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Early Years

Welcome to the Early Years! 

This year all classes are named after artists. Class 1 is Van Gogh and Class 2 is Pollock. See what you can find out about the artist their class is named after.

OFSTED rating "good" June 2017

"Early Years' provision is good. Children make good progress from their starting points, and learn to cooperate effectively, both indoors and outdoors."


The Early Years curriculum is split into 7 areas of learning which are as follows:

Communication and language is divided into three areas;  listening and attention, speaking and understanding.

Mathematics is divided into two areas: number and shape, space and measures.

Physical is divided into two areas: movement and handling and health and self care.

Literacy is divided into two areas: reading and writing.

Personal, social and emotional is divided into three areas; managing feelings and behaviour, self confidence and awareness and making relationships.

Understanding the world is divided into three areas; the world, people and communities and technology.

Expressive arts and design is divided into two areas; media and materials and being imaginative.

Within these areas learning objectives are split between 22-36 months, 30-50 months, 40-60 months and Early Learning Goals.

Soon after children enter nursery they are assessed as to where their level of learning is within these areas. This is so learning opportunities can be created to help them progress through these areas and achieve their full potential. Records are made and observations placed in their learning journeys which are then passed on to the reception teachers who continue to help the children strive.

Learning Journeys

Each child has their own individual learning journey folder. This starts as soon as they enter Nursery and is continued into Reception.

In Nursery, staff are continuously interacting and observing the children. We use Ipads to make observations of the progress they are making, taking a photograph of them in action. This is linked to the curriculum and used to plan the next steps in their learning. We like to tailor their education and make it as relevant to each individual child as possible. The Nursery learning journeys are located in the nursery cloakroom and are available for you to look at and see what your child has been doing. They are a fantastic document and we hope they capture your child during their time with us.

The Nursery Day

Morning session starts at 8:40 and finishes at 11:40.

Afternoon sessions run from 12:05 until 3:05.

We are offering 30 hours provision.

Those who do not qualify can pay £12 for an afternoon session and £3 for lunch, £15 in total. You will need to provide your own packed lunch. 

Children can start Nursery the term after they have their third birthday. Please contact the school if you would like to come to our nursery as numbers are limited.

It is FREE! No fees are paid as places are funded by the government.

Come and take a look around, contact the Greenside Centre 01484 426666 to arrange a visit.

From September, our Nursery is the only one in Almondbury with a teacher in attendance all the time.

We plan the day around the children, following the Early Years curriculum. Activities are set up to stimulate their creativity, imagination and curiosity. We want to give the children a taste of independence and prepare them for their school career.

During the session we open all the doors so that the Nursery and Reception children have the opportunity to play together and explore each others classrooms. The staff get to know all the children really well. This makes the move from Nursery to Reception really easy and is a breeze for the children.

The Reception Day

Reception starts at 8:40 and finishes at 3:05.


"Children are encouraged to help each other with all the planned activities. They confidently explore all of the stimulating resources, indoors and outdoors." OFSTED June 2017