in this challenge. 

Well done everyone! 

Colour hunt!

The children enjoyed their daily colour challenge. Here are some of the photos of the children's findings! 

Outdoor bingo card...

Here are some ideas you can do when you are explore the outside environment. 

Spring term ITMP - Parents meetings

Next week we will be starting our Parents meetings via Zoom. If your child has been in nursery this term, you should of received your zoom link, if you have not please contact me via the nursery email address and I will resend you your appointment time and link.

For those children who are currently not in nursery you will be recieiving your meeting information shortly. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me, if you have any questions. 

Miss Roel 

St Anne Line Day...

Below is a powerpoint that Mrs Russell has shared with us to celebrate St Anne Line Day. I hope you enjoy looking at it with your family. 

Nursery recipe book!

After listening to the story of the Gruffalo this week, we thought it be lovely to find out what your favourite recipes are. We know the Gruffalo likes to eat; roasted fox, owl ice cream and scrambled snake and the mouse enjoys Gruffalo crumble!  What do you like to eat?

We would like to make a family favourite cookbook for our class blog. It would be wonderful if you could upload one of your family favourite recipes to your child's tapestry account for us to share with everyone. It could be either sweet or savoury, cooked or a non cooked recipe.

We can not wait to see what you share!


Dear Families,

Happy New Year to you all! 

From Wednesday 6th January we would like to invite you to join us for a daily 'Zoom' nursery session.   Each session will have a story, followed by some dancing / movement to music - don't forget to bring your play dough for dough disco!!

We hope you can join us for these daily sessions. The joining details can be found on your child's Tapestry account. If you are unable to access their account please email the nursery at and we will try and resolve the issue. 

We are very much looking forward to seeing you!

Kind regards

Miss Roel and Mrs Ager


30 hours code reminder

Please can you ensure your 30 hour code is updated. You must reconfirm your eligibility every 3 months. If you don’t reconfirm the code, your child will lose their 30 hours nursery place at St Anne Line Catholic Nursery. 

If you need any support or you have a query, please email me at the above address. 

Kind regards

Miss Roel 

Week 2 of remote learning... 

Thank you to the families who are updating their child's Tapestry account, it is wonderful to see all the learning that is happening at home.

Don't forget to look on the planned activity section on Tapestry, there are a variety of ideas that you can try at home. 

Zoom session - Dough disco! 15/12/2020

We had another wonderful attendance for our Dough disco and rhyme time today.

The children enjoyed singing a variety of action songs such as: If you're happy and you know it and Baby shark!

We then all had a go at Dough disco, which the children joined in brilliantly with, for many it was the first time they had experienced this activity.

(Dough disco helps to strengthen children's fine motor muscles to enable them to develop their pencil grip which in turn will help to develop their writing skills. But most of all it's fun!)

Next we played some Christmas music and the children enjoyed playing their own instruments too. Finally we finished with a Prayer. 

Thank you to everyone who has supported these sessions. 

Nursery remote learning week 1

It has been great to see all the wonderful learning that has been taking place, while you have been self isolating at home.  Well done Everyone! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


if you haven't already, please do not forget to add the amazing examples of your child's learning to their Tapestry account.

If you have any log in issues please email me at the nursery email address

Thank you 

Miss Roel 


Nursery Live Zoom session 

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Friday for our virtual story and rhyme session,  it was wonderful to see so many of you there.

If you missed it, there is another session on Tuesday 15th December - Please see Tapestry for more information. 

Virtual Christmas Jumper Day 2020

I have made a slideshow of photos of those children who have added their photo to Tapestry. There is still time to show us your child's jumper, please upload it to their Tapestry account. 

Santa is visiting the Basildon area...

The Basildon Round Table are planning their 'Santa's Sleigh Tour'.

For more information, please see the link below.


Christmas Jumper Day!

As we are not in school on Friday 11th December, we thought it would be lovely if we could still celebrate Christmas jumper day on this day. So we are asking if all families can send us a photo of their child, wearing their festive outfit!

I will make a slideshow and add it to our class blog. Please upload the photos to your child's Tapestry account.

Thank you 


⭐️⭐️⭐️Twinkle Twinkle Little Star ⭐️⭐️⭐️

As part of our Christmas celebrations in nursery, the children have been practicing to sing 'Twinkle twinkle little star'. We would really like it, if you could add a video of your child singing the song to their Tapestry account.

I have added some music, however this does not need to be played when your child is singing.

We are very much looking forward to seeing your videos.

Thank you

Home learning December 2020


This is the platform we will be using to communicate and send your child's activities. Please add photos and comments of your child's activities to their account, we are looking forward to seeing all the home learning that will be taking place.

The activities that we will be suggesting will be inline with the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum) and they are only suggestions. 

If you do not have log in details for Tapestry or you have lost your password please email me @


In The Moment Planning Meetings 

These Zoom meetings will still be going ahead, if you have any questions or you have not received your email, please contact me at the above email address. 

Take care and stay safe

 Miss Roel and the Nursery team

Advent bag

On the 1st December the children will take it in turns to bring home the 'Advent' bag. This is a special time for you to share together.

