Hartlebury Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School

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Early Years

Our Early Years unit is run by experienced teacher Miss Gemma Bagnall, who is supported by a team of 6 very experienced and highly skilled Early Years specialist teaching assistants and by Mrs Moira Fudge, our Early Years administrator. We operate as a mixed-age Nursery and Reception unit, with a fresh, exciting and well-resourced learning environment that operates from two distinct learning rooms and a large outdoor learning space with canopy and playground. Early Years children also make good use of our field, pond and stream area during outdoor learning opportunities and play time.

Children enjoy a varied, exciting and constantly evolving curriculum which stems from their own interests and ideas. They learn through planned and purposeful play, both indoors and outdoors and through a mixture of adult led and child-initiated activities in order to develop and nurture speaking and listening, personal and social skills, concentration, resilience and academic progress. The development of early Speech and Language skills is at the heart of our Early Years curriculum and we aim to truly immerse children in language, stories, story-telling and rich opportunities to talk and to listen.

Children engage in daily Phonics, Literacy and Maths teaching each morning, which is appropriate to their age and stage of development alongside periods of ‘Choosing Time;’ with all areas of learning being woven into our topic-based, cross-curricular approach across the week, including PE, RE, Forest School, Art, Music and Science. Our experienced team are also closely supported by our Special Needs Coordinator in school, working together to identify and support the needs of all individual children to enable early success.

Our strong adult-to-child ratio and Key Person system, which operates throughout Nursery and Reception, enable us to develop an excellent knowledge of each child as a person and as a learner in order to best support them to become happy, confident and engaged learners: ready to progress and fulfil their maximum potential. It also allows us to work very closely with parents and families to communicate, support and nurture children’s learning and personal development. We actively promote parental involvement through reading at home, home-school communication books, home learning tasks, regular meetings and the opportunity to share and contribute to children’s Learning Journals as children’s first educators, secure in the knowledge that learning does not only happen at school.

Children’s first experiences of schooling and education are so important in shaping the rest of their education and of their lives, and here at Hartlebury we work hard to ensure that these experiences are exciting, engaging and positive in order to give our children both roots and wings.

We explore, we investigate, we talk, we perform, we get messy, we work together, we build, we create, we practise, we have fun, we laugh, we care for each other… and so much more!


  • Places are intended for children moving to our Reception Class and priority will be given to children in the year before they start School.
  • Admissions to the school will be allocated following our Admissions Policy. Where we are oversubscribed our Admissions Policy will also apply to the Early Years Unit.
  • We offer 30 funded hours and the possibility of some additional sessions based on our ability to meet your child’s individual needs.
  • Nursery Education Funding Forms (NEF) need to be completed and returned before we are able to access the funded hours for your child.
  • We offer daily sessions from 8.45am – 11.45am and from 12.15pm – 3.15pm.
  • We prefer children to do morning sessions or full days; we do not offer afternoon only sessions.
  • We offer lunch time supervision from 11.45am -12.15pm for children staying the whole day at an additional cost of £2.00 per day.
  • Children staying the whole day are able to bring a packed lunch or have a hot lunch in school for an additional charge of currently £1.60.
  • We are only able to offer additional session’s not extra hours and these must form part of the child’s overall regular attendance. We are not able to offer occasional hours.
  • Collections at lunchtime are from the side door, accessed via the front driveway.
  • Additional sessions are £13.50 per 3 hours (£4.50 per hour).
  • Invoices will be issued, in advance, at the beginning of each month. Payment in full will need to be made before the beginning of the following month. Missed sessions are unable to be refunded or carried forward.
  • Once sessions are notified they can only be changed / increased after discussion with the Early Years team and Mrs Moira Fudge, the Early Years Administrator.
  • School uniform is required for our youngest children and is available from our suppliers and ordered through the FM Branding website.
  • All children will need to be toilet trained to join the Early Years Unit.
  • Children will need wellingtons and coats in school every day.
  • Various policies and procedures, including the Safeguarding and Behaviour Policy, are available to download.

Having a place in our pre-school DOES NOT guarantee a place in our school. Admissions to our school are arranged by Worcestershire Local Authority Pupil Admissions. Children in our catchment area are given priority. All children will need to apply, by January of their intake year, for a place in the Reception Class via the Local Authority admissions department

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