Owler Brook Nursery has provision for 104 part time children. Nursery offers a great start to every child's education, mixing a chance to play and socialise with others and an introduction at valuable skills such as reading and writing (through the teaching of phonics) and some very basic maths skills.
Children can begin Nursery when they have reached three years old. If you would like to have a look around our Nursery or apply for a place, please contact the school or alternatively, download a nursery application form and either post it to the school address or hand the completed form in to the school office. We do not hold an open day, preferring to meet with parents and their children individually. In this way, parents get to see the nursery school under 'normal' conditions, giving a much more accurate feel of what we have to offer.
Parents please note – A place in our nursery does not automatically guarantee a place for your child in our school when they reach school age but does provide a good start to school life, wherever a child attends, later on. A full application must still be made via the authority adhering to the relevant deadlines.
The school admits children in line with the Local Authority Admissions Policy. Each year we accept 60 pupils in two classes. You can find details of the policy and guidelines on the Sheffield City Council website.
Our Reception Classes ensure that the specific needs of children who are 5 years and under, are met, in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Sage Curriculum. In particular, this allows children to develop at their own rate, through structured play and the gradual introduction of more traditional teaching methods.
The school operates in-line with the national admissions procedures, creating three possible points of entry for those children who turn 5 between 1st September and 31st August. Although parents can elect for their children to start in September, January or April, most prefer a September start so that their children have the opportunity to spend a full year with their classmates. Each year we accept 60 pupils in two classes.
Most importantly, we work with all parents to ensure that any decisions are the right ones to suit the needs of each child.
In the November prior to the academic year in which their child is due to commence, a 'Preference Form' is available from Primary School Admissions, Local Authority (LA) - Sheffield City Council - and this must be completed and returned directly to the Council either by post or using the internet.
A formal offer of a place will usually be made by the LA prior to the Easter holiday. In the case of over-subscription, appeals can be made through the LA.
NB: The school has no influence over the admissions process, which is clearly outlined in the Local Authority's Admissions Pack, and which applicants are encouraged to read thoroughly. These packs are available in different languages and we have a number of staff in school who can support parents in a range of languages.
We realise that parents may have anxieties about their children entering school at such an early stage and our experienced staff are always available to talk to you about your child's individual needs.