Harestock Nursery caters for children from 6 months to 5 years old and is fully inclusive, where all children are welcome.
Parents and carers who want their child to attend the Nursery should make an appointment with the Nursery Manager to have a guided tour of the premises where you will have the opportunity to discuss your child’s individual needs and the days/hours you will require. Guided tours can be performed in person, or virtually (via Zoom) if this is more convenient.
In order to reserve a place for your child a non-refundable deposit is required with every application. Before full admission to the Nursery we will arrange dates for settling in sessions where your child will be introduced to the team who will be caring for them.
Please see our full admission policy for full details.
Early Years Funding
As part of the Government’s commitment to improve early years education, the Local Education Authority (LEA) provides funding for 2, 3 and 4 year olds if they attend an Ofsted registered setting which is eligible to claim the Early Years Funding/Educational Entitlement (EYFE) on behalf of the parent.
The EYFE covers the LEA school year of 38 weeks x 15/30 hrs (570/1140 hours), Harestock Nursery facilitates such funding whether it be 15 hours or 30 hours per week; the first 15 hours funding is a universal entitlement whereas the second 15 hours is subject to eligibility (NB a code is required for these extended hours which must be applied for termly in advance prior to the start of term). Harestock Nursery also offers the hours as a ‘stretched’ offer which enables the funding to be spread over 50 weeks.
At Harestock Nursery we cater for children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years.
The numbers and ages of children admitted to the nursery comply with the legal space requirements set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
We take the following matters into account when prioritising and deciding on admissions:
Availability of places, taking into account the staff: child ratios, the age of the child and any registration requirements
Children who have siblings who are already with us
When the application is received (extra weight is given to those who have been on the waiting list the longest)
The nursery’s ability to provide the facilities necessary for the welfare of the child, including appropriate staffing arrangements
A child requiring a full-time place may have preference over one requiring a part-time place. This is dependent upon work commitments, occupancy and room availability
Any extenuating circumstances affecting the child's welfare or the welfare of his/her family.
We operate an inclusion and equality policy and ensure that all children have access to nursery places and services irrespective of their gender, race, disability, religion or belief or sexual orientation of parents. Prior to a child attending nursery, parents must complete and sign a contract and registration form.
These forms provide the nursery with personal details relating to the child. For example, name, date of birth, address, emergency contact details, parental responsibilities, dietary requirements, collection arrangements, fees and sessions, contact details for parents, doctor’s contact details, health visitor contact details, allergies, parental consent and vaccinations etc.