Nursery at Prior’s Mill

Nursery and Pre-School

We are able to offer parents childcare provision for either 15 or 30 hours each week during term time across a number of options. In addition, there will be an option for children to stay for lunch and to access some wraparound provision for additional costs.

Option 1

-15 hours

-5 Morning sessions

Option 2

-15 hours

-5 Afternoon sessions

Option 3

-30 hours

-Full time

Eligibility

All children aged 3-4 are entitled to 15 hours free Nursery provision in school term time from the start of the term following their 3rd birthday. Some children may now be entitled to 30 free hours, if parents meet the Government’s eligibility criteria. Please note, this does not mean we will be able to automatically offer your child a place to start with us the term after their third birthday.

You can find out more information about eligibility for 30 hours by visiting the Stockton Information Directory for Families and check your eligibility using the Government’s Childcare Calculator.

Applying for a Nursery Place

To apply for a Nursery place simply download and complete our Nursery Application Form. A copy of this is also available from the school office.

Learning and Development

In Nursery, children learn through child- initiated play and some teacher led activities. Through relevant, meaningful and purposeful play contexts, children have opportunities to gain knowledge learn new skills and absorb a rich vocabulary. We deliver a bespoke curriculum which aims to meet the needs and wants of all learners. Areas of learning have been carefully designed to ensure children are exposed to activities and experiences that facilitate learning across all seven areas of learning and development outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive Arts and Design

We want our children to have the best possible start to their education and to love learning. We want them to be curious and ask questions, wonder why things happen and how things work, be intrigued and search for reasons why and to believe in themselves. To help them achieve this, we will provide hundreds of play opportunities to enrich their experiences.