Nursery Prospectus

Nursery - Willow Class.

Here in Willow Class each day is fun and filled with exciting learning opportunities.  We offer provision that is rich in possibilities; we want to provide children with an exciting environment along with the freedom to explore their own interests and fascinations.  We work in close partnership with parents and carers to ensure that each child is happy, safe and reaching their potential.

At Holy Trinity C.E. Nursery we aim:

  • To create a happy, stimulating environment where children will be encouraged and motivated to explore, discover and learn.
  • To introduce young children to a wide range of experiences using practical learning opportunities appropriate to their ages and stages of development.
  • To ensure every child’s self-esteem is developed and nurtured to the full within the Christian ethos of the school.
  • To build positive relationships with parents so that together we may foster the emotional, physical and social development of their child.

We welcome you to our Nursery and look forward to developing our partnership in supporting you and your child.

 What we offer;

We are a 60 place nursery offering 30 spaces per morning session and 30 spaces per Afternoon session. 

The universal 15 hour funding can be taken over 5 Morning sessions, 5 Afternoon sessions or 2 and a ½ days. NB: The latter option will incur a lunchtime session charge. The Extended 30 hour entitlement is offered over 4 and a ½ days with the option of paying for the 10th session if it is required. Please refer to the charging policy for more information regarding prices.   

Allocated sessions using the extended entitlement will need to be reconfirmed every term, you must apply via HMRC and bring  your unique 11 digit code to the school office to secure your child's 30 hours space. Please see the childcare choices website for more information regarding eligibility and guidance on how to claim this extended funding. 

The Nursery Charging and Admissions policy can be found in the Policies section of our website.

 Starting our Nursery;

For Children on our express of interest list, You will be contacted by the school office the term before your child turns 3 to discuss the sessions that you require and to arrange a visit to the nursery. 

You can contact the school office at any time to add your child to the express of interest list. we allocate places in line with our admission policy. Sessions may be limited depending on availability. 

We will talk about your child’s needs and interests and enable you and your child to meet the nursery teacher and teaching assistants. You will be invited for a tour of the nursery and the school. This is a good opportunity for us to begin to get to know your child so that we can begin their journey in our school.

Following this we will arrange a half hour “taster visit” for you and your child come and explore the nursery provision. This is a great opportunity for your child to get to know us and the nursery with you there to support them.

During this visit we will discuss any additional needs and arrange your child’s first day.

In September for our new starters, we have staggered start dates over the first two weeks to allow children time to settle in with support from the adults in nursery.

Some children feel quite confident to come in straight away, ready to play and others may need a little more support at the beginning. Some children may stay for a shorter time at first, for example, if your child’s place is for full days it may suit them best to stay for the morning at first, build up to adding lunch time and then stay for the whole day.

All children are different, some children can take longer to settle than others and we will work with you to support your child during this time

Our school is committed to promoting equality of opportunity in all aspects of school life based on the understanding that all people are different but equal. We seek to address issues of race, gender, culture and religion, wherever appropriate.

 The Nursery Sessions in Willow Class;

Morning session – 8:45am to 11:45am

Parents are asked to bring children into Willow Class between 8.45 and 9:00am doors are closed promptly to allow the session to begin.

Lunch Session – 11:45am to 12:15pm

Children are welcome to bring a packed lunch from home or parents can order a school cooked lunch. See charging policy for prices. 

Afternoon session – 12:15pm to 3:15pm

Parents are asked to bring children into Willow Class between 12:15pm and 12:25pm, doors are closed promptly to allow the session to begin.

 The Curriculum;

In Willow Class we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum.

There are seven areas of learning.

The 3 Prime Areas-these build the foundations for the children to learn, form relationships and thrive.

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

 The 4 Specific Areas- through which the Prime Areas are strengthened and applied.

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive arts and design

 At Holy Trinity CE Infant School and Nursery, we aim to create a  love of learning and help our children to develop the skills to become independent, resilient and creative learners.

 Our School Rules;

In Willow Class we learn and follow the whole school rules 'Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Ready'.

 Celebrating learning and development;

We celebrate each child's learning and development in their personalised learning journey.  The learning journey documents a child's time in Willow Class and is shared regularly with the child and their family.

We use the Early Excellence Tracker (EExAT), an online system where parents and carers can login and see observations and photos.  There is also the opportunity for parents and carers to upload observations from home which helps us to get to know your child even better.

