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Early Years Unit


The Early Years Unit consists of  Nursery:-

Acorns (2-3 years)

Oaks (3-4 years)

and 2 Reception classes:-



Liz Barke is the Foundation Stage Leader

Claire Garwood is the Childcare Manager


Acorns -  We offer a limited number of early education and care places for 2 year olds. Places within this provision are available for families in receipt of the Free Early Education and Care grant targeted at 2 year olds.  Call into the Nursery for a leaflet or go to www.kirklees.gov.uk/freechildcare.

Oaks - 3 year olds are entitled to 15 hours of Government funded free care per week   over 38 weeks a year. Traditionally this would mean either 5 mornings or 5 afternoons. However, provided we have places, we can be flexible and arrange attendance as required.

Children can have more than 15 hours care but this would incur a cost and the current prices are detailed below.

8.00 - 8.30am Breakfast Session £2.50
8.30 - 11.30am  Morning Session £12.00 (unless funded)
11.30 - 12.30pm Lunchtime Session £4.00 plus £2.05 for lunch
12.30 - 3.30pm Afternoon Session £12.00 (unless funded)
3.30 - 6.00pm After School Session £9.00 

Please speak to Claire who will be happy to discuss attendance with you.

30 Hours Free Childcare

From September 2017, many working parents of 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 30 hours free childcare per week (over 38 weeks a year.) We will offer a limited number of early education and care places for this group.  To check whether you are eligible or apply for funding, go to https://childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk.

For general information on help with childcare costs for your 2, 3 or 4 year old, go to



Acorn Team  - Anne-Marie John

                     - Claire Garwood

                     - Dawn Ward

                     - Mandy Beaumont


Oak Team     - Claire Garwood

                      - Donna Hanson

                      - Liz Barke

                      - Shahnaz Akhtar


Children in the Reception classes attend for full school days.

We have 2 Reception classes.  The teachers are:-

Mrs Janice Bamforth (Willows) 

Miss Deirdre Barrett (Chestnuts)

Reception Team  - Mrs Karen Baker

                            - Mrs Olwen Lewis


Curriculum Information




The Nursery Curriculum in Action


The Reception Class Curriculum in Action



How to Help Your Child



If you would like  more detail about planning please see Miss Barke.

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