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 – Thursday 9.00-3.30 and Friday 9.00 – 1.00, term time only.

Further Information

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.

Mission and Vision Statements

Aims and Mission Statement;

  • 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.

‘Holding Hands – Nurturing Minds’