Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.(Ofsted Framework 2014).

Athelstan Community Primary School provides high quality Early Years education and childcare, for children from 2 years old to 5 years old giving children the best possible start in life they deserve. Our knowledge of how children learn is exceptional. We passionately believe in and deliver a creative curriculum which builds children’s social and emotional resilience, draws upon the latest research in brain development and recognises the importance of strong relationships with parents, families and pre-school staff.

At the heart of everything we do in Athelstan School Nursery, is the care and nurturing of our young children, helping children to grow and learn. Our Early Years unit is made up of Raindrops for 2 year olds, Puddles for 3 and 4 year olds and Sunshine’s for 4 and 5 year olds. Children can learn and grow in a safe and secure environment through well planned, purposeful play. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults.

Children make excellent progress as key workers initially assess children’s staring point and then continually assess children’s progress, charting progress through highly personalised care. We specialise in multi-sensory open–ended play opportunities. We recognise parents are children’s first and main educators. As such, we involve them in every step of their child’s learning and progress. This helps us to build comprehensive knowledge of each unique child and their families. Parents are kept up to date with their child’s progress through regular updates, daily notes in communication books including photos of their child in action.

Our three early years areas are interlinked helping children to make a seamless transition from one room to another, preparing them for the move to the main school.

Athelstan School provides wraparound provision for Early Years Pupils. The provision is managed and lead by school based staff within the Puddles room and follows the EYFS curriculm.Children can attend before and after school from 7.40am until  6pm. A separate registration form is required ,which will be completed at the point of admission. Please see information  below in relation to the before and after school club, including policies and procedures.


30 Hours working Families funding for 3 and 4 year old children

North Yorkshire County Council provides up to 30 hours of funding in line with the Dfe guidleines. This means that if you are eligible to receive the 30 hours of 3 and 4 year old working families funding then you will be able to do so. Please click onto the Puddles page for more information

Critera for eligibilty of  working families 3 and 4 year old funding Childcare

Please also see the document Funding and Financial Support for Children in NurserypdfFunding and Financial Support

The application round for new starters for September 2019 has now closed . Applicants will be notified of school places on April 15th 2019 .Late applications should be processed via the link below .

If you are interested in joining Athelstan School or Nursery please contact the school EYFS office to make an appointment and we will be happy to show you around .