 Nursery Fund;

We ask for a voluntary contribution of £5 per term to support us with providing additional experiences such as baking, cooking and visits to the local market. Any profits will be used in Willow Class to pay for additional resources. This contribution can be paid via parent pay.

Our day;

Self registration

As your child arrives at the start of the session they find their name card. We encourage children to have a go at writing their name before placing their name card up on a board to self register.  

Inside/outside time

During these extended periods of child-initiated learning, children can choose to play and learn both inside and outside.  Adults observe and interact with children, responding to their needs, supporting and extending their learning, ensuring no opportunities for learning are missed


Snack & drink

Snack is provided and we have a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables available.  The snack is available throughout the session and your child can choose when they would like to have it.

There is a choice of milk or water to drink. The drinks are available throughout the session and your child can choose when they would like to have it. 

Group time

At the end of the sessions we gather together to enjoys stories, songs and rhymes.  These sessions are adult led and may have a maths or phonics focus.  

Our group sessions finish with a prayer together.  

'Thank you Lord for this nice day. Bless our friends, our work, our play, Amen.'

We always welcome parents and carers into Willow Class.   At the end of each session please check your child's box for their art, crafts and other treasures, there might also be important letters from school in there.

Helping at home;

 You can help your child cope with the new world of nursery life if you will:

  • Talk to your child about their time in Willow Class.
  • Encourage your child to put their own coat and shoes on and take them off.
  • Support your child to use the toilet independently, wipe their own bottom and wash their hands.
  • Teach your child to ask for help when they need it.

 What to wear;

School uniform  in Willow Class (red sweatshirt or cardigan and white polo shirt - as in main school) is optional.  We recommend leggings or jogging bottoms with a t-shirt and/or sweatshirt.

We go outside each day - whatever the weather! We always wear wellies outside so everyone needs a named pair of wellies to keep in Willow Class.  We support children to put an all in one waterproof suit on when they play an learn with water to help keep them dry.

Coats are important to bring each day regardless of the weather when you leave home as the weather can be unpredictable.

Suitable hats and gloves when the weather is colder and suitable hats and sun lotion when the weather is warmer.

Please name all your child’s clothes and belongings.

Keeping Safe;

At the start and the end of the session it is a legal requirement that there is an adult to adult hand-over. At all times the children need to be escorted to and from Willow Class by a responsible adult.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum requires that the school needs to have written permission if your child is to be collected by another adult. You will be given a form to list the people to whom you give permission to collect your child. Please let us know of any changes to collection arrangements.

We would be grateful if you would ensure that your child is collected on time at the end of each session.

It is essential that the school have an emergency contact/telephone number other than your own in the event of illness/accidents etc.

  • Smoking is not allowed on school premises.
  • Please do not bring dogs into the school grounds.
  • Please help to keep our Nursery grounds litter free.

 Absence and Illness;

Please inform us if your child is unwell, particularly if the illness is of a contagious nature.

In cases of sickness or diarrhoea please keep them off Nursery until 48 hours after the last “episode”.

Please keep the staff in Willow Class informed of any medical concerns that you have about your child.

Personal accident and insurance;

The County Council would like to draw your attention to the fact that it only insures against injury caused to children as a result of negligence of the Authority, its servants or agents and does not insure to pay compensation following an injury suffered by a pupil. It is the responsibility of the parent to arrange and pay premiums for Personal Accident Insurance they require in respect of any injury caused or suffered by their child. Personal Accident Insurance is available through your usual broker.

Please note that very few County Councils provide Personal Accident Insurance so this isn’t something new. North Yorkshire just wish to clarify the position for parents.

Moving on to school;

Most children in Willow Class  join our Reception classes but attending our Nursery does not automatically guarantee your child a place . Applications for Reception must be done via North Yorkshire County Council before 15th January 2019.  During the Summer term the children who have be allocated a space in Reception will begin to prepare  for their next step into Infant school life. 

Before the children join the Reception class there is a Reception open evening meeting, please keep an eye on the school newsletter for further information. During the Open evening Parents find out more about their child starting school, meet the Reception Team and have an opportunity to ask any questions. There then follows two sessions when the children visit their new class.

If you would like to book a tour of our school or discuss any worries you may have, please contact the school office who will be happy to help. 

Applications for a place in Reception must be made by 15th January 2019 through NYCC  https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/school-admissions