Hartley Primary Nursery

We are keenly aware of the significance of the Early Years in shaping children’s minds and attitudes. We do our best to encourage our pupils to become confident, independent learners in a stimulating, happy and secure environment.

As part of a larger school community, Nursery children are also encouraged to participate in whole school activities, taking part in assemblies, working closely with the Reception classes as part of our Foundation Stage and at times being supported by older children from the main school.

Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage will be working towards achieving what are called the Early Learning Goals - seven areas of learning experienced through a variety of play based activities.

We also follow a scheme for the teaching of phonics called ‘Read Write Inc’ (RWI). This scheme is continued in all Reception classes.

The Nursery Day

The Nursery is open from 8:45 am - 11:45 am for the morning session (gate closes at 9am and reopens at 11,35am) and 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm for the afternoon session (gate closes at 12.45 pm and reopens at 3.15pm)

N.B. All children must be both brought to and collected from the Nursery by an adult who is known to the Nursery team. Please advise us if someone else will be collecting your child.

We ask you to ensure that you collect your child on time as it can be very distressing for them if you are very late.


The Nursery is split into two areas - Blue Carpet and Green Carpet. On entering the Nursery in the morning all children are responsible for finding their own name card and self registering in their designated carpet area.
They will be encouraged to engage in a range of child-initiated activities inside and outside to support their learning and development.
They will be helped to develop independence in;

  • Taking responsibility for their belongings
  • Using the toilet
  • Washing and drying their hands
  • Tidying up
  • Helping prepare snacks
  • Changing their reading books    

We recommend that parents/carers purchase a Reading Folder from the school’s Medical Room and to bring it to Nursery every Tuesday so that pupils can take home a reading book each Wednesday.

As part of their learning we may take the children on local educational visits and we will ask you to sign a form giving permission for your child to participate. A downloadable form is available HERE.

Settling your Child into the Nursery

We want your child’s start in the Nursery to be a happy one so it is vital that the settling process/transition from home is as smooth as possible. We consider this an important part of the work we do and aim to work closely with parents to ensure the best possible start.

We will make an initial home visit before your child is due to start to see them in their own environment and to gain information about their likes, dislikes and needs. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know your child better and establish an initial link between home and school.

We encourage all parents/carers to take their children to ‘The Salvation Army’ play group on Wakefield Street for up to six weeks as preparation for starting in the Nursery.

During your child's first few days at Nursery it may be necessary for you to stay for a short time until s/he is settled.  
On the first day only please come to the Nursery at 9:15 am to 10:15am for the morning session and 1:00pm to 2:00pm for the afternoon session.  We understand that all children are different and recognise that some may take longer to settle than others or need slightly different provision and our Nursery staff are fully prepared for this.


It is not compulsory for Nursery pupils to wear school uniform, they are free to wear their normal, everyday clothes. If, however, you would like your child to wear Hartley uniform it can be purchased from the school’s Medical Room or Ian Howard which is located near the school on Barking Road. With the exception of small studs, we do not allow children to wear any jewellery.

Parental Helpers

Parents/carers are welcome to help and contribute to Nursery life - we see this as an important part of your child’s education. Please feel free to approach Nursery staff if you are interested.

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