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Barnby & North Cove Primary School


Our aim in the EYFS is to provide a happy, safe and stimulating environment, which allows all children to feel secure and valued and therefore ready and eager to learn!



Little Acorn’s Nursery is part of the main school building and is open and spacious so the children can have access to all areas of learning, at all times. The Nursery has two secure and wonderful outdoor areas, which the children are able to use throughout the session and are free to choose from indoor and outdoor activities. This allows the children the opportunity to explore new and exciting experiences. As a school we have our own nature and wildlife areas which we all share enjoyment of.

If you would like to visit us we would love to show you around!  Please contact the School Office on: 01502 476230, or by email, at: to make an appointment with me.

I look forward to meeting you,

Miss Kelly Danks
Acorn Class Teacher

Please see our Nursery Pack and Registration Forms at the bottom of this page.

Admission into Nursery
For children who turn 3 between                             ….the free childcare starts from
1st April to 31st August                                               September (Autumn Term)
1st September to 31st December                              January (Spring Term)
1st January – 31st March                                           April (Summer Term)

Please be aware that attending our school Nursery does not guarantee your child a place in our Reception Class. Further details about admissions will be given on registering for a nursery place.

Why is the Nursery experience so important to my child?
Within Nursery every child deserves the best support and this enables them to become active learners and thinkers. All children learn in a variety of ways and there are 3 main aspects of learning we follow:-
  • Play and exploring – children investigate and experience things and have a go.

  • Active learning – children concentrate and keep trying if they encounter difficulties and they enjoy their achievements.

  • Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas and develop strategies.

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

The EYFS is the period of education for all children from birth until the end of Reception year at school.  It is called the Foundation Stage because it provides children with the secure foundations they need for their future learning. It builds on all the learning that children will have already gained from their families.

At Barnby & North Cove Primary School, we aim to ensure that our children benefit from learning experiences of the highest quality. We believe that ‘free-flow learning’ is key to young children’s development and stimulates their learning.  As our children feel safe, secure, valued and supported in their play by adults who care about them, we hope that they will go on to become independent and enthusiastic learners.

What will the children be learning?

There are 7 areas of learning covered by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum. These are divided into three prime areas and four specific areas. The prime areas are:-

  • Communication and Language

  • Physical development

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The specific areas are:-

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design Communication and Language

Phonics Schemes

In Little Acorns Nursery we follow the Letters & Sounds plans. Children will be given lots of opportunities to develop speaking and listening skills, one to one, in small groups and as a class. In a range of situations such as circle time and story- telling, children learn to listen attentively and respond with relevant comments.

We also encourage our children to be inquisitive and ask and answer questions in response to stories we share. They will show understanding of instructions and learn to express themselves clearly and effectively when speaking one to one or in a group.