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Working together, valuing and nurturing children

Within our Nursery there is a strong emphasis on developing personal and social skills so that children feel happy and secure and are receptive to learning. We encourage children to be inquisitive, explore and become actively involved in their learning both in doors and outside. Children enjoy planting in the Nursery garden and exploring our extensive grounds and woodland area where they are able to experience nature first hand. With the help of parents, on our very popular Friday Cook Day, they cook and taste different dishes, often trying foods they would not eat at home. During their time with us we help children to develop an interest in books and learn songs and rhymes to develop language and literacy skills. We encourage then to borrow books to take home. 

Whilst your child is with us we aim to work closely with parents and carers to achieve the best possible outcomes so that children have a very positive start to their time in education. 

Sessions and wraparound care

Morning Session:  8.30 am to 11.30 am

Afternoon Session 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm

Children are eligible for fifteen hours of free early education and care the term after their 3rd birthday. 

We are able to offer five three hour morning sessions (8.30 am to 11.30 am) or five three hour afternoon sessions (12.30 pm to 3.30 pm). There are three entries into Nursery – September, January and after Easter (if places are available).  Please contact the school office for further details about Nursery start dates.  Parents who wish to apply for a Nursery place at Shaw Cross should complete Registration Form N and hand it in at the School Office or click on the link below to download an application form.  We will need a copy of your child's birth certificate when you return the form, please note we are unable to offer a place without the birth certificate. If you would like to register your child for a place in our Nursery, please do this after their 2nd birthday.

Download a Nursery application form here

The criteria for admission to Nursery is as follows: 

Priorities for admission to Nursery are listed below. Within each criteria children are admitted in age order, taking the oldest first.  This is done on a termly basis but only if there are places available in the Nursery.  We may give additional priority to children with special education and social needs.  We will admit children living outside the area in date of birth order.            

A morning or afternoon place will be offered by the Headteacher.  Parents will be offered a place during the term before the admission.

1.  Children in public care (Looked After Children).

2.  Children living in the school's Priority Admission Area (PAA) who have an older brother or sister attending from the same address at the date of admission in age order.

3.  Other children who live in the school's priority admission area in age order.

4.  Children who live outside the school’s PAA who have an older brother or sister already attending school at the time of admission in age order.

5.  Other children who live outside the school’s PAA in age order

These admission arrangements are correct at the time or printing, but may be subject to any alterations to the authority admissions procedure.

Extending Sessions:

We are also able to offer wraparound care (called Nursery Plus) which allows parents the option of extending their child’s hours in nursery.  The lunchtime session runs from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm and costs £3.75 per day (your child would need to bring their own packed lunch).  It is also possible for you to pay for your child to stay for the extra morning/afternoon session at a cost of £11.25.  This means that, if your child has a morning government funded place, you could choose to pay for any lunchtime and/or afternoon session.  If you would like any information regarding Nursery Plus please telephone the school office.

To extend the school day to 8 am to 6pm, on site, in the Children’s Centre, we also have a Breakfast Club and After School Club. These services are chargeable and are extremely popular.  We recommend that you book as soon as possible after your child has been offered a place. Our After School Club providers run a holiday club to provide child care during school holidays.

If what we are able to offer is unable to meet your family’s needs, Kirklees Metropolitan Council have a Family Education Service who will offer free advice on finding childcare (01484 414887, www.kirklees.gov.uk/keys)

Transferring from the Nursery to a Reception Class at Shaw Cross is not automatic.   Advice on how to register for an Infant School can be obtained from the School Office.