Hello and welcome to the Orchards Nursery…
The Orchards Nursery School Is part of the Orchards Federation, which consists of: –
The Orchards Nursery School
Cherry Tree Primary School
Green Fold Special School
At The Orchards, we believe that Foundation Stage learning is the basis upon which children build the rest of their education. The development of a curriculum that is broad, balanced, structured and challenging with an emphasis on talking and learning through play will result in children developing the necessary social and language skills, securing knowledge and understanding for successful future learning. We believe that language is the key to successful early learning for our children and the Foundation Stage curriculum is structured and focused around language and learning through first hand experiences. We think it is important for our children to spend time learning out of doors and this will form a major part of every child’s day.
We have several different provisions/classes at The Orchards Nursery School
1. Orchards Nursery Class for three and four year olds
We are able to offer three and four year olds 15 hours per week, for 38 weeks per year from the start of the term following their 3rd birthday. Parents can choose 5 morning or 5 afternoon sessions.
We can also offer a limited number of additional 15 hour daycare places at very competitive rates.
From September 2017 our 15 hour free offer in Nursery increased to 30 hours per week for those children whose parents meet the national eligibility criteria.
We are also registered for the Tax Free Child Care. Scheme- for further info see: –
There is more information on the Childcare Choices website where working parents can check their eligibility and make an application. There is also a childcare calculator to show eligible families how much they could receive.
Many of our pupils move on the Cherry Tree Primary School, which is one of our Federation Schools. Please note that having a place in Nursery does not guarantee a place in Reception at Cherry Tree. You will have to apply to Bolton Council
2. Orchards Nursery Two Year Old Provision
Our two-year-old provision provides places for up to 24 children from the age of 2 until their 3rd birthday when they may transfer into Nursery if we have places,
Some two-year-old children are eligible for free childcare and early education; more information can be found in our leaflet – Free early education and childcare for two year olds.
If you think your child may be eligible for a free two-year-old place call into a Start Well Children’s Centre and a letter will then be issued to them. We are able check if your child is eligible if you need help with this.
3) Orchards Nursery High Needs Base
We have a designated class for 8 pupils between the ages of two and four who have complex needs. Bolton SEND Service allocates places so please do not apply to the school directly, although you are most welcome to arrange a visit to look around.
Nursery Fees (For additional day-care hours and 30 hours provision) – Click here for fees
30 hours per week
Top things parents need to know about the new offers: Tax free childcare
Free early education and childcare for two year olds
Start Well Children’s Centre
What to wear:
Children wear the school uniform of red jumpers and cardigans, red or white t-shirts and grey skirts and pants. We encourage the children to wear uniform because:
- These clothes are easily managed (especially when going to the toilet etc).
- We spend a lot of our time doing outdoor play, so clothing needs to be warm and practical.
- Some of our most enjoyable activities are very messy and we don’t want children worrying about their best clothes.
- The children look very smart and enjoy being part of the school.
- We do wear aprons for painting, water and creative activities but accidents do happen.
If children have accidents and need a change of clothes, we have a small stock of spare clothes. We will change children and send home their wet clothes. We ask that parents wash and return the clothes as soon as possible. We want the children to feel dry and comfortable at all times.
What to bring:
We go out to play every day so children will need a waterproof coat with them at all times. It really helps if children wear shoes that are easy to get on and off (e.g. with Velcro fastening)
On sunny days, please send your child with a named sun hat and ensure that they have sun cream on.
For safety reasons we ask children not to wear jewellery.
Please avoid sending your child with anything that may be lost or damaged.
Please remember all clothing and footwear must be clearly named.
We hope to build a close relationship with you, the parents and carers, in order to bring out the best in your child.
We openly welcome contact with parents and there will be many ways in which you can become involved:
Parents are always welcome to come in to chat to their child’s Key Person about how they are getting on or to discuss any concerns they may have.
Parents are invited to termly meetings to discuss their child’s progress, next steps in learning and look through their Learning Journey.
We have a Home-School notice board letting you know what we will be learning about each week and what the children have had for snack.
Each week we present one of the children with the ‘Treasure of the Week’ award. They will get a certificate, a prize from the treasure box and a badge to wear.
Inform staff when:
A different adult is collecting your child. All adults who collect children need to be on the list signed by parents. (We shall not allow any child to leave with an adult with whom we are not familiar and are not on the signed list.)
If you change your address or telephone number.
Your child is absent. If your child is sick, please keep him/her at home to prevent infection spreading.
Please telephone school on the first morning they are absent to let us know your child will not be attending. We often follow up absences with a phone call to your home so please do not be concerned if this occurs
Your child’s welfare and safety is our number one concern. Please inform us immediately of any issues to do with pupil safety.
As part of our duty of care, we ask that:
Parents do not go into the bathroom for the privacy and protection of all children. Children access the bathroom independently during the session and staff are always available to support children.
Parents receive a letter and must sign our accident book when their child has an accident in school. Staff are First Aid trained and highly skilled at reassuring little people.
We know that having a birthday is a special time for children and we enjoy celebrating with them. If you like you can send a cake into school and we will add candles and sing to your child.
Snack & School dinners:
We provide each child with a healthy snack, piece of fruit and drink of milk or water.
Water is available for the children throughout the session.
The children who access 30 hours may have a school dinner and sit with their friends in the school hall. Lunchtime supervisors support the children choosing their dinner and outdoors in the garden.
Please let us know if there is any food that your child is allergic to, if they are vegetarian or have dietary needs associated with religion.