Drapers Brookside Nursery School is run by an experienced qualified teacher and dedicated Nursery Nurse who provide your children with a safe, secure and nurturing environment, where they can develop their skills as part of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
Their learning will give them a secure base on which to start their school career and helps with the transition to full time school.
There are still places available for both morning and afternoon sessions. Session times are from: 8.45am until 11.45am and 12.30pm until 3.30pm, Monday to Friday, term time only.
30 Hours Funding
The new entitlement of 30 hours free childcare is intended to support working parents with the cost of childcare and enable them, where they wish, to return to work or to work additional hours.
Currently all children under the age of 5 are entitled to 15 hours of education at a nursery or preschool setting of the parent’s choice.
The additional 15 hours will be available to families where both parents are working (or a sole parent is working in a lone parent family) and each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage and less than £100,000 per year.
Parents are entitled to take the additional funding in whatever means they wish, either with a child minder or at nursery for the extra 15 hours.
To find out if you are eligible for the additional funding then please visit:
If you are eligible you will receive an 11 digit reference code.
Once you receive this code please inform the office.
If you are not eligible, then you are still entitled to your place for 15 hours per week for either a morning session (8.45 – 11.45am) or an afternoon session (12.30-3.30pm).
If you are eligible and would like your child to attend Drapers’ Brookside nursery all day from 8.45-3.30pm, then please be advised that we would ask that your child brings a packed lunch to school each day.
Morning Session: 8.45am - 11.45am
Afternoon Session: 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Please try and be prompt in bringing and collecting your child as any delay can be upsetting. If for any reason you will be late to collect your child, please contact the infant school office.
If on any occasion your child will be going home with someone different, please inform the Nursery staff. Staff will NOT release your child without prior consent.
Preparing Children for Nursery
You can help prepare your child for Nursery by:
- Encouraging them to use the toilets by themselves
- Teaching them to wipe their own nose
- Begin to put their own coat and shoes on etc.
The Nursery encourages all children to wear the uniform (see the Uniform tab for a price list) which is;
- Grey/Navy blue or black tracksuit/jogging bottoms
- Gold school logo polo top
- Navy school logo jumper or cardigan
- Sensible shoes with velcro fastening for climbing, running and using equipment.
Children are encouraged to be creative and active. Please be aware that children will have independent access to paint and other art materials and may get messy.
Wherever possible children should be able to manage their clothing for toileting etc.
Outdoor play is regarded as an integral part of the nursery curriculum and except during very wet weather the children will have the opportunity to play outside every day.
Please make sure your child has suitable clothing for this i.e
Sensible shoes (no laces), wellies, coats, hats and gloves in winter and a sun hat in the summer.
Attendance and Punctuality
It is very important that children are in Nursery and on time unless they are unwell. Children who frequently arrive late or miss sessions find it difficult to remember routines. Children with extended absences often find friendship groups have changed.
Whenever possible, holidays should NOT be booked in term time.
School MUST be informed early on the first day of any absence of the reason for any absence. A Learning Mentor will contact parents/carers if no information is received.
Children do like to bring toys to Nursery, however we would ask that children are encouraged not to bring things from home into school as they can often get lost or broken. If your child uses a special toy for reassurance, please speak to a member of the Nursery staff.