Early Years


 We offer free 2 year old places for children of parents who meet certain eligibility criteria. To check if your child would be eligible for a place come into school and ask to speak to Miss Dunn.

Our 2 year provision is currently mornings only from 8.45 - 11.45.

We also now offer 30 hours nursery entitlement for children of working parents. See Mrs Bailey (nursery teacher) or Miss Dunn (Early Years Leader) for information on how to apply for this.

If you have any further questions please contact The Children's Hub on (01429) 284284.

3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours nursery provision. We offer flexible nursery places as part of this Flexible Nursery Entitlement (FNE). 



To place your child onto our nursery list come into the school office to complete the correct form. Children can be placed on the nursery list from birth. We will be in touch approximately six weeks before your child turns 3.

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 afternoons. 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. 

We will also discuss how your child will access their nursery provision. Nursery session times are below.


NURSERY SESSION TIMES ‘Morning’ Nursery: 8.45am - 11.45am  ‘Afternoon’ Nursery: 12.15pm - 3.15pm. There are a limited number of flexible nursery places available. Speak to Mrs Bailey for more information.

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.



 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



We have recently introduced Read, Write, Inc. phonics scheme across our Lower Phase including in Early Years. 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.


To see your child's work see their class page.







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.