The small school with a big heart.

Nursery (Foundation Stage 1)

Our Nursery is a happy, busy, fun place to be where children learn to make friends, acquire new skills through lots of stimulating play and learn to trust adults other than their family grown ups.

We have a fully qualified Nursery teacher and teaching assistant who plan lots of fun activities from the Foundation Stage curriculum, look after our young children and ensure children grow in confidence.

Admission to Nursery:

To enrol your child for five sessions, please contact the school or visit the school office to put your name on the waiting list.

To contact our Nursery, please ring school on 0113 8878982 and we will transfer your call.

We offer 15 hours free flexible care within Nursery.

Each session lasts 3 hours: 9am – 12 noon or 12.15pm – 3.15pm.

Children are able to also stay for a healthy warm lunch or bring their own packed lunch.

Parents are also able to book extra sessions over and above the 15 hours – each session costs £12.50.


Learning and Development

Whilst in Nursery, pupils are well prepared for their move to Reception class by developing their skills in all areas of the curriculum. (See below). Children enjoy a wide range of activities delivered through a positive, stimulating curriculum developed in response to children’s interests and needs. We believe that children learn more effectively if they are given the strategies to do so. If they understand how they can make decisions and investigate for themselves, they will become more interested, more capable and keen to learn. We build upon experience and start from familiar points with each child. We connect the learning to their individual world and involve parents and families closely with their education. The prime areas of learning that underpin the planning and assessment procedures in the Foundation Stage at Kirkstall Valley Primary School are as follows:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

As the children grow confident in each of the above areas we begin to develop their learning in each of the following areas, giving them a wide expanse of knowledge and skills in preparation for their transition from Nursery to Reception:

  • Literacy (Reading; Writing)
  • Mathematics (Numbers; Shape, Space and Measures)
  • Understanding the World (The World; People and Communities; Technology)
  • Expressive Arts and Design (Exploring and Using Media and Materials; Being Imaginative)

Positive Relationships and Enabling Environments

Our Nursery provides a setting where children are respected and learn to respect each other – constructive interaction with their peers and adults in the classroom is taught as part of every day. Children understand that we are all different, but effective communication and friendships are actively encouraged. We create an environment of emotional security and happiness where every child is valued and cared for – an environment that gives an amazing scope for learning. In addition to the Foundation Stage’s wonderful classrooms both indoors and outdoors, we regularly use many other areas in the school.  These include:

  • Tyre Park with large equipment for climbing, jumping, running and sliding
  • School hall for P.E., performances and assemblies
  • A separate room for music and phonic sessions
  • School library
  • Scrap Shed
  • Wildlife area and pond
  • Picnic area with beds for planting and growing vegetables.