We offer a range of different sessions and services for the children and families in our community.
2 Year Old Children
We offer morning, afternoon and full day sessions for 2 year old children. We have funded Play and Learn places and paid sessions for private places. If you think you are eligible for a funded place please collect a form from Christine or Fiona in the office to apply to the local authority, or go onto the Durham County Council parent portal to apply online. If you receive a “Golden Ticket” in the post please bring this to Nursery as your confirmation of funding.
Our 2-3 year old room has beautiful facilities and resources both indoors and outdoors to promote independence and exploratory learning. The children are supported by caring, skilled practitioners, trained and experienced in working with 2s. We work hard to develop trusting relationships with families, enabling them to feel happy and comfortable when leaving their child, possibly for the first time. Every child is unique, and their individual needs are catered for allowing them to flourish and grow.
Please see our 2 year old section for further information.
3 and 4 Year Old Children
All children aged 3 and 4 are able to attend nursery free for 15 hours per week. This entitlement can be taken flexibly across mornings, afternoons or full days, depending on availability of sessions.
- Morning nursery session – 8.45 to 11.45 am
- Afternoon nursery session – 12.30 to 3.30 pm
- Full day sessions- 8.45-3.30pm
30 Hour Entitlement
At Horden Nursery School we offer places for children who are entitled to 30 hours free education and care. Children are able to attend between 8:45am-3:30pm. Lunch time is included within the 30 hours session and children are required to bring a packed lunch.
If you require any further information around 30 hours free childcare or you think you may be entitled to a free place, please visit the following link or speak to a member of staff – https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/
To meet the needs of our children and families, we are able to offer a range of extended services. (during term time only) If your require your child to attend nursery for any additional sessions, please speak to a member of staff. Please note that additional sessions will be charged at £12 per session and availability will depend on numbers of children.
Breakfast club & Early Drop Off: 8.00-8.45 am
We now offer a breakfast club from 8 am. Children will be offered a selection of cereal, toast and a drink. This facility will be charged at £1.50. Breakfast club is run by members of our nursery staff.
Lunch: 11.45 to 12.30
Children are able to stay for their lunch at nursery at a cost of £3.00. We employ two lunchtime supervisors, Janine Darville and Suzan Beston, who support the children across the lunchtime period, alongside members of our nursery staff. As we do not have the facilities to offer cooked meals or heat food, all children are required to bring a packed lunch. Please see our Packed lunch policy 2022 for information on healthy packed lunches.
Children arrive at nursery and are taken to their group rooms where they will be met by their key person. After meet and greet time the children will take part in a short session of focused teaching where they will take part in a range of activities covering all areas of learning. After this time the children have free play in the indoor and outdoor environment, snack and then a story. The children will be collected from their group rooms after story time.
Your child’s time with their key worker at the beginning of the session is very important for their learning and development. Please ensure that your children arrive at nursery on time. We also ask that you arrive on time to collect your child. If you are unexpectedly delayed please contact the Nursery and inform a member of staff.
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