Introduction

We are a maintained nursery school providing a well balanced early years foundation stage curriculum using some High Scope philosophies. Children attend our nursery from all over Hitchin, the villages and outside the area. We provide nursery education for up to 130 children between 3 and 4 years old.

Predominantly, the children attend for a half day session five days each week, term times. Timings are 9.00am – 12.00pm or 12.30 – 3.30pm.

We have 8 groups in the morning nursery session, with up to 13 children in each group and the remainder in the afternoon sessions.

For those parents who are eligible for their child to receive 30 hours childcare provision, this will be arranged so that your child attends York Road Nursery School for 15 hours a week, then the additional 15 hours will be within the school setting. The hours available for the 30 hours children will be Monday – Friday 9.00-3.00 term time only.

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At York Road we are now able to offer a part time afternoon place ( subject to availability) for children the term after they turn 3 years old. If your child turns 3 in December for example, there may be the opportunity for him or her to start either in the January term or the Start of the summer term. This would then mean that they would attend 4 or 5 terms at York Road before they move on to Primary School. If you are interested in this, please call the School Office (01462 459127) to see if there is a space available for the next academic term.

If your child has any additional needs, we would really appreciate you passing on as much information as possible when you contact us. We are an inclusive school and would much rather be fully informed so that we can put in support right from the start to give your child the maximum opportunities to succeed.

When your child starts at nursery they are allocated to a key teacher group in one of the colour areas as their home base. They will remain in this group throughout their time at nursery, forming good relationships with their adult and group peers.
You will have access to a secure online reporting tool called “Tapestry”. Once logged into Tapestry you will see posts from your child’s Key Teacher and other Nursery / Yorkies staff. These posts will consist of observations, photographs, videos, and assessments. You can also upload, onto Tapestry, “magic moments” from home or share news time information, as a way of further communicating with us. The children also have a “My Book”, made up of pictures of their family, special pieces of work, holiday pictures and consultation sheets. These are kept in your child’s home area and they have access to them at anytime.

We have an ‘open door’ policy, where we welcome you to discuss concerns, questions or observations you have .The beginning and end of sessions are the best times for this.We work in close partnership with York Road Children’s Centre which is based on the school site. Please see their website for more information.

Introduction

We are a maintained nursery school providing a well balanced early years foundation stage curriculum using some High Scope philosophies. Children attend our nursery from all over Hitchin, the villages and outside the area. We provide nursery education for up to 130 children between 3 and 4 years old.

Predominantly, the children attend for a half day session five days each week, term times. Timings are 9.00am – 12.00pm or 12.30 – 3.30pm.

We have 8 groups in the morning nursery session, with up to 13 children in each group and the remainder in the afternoon sessions.

For those parents who are eligible for their child to receive 30 hours childcare provision, this will be arranged so that your child attends York Road Nursery School for 15 hours a week, then the additional 15 hours will be within the school setting. The hours available for the 30 hours children will be Monday – Friday 9.00-3.00 term time only.

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At York Road we are now able to offer a part time afternoon place ( subject to availability) for children the term after they turn 3 years old. If your child turns 3 in December for example, there may be the opportunity for him or her to start either in the January term or the Start of the summer term. This would then mean that they would attend 4 or 5 terms at York Road before they move on to Primary School. If you are interested in this, please call the School Office (01462 459127) to see if there is a space available for the next academic term.

If your child has any additional needs, we would really appreciate you passing on as much information as possible when you contact us. We are an inclusive school and would much rather be fully informed so that we can put in support right from the start to give your child the maximum opportunities to succeed.

When your child starts at nursery they are allocated to a key teacher group in one of the colour areas as their home base. They will remain in this group throughout their time at nursery, forming good relationships with their adult and group peers.
You will have access to a secure online reporting tool called “Tapestry”. Once logged into Tapestry you will see posts from your child’s Key Teacher and other Nursery / Yorkies staff. These posts will consist of observations, photographs, videos, and assessments. You can also upload, onto Tapestry, “magic moments” from home or share news time information, as a way of further communicating with us. The children also have a “My Book”, made up of pictures of their family, special pieces of work, holiday pictures and consultation sheets. These are kept in your child’s home area and they have access to them at anytime.

We have an ‘open door’ policy, where we welcome you to discuss concerns, questions or observations you have .The beginning and end of sessions are the best times for this.We work in close partnership with York Road Children’s Centre which is based on the school site. Please see their website for more information.

