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.

Staff

Head teacher Mrs Diane Frainer
Chair of Governors Mrs Donna Brown
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 Mrs Louise Dunkley
HLTAs am -Mrs Afia Begum pm – Mrs Jane Maddern
LSAs Mrs Benita Whelan Mrs Laura Body
Mrs Saharah Islam Ms Joanne Brown
Mrs Maria Wilding Miss Emily Dear
 Mrs May Grant Ms Ruby Singh
Ms Eezah Iqbal Ms Emily Jarvis
 Ms Rebecca Stevens Mrs Izzy Timms
Bank Staff Mrs Ferdousi Begum-Alam Mrs Jo Pike
Mrs Jessica Bryant Mrs Caroline Prutton
Transitions & Tapestry Co-ordinator Mrs Shirley Parker
Pre-School Manager Mrs Melanie Monahan
Pre – School Mrs Pippa Yarwood Mrs Michelle Wright
Pre-School Admin Ms Tracey Gilliland
Caretaker Edward Selby
Office Managers Mrs Permjinder Lidder & Lesley Mitchell
Premises Administrator Ms Tracey Gilliland

 

 

Governors

Donna Brown

Donna Brown

I am the newly appointed Chair of Governors and I will work closely with the Head and the other Governors to ensure York Road continues to maintain its excellent standard.MOREA scientist by training, much of my early career focused on managing graduate and post-graduate training in Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects. I am now a director at a national research institute and my role is broad, covering leadership in strategy, operations, skills development and training and engagement. I have been a community governor and chair of the resources committee for another Hitchin School, taking the difficult decision to resign when my little boy was born. Now that he’s older and the work-life juggle is a little easier I wanted to do something for the community again and I am delighted to be joining York Road.

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.

Shirley Parker

Shirley Parker

I worked as a Secretary and then a Childminder. My three children all came to York Road Nursery and have very fond memories of it.MORE I joined the team in 1999 and retired as a Key Teacher in the summer of this year but continue with my role as Transitions Co-ordinator on a part time basis, a role which I am passionate about. I am also the Tapestry Co-ordinator, responsible for the personal online Learning Journeys of the children. I hope my experience of working at nursery will be beneficial to the governing body and I look forward to being a part of the decision making and to give something back to the community.

Lisa Morris

Lisa Morris

I have been working in PR now for over 15 years, 11 of these running my own PR agency, BumpPR.
MOREThe agency specialises in family brands and in this role, I manage a small team and a portfolio of 30 clients. We work with small start-ups and global giants, working with varying consumer and business media and social media platforms.When my son went to York Road, I knew instantly there was something special about the nursery school.I wanted to give a little something back to the community so when the opportunity came up to become a governor, I was delighted to take the role.
 

Aanchal Kumar

Aanchal Kumar

Haider Mawji

Haider Mawji

I have been a governor here at York Road for over 8 years, sitting on the Finance Committee. MOREIn my professional life I have experienced a high-energy career to date, managing at all levels and in the last 20 years have worked with various clients as a Finance Director operating at Board level. My strong ability to innovate and question has been fundamental to successfully developing, re-engineering and managing financial operations and divisions in the UK and Internationally. I have demonstrated the ability to manage costs and cash flow tightly, at the same time, establishing and building partnerships externally internally and with stakeholders. I have enjoyed applying my financial expertise and knowledge to critique and help develop financial plans and strategies for York Road Nursery. I have found the opportunity to contribute to my local community through my role as school governor here at York Road to be very rewarding. I feel honoured and proud to be, a very small, part of a school that Ofsted has consistently awarded “outstanding”, but more importantly creates an environment that nurtures, excites and enthuses children on their educational pathway.

Emily Cunningham

Emily Cunningham

My role includes supporting the Headteacher with interviews to ensure the most suitable people are employed to work at York Road Nursery.MORE I have helped out with staff wellness events that help to boost staff morale and I have supported the school curriculum through learning walks, visits to the school and helped by raising money through the Waitrose supporting local businesses scheme. I also really enjoy attending the Governor meetings and attending school events. II have been a Primary and Early Years teacher for many years in London before having two children and now I work locally as a Supply Teacher. I wanted to be a Governor of York Road because firstly I chose this school for my son and he had a really excellent time here and I wanted to play a part in the school community.

Full Governing Body Meetings

Constitution TofO Starts TofO 06/10/20 30/11/20   10/3/21
Ends
Diane Frainer (DF) Head        N/A         N/A           /          x          /
Kim Cooper (KC) Parent 01/10/18 31/09/22 /    Resigned       N/A
Haider Mawji (HM) Parent 01/12/13 08/10/21           /          /          /
Diane Szanto (DS) Staff 05/10/19 04/10/23           /          x         /
Nicolette Uys (NU) Co-opted 05/06/15 04/06/23           /           /   Resigned
Emily Cunningham (EC) Parent 09/05/19 08/05/23           /          /         /
Aanchal Kumae (AK) Parent 01/10/19 31/09/23           /          /         /
Lisa Morris (LM) Co-opted 01/05/20 30/04/24           /          /        /
Donna Brown Chair 30/11/20 31/10/24         N/A          /        /
Shirley Parker Co-opted 01/01/21 31/12/25         N/A          x        /
Elaine Phillips (EP) Clerk           /          /         /

Governors who have also served in the last 12 months

Kim Cooper   Chair Stepped down October 2020
Emma Banders Stepped down April 2020
Patricia Green Stepped down May 2019
Sarah Phillipson   Clerk Stepped down October 2019
Gabriella McGhee Stepped down July 2020

 

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