Independent day school
for girls 3 - 18 and boys 3 - 11
with boarding for girls from 9

Nursery and Reception

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

In the Early Years Foundation Stage our boys and girls age 3-5 in Nursery and Reception are valued as unique individuals who develop and learn in individual ways and at varying rates. All children deserve the best possible start in life and we are very proud of the fact that in our latest Ofsted inspection in 2011, our Early Years department was graded “Outstanding” in every single area of learning. You can download the full report here.

A high quality Early Years experience provides a firm foundation on which to build future academic, social and emotional success. We therefore support and encourage each child to achieve their full potential. A child’s first experience of school has a major impact on their perception of learning.  A child who is happy, safe and secure in their environment will have a firm foundation from which to grow and develop their abilities and talents.

We carefully consider each child in our care in terms of their needs, interests and stage of development and use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience across all the areas of learning and development. Our small class sizes ensure that the teacher is able to work with each child individually every day, as well as hear them read. This enables the class teacher to really get to know how each child learns and to make careful observations and assessments to monitor their progress and further develop their learning.

Learn about our Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

The Nursery Class

Our nursery children can join us at any point from their third birthday and HOHS is registered to receive the Department for Education’s Early Years Funding Grants. This entitles 3 and 4 year olds who attend our Nursery and Reception classes to receive 15 hours of free early years’ education per week for 38 weeks of the year.  The grant is available from the term after your child’s third birthday and can be paid for up to five terms, so younger four year olds in our Reception class are also eligible for the grant. For further information please visit Fees and Fee Concessions.

From September 2014 we will offer the following nursery class sessions:

  • Full Day – 8.30am – 4.00pm
  • Morning Session – 8.30am – 12.30pm
  • Afternoon Session – 12.30pm – 4.00pm

We have a minimum requirement that pupils must attend a minimum of six sessions per week, for example 3 full days or four mornings and a full day or two afternoons and two full days. Pupils who attend day and afternoon sessions can attend our after-school clubs from 3.00pm – 4.00pm at no additional charge, however pupils can also be collected from 3.00pm.

For further information about session costs please visit fees or contact Mrs Eastwood, Business Manager, on 01603 810390.

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