The Foundation Stage (Nursery)
The Foundation Stage makes a crucial contribution to a child’s early development and learning. We provide a rich variety of teaching and learning experiences that are appropriate to the needs of the child.
The children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which is divided into 3 prime and 4 specific areas.
Every child is assigned a key worker. The children have daily opportunities for structured and free flow play both indoors and outdoors. Practitioners interact with children during this time by communicating and modelling language, showing, explaining, demonstrating and exploring ideas. Practitioners also facilitate and set challenges. All members of the Foundation Stage Team are involved in planning, preparation and assessment.
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Understanding of the world
- Art and design
The nursery staff consists of
- Mrs Graham (Nursery Manager and Teacher)
- Mrs Austin (Teacher)
- Mrs Downes (Nursery Nurse)
- Mrs Nicholson (Nursery Nurse)
- Miss R Inglis (Senior Achievement Support Assistant)
Mrs Newlove is the Executive Lead for EYFS and oversees the whole Foundation stage (Nursery and Reception)
We also have teaching assistants working within the nursery.
How to Apply for a Nursery Place
Children are eligible to start in our Nursery the term after their third birthday. In order to apply for a place at our Nursery you must complete a Nursery Application Form. You can collect a form from the school office or you can fill in the application form online by clicking the box below.
Completed forms are to be handed in to the school office. These will be kept on file until your child is due to start and a place becomes available. We will inform you via letter if your child has been successful in obtaining a place.
All children attending the nursery are entitled to 15 hours free provision each week. The sessions we are able to offer are as follows:
We will where ever possible try to accommodate parent’s preferences, however the nursery is usually oversubscribed and individual preferences may not always be possible.
Extended 30 hours Free Funding Offer
The Government are offering an additional 15 hours of free childcare for working parents from September 2017. The additional 15 hours of free childcare is available for families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone-parent family), and each parents works the equivalent of 16 hours a week at the national minimum or living wage, and earns less than £100,000 a year.
The nursery has 104 part-time places. In September 2019 the nursery increased early education entitlement / 30-hour provision for eligible parents/carers. If you think you are eligible for the 30-hour funding please contact the school office for more information. These places are reviewed on a termly basis.
Please be aware that children accessing the 30-hour funding will need to have lunch at school. The cost of the provision over the lunchtime period is £1. The cost of a school meal is £1.50 unless your child is entitled to free school meals.
- 8.45am – 11.45am - doors open from 11.35am
- 12.20pm – 3.20pm - doors open from 3.10pm
Please be prompt when collecting your child. If you are running late please let the nursery staff know by calling the school office as soon as possible.
The school does have a uniform which consists of a red sweatshirt, white or red polo shirt, with black or grey trousers or skirt. School sweatshirts, polo’s, cardigans and coats can be purchased from the school office - click here to be directed to our uniform page to view prices.
However, school uniform in the Nursery is optional.
If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the school office on 825377.
- The Childcare Choices campaign explains the government childcare offers available
- Further resources include:
- Childcare Choices parent information toolkit
- Childcare Choices provider information toolkit
- The DfE Education Hub provides accessible information for parents, pupils and education professionals, including these pieces on how we are growing our 30 hours free childcare offer and Budget 2023: Everything you need to know about childcare support.
- Support and share information and content provided on DfE social channels, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
- Information about wider support for families and households is available on the Help for Households website.