Lower Phase & Early Years


 We offer flexible nursery places as part of a child’s Flexible Nursery Entitlement (FNE).



We have recently introduced Read, Write, Inc. phonics scheme across our Lower Phase. The children are really enjoying learning the phrases and actions associated with Read, Write, Inc. This helps the children to recognise letters, remember the sounds and form their letters correctly. If you would like to use these phrases and actions at home to help your child then click on the link below:


The children in school have access to a range of books to support with shared, guided and independent reading and school make use of schemes such as Oxford Reading Tree and Read and Respond.

Reading Website recommendations - Oxford Owl 



Your child will receive a reading pack with phonics activities, a reading log and reading book to share.  Reading is an important part of your child's development.  Please support this by reading and sharing stories at home.


Please see more of your child's work on their class page.



 Rift House Primary School is responsible for admissions into Nursery. The local authority has sole responsibility for admissions into Reception and Year 1 to Year 6. For further guidance on whole school admissions please see the local authority guidance that can be located at:  Admissions Link



Parents are able to request that their child is placed on the nursery waiting list from birth. Parents are reminded from the initial contact with the school of the admissions criteria that is used to allocate places. A nursery child will be eligible to start nursery the term after their third birthday. During the academic year, the Early Years leader and staff meet to look at numbers on the waiting list and begin to allocate places for the following year based on the criteria.  If a place has not been allocated parents have the right to withdraw their name from the waiting list or remain on the list in case a place becomes available later in the year.

ADMITTANCE TO NURSERY Once you have been notified that your child has a place in our nursery you will then be invited to bring your child to Nearly at Nursery group on Wednesday mornings. This gives parents and carers the opportunity to meet nursery staff and means that your child can become familiar with the nursery environment and meet their key worker. You will also receive a welcome pack which contains information about the school and an 'All about Me' booklet to complete and return to nursery. 


NURSERY SESSION TIMES ‘Morning’ Nursery: 8.45am to 11.45am  ‘Afternoon’ Nursery: 12.15pm to 3.15pm. There are a limited number of flexible nursery places available.


Please note: Admission to a nursery attached to a primary school does not guarantee a place for your child in the reception class at that school.


Links For Parents

In Nursery and Reception, your child will receive a 'Busy Job Book'.  The purpose of this book is to provide an important link between home and school.  We will provide a weekly challenge to help your child build upon and extend their learning at home.  This will allow you to support them in their development.  The challenges will be open ended to allow you and your child to respond to them in a way that suits you best.  These books can also be used to write down anything you want to share with us about your child's life at home. 

We regularly hold workshops and drop in sessions to provide help and support to parents.  We have an open door policy, where parents are welcome to speak to their child's Key Worker throughout the school day.