Children can join Hoe Bridge Nursery in the September following their 2nd birthday. Our Nursery is a two year programme with children joining Twigs in the first year and moving up to Acorns in the second year. All children then have a seamless transition into Reception and beyond at Hoe Bridge.
Language, numeracy, creativity, science and discovery, music and physical activity are all incorporated into the day through a wide and engaging range of play and practical activities.
Your child will enjoy freedom to make choices about their activities within the structure of the curriculum. The Nursery staff will work closely with them while they develop language skills, stretch their imagination, discover new concepts and materials and learn to share and socialise with their classmates and embrace diversity. All the while they will be continually observed and their skills, interests and needs recorded as part of their individual learning plan. This is overseen by a key member of our Nursery staff responsible for their progress and wellbeing who is also your main point of contact for regular communication and any questions or concerns that may arise.
With our low child-teacher ratio in Nursery we ensure the children are getting the best possible care at this vital stage of their learning journey. We have a 1:4 ratio for children aged 2 years old and a maximum ratio of 1:8 for older children. When children move into Reception we have a maximum of 21 children in each of our three Reception classes with a teacher and teaching assistant.
The first year of our Nursery is called Twigs and the number of sessions children can attend is flexible. Children can either select mornings or full days. The second year of Nursery is called Acorns, we ask for a minimum of 3 mornings up to October half term and 5 mornings thereafter. We then ask you to add any two afternoons in the Summer term in readiness for Reception.
All children must be in by 8.55am for the morning register. We also run a free early class which allows you to drop off from 8.15am until 8.55am. Half day children go home before lunch at 12.15pm and full day children stay until 3.15pm.
All of our children enjoy a morning snack and full day children join the family style lunch with healthy food cooked daily on site. Nursery staff head the table, serving lunch and encouraging them to try a range of foods as well as developing their table manners.
In Nursery and beyond we offer wraparound care with a breakfast club starting at 7.30am and after school care until 6.30pm. We also run holiday camps for 9 weeks providing childcare for up to 43 weeks a year.
Nursery Twigs and Acorns each have their own open planned classroom with dedicated toilets and changing facilities as well as direct access to a their own enclosed outdoor learning environment. All Nursery children have access to the wider facilities in Pre-Prep including a music room, Library and Sports hall. All set within our beautiful 22 acre Hoe Bridge estate which allows for breaktimes in our Pre-Prep playground, outdoor learning in The Hideout, our fantastic outdoor classroom under a huge parachute, woodland walk and meadow.
Specialist teaching starts from Nursery with dedicated Pre-Prep PE and Music teachers. Physical Education is taught by our Pre-Prep PE Teacher, Mrs Russell twice a week starting with simple games and gymnastics allowing children to work on control, balance and hand-eye coordination skills. Music is taught weekly in Nursery by our Pre Prep Music Teacher, Mrs Dupont who introduces songs, rhymes and percussion instruments as children practise moving, clapping and playing on the beat. The number of subjects increases as children progress through Pre-Prep. Please see the specialist teaching that is offered by year group below:
|PE||Music||Swimming||Choir||Musical Theatre||Prep Games|
As well as having specialist teaching, children have dedicated time for other specialist subject areas led by their class teacher allowing them to explore and utilise our extensive facilities. They also have a dedicated Nursery assembly with our Head of Pre-Prep, Ms Willis and join in whole Pre-Prep events such as Pancake Day, Harvest, Easter and Christmas.
Please see other specialist teaching areas that are offered by year group below:
|Library||Outdoor Learning||Computing||After School Activities (Optional)||French|
|Reception||✓||✓||✓||From the Summer Term|
We offer optional private lessons in piano and violin from Year 1 and group lessons in ukulele and recorder from Year 2. This leads into our wider programme in Year 3 and above where we offer over 20 different instruments.
We have an optional dance programme in partnership with KV Academy of Dance that covers a range of different genres as children progress through Pre-Prep. Please see the different classes offered below that occur either during or after the school day:
|Ballet (RAD)||Street Dance||Modern Dance (ISTD)||Tap|
We value the importance of establishing a solid partnership between home and school. Our learning journey with your child is a partnership, a triangle involving the child, parent and teacher. Establishing good communication is a vital part of this partnership and encouraging families to talk directly to Nursery staff at drop off and pick up. You will also find our Head of Pre-Prep out every morning greeting families as they arrive at the start of the school day. Formal parent meetings every term and a detailed school report at the end of the year also allow for more structured feedback to parents. Embracing digital tools, our Early Years staff post videos and photos of your child's learning journey through an online platform called Tapestry, providing feedback on how your child is progressing on a regular basis.
School fees include morning snacks for all children and lunch for full day children and are billed across three terms Autumn, Spring & Summer.
|Per Term||Per Year|
|Nursery - Twigs & Acorns Per Morning|| £475 - per morning
£2,375 - 5 morning
| £1,332 - per mornings
£7,125 - 5 mornings
|Nursery - Twigs & Acorns Per Full Morning|| £775 - per full day
£3,875 - 5 full days
| £2,325 - per full day
£11,625 - 5 full days
To see all year group fees please click HERE
All children are eligible for Early Years Funding in the term after their 3rd birthday. Eligibility ends from the start of the term after your child’s fifth birthday. Hoe Bridge School offers both the Universal 15 hours for all children and only the Extended 30 hours for children who are full time with us. Universal funding is only applied for three hours per day between the daily attendance times of 9.00am to 12.00pm and Extended funding of six hours per day is applied between 9.00am and 3.00pm.
Details are shown on our termly bills, but as a guide at the current EYFE funding rate (which is £4.87 per hour) please see termly fees payable in 2022/23:
|Nursery Fees After Funding||Reception Fees After Funding|
|Attendance||5 Mornings||Full Time||Full Time||Full Time||Full Time|
|EYFS Entitlement||Universal (15 hours)||Universal (15 hours)||Extended (30 hours)||Universal (15 hours)||Extended (30 hours)|
|Autumn Term (13 weeks)||£1,435||£2,935||£1,994||£3,220||£2,279|
You are able to register for a place by creating an account on our admissions portal HERE after which we ask for a £75 registration fee which can be paid by card online and formally starts the admissions process. We have limited places in our Nursery programme and so we recommend registering early.
The offer of a place is sent to parents at the beginning of the Summer term, one year before the child's entry to the school. You will be required to sign our school contract and pay a £1,000 deposit by the date indicated in the offer letter to confirm your child’s place. £500 of this deposit is deducted against the first term’s Reception fees. The remaining £500 deposit will be refunded at the end of your time at Hoe Bridge or by providing a term's notice of withdrawal if leaving sooner. Deposits are not reimbursed if a pupil leaves whilst in or at the end of Nursery.
Children visit us with their parents throughout the year before joining. We have a settling-in session for one hour in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms. In the Summer term we announce who your key worker is so that you can all get to know each other better during the final settling-in session before the summer break and starting at Hoe Bridge.