We offer nursery provision as part of our Early Years Unit for children from the term after their third birthday. Sessions are either morning or afternoon and last 3 hours.


Parents are entitled to five free-funded sessions but, if spaces are available, may take up additional places by purchasing them (on a half-termly basis). It is anticipated that the government will shortly announce plans for children at nursery age to receive 10 free-funded sessions. We are planning for this to ensure that we can offer this to parents from September 2017.

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Currently, 3 or 4 yr olds are entitled to 15 hours per week free nursery provision. The Government has extended this to 30 hours per week  from September this year.  However, North Yorkshire has been selected to be an early implementer authority, meaning that free 30 hour provision will be available after Easter at Stakesby.

To be eligible:

  • both parents must be working (or sole parent if in a lone parent family)

  • each parent must have a weekly minimum  income equivalent to 16 hours minimum wage

  • Each parent must have an income less than £100,000 per year

Parents will need to apply online during March 2017 providing proof of eligibility.

In the meantime, more information is available for parents/carers on the North Yorkshire website - Click here

Nursery children also have the option of attending for lunchtimes, breakfast club or after school club.

Statutory Schooling

Children move into our Reception class in the September of the academic year that they turn 5 years old. The Nursery and Reception groups freely intermingle in the unit so transition is seamless for them.


The Early Years Stage provides ample opportunity, both indoors and outdoors, for the children to develop socially, emotionally, morally and physically as they explore the rich and stimulating environment and become part of a social group. Great emphasis is placed on learning through structured play and first hand experiences, largely chosen by the child, from the many exciting areas in the unit. 


The youngest children are gradually introduced to the main school through the year by attending weekly Celebration Assembly, and other school events.