Nursery Education

Nursery provision 3-5 years

We have 104 funded free education places for 3 and 4 year olds. These places are open to all children. Some children who stay for lunch may be eligible for Free School Meals for more information click here

You can choose from 5 sessions per week, 2 ½ days or a 30 Hour Funded place. If you would like to put your child’s name down on our waiting list please telephone 01274 722070


You are able to put your child’s name on our waiting list for a Two Year Old Early Education Place or Nursery School place as soon as you have registered their birth.

Children whose names are on our waiting list will be offered a place, if eligible, in our ‘ Two Year Old Early Education’ class rooms the term after their second birthday or if appropriate they will be offered a place in our Nursery School class rooms for children aged 3-5 years.

The school will telephone you to offer you a place and talk to you about your requirements.

Availability is dependent on the number of children moving on to their Nursery Class or Primary School in July and how many children take the places offered.

We are able to offer you a FREE, part time place of 15 hours per week in Two Year Old Early Education room


Up to 30 Hours FREE hours  in our Nursery School class rooms dependent on your child’s age and eligibility.

Before your child starts at the school we will arrange for you to come for a visit.  At this visit we will need to see your child’s birth certificate, medical card or passport. This is to enable us to check the spelling of your child’s name and their date of birth to make sure that we get them right on the admission forms.  These forms have to be filled in before you can leave your child with us.

You will be invited to visit to the school to have a look around you will be able to meet the staff who will be working with your child and ask any questions you may have.  It is also an opportunity to find out about the other services that the school offers.

To join our Waiting List either come to reception, call 01274 722070 or e.mail 


We believe that parents are the first and most important educators of their children. As a parent you have an in-depth knowledge of your child, you know much more about them than we ever will.   We recognise the importance of parents being fully involved in their child’s experiences development and learning and therefore we want to share every aspect of your child’s day with you. Your child’s Learning Journey is available electronically through Early Essence, please feel free to use this to share your child’s home experiences with us.

Young children learn through play. At Abbey Green the teaching and learning in all of our class rooms follows the Department for Education Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (see link below). This is divided into 7 curriculum areas – Personal, Social & Emotional Development (PSED), Physical Development (PD), Communication & Language (C&L), Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World (UtW), Expressive Arts & Design (EA&D). Within these areas are descriptions of what a child might be learning at different stages in their early years. We use these descriptions to ensure we plan for and provide appropriate opportunities for learning and developing. Particular attention is given to developing children’s emotional well being and their social skills, sharing, taking turns, listening, sharing their ideas and building on their confidence.  Children who are confident and happy are better equipped for learning.

At Abbey Green one of our strengths is that we have an exciting garden space, the children have constant access to this well planned learning area and benefit from the different learning opportunities delivered there.

Another strength is our highly experienced and knowledgeable staff who consider each child’s individual interests and stage of development and will plan play based activities around these ensuring that children have experience in all areas of learning and development.    These activities support children’s inbuilt curiosity and their desire to make sense of their world.  They enable them to make choices and discoveries and find things out for themselves developing their independence and an understanding that learning is fun and exciting.

Each child’s activities and their discoveries and learning are recorded and then continuously reviewed and developed to meet their changing needs.


Settling into Nursery School


The way in which we settle children into the nursery school at Abbey Green has been developed over many years by very experienced staff.  It is our priority to make sure that before children are left with us they feel safe, happy, secure and confident in their new environment.

Before starting with us your child will be assigned a Key Person who is responsible for their pastoral care.  Their Key Person will also support the class teacher to observe and track your child’s progress.  The class teacher will record their development in their Learning Journey.  This is done on our electronic system ‘Early Essence’ and you will be given a pass word to enable to look at this and add your own comments and photos if you would like to.  The information gained from observing your child and recording their learning and development helps their teacher to provide opportunities for them to progress.

When your child first starts you will be asked to stay with them until their Key Worker and other staff members think that they are ready for you to leave them.  It will help your child to settle if you play with them, and talk to them about starting Nursery School, what will happen and what they will be able to do here.  This is a big step in their lives and they will need your reassurance.

When you leave your child for the first time it will only be for a very few minutes.

When you do leave your child, it is very important that you come back at the time you are asked. If you are late your child may get worried and upset.

Try not to rush them into staying without you too quickly

We settle children in this way rather than hurry things and cause them to get anxious and frightened.  It may take a few days or even a few weeks – all children are different.  Please don’t worry or get upset or cross, they will settle in their own time

If you would like any more help or information please ask a member of staff or contact the centre on 01274 722070 or by email