Our Nursery admission age for children is three years old.
We offer morning sessions (9:00-12:00).
We offer 15 hours Free Early Education to all 3 and 4 year old children and 30 hours to those that meet the eligibility criteria. All children are eligible for 15 hours of funded childcare per week.
We also offer 30 hours of childcare per week during term time. Our full day is 9:00-15:30.
If you meet the following criteria you may be eligible for 30 hours funded childcare:
-both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family)
-each parent earns on average a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum wage (£107 a week or £5,574 per year) or 16 hours at National Living wage (£115 wa week or £5,990 per year)
-neither parent has an income of more than £100,000 per year
To confirm eligibility please follow the link below:
At Barn Croft, we off parents the opportunity to top up your government funded hours to full time. Please speak to the school office for more information, place availability and costings.
If you would like to apply for a Nursery place for your child at our school please download the form at the bottom of the page.
Completed forms can be handed in to our School Office, and you should also bring along your child’s birth certificate, passport, and proof of home address.
Our Nursery Team
The team at Barn Croft Primary comprises of professionally qualified staff (teachers and Early Years Practitioners) who offer a wealth of expertise and experience within Nursery and school settings. Our EYFS team are highly skilled in leading learning and taking your child’s lead as they play, explore and discover.
We always welcome parents and children to visit our Nursery, please contact the school office to arrange an appointment.
At Barn Croft, we believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life and should receive the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. We ensure high quality early learning, providing the foundations children need to make the most of their skills, abilities and talents as they grow up. We know that every child is unique; we celebrate differences and encourage creativity in each child’s individual learning journey.
The EYFS learning and development requirements comprises of the seven areas of learning.
The three prime areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving.
We also support children in the four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are: literacy, mathematics, understanding the world, expressive arts and design.
At Barn Croft Primary we believe that play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, relate to others, set their own goals and solve problems.
The three characteristics of effective teaching and learning that we follow are:
Playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, ‘having a go’
Active learning – children concentrate and build resilience, even if they encounter difficulties, celebrating achievements.
Creative and critical thinking – children will develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for developing independence.
We value the importance of outdoor learning, giving pupils experiences of the natural world.
Curriculum – Creating a Love of Lifelong Learning
Nursery follows the theme of our EYFS curriculum so that children can make links between experiences in their own lives and the learning opportunities in our setting. We use high quality texts and picture books to lead the learning themes and valued daily story time. Children are encouraged to explore and play in a well-organised, stimulating and varied environment.
In line with the Early Years Foundation profile, adults plan for the children following interests and stages of development. As part of this we ensure that important events and festivals in the children’s home lives and community are celebrated throughout the year.
At Barn Croft we encourage every child to become self-confident and to develop a love for learning. Our Nursery team ensures that we offer every child the opportunity to thrive physically, emotionally, socially and mentally, whilst learning through play.
Parent resources and important information
Every child’s learning journey is documented via the online tool ‘Tapestry’ which allows parents and carers to view and comment on their child’s progress.
What to Expect in the Early Years
The DfES have funded a very useful guide for parents to explain the development stages that children may experience in their Early Years. Please see attached link: Foundation Years
To view the Early Years new framework (statutory framework for curriculum) please follow the link.