Welcome to Fossdale Nursery
St Stephen’s Nursery is a Local Authority Nursery, part of St Stephen’s Catholic Primary School and Nursery, a voluntary academy. We are a 26 place Nursery, which means we can accommodate up to 26 children aged 3-4 years in each morning and each afternoon session. Children can join the nursery the term after their third birthday.
We believe in equal opportunities for all children and we are able to support the inclusion of all children whatever their additional needs.
What children experience and learn in Nursery can create strong and lasting foundations which can be developed further in later life, so we believe it is essential that the experiences are of the highest quality. The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework guide provides information on key areas of learning and development, keeping children safe and promoting their welfare.
The staff are skilful, trained educators, who are knowledgeable about how children learn, about child development and care, and have a strong commitment to the Nursery and its aims. We have an extensive indoor and outdoor foundation stage curriculum and work closely together as an integrated team. We are also very keen to work closely with you to enable your child to be happy and to make good progress.
Come and see our fantastic provision for yourself and talk to our foundation stage staff.
30 hours funding update
The Government are extending the current universal free childcare entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds from 15 to 30 hours per week for working parents from September 2017. North Yorkshire are taking part in a pilot scheme where this will be available to parents for the Summer Term starting on 18th April 2017.
The school will be taking part in this trial and the additional hours will be available to parents provided that they meet the national eligibility criteria and obtain confirmation of eligibility.
A letter is going out to all parents with children in Nursery. A copy is available below.
What do you need to do?
- Complete the survey form for the school to help us plan and meet any additional sessions.
- Apply for additional funded hours through the North Yorkshire County Council website. This will open on 6th March 2017 and close on 31st March 2017. No applications for the summer term will be accepted after that date.
- North Yorkshire County Council will assess the application and if eligible you will receive email confirmation of this.
- Forward a copy of this email to us.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. Without a copy of the email any sessions above the 15 hours will need to be paid directly by parents.
For further information please see the North Yorkshire website. Link to NYCC information.
NYCC have sent this letter for parents with further information. As we receive more information e.g. whether studying would qualify we will pass this on.
Forms and information
Our fully qualified teacher is Mrs Turvill and a Nursery Nurse, Mrs Blenkhorn, in addition to other staff including lunchtime supervisors. Our Nursery administrative assistant is Miss Wilkinson.
Session times are:
8.30am – 11.30am
12.30pm – 3.30pm.
Children can stay for a full day and take advantage of our lunch club. 11.30am - 12.30pm £2.50.
Hot meals are £1.60 or alternatively you can provide your child with a packed lunch.
Over and above the funded 15 hours per week are charged at £12 per 3 hour session. Places are allocated subject to availability.
Children can also access the breakfast club (7.45 am start) and afterschool club (6 pm finish) which is on site and runs in the main school hall.
New Outside Area
This is a really exciting time as we have just completed our new outside area. The children having seen it being built can now get out and explore all the exciting areas. For more details please see the Early Years Play Area page.
Tapestry is an easy-to-use innovative, interactive online learning journal which we use to record, track and celebrate children's progress in early years education.
This unique journal is shared online with parents, who are able to see special moments and view their child's progress.
Further information, including details of the security policy are given in the accompanying documents in the new starter pack.
Please click on the link below to access Tapestry.
The above link to a website will help when reading with your child as it plays the sounds of different letters that we are teaching.
To use click on the arrow to enter the website. Next click on a letter and then click on the 'ear' to hear the sound of the letter (in lowercase).
We teach the children to write using a cursive script so we do not use the letter formation shown on here.