Welcome to Armfield Academy Nursery


Our purpose built Nursery can accommodate 26, 3 to 4 year olds. It offers a safe, fun and educational environment for your child to explore with ‘awe’ and ‘wonder’ and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere awaits your child. We have a range of excellent resources and activities to enable your child to grow, develop and engage in imaginative and adventurous, child-initiated play. The children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and their Characteristics of Effective Learning are closely observed.



EYFS Phase Leader:  Mrs Shepherd
Early Years Teacher:  Mrs Vos
Nursery Teaching Assistant:  Miss Low
Nursery Administrator:  Miss Hull


Nursery Sessions

Core Hours Extended Sessions
Mornings:   8.45am - 11.45am Breakfast:   8.00am - 8.45am
Afternoons:   12.15pm - 3.15pm After School:   3.15pm - 5.30pm
Full Days:   8.45am - 3.15pm (term time only)


Sessions offered are based on parents/carers requirements and the well-being of the child. Children do need to be fully toilet trained in order to attend the Nursery. In addition to our core hours of 8.45am-3.15pm, we can offer extended sessions before and after school. These places are limited and need to be booked in advance.


Nursery Fees

These are £4.00 an hour and must be booked in a minimum of 3 hour sessions. We also recommend that children attend for a minimum of two separate sessions a week.


Snack and Lunch

As part of the National School Fruit Scheme, children have the opportunity to have a healthy snack both morning and afternoon. The children can also have milk if they wish. In Nursery, every child will need a labelled, bottle with a sports cap lid (please no screw caps) so they may drink water at any time during the day and stay hydrated.

Children can either have a packed lunch or a school dinner, and we eat together in the Assembly Hall. Electronic payments for school dinners are available through ParentPay. If you would like to change from dinners to packed lunches and vice versa, please give one week’s notice.


Nursery Uniform

Children in the Foundation Stage need to learn through hands-on experience which can sometimes be very messy! With this in mind, every child wears the Armfield school uniform that can be easily washed. Please remember to always send suitable outdoor clothing (waterproof coat/wellies) as children play out every day, in all weathers.


Learning through play

Experiences offered within our Nursery are varied with a balance of adult led and child-initiated play which is led by the children’s interests and takes into account the 7 areas of learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Prime Areas:  Personal, social and emotional development
   Communication and language
   Physical development
Specific Areas:  Literacy
   Understanding of the world
   Expressive arts and design


We offer a structured routine but within that the flexibility to adapt and meet the individual needs of each child is a priority. Our secure outdoor provision is a major part of our environment and learning opportunities are also carefully planned and play can be on a bigger scale than indoors. We access outdoors daily as part of our continuous provision and will play in all weathers, unless conditions may cause a risk to children. Play is free-flow so the children can play indoors or outdoors as they wish or may prefer.


Home Links

Your child’s development and progress will be monitored closely by staff completing observations, as required within the EYFS. This information is used to share with parents and identify interests, consider possible new learning opportunities and future experiences that can be offered. These observations are kept on each child’s learning journey and observations on Tapestry will be emailed home in due course. We encourage our families to write in their child’s weekly home-school diary as the children really look forward to sharing their news at circle time. We have an open door policy should you need to have a chat or share any concerns you may have.


Settling In

We have a settling in process which is very important to ensure your child feels confident to be left with us. The process is as follows:

Stay and play session (1 hour) an opportunity for you to come into Nursery, meet the Nursery Team and explore our environment with your child.

Settling in session 1 (1 hour) this is a pre-booked session in which parents/carers may leave the premises if the child is happy and all paperwork has been completed.

A review will then take place. At this stage we may recommend further settling in sessions, re-consider the sessions your child is attending or agree on your child’s start date. This will change from child to child and be based on each individual child’s needs.


Our Golden Rules

In Nursery we have 3 Golden Rules which the children learn to follow.

  1. Be kind and gentle.
  2. Look after our things.
  3. Be proud of what we do.

If you would like further information about our Nursery or to arrange to come and have a look round, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01253 207702.

For information about the free childcare and tax free childcare schemes please CLICK HERE to visit the Childcare Choices website.


Apply for a Nursery place

To download a request for a place form, please CLICK HERE.