Aims & mission statement

‘Holding Hands – Nurturing Minds’

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  • To provide a happy secure environment where all are valued.
  • To provide independence and confidence with quality of opportunity for all.
  • To encourage children’s natural curiosity in active learning, problem solving and first hand experiences.
  • To develop speaking and listening skills.
  • To provide an environment to develop children’s physical skills.
  • To support the expression of feelings and emotions, and to listen with understanding.
  • To promote self esteem and to respect the needs of others.
  • To encourage children to take care of their environment
  • To provide a stimulating and challenging environment.
  • To value everyone’s individuality.
  • To identify the need for each child to develop their potential.
  • To provide an open partnership with parents and carers.

Staff

Head teacher Mrs Diane Frainer
Chair of Governors Mr Michael Routh
Key teachers Ms Ruth Cotterill Miss Robyn Sim
Early years Practitioners Miss Tara Kirton Mrs Shirley Parker
Mrs Jane Maddern Mrs Diane Szanto
Ms Helen Brazier Miss Louise Macey
HLTAs am -Mrs Afia Begum pm – Mrs Jane Maddern
LSAs Mrs Permjinder Lidder Mrs Mary Zani
Mrs Benita Whelan Mrs Niki Laws-Randall
Mrs Saharah Islam Ms Sally Hogg
Mrs Maria Wilding Mrs Laura Body
Mrs Louise Dunkley
Caretaker Lucy Makins
School Secretary Mrs Sandra Kent
School Admin Mrs Permjinder Lidder

 

Governors

Mike Routh

Mike Routh

I have been the Chair of Governors at the Nursery School now for 16 years.

Both my two sons attended the Nursery and I am very passionate about the sustainability of Nurseries in Hertfordshire.

Elizabeth Evans

Elizabeth Evans

As a teacher and senior leader for over 15 years, I want to contribute to and build upon the outstanding practice that York Road Nursery School delivers.

MOREMy son currently benefits from what York Road has to offer; its nurturing environment, careful encouragement of independence and early years tailored teaching and learning. We live locally and it is evident that parents old and new speak both fondly and proudly of the nursery school. And so, if you’ll excuse the cliche, I want to give something back to the very place that carefully supports and guides our little citizens as they head out into the world.

Diane Frainer

Diane Frainer

I have been the Headteacher at York Road Nursery School since April 2015. I have been working in education since 1999  and have 3 children of my own.

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We are the Lead School for DSPL1; leading schools and settings in Hitchin, Royston, Baldock and Letchworth to provide high quality provision for children with SEND. I am passionate about early years and am working in support with the school Governors to take the school forward and continue to raise standards, with a particular emphasis on inclusion.

Helen Gledhill

Helen Gledhill

I am a mother of two young children, both are now at Ickleford Primary School, my youngest is just finishing reception and the other at the end of year 2.

MOREI have lived in Hitchin, and now Ickleford, for 16 years and am originally from Lancashire. My children were born in Hertfordshire, and when my eldest child was born, I attended York Road and Oughton Head Children’s Centres and found the support invaluable. My son adored attending York Road Nursery school and the commitment to the children is wonderful to see, I am passionate about early help services and ensuring that children have the best possible start in life, therefore, being a governor helps me to give something back.

I have worked for Hertfordshire County Council for over 15 years. 11 years of which I commissioned services for Early Help and preventative services for children. I am now the Strategic Lead for Domestic Abuse in the Council, where I lead on the implementation of Hertfordshire’s Domestic Abuse Strategy.

Emma Kent

Nicolette Uys

York Road Nursery is well loved in the community; often spoken of with fond words and happy memories. I was delighted when my daughter started (’15) and again with my son (’16).

MOREIt felt like the perfect time to offer my support in continuing the legacy of this special nursery and Early Years; “The first 5 years have so much to do with how the next 80 turnout”- Bill Gates.

Gabby McGhee

Gabby McGhee

My daughter thoroughly enjoyed York Road Nursery. My working background is within the creative industry as a buyer and designer producing children’s products.

MORECurrently I work part time locally with children. I would to like to use my skills gained from my working life and give something back to the local community. I think it is important to help children to achieve goals through the best education and environment in their early years.

Haider Mawji

Haider Mawji

My daughter went to York Road and her experiences were so positive that even today 4 years later she still talks about, it therefore I wanted to give something back.

MOREI hope that my commercial and financial experience may be of benefit to the Governing Body.

Rob Lennox

Rob Lennox

I have a daughter who attends York Road and is thoroughly enjoying her time there. I wanted to show my support for the school and what it is doing for all its children.

