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Admissions

To find out all about our amazing Nursery, click here

Reception Admissions

We are excited to share our wonderful refurbished Early Years environment. This video will show Mrs Simmons (EYFS Lead / Assistant Head) and Mrs Todd showing you around the setting. Please get in touch if you would like to arrange a visit before or after school.

 

We would be delighted if you choose to apply for your child to come to St. Hilda’s.

We welcome applications from all children living locally. While we do encourage faith-based applications, as this is part of the ethos of the school, we also gladly welcome children of different faiths or no specific faith heritage.

To apply for a primary place at St Hilda’s, the Authority’s common application form must be completed via the Trafford Council website and submitted by January (for the specific date visit their website).

It is also likely to be helpful to complete the school’s own supplementary admission form, which is included at the bottom of the admission arrangements document.

Please note: parents, who have children at St. Hilda’s Nursery, must still make this application.

Places are usually allocated in April. The Voluntary Aided Primary School Hearings Appeal timetable is available below.

In Year Applications

If you want to transfer from your child’s current school to St. Hilda’s, in the first instance please contact us to see if there are any available places.

If there is availability, we recommend arranging a tour of the school with the Principal.

Once you have decided to take a place, you will be asked to complete a data collection form to register your child.

Nursery Admissions

Welcome to St Hilda’s Nursery. We take children from their 3rd birthday up until they are ready to start Reception.

St Hilda’s is proud to be a family orientated, caring and high achieving school. We are a joyful, caring community that is welcoming to all. We are a Church of England school and we celebrate diverse multi-cultural and multi-faith intake. Our Nursery children enjoy learning and work hard. Children are at the heart of everything we do. We are passionate about ensuring that every child gets the opportunities they deserve to thrive and flourish as learners.

St Hilda’s Nursery has an enriching education provided by caring and committed staff.

Come and have a look round with us in the video below!

Meet our team:

Mrs Ashford – Nursery Teacher

Welcome to our Nursery! I have been teaching in the Early Years at St Hilda’s for 8 years, in both Reception and Nursery. I love teaching phonics and helping the children to tune their ears into hearing different sounds. I also enjoy building tall towers and racetracks in the brick area.

Mrs Todd – Nursery Teacher

 

Hello, it is lovely to meet you. I have been teaching at St Hilda’s for 9 years. My favourite part of Nursery is outdoor play and I love looking for bugs in our garden. You will often

find me reading in our book area, it’s a tricky decision but I think ‘The Snail and the Whale’ or ‘The Mole who Knew it was None of his Business’ are the best stories to read (the last one is very funny!)

 

Mrs Wilson – Nursery Teaching Assistant

 

I have been working at St Hilda’s for 13 years and have spent the last 7 years in our Nursery. My favourite colour is pink, and I am an expert cake

maker! I really enjoy being creative, painting pictures and junk modelling. I often bring my recipe books into Nursery and enjoy making biscuits and cakes for us all to share.

Miss Ryan – Lunchtime Cover Assistant


Mrs Batool – Lunchtime Teaching Assistant
I have been helping at St Hilda’s for 6 years. I am here to help our full-time children to eat their lunch and play lots of exciting games outside. I really enjoy drawing and colouring.

I have been working at St Hilda’s for 7 years. I help our full-time children at lunch time. I like playing in the home corner, making dinner and looking after the pupils. I can’t wait to meet you!

Applications

We currently have a small number of places available in Nursery.

We offer a choice of part time AM or PM or full-time places.

AM – 8.45 – 11.45am (Monday until Friday)

PM – 12.30 – 3.30pm (Monday until Friday)

FT – 8.45 – 3.30pm (Monday until Friday)

We welcome applications from all children living locally. While we do encourage faith-based applications, as this is part of the ethos of the school, we also gladly welcome children of different faiths or no specific faith heritage. Our school is very culturally diverse and we respect and appreciate this across school.

Fees

Part time places (AM and PM)

AM (morning only) and PM (afternoons only) places are free as this falls under the governments 15 hours free entitlement for children aged 3 and 4 years old.

https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/free-childcare-and-education-for-2-to-4-year-olds

These places run throughout the week, Monday until Friday, term time only.

Full – time places

If you request a full-time place there are currently two additional charges:

  1. A charge of £10 per week for all full-time children to cover the additional hour at lunch time.
  2. A charge of £60 per week for the additional hours over the 15-hour free entitlement.

From September 2017, if you are a working parent/carer, you may also be entitled to claim this £60 weekly fee for free. For up-to-date information, please visit Trafford’s 30 hours free childcare page. In this case you would only have to pay the £10 weekly lunchtime cost.

https://www.trafford.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/childcare-and-early-education/how-to-apply-for-30-hours-free-childcare.aspx

Early Years Foundation Stage

In Nursery we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS).

This is split into 7 areas of learning. All areas of learning are interconnected and implemented through carefully planned, purposeful play based around the children’s interests. Our Nursery is staffed with a qualified teacher and pupils receive a high quality education which prepares them well for Reception.

