As Headteacher, I would like to welcome you to our school nursery. I am proud to be the Headteacher of our fabulous school where we place our children at the centre of everything that we do. We value highly, the positive relationships we have built and the benefits of working in collaboration with parents, the local community and St. Mary’s Academy Trust.
Graded as ‘Good’ in all areas by Ofsted (October 2016), our vision is to be the best that we can be and we have a lot to be proud about at Darton Primary School. We have a rich, broad and balanced curriculum and we hope to instil a love of learning in all children. We have high expectations and aspirations of all our staff and pupils and we strongly believe in giving children a range of experiences in their time at primary school that will prepare them both academically and socially for their next stage of their learning.
Our school Nursery offers funded education places to children the term following their third birthday as well as 13 30 hours places. Children attend either morning or afternoon sessions over five days or 5 full days for our 30 hours children.
We offer a fun-filled carefully planned curriculum, both indoors and out. Children use the outdoor environment year-round as we believe young children need to access larger spaces and fresh air daily.
Learning through play! We believe that purposeful play features strongly in good nursery education. It is not a wholly unstructured activity. Through the careful observations of children’s learning and interests, staff are guided in the selection of materials and equipment to ensure that, during their play, children encounter the learning experiences that suit their needs. By their involvement, comment and questions, teachers and teaching assistants help children to learn from such activity. Play that is well planned and fun helps children to think, to increase their understanding and to improve their ability to use language. It allows children to be creative, to explore and investigate materials, to experiment and to draw and test their conclusions.
We firmly believe that such experience is important in catching and sustaining children’s interest and motivating their learning as individuals and in co-operation with others. Each child’s individual needs are met, in an atmosphere that celebrates individuality and diversity, where everyone is included and everyone matters.
Your child is eligible for a place at a school nursery from the term following their third birthday:
When child becomes eligible for early education funding
1 January to 31 March
Start of school term beginning on or following 1 April after their 3rd birthday
1 April to 31 August
Start of school term beginning on or following 1 September after their 3rd birthday
1 September to 31 December
Start of school term beginning on or following 1 January after their 3rd birthday
You can apply for them a place at our Nursery following their second birthday. When you apply, your child's name will be added to the waiting list for our nursery.
For more information on admissions, please follow the link below:
Complete the council's application for admission to nursery form and send it to School Admissions, People Directorate, PO Box 634, Barnsley S70 9GG by the beginning of the term before you want your child to start attending (earlier if possible) to give us time to process it.
The council don't acknowledge individual applications, but you can ring them to check that your application's been received on 01226 773677.
You can also download the form below or collect a form from our office. Please remember that completed forms must be returned to council's address and not to the school.
We offer 13 places in our morning sessions and 13 places in our afternoon sessions
Sessions commence daily at 8:45am and finish at 11:45am
Sessions commence daily at 12:15am and finish at 3:15pm
If your child's application has been successful (the council normally inform parents approximately 6 weeks prior to their child's starting date), we will contact you to discussion transition into our nursery, including whether your child will be allocated a morning session, an afternoon session or a 30 hours session.
We offer 13 places for our full day session. The sessions commence daily at 8:45 and finish at 3:15.
Children must bring a packed lunch with them.
Families are eligible for the funding if both parents are working (or the sole parent in a lone parent family) and each parent or carer earns on average:
For additional information on 30 hours funding, please see the link below.
You can apply from when your child is 2 years and 36 weeks old.
|When your child turns 3||When they can get 30 hours from||Recommended time to apply|
|1 September to 31 December||Term starting on or after 1 January||15 October to 30 November|
|1 January to 31 March||Term starting on or after 1 April||15 January to 28 February|
|1 April to 31 August||Term starting on or after 1 September||15 June to 31 July|
You can apply outside of these recommended dates but you might not receive your code in time. You must have a valid code by the end of the month before a new term starts.
Check with us to find out the exact date your 30 hours free childcare starts.
You have to reconfirm your eligibility every 3 months. If you apply more than 3 months before the term starts, you’ll have to reconfirm your eligibility in your account in order to keep your code valid.
To apply for the funding you must complete the online form, this will take around 20 minutes. If you are successfully in your application, you will be provided with a code. You must present this code to the school office alongside your National Insurance number and your child's date of birth.
To begin the process, click on the link below.