Early Years & Childcare

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Aims and Objectives of EYFS


Admission to nursery is often a child's first contact with school-and parents' too. Positive attitudes towards themselves, school and learning fostered in Nursery will benefit a child for the rest of their school career and beyond. We aim to nurture these attitudes as well as providing an education which is at once rigorous and fun.

We aim to:

-build on a child's previous experiences and help them to further their intellectual, personal, social and cultural development.

-prepare children for the next stages in their school career with reference to the Early Years Foundation Stage and to effect a smooth transition.

In order to meet these aims we:

-provide an environment which is caring, supportive, safe and stimulating.

-offer a broad and balanced curriculum delivered through play and informal learning situations based on first-hand experiences.

-establish positive relationships with parents and work towards an effective partnership with them in the education of their children.

-provide high quality and well-planned resources, activities and interactions which help each child progress in accordance with their potential.

-have high expectations of all children's behaviour and achievements.

-keep clear records, informed by detailed observations and assessments of children's progress and achievements. These inform our planning and teaching as well as providing information for parents and other professionals.

The Nursery offers 26 places in each session.


What time does nursery start?

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There are 2 sessions each day and the times are:

9 a.m. – 12 noon.

 12.30 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. (or 3pm for families taking the 30 hours offer)

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for queries regarding funding.

We also have a lunch club which is run by qualified support staff. Children can bring their own packed lunch or you can order and pay for a school dinner. 

Download our Welcome To Nursery Bookletdocxwelcome_pack_Nursery_June_2021.docx

Who will be there?

Who will be looking after my child?

Miss Jen McCombe - Assistant Headteacher and Teacher/Mrs Laura Robin - Teacher (Job share)

Mrs Carolyn Moore-teaching assistant 

Mrs Gillian Webster- teaching assistant

We may also have students or parents supporting your child's learning from time to time.

Watch our Nursery Tour Video

Keeping safe


In order to keep your child safe, we will ask you to complete a list of adults who may collect your child from nursery. Should someone different be coming to collect your child, then we will need your password which will be agreed with you when your child starts with us. 

If you are going to be unavoidably delayed in collecting your child, then please call us on 01937 832899.

How will we help your child to settle in?

Miss McCombe will contact you and your child before they start in our Nursery. You will receive a tour video of Nursery and a welcome pack. If you have any concerns or additional infomation you need to share or have any questions about Nursery, this is your opportunity to do so as well. 

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Currently we can't offer parents and carers the opportunity to come into Nursery to settle their child. We will meet you at the door and spend time settling your child in. You are very welcome to contact us during the day via the school office to see how they are getting on. 

What should my child wear?

Children play actively indoors and out. They will therefore need comfortable clothes and shoes which allow them to move freely and safely. Children are provided with aprons for painting etc but messy materials do occasionally escape on to clothes, so please save your child's smartest to wear at home.

Read more: What should my child wear?

What will my child do at nursery?


The EYFS framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support all aspects of their development.

EYFS framework(Click here to read more)

Your child will be learning skills and attitudes, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

Communication and language

Physical development

Personal, social and emotional development

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

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



Understanding the world

Expressive arts and design

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it’s suitable for very young children and designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child’s unique needs and interests.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

Activities may be ‘structured activities’ led by adults or spontaneous and self-chosen. The resources and activities in nursery are carefully planned and selected to help children progress and to offer appropriate activities for all children who will, at any one time, be at different stages of learning and have various interests.

Children choose where and for how long they play. They may be encouraged to take part in a particular activity or to play in a particular area in order to ensure that they make progress across all areas of the curriculum. Adults are always on hand to lead an activity or to support children's learning through their own ideas and activities.

What can I do at home to support my child's learning?

Nursery themes and activities are planned weekly to respond to children’s current needs and interests. An outline of the week’s planning is available on the door in the nursery, sent to via Parentmail and is on the school website, with ideas for linking activities at home. Here are some general suggestions for activities at home: you will probably find them familiar!

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Read more: What can I do at home to support my child's learning?

When will I be able to discuss my child's progress?

You can arrange to have a chat with Miss McCombe before or after the session. Contact : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the school office on 01937 832899

Read more: When will I be able to discuss my child's progress?

How can I get in touch?

General enquiries reagrding hours and funding: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Specific questions about Nursery or your child: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or call 01937 832899



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If you would like paper copies of any of the information, policies etc contained on this site then please get in touch. Copies will be provided free of charge.

If you would like the information contained in this website in another language or format such as Braille, large print or audio, please get in touch.

Contact Us

General queries to:
Mrs J Coates/Mrs J Kavanagh/Mrs V Scoot/Mrs Bain-Mackay - School Administrators
Mrs S Borradaile - School Business Manager

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Wetherby Road, Tadcaster
North Yorkshire LS24 9JN


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