CantleyPrimary SchoolInspiring Creative Learners


Welcome toCantleyPrimary SchoolInspiring Creative Learners



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At Cantley School Nursery we give children the opportunity to experience the very best possible start to their education. We welcome children from their second birthday and provide opportunities for all the children to build solid foundations which they can then continue to flourish throughout their school years and beyond.


The small ratio of children to each qualified practitioner allows effective relationships with children and their parents/carers to be established and enables support to be given to each individual child, with careful planning for their next steps.


The Nursery staff are committed to high-quality early years care and education implementing the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework as directed by the government.  The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Through the EYFS Framework your child will be learning skills, exploring their surroundings, developing knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through the 7 areas of learning and development.


Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development; and
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas offer your child the essential requirements needed to begin their journey of healthy development and learning.


As your child grows, these prime areas will aid them to develop skills within 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world; and
  • Expressive arts and design.

None of these areas of learning and development can be delivered in isolation from others and they depend on each other to support a rounded approach to child development. All the areas are delivered through planned, purposeful play, with a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities as indicated by research. Most children play spontaneously, although some may need adult support, and it is through play that they develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally.


The Nursery will use these 7 areas to support your child and we will make sure that the activities we provide are planned to your child’s unique needs. It is similar to a curriculum which is used in primary and secondary schools, but it is aimed towards the very young children.  The EYFS is designed to be flexible to enable staff to plan around your child’s ever changing needs and interests.


It is essential for children in the EYFS to be allowed to learn through play, giving them the opportunity to explore, be active, be creative and develop their critical thinking.  This should always be offered both indoors and outside.


Our Nursery classroom is full of lovely equipment, we have a shop, a home corner, a painting area, a water tray, a sand trough, a quiet area and library, endless dressing-up costumes, a computer, a painting area and lots and lots and lots of toys and activities.


We have our own playground with a cottage, trikes, scooters, a giant wooden train, a sand pit and a water trough.


One of the benefits of having a Nursery within a school setting is being able to use school resources and where appropriate, being included in activities such as topic related trips, sports day, book week and other fun events.


We have places for 16 children per session and we are able to take children from their second birthday. We are open from Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (term time only) and our basic session times are from 8.45 – 11.45am or 12.30 – 3.30pm. Wrap around care is also offered enabling you to leave your child from 11.45 and until 12.30 or 3.30pm.  If no spaces are available at the time of request, your child will be placed on our waiting list.


View our latest Ofsted report June 2011

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