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Hartcliffe Nursery School and Children’s Centre

Nursery School


Our Nursery School is made up of 2 classes from September every year and a 3rd class from January.

Each class is led by a qualified teacher. They work with at least 2 Level 3 qualified Early Years Practitioners in each class. This means that there is an adult for every 10 children.

Children join the Nursery School usually the term after they turn 3.

If your child is 3 between April and August, they will start in September

If your child is 3 between September and December, they will start in January.

If you child is 3 between January and March, they will start in April


We offer

5 mornings/afternoons a week: 8:30 – 11:30/ 12:30 – 3:30


2.5 days a week: Monday and Tuesday: 9.30-3.30 and Weds am 8.30-11.30 OR Weds pm: 12.30-3.30 and Thursday and Friday 9.30-3.30.

We offer a limited number of 30 hour and Paying Day care places.


Your key person

Your child will have a special person to link with when they come to nursery called a key person.

This member of staff will work very closely with you and your child to make sure your child settles well and that we meet  their needs.

They will plan carefully for your child’s development and learning and will communicate with you as much as possible.

We use an online learning diary, Tapestry to record what and how your child is learning. You will be able to access and contribute to this on a smart phone or computer. We love to see photos of ,and comments about, what children are learning at home!

We will invite you to discuss how your child is progressing at least twice a year.


What to bring to sessions

We do lots of messy things at nursery so please don’t send your child in their best clothes!

We do use aprons wherever possible and you can buy centre sweatshirts and polo shirts from us.

  • A spare set of clothes in a bag for your child to be changed into in case of an accident is very helpful and also nappies and wipes as needed.
  • Shoes that are comfortable and that your child can run and jump around in are important.
  • On hot days, please bring a sun hat and put sun lotion on before your child comes to nursery.



Please don’t your child to nursery if:

  • They are unwell with a cold, infection or bug
  • They have been physically sick or had diarrhoea (they must stay home at least 48 hours after the last occurrence).

Please ring us if your child is ill so we can note it down in our records.

We will phone you if your child becomes unwell during the nursery session and ask you or the person you have given as an emergency contact to collect as soon as possible.



Please tell us about any prescribed medicines, drugs, health, diet or allergies that your child may have.

We can only give medicines to children if they are prescribed.


Meals and Snacks

All children will have a snack time with their key person where they will be offered fruit and milk or water.

As of September 2017 , if your child stays all day, you will need to provide a healthy packed lunch.


Daily routine

Please ask your child’s  keyworker for their class routine.


Trips and visits out of nursery

We aim to offer the children the opportunity to visit interesting places in the local area throughout the year and especially when the weather is better in Spring and Summer.

We will ask you to accompany on these visits as it really helps us but also supports you and your children learning together.