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Hardwick Nursery

Hardwick Nursery


Our nursery aims to offer children opportunities which will enable them to reach their full potential through a challenging play-based curriculum where every child can develop at their own pace supported by experienced, skilled and well qualified early years practitioners.


The nursery offers places for children aged 2, 3 and 4 years (until statutory school age), we are open in line with the school term opening times and offer sessions between 8.45am and 3.15pm. Children are able to stay for lunch if doing a whole day.



2 year olds may be able to access 15 hours free childcare (please contact us for details of eligibility).

3 year olds will be able to access 15 hours free child care and may be entitled to 30 hours(please contact us for details of eligibility).


Our Staff

There are 5 members of staff. They are:


The Nursery

We have 2-3 large rooms in the indoor space that children are able to access ensuring that all children are able to access a calm space with room to extend their play.

We also have a large garden where children are able to develop their skills e.g. running, jumping, climbing steps as well as develop a love of the outdoors e.g. exploring, problem solving, working as a team.


If you would like more information or would like to arrange a visit please call us on 07923059914 or email :





At Hardwick Nursery, we aim:




















Our Vision Statement

We believe every child should be offered the opportunity to reach their full potential.  For this to happen, we provide a welcoming environment which is stimulating, challenging and FUN!  We adhere to the OFSTED standards always, ensuring the safety and well-being of the children in our care. We encourage children to develop a “can do” attitude that will stay with them for life.  We encourage children to be independent and self-disciplined, to develop a sense of responsibility for themselves and respect for others and the environment. We value and incorporate all aspects of children’s lives including developing strong partnerships with parents/carers.















A Partnership between Home and Nursery

Central to our school philosophy is that we will only achieve the best we can when children, parents and staff work together as a team. We hope that parents feel part of the nursery community and will get as involved as much as possible.


The Responsibilities of the Nursery









The Responsibilities of Parents








Parents who are considering sending their child to our nursery are encouraged to telephone to arrange a convenient time to make a preliminary visit. Our age range includes pupils who are 2, 3 and 4 years of age.  Currently pupils who are 3 and 4 years of age receive 15 hours (5 sessions a week free).  If parents require any additional sessions these are charged at £12.50 per session. They must be paid for weekly.  Alternatively, you may qualify for a free place. Please contact the staff for more information.


We have 3 admission points a year – September, January, and Easter.  Places are limited so parents are encouraged to apply in the term before their child’s second or third birthday.


Starting in Nursery

Our aim is to make children feel secure and happy in nursery. Settling your child into a new setting can take time, especially if it is the first time your child has been left without a familiar adult.  Take the time you both need, the staff are here to support you. 


When your child starts in nursery they will be allocated a Key Person.  They will visit you and your child at home prior to them starting with us.  This will enable your child to get to know the staff in a familiar setting.  We also advise you to make a couple of short visits to the nursery prior to your start date.













What Will Your Child Do in Nursery?

The curriculum is the sum of all the experiences provided for your child at nursery. It includes not only the formal programme, but also the informal programme of activities. At nursery, we are committed to a curriculum which is exciting and engages the enthusiasm and natural curiosity of every child. We look to use a variety of experiences and approaches to meet the needs and preferences of different styles of learning and to provide opportunities for children to take increasing responsibility for their own learning as they move through the school.


Throughout nursery, children are taught using a variety of organisational strategies and teaching techniques, depending on the type and purpose of the activity. Sometimes the staff will draw the children together in a large group. Sometimes they use individual teaching, perhaps to support a child with a difficulty or to challenge their thinking further. For much of the day, children are following their own activities. Every child whatever his or her ability is given the same opportunities.


For the youngest children, much of their learning takes places through structured play activities enabling them to learn from first hand experiences which help them to make sense of the world around them. The children may take part in the Forest Schools Project which is based on a Scandinavian principle of learning in the outdoor environment.


The curriculum for Nursery is divided into the prime areas and specific

areas of learning:


The prime areas are:


Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) – self-confidence and awareness; managing feelings and behaviour; making relationships.


Communication, Language, and Language – focussing on listening and attention, understanding and speaking.




Physical Development – moving and handling, health, and self-care.


The specific areas of learning are: 


Literacy – reading and writing 


Mathematical Development - learning about numbers and counting; shapes, space, and measures.


Understanding of the World – people and communities, the world and technology. 


Expressive arts and design – exploring media and materials and being imaginative 




Record Keeping and Assessment

Assessment is collecting information about individual experience and achievement which shows what a child knows, understands, and can do. Assessment may be by continuous assessment or through more formal tasks. The purpose is to help the child to learn, help the staff prepare appropriate work, and to give information to parents and other staff members. Throughout the year children are set learning targets by their Key Worker. As these are achieved new targets are set. Parents are informed of children’s targets. 


We keep written learning journeys of children aged 0 – 5 years which will be given to parents when children move on or make the transition into school.  These learning journeys follow the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) curriculum and track the child’s progress.  We invite parents/carers to contribute to them and to share WOW! Moments celebrating a child’s successes.  For further information on learning journeys please speak to a member of the staff team.


Any information regarding your child is kept/stored in a locked cabinet and are accessible by setting staff only.  If you wish to view records kept regarding your child, you may arrange to do so via your child’s key worker or the setting manager.  We will ask your permission to share details of your child’s progress with their next setting.  We are obliged to share information with partner agencies if there are safeguarding concerns. (See Safeguarding policies).


We adhere to our strict confidentiality policy always.  All information shared with us regarding your child and family will remain confidential, however, if at any time we are concerned about the well-being of anyone, particularly a child we are required to share these concerns with the relevant agencies.  Where appropriate, we will inform you of this decision.
























SEN and Pupils with Additional Needs

The Nursery welcomes pupils who have additional needs.  The SENCO will support you and your child to access specialist provision should it be required. 


Many children, at some time or other during their schooling, may have special needs that cannot be met within the normal curriculum at nursery.  Some may have specific physical difficulties like deafness or sight problems. Other children may experience difficulties in reading, writing, or behaving appropriately and may need support. Staff are very sensitive to these situations, and during their work keep a careful watch on all the children in the setting. Sometimes there is a need to place children on the Special Needs register, so they can access additional support. Often children make good progress having received additional help, and they may be removed from the register. The following steps are put in place: 


Supporting Children with English as an Additional Language

Children whose first language is not English are given support to ensure that they can participate fully in the curriculum.  This is provided in a variety of ways according to the needs of the children.




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