Prime Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional development

Communication and Language

Physical development

Specific areas

Literacy

Mathematics

Understanding the world

Expressive arts and design

In Nursery the children learn through a range of adult led and child led activities which take place both inside and outside the classroom. Our children enjoy taking part in lots of different topics including ‘The Brilliant Bug Ball’, ‘Imagine That’ and ‘All About Us’. Learning in the EYFS is play based and there is a wide range of activities for the children to choose from. Children learn best at this age through playing, exploring, being active and creative and critical thinking. Play opportunities and the use of resources are carefully planned to enable children to develop in a variety of ways.

See below the fantastic work our children did for the topic ‘Imagine That’.

Here are some photographs of the indoor and outdoor areas:

Nursery Timetable

Here is a quick snapshot of what to expect during the day:

8.45 Nursery doors are open, hang up coats and we come together for the register and an adult led session (English, Maths, RE, PSED-Personal, Social & Emotional Development).
9.15 Time playing in continuous provision.
10.00 Snack time (fruit and milk/water).
10.15 Time playing in continuous provision.
11.15 Phonics time
11.45 Lunch time for FT children and home time for AM children.
12.30 PM children arrive.
12.45 Register and an adult led session (English, Maths, RE, PSED-Personal, Social & Emotional Development).
1.00 Time playing and learning in continuous provision.
2.15 Snack time (fruit and milk/water).
2.30 Time playing and learninng in continuous provision.
3.00 Phonics time
3.30 Doors open for pick up.

Frequently Asked Questions

At St Hilda’s C of E Primary School, we understand that starting Nursery is a big step for you and your child. You may have questions and queries that you would like to ask about what to expect when your child starts our Nursery.

Here are some frequently asked questions that we hope you will find useful. If there are any further questions that you want to ask, please feel free to contact us directly and we will be happy to answer them.

  • Can I look around?

We would love to invite you to visit our Nursery and to see the learning happening. Please contact us on 0161 881 5466 to organise a visit.

  • How do I apply?

We currently have a small number of part time and full-time places left.

Parents must complete the Nursery application form and return this to the school office.

Application forms can be returned by email, post or in person to our school office.

Email:

sthoffice@vantageacademies.co.uk

Our school address is:

St Hilda’s C of E Primary School

Warwick Road South

Firswood, Manchester

United Kingdom

M16 0SH

  • What happens if my child is anxious settling in?

We will work very closely with you and your child during the settling in period. We will suggest a timetable for you to follow when your child first arrives at Nursery, however we understand that every child is an individual and we may need to tweak this. Some of our children do shorter sessions to begin with to allow them to build their confidence and feel happy within our setting. We are here to work together with families and support children’s smooth transition into the school setting.

  • What happens at lunch time for full-time children?

Children are asked to provide their own packed lunch or school dinners can be ordered. There are a range of options available for school dinners each day and we can cater for dietary requirements such as vegetarian or halal options.

  • Is snack provided?

Children are provided with a variety of fruit and vegetables for snack each day. They also have the option of milk or water to drink. There is no charge for snack time.

  • Do they need to be toilet trained?

We understand that every child is an individual and may be further along in the toilet training journey that others. All children should bring in a bag with spare clothes as accidents can happen when they are busy learning, particularly in a new environment. We pride ourselves on our home/school connections and can support you with this. https://www.eric.org.uk/

This website has lots of fantastic tips and ideas to help with toilet training. Our school health visitor is another support system we can put you in contact with for guidance.

  • What does my child need to bring to Nursery?

We ask that all children bring a named bag with spare clothes in as we like to get messy when we are busy learning. Named wellington boots and a coat are also important as we often play outside in all weathers.

  • How will I know what my child is doing at Nursery?

Families are invited to join our class blog when their child starts at Nursery. The staff regularly post pictures and videos outlining the learning that is going on each day. This is a wonderful way to help promote conversations at home and allow families to become involved in school life. We also have a messaging system on the blog so you can contact us during the day with any questions or queries you may have.

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We also hold parents’ meetings twice a year which allows you to talk in depth with your child’s teacher about their development.

Your child’s Nursery teacher is always available at the beginning or end of the school day to talk to.

Throughout the year we plan a number of special days/events which parents and other family members are encouraged to attend. These include our Secret Readers and our stay and play sessions.

  • What will my child be doing in Nursery?

Nursery is the first step in your child’s school journey. Our aim is to provide each child with a range of learning experiences and opportunities, through child led play and adult led activities. We focus on developing their personal, social and emotional skills, building confident children who are keen to learn and have all the necessary skills needed to be independent in the classroom. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and the International Early Year Curriculum. You child will spend some of their day playing in our carefully planned classroom and outdoor area, working in a small group or a whole class session with a teacher focusing on counting or writing for example.

  • What should my child wear?

The majority of our pupils choose to wear our school uniform. Uniform can be purchased from: John McHugh, Stretford or Little Angels, Chorlton. If children are not able to do zips and buttons on trousers on their own, we would ask that joggers are worn as this can help children when they need to use the toilet.

  • How can I support my child before he/she begins school?

It is really helpful to encourage independence in self-help skills such as: dressing, eating, using the toilet as well as separating from you. Working on developing good social skills such as sharing and taking turns as well as developing language skills through listening and responding (nursery rhymes are great for this) are helpful too.

For any further questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact our school office and we will be happy to answer them.

Telephone:

0161 881 5466

Email:

sthoffice@vantageacademies.co.uk