Rift House Primary School

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Rift House 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 and to apply for a place please use the following link.



Parents can apply for a place the term their child turns 2.  .Children who are eligible will be given a start date the term after they turn 2.    For more information please contact Miss Wainwright on 01429 275239 at Rift House Primary School, Kim Rowntree on 01429 284881 or Bobbie Swlaes on 01429 523929  from the Children's Hub.   All children will receive a home visit before they start our provision.  Please request a copy of the school policy for more information.  

 We have two nursery sessions per day where we focus on the personal, social and emotional development of each child. We also encourage their communication, language and physical development. The children are encouraged to explore the environment. They will be supported in their play and will be encouraged to play alongside other children. The children will join in with stories, songs and rhymes during each session.


Our 2 year-old provision is currently mornings from 8.45 - 11.45 a.m. and afternoons from 12.30 - 3.30 p.m.




3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours Nursery provision. 

Rift House Nursery also offers full time 30 hour provision for working parents.  To find out if you are eligible, please use the link to take you to the Government website https://www.gov.uk/30-hours-free-childcare#content.  Select ‘Apply for 30 hours free childcare’ and click on ‘Start now.’  You will be asked to complete a simple online application.  If you are entitled, a code will be emailed out to you.  Once the code is handed into Nursery, your child is able to access full time provision the following term.  The Nursery staff will explain how this will work for you and your child.

Application for 30 hours September to December – a place will be offered from January

Application for 30 hours January to April – a place will be offered from April

Application for 30 hours from May to August – a place will be offered from September  

We also currently offer 4 paid places.  Parents are able to select full days at a cost of £15.00 per session.  Please contact the Nursery staff to find out availablity and how this will work for you and your child.    



To place your child onto our Nursery list come into the school office or pop into the Nursery 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, a home visit will be carried out. This gives parents, carers and children the opportunity to meet Nursery staff in their own home.  You will also receive a welcome pack which contains information about the school and all paperwork and consent forms will be completed during this visit.  For more information on home visit and nursery induction procedures please request a copy of our policy.  

If your child already has a place in our 2 Year Nursery, a home visit will not be needed.  Transition between the settings will be planned in the weeks before your child  transfers to school Nursery.  

We will also discuss how your child will access their nursery provision.



‘Morning’ Nursery: 8.45am - 11.45am  ‘Afternoon’ Nursery: 12.15pm - 3.15pm. 

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: 

Applying for a primary school place


Important dates


School admission arrangements


Applyng for an inyear admission





We are currently using the 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 

2 year Nursery children and school Nursery children receive a book to share at home every week.

Reception children will receive a decodable phonics book and a book to share.  

Reading is an important part of your child's development.  Please support this by reading and sharing stories at home.



For information on the provision in each class, please see class pages.  




Early Years Policy (Statement of Intent)