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Our Nursery Staff

Miss Waller - Ladybirds Key worker
Mrs Gibson - Ladybirds Key worker (Wednesday)
Mrs Hennessy- Frogs Key worker
Mrs Turner - Frogs Key worker (Thursday)
Miss Dhokia - Butterflies Key worker (Mon-Wed)
Ms Dalglish - Butterflies Key worker (Thurs/Fri)

Welcome to Nursery!


Our Nursery is a 36 place nursery consisting of a morning session, afternoon session and all day places available.  We have 3 key workers in Nursery during each session.  


Morning session                  8:30am  -  11:30am

Afternoon session               12:30pm  -  3:30pm

All day session                    8:30am  -  3:30pm


Hillside Nursery is a secure and safe environment where children develop a love of learning by learning through play in both the inside and outside environment.  We encourage children to be independent and self-motivated learners.  


We support children to achieve in the seven areas of learning following the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum as our guiding principle.  When children start at Hillside Nursery we support them in developing their skills in sharing, communication and making strong and positive relationships with each other and the staff. 


Every child is unique so we ensure they have experiences which respond to their individual needs.  With this in mind we look at children's starting points and help them to achieve their next steps.  


We are supportive of families and work closely with parents to support children in their learning.  We create termly curriculum booklets for parents to support their child at home, hold parent workshops as well as have learn together mornings in the Nursery.  



End of Term Expectation booklets

The 7 areas of learning are:
Prime Skills

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development


Specific Skills

  • Literacy 
  • Mathematics 
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design.



One of the main aims of the Nursery is to provide a sound basis on which to build good educational and social awareness. The Nursery department works closely with the Reception class teachers to achieve a continuity of learning for children entering our Infant School.


Visit the Hillside Nursery

At the current time we are unable to accommodate school tours. 


If you would like to come and see Hillside Nursery when we are able to have tours please ring the school office to leave your name and contact details so we can invite you in when appropriate. 


You will get to see the learning environment and also ask any questions you may have.  


How to apply? 

Application forms for the Nursery are available in the School Office.  


You can also click on the document below to print the application form. 


Starting Nursery

We start by having a stay and play together so that you and your child can experience Hillside Nursery together.  This session gives you and your child an understanding of how the day is organised, to get to know the staff members and also feel comfortable in the learning environment. 


The next time you come will normally be for the full session (morning, afternoon or all day) however, due to all children being individuals some need a more gradual approach.  We will discuss this with you to make sure you are happy and confident with the arrangement. 


Home visits

We will arrange a meeting before your child has started Nursery so that we can tell you more about what happens in Hillside Nursery. It is also an opportunity for you and your child to get to know the staff members.  


While a Nursery place does not guarantee entry into Reception at Hillside Infant School, most children do move into the Reception class and continue through Hillside Infant and Hillside Junior school



In Nursery and Reception we use a programme called Evidence Me’ on an iPad to take photographs and make notes about each child. These observations form a profile of each child which allows us to assess their development and plan for their next steps in all areas of learning.


Parent Share

We use a feature of 2Build a Profile called Parent Share. This allows us to share our observations of your child with you via email, and for you to respond and add to your child’s profile too, helping us to form a clear picture of your child as a learner both in and out of school.  These observations can be added to your child's profile to show a home school partnership.


Your child will have a range of learning observations taken throughout their time in Nursery.  We will then send you an email once a term which contain these observations. This is very much a snapshot of your child’s time with us and so will provide a small insight for you about what they are doing independently during their time in school and what their next steps are for you to help them with at home.


We are very excited that we are able to share your child’s achievements with you, and we look forward to working together with you to further our understanding of your child.