Nursery Places at Higher Failsworth
We are currently able to offer both full time and part time places in our Nursery. We have 39 places available in the morning and in the afternoon and these are made up of a mixture of full time and part time places.
Attending a school Nursery gives your child a great start to their school career. At Higher Failsworth, we employ a full time Qualified Teacher, two Teaching Assistants and a Modern Apprentice to run our Nursery sessions. This is a higher staffing ratio than a private nursery or day care provider is required to have. This means we are able to offer a high quality provision for all of our children.
Because our Nursery forms part of the school, it also means that our children are able to access all of the services that children in the main school can access. This includes:
- • A dedicated SENCO to support children with additional needs
- • A Speech and Language Therapist
- • Access to Place 2 Be Counselling services
- • A Teaching Assistant that specialises in supporting children where English is an Additional Language
- • A Teaching Assistant that specialises in supporting children with behaviour needs
Our school premises has a wider range of facilities than you might find with a smaller provider, and we are always seeking to develop our school offer. We currently have:
- • A Sensory Room
- • A dedicated Forest School area
- • Specifically resourced outdoor learning spaces for Nursery children
Our curriculum offer for Nursery pupils mirrors that of the man school. Children in Nursery are able to access a wide range of activities including:
- • Tailored Literacy and Numeracy development activities
- • Music lessons provided through specialist teachers from Oldham Music Service
- • Forest School lessons
- • Dance lessons provided by specialist teachers from Oldham Sport Development Service
- • Choral Speaking opportunities
- • Activities which promote personal wellbeing and care including access to a Supervised Toothbrushing scheme
Our Nursery staff work hard to ensure the best outcomes for all of our children. The Nursery team work closely with our Reception staff as and Early Years Unit, and the management of the Nursery is monitored by a Unit Leader, as well as the Senior Leadership Team. This close working enables us to make sure that all of our Nursery are ‘ready for school’ and the challenges that brings. The Nursery children regularly join in with whole school activities and are taken to other parts of our school building. This means that when they eventually start school in Reception, they are familiar with the school routines and are much quicker to settle and progress with their learning. For this reason, we actively encourage parents to choose our school Nursery.
Our Nursery Offer
Part time places (15 hour free universal entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds) are either daily morning or daily afternoon places. The morning session is from 8.45am until 11.45am every day and the afternoon session is from 12.25pm until 3.25pm every day.
Full time places can either be accessed through the Government 30 hour extended entitlement funding or through a paid top-up of £75 per week. The full time day starts at 8.45am and finishes at 3.25pm. This means that children are actually able to access more than 30hour of childcare.
Children are able to start nursery the term after their 3rd birthday provided that we places available. Our main intake is in September but we will also admit children who are eligible in January and April if we have spaces available.
You can register an interest for a nursery place at any point and we will keep your details on file for the relevant intake group. If your child is eligible to start in January or April but we do not have spaces, your application will be held until the main September intake. If we have more applications than there are spaces available, we will apply the criteria in our Nursery Admissions Policy. You can find details of this here.
It may not always be appropriate for children to start the term after they are 3 if they need greater adult support. Equally, it is not always appropriate for very young children to stay in school for the full session to begin with and we want your child to have a positive start to school life. At all times, we work carefully with parents to meet the needs of your child. Parents can defer a start date after consultation with the nursery teacher or SENCO. Children with additional needs will receive additional support and will have an individual education plan or a personal care plan.
To register an interest for a nursery place, simply complete an application form available here or pick one up from the school office. You will need to provide evidence of your child’s date of birth when you return the application to school. This can either be via a Birth Certificate, Passport or Medical Card.