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Our Early Years Unit

Our Early Years Unit comprises of our Nursery and two Reception classes, all of which have been recently refurbished both inside and out.  During our school day the children experience formal teaching sessions concentrating on writing, phonics and maths alongside opportunities to learn through play in the indoor and outdoor classrooms.  Young children learn through finding out about the world and our knowledgeable team respond to children’s individual interests and needs to ensure their learning builds over time.

Our Early Years Staff


Julie Johnson and Rosemary Morrison

Our teachers both have extensive Early Years’ experience and work closely together to provide an exciting learning programme for our children, which aim to give the children the very best start to their school career.

Nursery Teaching Assistants

Our teaching assistants in Nursery deliver story and language groups planned by our teachers.

Reception Teaching Assistants

Our teaching assistants in Reception deliver phonics and catch up groups planned by our teachers.

Our Week in Early Years

Move It Monday We have a strong emphasis on gross and fine motor skills e.g. dance, writing, cutting, running, hopping, climbing and balancing.
Take Over Tuesday We choose a child to be the Teacher for the day in Nursery and each of our Reception classes.  This gives our children a sense of responsibility and being valued.
Wellbeing Wednesday We have special activities to develop our children’s personal and social skills.  In Nursery our children bake on a Wednesday.
Thinking Thursday On Thinking Thursdays we present the children with a stimulating learning opportunity which promotes deep thinking and questioning.
Forest Friday/Feel Good Friday

On Forest Fridays our mascot Eddie Explorer sets us a weekly challenge e.g. mud pies, rope swings, bug hunts etc.

Our Reception children go on a Forest Friday session for half a day.  Then the children have exciting fun learning opportunities including baking.

Partnerships with parents

We recognise the importance of working closely with our parents and carers.  We encourage parents to support their children in their education through our reading diaries, sharing children’s learning through Tapestry and inviting parents into school for special events.

Nursery Waiting List

To join our Nursery, parents first need to put their child’s name onto our waiting list.  Forms are available from the school office or the Nursery or they can be downloaded and emailed to us.  Parents are very welcome to come and look around our facilities and can make an appointment with the school office.

Nursery Admissions

Children are entitled to 15 hours free Nursery education in the term after their third birthday if places are available within the Nursery.  We aim to admit children soon after their third birthday if places are available.  We also offer 30 hours free Nursery education to those children who qualify for this.  See https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/ for further details about childcare options.

The sessions we offer:

For 15 hour entitlement:

Morning Sessions Mon-Fri 8.45 – 11.45 am

Afternoon Sessions Mon-Fri 12.15 – 3.15 pm

For 30 hour entitlement:

Mon – Fri 8.45 am – 3.15 pm

Our 30 hour places are currently limited to 16 children.  11.30am – 12.15pm is the lunchtime part of the session.  Children may bring their own packed lunch or order a healthy school lunch.  Our lunchtime session is run by a Teaching Assistant and two Midday Supervisors.

Our Nursery children can also access our onsite Breakfast and After School Clubs.  Please look at the Parents/Carers section for further details.

Documents to download

A week at Beaufort Nursery

Nursery Waiting List form

30 Hours free childcare eligibility code letter

Tax free Childcare

Pocket Guide to Childcare in Derby

Tapestry Tinies

Tapestry consent letter

Ready for Nursery

Welcome to New Children

Take a look at Beaufort Nursery

Forest Fridays New Starters

All about me sheet

Thinking Thursdays