Welcome to Al-Ashraf Nursery. We endeavour to provide an education built around an Islamic ethos within a caring environment where all pupils are valued and cared for.

It is our mission to help develop children to be responsible and upstanding citizens within the community. Children develop quickly in the early years, and we aim to do all that we can to help our children have the best possible start in life.

Through the daily application of prophetic mannerism, morals and etiquettes, we enable children to develop amiable personalities, talents and abilities.

Al-Ashraf Nursery is able to offer places for 3 to 4 year olds who are entitled to 15 hours of free funded nursery education. Funding is available for 2 year olds, and can be offered to families who are on a low income.

If you think you may be entitled, please call:

Family Information Service on 01452 427362 or FREEPHONE 0800 54202 02 (calls to this number from a mobile may be charged at a higher rate). You will need to have your National Insurance Number to hand.

If your child is eligible for funding, the Family Information Service will provide you with a letter of confirmation that you bring along to our setting. If you take up more than the 15 hours entitlement you will be charged for these additional hours. Alternatively, if you would like to speak to the nursery manager, you are more than welcome to.

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News and Events

Islamiat Themed Morning

On Friday 2nd October 2020, the children took part in a planned Islamiat provision. This enabled children to develop their understanding of basic teachings and principles. Accross EYFs, pupils produced amazing artwork. Activities included, designing and decorating masaajid and prayer mats, Arabic alphabet writing on wipe-able cards and writing alphabets in sand and flour as part of sensory play.

Crackerjacks Charity

The month of February was a charitable month for us at Al-Ashraf Nursery. We chose to support Crackerjacks Children's Trust fundraising event (13th Feb 2020), whose aim is to help, support and raise awareness of disabled children. The children and staff dressed up in their pyjamas and onesies for the event. With the support and donations from generous parents, staff, volunteers, friends and members of the community, we raised a massive £778.00!

Getting Messy

We had great fun 'getting messy' with seed starting plugs. Together, we planted tomato and cress seeds. This was a great way of addressing all seven areas of learning, whilst helping children at Al-Ashraf Nursery explore the world around them.

Dental Health

As part of Personal Development, chidlren were occupied in Dental health activities, some of which included healthy teeth sorting, tooth brush painting, teeth number games, removing cavities using play tweezers and toothpaste fun!

Healthy Eating

For our healthy eating topic, we went on an outing to Sainsbury's local. The children looked at fruits and vegetables, named them and talked about how they look, feel and taste. The children selected some 'fruit and veg' to have for snack. Along the way we talked about road safety.

Talk For Writing

This year, we have introduced Talk For Writing. It is an interactive and engaging framework developed by Pie Corbett. Most books read by Pie Corbett are repetitive, which makes it easy for children to join in.

Fun With Balloons

We had fun with balloons while creating an awesome science experiment at the same time. We made our own hot air balloons using polystyrene cups and balloons and learnt about how things 'go up'.

Gluten Free Play-Dough

When we think of food intolerances and allergies, we forget that it can reside in non-edible places too. That is why, all our play-dough is now natural, home-made and gluten free!


Autumn and Animals

Dinosaurs and Winter

My Family and My Body


The National Curriculum is delivered with an Islamic ethos. Islamic practices such as daily duaas, sunnats, Islamic terms, manners of greeting, attitudes and behaviour are promoted and developed in each child consistently. This forms an integral part of the nursery day.

We aim to:

  • Develop the whole personality of pupils; with Islam as the main focus of their lives.

  • We aim for all our children to have mutual respect, kindness and consideration for others and recognise a variety of cultures, languages, experiences, needs, views and personal attributes within our nursery setting.

  • Provide a rich and rewarding environment within which pupils may benefit from a cross-curricular approach to Islamic education. We will provide a positive environment for learning based on praise and reward, which reinforces every child’s ability to work independently or as a group.

  • Provide opportunity for each pupil to develop, and reach their full potential through the teachings and practice of Islam, so to enforce confidence in their identity as young Muslims.

  • Provide each child with quality standards of education which is broad and balanced; covering the core of religious, social, linguistic, mathematical, scientific, geographical, and physical knowledge and skills. We work together to meet the statutory requirements for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

  • Promote dignity of each young person by teaching self-respect, respect for parents, elders and others; through the development of personal responsibility.

  • Aid and assist each pupil to comprehend the complexity of the world in which they live, and that their own well-being is closely connected to the well-being of others. The nursery seeks to free pupils from all prejudice and inspire in them the universal values of equality and fairness.

  • Ensure they enjoy their time at Nursery, and develop a love for learning, and the strong desire to continue their education as a lifetime experience. Through inspirational teaching and learning experiences, we aim to enrich and maximise all aspects of development- academic, spiritual, social, creative, physical, personal, moral, and emotional.

  • Support the acquisition of general knowledge and skills, so to enhance personal growth and confidence.

  • Encourage children to choose healthy lifestyle options; through guidance and role models.

  • Motivate each child to acquire a moral attitude to life through conscientious awareness (Taqwa) and practise of divine guidance in all their affairs and transactions.


Why do we deliver an Islamic Curriculum in the nursery, how is it delivered and how does it link with secular learning?

