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 – Thursday 9.00-3.30 and Friday 9.00 – 1.00, 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 – Thursday 9.00-3.30 and Fridays 9.00 – 1.00,  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.

Office

Staff

Head teacher Mrs Diane Frainer
Chair of Governors TBC
Key teachers Ms Ruth Cotterill Mrs Melissa Jeeves
Early years Practitioners Mrs Jane Maddern Mrs Debbie McAllister
Mrs Lisa Fox Mrs Diane Szanto
Mrs Sarah Metson
HLTAs am -Mrs Afia Begum pm – Mrs Jane Maddern
LSAs Mrs Benita Whelan Mrs Niki Laws-Randall
Mrs Louise Dunkley Ms Sally Hogg
Mrs Saharah Islam Ms Joanne Brown
Mrs Maria Wilding Mrs Laura Body
Mrs Jessica Bryant Mrs Caroline Prutton
Miss Emily Dear Mrs May Grant
Ms Ruby Singh Mrs Mavourneen Conway
Pre-School Manager Mrs Melanie Monahan
Pre – School Mrs Pippa Yarwood Mrs Michelle Wright
Pre-School Admin Ms Tracey Gilliland
Bank Staff Mrs Ferdousi Begum-Alam
Caretaker Edward Selby
Office Managers Mrs Permjinder Lidder & Lesley Mitchell
Premises Administrator Ms Tracey Gilliland

 

Governors

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.

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.

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.

Mrs Lisa Morris

Lisa Morris

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.

Current Govenors

Name Category Appointing Body Date Appointed Committee/Link
(Attendance)
Attendance at FGB Meetings
Helen Gledhill Chair FGB February 2017
  •  SEN & Safeguarding Link
  • Staff HR & Personnel Working Group
  • Protecting Vulnerable Groups
2/3
Nicolette Uys Vice Chair FGB September 2008
  • Business Development
  • Finance
3/3
Diane Frainer Headteacher  FGB May 2015
  • Finance
  • SDS
  • Personnel
  • Admissions (Chair)
  • SEND & Safeguarding
  • Health & Safety
  • EYPP & FSM
3/3
2/2
Emma Kent Co-opted FGB Commenced: Feb 2016
  • Health & Safety Link
  • Business Development (Chair)
3/3

Gabby McGhee

Co-opted  FGB Commenced: Feb 2016
  • Protecting Vulnerable Groups
  • T&L Link
3/3

Haider Mawji

Associate FGB  Commenced: Sept 2014
  • Finance
2/3
Emma Banders Co-opted
FGB
Commenced:October 2018
  •  Yorkies Committee
  • Protecting Vulnerable Groups

 

2/3
 KIm Cooper Parent  FGB October 2018
  • Finance
  • School Development Link
  • GDPR Link
1/2
Diane Szanto Staff Governor Staff Commenced: Sept 2011
  •  Yorkies
3/3
Emily Cunningham
Parent
FGB
May 2019
2/3
Elaine Phillips 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.

Current Govenors

Name Category Appointing Body Date Appointed Committee/Link
(Attendance)
Attendance at FGB Meetings
Helen Gledhill Chair FGB February 2017
  •  SEN & Safeguarding Link
  • Staff HR & Personnel Working Group
  • Protecting Vulnerable Groups
2/3
Nicolette Uys Vice Chair FGB September 2008
  • Business Development
  • Finance
3/3
Diane Frainer Headteacher  FGB May 2015
  • Finance
  • SDS
  • Personnel
  • Admissions (Chair)
  • SEND & Safeguarding
  • Health & Safety
  • EYPP & FSM
3/3
2/2
Emma Kent Co-opted FGB Commenced: Feb 2016
  • Health & Safety Link
  • Business Development (Chair)
3/3

Gabby McGhee

Co-opted  FGB Commenced: Feb 2016
  • Protecting Vulnerable Groups
  • T&L Link
3/3

Haider Mawji

Associate FGB  Commenced: Sept 2014
  • Finance
2/3
Emma Banders Co-opted
FGB
Commenced:October 2018
  •  Yorkies Committee
  • Protecting Vulnerable Groups

 

2/3
 KIm Cooper Parent  FGB October 2018
  • Finance
  • School Development Link
  • GDPR Link
1/2
Diane Szanto Staff Governor Staff Commenced: Sept 2011
  •  Yorkies
3/3
Emily Cunningham
Parent
FGB
May 2019
2/3
Elaine Phillips 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.

Current Govenors

Name Category Appointing Body Date Appointed Committee/Link
(Attendance)
Attendance at FGB Meetings
Helen Gledhill Chair FGB February 2017
  •  SEN & Safeguarding Link
  • Staff HR & Personnel Working Group
  • Protecting Vulnerable Groups
2/3
Nicolette Uys Vice Chair FGB September 2008
  • Business Development
  • Finance
3/3
Diane Frainer Headteacher  FGB May 2015
  • Finance
  • SDS
  • Personnel
  • Admissions (Chair)
  • SEND & Safeguarding
  • Health & Safety
  • EYPP & FSM
3/3
2/2
Emma Kent Co-opted FGB Commenced: Feb 2016
  • Health & Safety Link
  • Business Development (Chair)
3/3

Gabby McGhee

Co-opted  FGB Commenced: Feb 2016
  • Protecting Vulnerable Groups
  • T&L Link
3/3

Haider Mawji

Associate FGB  Commenced: Sept 2014
  • Finance
2/3
Emma Banders Co-opted
FGB
Commenced:October 2018
  •  Yorkies Committee
  • Protecting Vulnerable Groups

 

2/3
 KIm Cooper Parent  FGB October 2018
  • Finance
  • School Development Link
  • GDPR Link
1/2
Diane Szanto Staff Governor Staff Commenced: Sept 2011
  •  Yorkies
3/3
Emily Cunningham
Parent
FGB
May 2019
2/3
Elaine Phillips 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 Term Dates

York Road Nursery School
SCHOOL TERM AND HOLIDAY DATES
2020/2021
Autumn Term 2020
To Begin on: Thursday 3rd September

(Inset Day Friday 23rd October)

Half Term Monday – 26th October to Friday 30th October

To End On: Friday 18th December at 1pm

Spring Term 2021
To Begin on: Tuesday 5th January
(Monday 4th January – Inset Day -School Closed)

Half Term: Monday 15th February – Friday 19th February

To End: Friday 26th March

Summer Term 2021

To Begin: Monday 12th April
(Occasional Day – Friday 28th May)

Half Term: Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June

Term Ends : Tuesday 20th July
Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22rd July – inset days – School Closed