MOREI felt I could contribute to this by becoming a governor.

Patti Rio Green

Patti Rio Green

I left my role in Finance recently, to work from home and spend more time with our son. He attended York Road, and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of being at the nursery.

MOREI wanted to become a Governor to give something back to the nursery. I hope to do this by providing some of the skills picked up in my previous work, to ensuring that the nursery continues to be able to provide the great environment they are creating, for teaching the little ones how to become more independent, and shaping their early years in education.

Diane Szanto

Diane Szanto

After my sisters attending the nursery back in the 60’s, myself doing a year of my N.N.E.B. training here and both my own children attending the nursery in the 90’s.

MOREI was very pleased to join the nursery as a Nursery Nurse in 2000 and join the Governing body a few years later. It is interesting and rewarding being involved with the Governing body, both as an associate governor and a member of staff, and to be part of decision-making which continues to keep York Road Nursery School the progressive community nursery that it is.

Nicolette Uys

Nicolette Uys

I work as an office manager / bookkeeper and take great pride in supporting my children in their various sporting and extra-curricular activities, watching them grow and succeed.

MOREBoth my son and daughter attended York Road Nursery School and they had a wonderful time building on their foundation learning so therefore I felt I wanted to give back to the community by supporting the Nursery school.

Current Govenors

Name Category Appointing Body Date Appointed Committee/Link
(Attendance)
Attendance at FGB Meetings
Michael Routh Chair FGB September 2011
  • Finance (Chair)
  • SDS (Chair)
  • Personnel (Chair)
  • Health & Safety (Chair)
2/3
Elizabeth Evans FGB Commenced: Feb 2016 3/3
Diane Frainer Headteacher  FGB Commenced: May 2015
  • Finance
  • SDS
  • Personnel
  • Admissions (Chair)
  • SEND & Safeguarding
  • Health & Safety
  • EYPP & FSM
3/3
Helen Gledhill  Parent  FGB Commenced: Feb 2017
  •   SEN &   Safeguarding Link
2/2
Emma Kent Co-opted FGB Commenced: Feb 2016
  • Health & Safety
  • Admissions
3/3

Gabby McGhee

Co-opted  FGB Commenced: Feb 2016
  • EYPP & FSM
3/3

Haider Mawji

Associate FGB  Commenced Sept 2014
  • Finance
2/3

Rob Lennoz

Parent FGB Commenced: Feb 2016
  • Finance
2/3
Patti Rio Green Parent  FGB Commenced: Feb 2017 1/2
Diane Szanto Staff Governor Staff Commenced: Sept 2011
  •  Yorkies
3/3
Nicolette Uys Co-opted  FGB Commenced: Sept 2008
  • Finance
  • CPD
2/3
Sarah Phillipson Clerk to Governors

 

 

Governors who have also served in the last 12 months

Tim Emler Stepped down 14/07/15
Julia Carmichael Stepped down May 2017
Camilla Francis Teacher Governor Commenced Sept 2015

Stepped down 09/05/16

  • SEND & Safeguarding
Karen Kennedy Vice Chair  FGB Stepped down 2016
  • Finance
  • SDS
  • Personnel
  • Admissions
Simon Coleman Parent Governor FGB Commenced: Dec 2012 (4 years)

Stepped down

  • EYPP & FSM
  • LEA link

SDS – School Development & Standards

EYPP & FSM – Pupil Premium and Free School Meals – Pupil Progress

CPD – Governor Training & Professional Development

None of the governors have any relevant business or pecuniary interests.

School Diary

utumn Term 2017
Mon 4th September Inset Day – School Closed
Tue 5th September All New Children visit /start day AM & PM ( 1 Hr visit day)
Wed 6th September New Children visit day AM & PM ( 2 Hr visit & Head’s talk )
Thu 7th September New Children visit day AM & PM ( 2 Hr visit & Head’s talk )
Fri 8th September All Children
Mon 23rd October – Fri 27th October Half Term
Tue 19th December Term Ends
Spring Term 2018
Wed 3rd January Inset Day – School Closed
Thu 4th January Term Begins
Mon 12th February – Fri 16th February Half Term
Sat 24th February, 9:30am – 11:30am Open Morning for Prospective Families 9.30 – 11.30
Thu 29th March Term Ends
Summer Term 2018
Mon 16th April Term Begins
Fri 25th May Inset Day – School Closed
Mon 28th May – Fri 1st June Half Term
Thu 12th July School Closed – Transferring School Visit Days
Fri 20th July Term Ends