Personal, social and emotional development

  • Building confidence and encouraging children to achieve their best
  • Establishing effective relationships
  • Teaching importance of Taharah (cleanliness and hygiene)
  • Building respect for allt
  • Learning to share and take turns
  • Creates an understanding of good mannerism
  • Building Trust
  • Learning about religious events and their significance

Communication and language

Using good language in and around the nursery

Physical development

Using play to understand Islamiyat

Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world; and Expressive arts and designe

Islamiyat activities based around these 4 areas

Islamiyat Topics taught through the EYFS

  • Flexible topics
  • Tailored topics, to allow each child’s unique needs. E.g. when repeating alphabets, a child may prefer to use the wipe-able cards instead of using the flash cards. They have the choice of using a preferred learning method.
  • Playing: Appreciation for our bodies and brain gym
  • Being active: Body movement nasheed - Aim is to learn to recognise body parts made by God.
  • Being creative: When doing a task, pupils are able to use colours of their choice, free hand/ motor skills to complete the activity.
  • Critical thinking: Think of good deeds and learn to reflect on ones actions.

Examples of some of the many planned activities designed to support child development

  • Islamic nursery rhymes
  • Arabic numbers, months, 5 pillars, colours and pronunciation of letters
  • Basic Muslim beliefs and reflecting on God’s creation
  • Weather: extending vocabulary like rain, snow and wind all created by God
  • Themes based around the months of Islam
    • Hajj week
    • Rabiul Awwal theme
  • Reading book (Inc. stories from the Quraan) and looking at pictures: Story mapping using pictures which enhances visual learning.
  • Fun opportunities of learning:
    • Islamic show and tell
    • Taster week
    • Senses week

Examples of some of the many planned activities designed to support child development

  • Ramadan - We read books, like the book, "My First Ramadan," by Karen Katz and introduce the principles of the Muslim faith to children. We decorate the nursery and instill Ramadan-inspired values of giving.
  • Eid ul Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha - The 2 Muslim festivals. Understanding the story of the Prophet Ibrahim and Ismaeel (A.S).
  • Sunnah of the month - These practices help to instill good manners in accordance to the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W), his Sunnah and the Holy Quran.


EYFS is the stage of education for children from birth to the end of the reception year.

It is based on the recognition that children learn best through play and active learning.

Four Key Themes

  1. A Unique Child
  2. Positive Relationships
  3. Enabling Environments
  4. Learning and Development

Seven areas of learning and development

Children should initially develop the 3 prime areas:

  1. Personal, social and emotional development
  2. Communication and language
  3. Physical development

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in the further 4 specific areas:

  1. Literacy
  2. Mathematics
  3. Understanding the world
  4. Expressive arts and design

Finding out about how your child is getting on:

Exchange information and discuss things that will benefit your child’s development with the nursery.

These conversations are best with your child’s ‘Key Person’ who:

  • Helps your child to become settled, feel happy and safe
  • Is responsible for your child’s care, development and learning
  • Takes a careful note of your child’s progress
  • Shares relevant info, giving you ideas as to how to help your child via LearningBook (digital learning journal).
  • Will discuss your child’s progress & adjustment to preschool and reception year on parents’s consultation day.

What is LearningBook and what are the benefits?

LearningBook is a Digital Learning Journey that makes recording children’s development easy. From photos to voice recording to videos, staff can capture, link to the EYFS and send an observation to the learning journey underpinned with safeguarding-aware technology.

  • Provides ability to parents to keep track of child’s progress
  • Shares how they learn and what your child has been doing from day-to-day
  • Creates better and stronger partnership with parents
  • Allows for comments and scopes for contributing observations made at home
  • Improves and strengthens engagement
  • Empowers you to contribute to your child’s learning



  • Choose to look at books and enjoys stories
  • Know that information can be retrieved from books and computers
  • Link sounds to letters
  • Hear and say initial sounds in words
  • Can continue a rhyming string e.g. cat, mat, sat, bat
  • Say each of the sounds in a short word
  • Use a wide vocabulary influenced by an experience of books


  • Hold a pencil with the correct grip
  • Give meaning to the marks, shapes, letters and pictures they make
  • To write their name
  • Know that the sounds in a word can be written down and that the letters used make up a word said
  • Begin to form letters correctly and use in emergent/independent writing


  • Recognise numbers 1-10
  • Count reliably to 10
  • Count actions or objects that cannot be moved
  • Count out up to 10 objects from a larger group
  • Use language such as ‘more’ or ‘fewer’
  • Find one more or one less from a group of up to 10 objects
  • Begin to find the total number of items in a set by counting all of them
  • To name 2D shapes and begin to talk about the properties of shape
  • Use positional language e.g. behind, in front, next to
  • Use objects and common shapes to create and recreate patterns


Prophet Nuh (A.S)

We looked at the story of the Prophet Nuh (A.S) and learnt about the promise, God made in the story of Nuh (A.S) and the Ark.


On 13/12/19, we prayed together. This offered children a space for connection with God. We offered prayer in a rhyme, which we used as a prayer of thanksgiving and praise. Every Friday, we offer a scripture prayer (Al-Fatiha) and an invocation to compliment the Prophet Muhammed.


'J.K for three beautiful years. Looking forward to another fun filled year I.A.'

'Thank you for making my child's time at nursery so enjoyable and productive and for looking after her so well. May Allah reward you all and bless the nursery for years to come. J.K '

'J.k for looking after my daughter this year and helping her get ready for school. She has thoroughly enjoyed her time with you. May the Almighty reward you abundantly for all your effort and may He give you even more success in the nursery.'

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