Please can you ensure you return the bag and it's contents the following day. 


Do not forget to add your prayer and photos to tapestry. 



Please watch the video of Father Dan telling the Christmas Story and listen to the song on the youTube link to help you think about Advent and the meaning of Christmas.

Multi skills - Friday 20th November 

This week Mr Townsend has been teaching us new skills.  

We enjoyed climbing, balancing and jumping off the equipment. We played a game where we had to collect lots of treasure (Quitos). 

Home links - Fabulous Pudsey masks!  

To celebrate Children in Need last week, the children were given a Pudsey mask to decorate at home over the weekend.

Here are some of the lovely masks the children have created.

There is still time to add your child's mask to their 'Tapestry' account.

Children in Need 2020

The children have had lots of fun celebrating Children in Need.

They all looked fantastic in their Pudsey, Blush, Yellow or Spotty outfits. The children also enjoyed a special Pudsey Bear biscuit for their snack today. 

Thank you to everyone for supporting this great charity. 

Snack money Autumn term 20

Please do not forget to make your weekly contribution to your child's Parent pay account. Below is the cost for the whole term (September - December).  

15 hours children - £36 (£3.00 per week)

30 hours children - £60 (£5.00 per week) 

If you have any questions with regards to accessing your Parent pay account please contact Mrs Staines in the school office. 

Thank you


Learning in the outdoor environment... 

The children enjoy engaging and learning in our outdoor environment.

At St Anne Line Catholic Nursery we offer outside learning opportunities throughout each day your child is at nursery. The benefits of a high-quality outdoor learning experiences are proven to:

  • develop reflective and inquisitive thinking along with problem-solving approaches in ‘real’ situations.
  • encourage holistic development of children.
  • develop resilience. 
  • allow children to become more able to identify hazards and risks.
  • develop a love, appreciation and respect for nature and all that is living.
  • develop an understanding of how we can look after our environment.
  • develop self-awareness, confidence and self-esteem.
  • develop collaborative-working and communication skills.
  • provide positive health benefits – both physically and mentally – and assist gross and fine-motor development.
  • develop a lifelong love of the outdoors.  

Below is a short slideshow of some our outdoor experiences this week at nursery. 


Please do not forget to add your home experiences to your child's tapestry account. 

Thank you

Miss Roel

Prayer time in the Nursery

The children have been learning a variety of prayers during their first half term in the nursery. We hope you enjoy watching the children saying their prayers.

We are very proud of them. 

Our first multi skills lesson with Mr Townsend

Family photos and 'Hello from around the world'

Thank you to all the families who have added their family photos to their child's tapestry account - there is still time for you to do this! 

We would also like to show you one of our lovely "Hello" boards. Thank you for your support. 

Both boards are a great talking point.

Examples of our nursery prayers. 

Here is a video of Mrs Miles demonstrating two ways that we say our prayers at nursery. 

It would be lovely if you could upload a video or photo of your family prayer time to your child's Tapestry account. 

Tapestry Information for Parents

Lunch boxes

We have noticed that some children are bringing in the wrong type of lunchboxes to nursery. Our covid risk assessment asks that children bring their pack lunch into nursery in a plastic box.  This allows the nursery staff to clean the box as soon as it arrives at the nursery. Please see examples of suitable boxes below

Thank you



Hello from around the world

We would like to celebrate all the wonderful languages our families speak at St Anne Line Catholic Nursery by making a display in both the Wagtails and Ducklings classrooms.

On Friday your child will be coming home with a blank piece of coloured paper, please could you write 'hello' in the centre of the paper (in your home language) and then ask your child to decorate it. The brighter the better!

What to expect when...

This is a parent friendly document of the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance. 
We hope you find it useful. . 


Home - Nursery link

My Treasures box


Nursery Celebrate an Outstanding Ofsted!

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Outstanding Ofsted 17th September 2019

The report commented that, 'staff have exceptionally high expectations for children and strive to ensure that they provide the best possible opportunities for children to thrive and achieve their fullest potential.'

Outstanding Ofsted 2019

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Nursery Staff 2020

30 hours eligibility code


  • You must reconfirm your eligibility every 3 months.
  • If you don’t reconfirm the code, your child will lose their 30 hours nursery place at St Anne Line Catholic Nursery. 


How to reconfirm

  1. You will get a text and/or email 4 weeks before your reconfirmation deadline. This will prompt you to log into your Childcare Service account.
  2. In the account you must go to 'secure messages'. You can access this section at any time. The section on reconfirmation will inform you of your reconfirmation date.
  3. You can reconfirm your eligibility up to 4 weeks before your reconfirmation date.


The reconfirmation process may differ for some parents.

Such as if:

  • your circumstances haven't changed you will need to tick a box to confirm this. You will not receive a new code but the existing one will get extended for 3 more months
  • your circumstances have changed you must amend and resubmit your details
  • you completed your original application over the phone. You will need to phone the Customer Interaction Centre to reconfirm your eligibility.
  • you currently have a temporary code (these start with 11) you must complete a new application. You must do this through your childcare service account to get a permanent code. 

If you have any problems with your code please contact the school asap.  

Many thanks

Miss Roel