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Our Nursery is part of our Early Years Foundation Stage for which the following is our vision:


* At William Lilley Foundation Stage play, communication and promoting a love of learning is at the heart of all that we do,

* Our happy children are nurtured and are encouraged to build strong relationships within the school family,

* Children are motivated through fun, first-hand experiences which support them to develop their understanding of the wider world, take risks and extend their learning,

* Our children are encouraged to be healthy, active learners who are confident, independent individuals,

* Our inspirational environment enables us to work together, celebrate each other and achieve success.




Please see the table below for who can come and join us.


Child's birth date   Eligible to start
Born between 01.09.2021 and 31.08.2022From 01.09.2024
Born between 01.09.2022 and 31.12.2022From 01.09.2025
Born between 01.01.2023 and 31.03.2023From 01.01.2026
Born between 01.04.2023 and 31.08.2023From 01.04.2026




We are able to offer a minimum of 15 hours Nursery education for 38 weeks of the year and we do so following Nottinghamshire County Council's school term dates. We are able to offer this under the following two scenarios.


3 year old 15 hours

All children in England are entitled to 15 hours free Nursery provision for 38 weeks of the year the term after they turn three.


3 year old 30 hours

The funded hours for 3 year olds was extended to 30 hours for some working parents from 2017.


We are also able to offer a limited number of Rising Three spaces when they are available which are designed to help the youngest members of our school family to join us the term that they turn three. Rising 3’s are defined as children who are registered pupils at a school and have not yet reached the age of three, but will do so before the end of their first term at school. The Ofsted exemption for Rising 3’s, set out in Childcare (Exemptions from Registration) Order 2008, is for registration purposes only and not ratios. 


Rising 3 Working Parents Place

In 2023, Childcare Reforms stated that eligible working parents would be able to access 15 hours of funded childcare per week, for 38 weeks of the year and we are delighted to now be able to offer this.


Rising 3 Subsidised Place

We are very proud to be able to offer a limited number of Rising Three spaces when they are available. They are designed to help the youngest members of our school family to join us the term that they turn 3 and they come at a subsidised cost to parents.


All offers are made with due regard to the safeguarding requirements set out in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). These set out the minimum staff:child ratios, minimum staff qualification levels and minimum space requirements. As per these requirements, the ratio for Rising 3’s are 1 member of staff to 5 children; once a child turns 3 years old, they are included in the 1:13 ratio. 


For more information and to check your child's eligibility for a place in our Nursery, please click on the link below:


Childcare Choices




PatternDetailCurriculum Contact TimeLunch ClubCost
MorningEvery morning session14 hours 10 minutesWednesday 50 minutes£0.00
AfternoonEvery afternoon session 14 hours 10 minutesThursday 50 minutes£0.00
Two and Half Days

Full day Monday

Full day Tuesday

Wednesday Morning

14 hours 10 minutesTuesday 50 minutesMonday Lunch Club £5.00
Two and Half Days

Wednesday afternoon

Full day Thursday

Full day Friday

14 hours 10 minutesFriday 50 minutes

Thursday Lunch Club


Full time

(30 hours)

Full day Monday to Friday28 hours 20 minutes

Tuesday 50 minutes

Wednesday 50 minutes

Monday, Thursday and Friday Lunch Club

£5.00 x 3 = £15.00

* Any hot dinners taken are £2.95 per day

* Any additional Lunch Clubs taken by prior arrangement are chargeable at £5.00 per session

* Lunch Club charges are to cover the additional staffing costs over lunchtime, which are not covered by the funding we receive.



Our Nursery day is divided into three sessions:


Morning session



Lunch Club



Afternoon session






In addition the 15 hours or 30 hours free childcare, you could get further help with childcare costs.  Check what help you could get with childcare costs in the form of:

  • tax-free childcare
  • tax credits
  • universal credit
  • help while you study

For more information, please click on the links below:


Help with childcare costs



We request that you use our online payment system 'SchoolMoney' to pay for any additional provision you may use. We will pre-populate your lunch club and Nursery dinner bookings in SchoolMoney so you will be able to see upcoming payments half-term at a time. Parents are asked to ensure payments are made in advance. Should your child's account go into arrears, you will be subject to the processes outlined in our debt recovery policy which can be found by clicking on the link below:






Information about in-school wrap-around is available upon request or via our website (please click on the link below). 


Parents may also wish to make arrangements with private nurseries/child minders who offer wrap-around care outside the times of our sessions. The parent and care provider must make their own arrangements should this be required. The school will always be the recipient of the funding for the child’s place and the private day care provider will charge parents/carers for their provision.





We would be delighted if you chose us as the setting where you would like your child to begin, or continue, their childcare journey. To ensure that both your child, and you, feel confident and secure, we carefully plan an induction program to help you all settle quickly. This is made up of a:


Getting Ready for Nursery

This is an opportunity for your child to visit the Nursery setting and become familiar with their new exciting learning environment.

Home visit

We like to visit all children at home before they start. We feel that children settle more quickly following home visits, giving them the chance to meet the staff in the security of their own home. The home visit also provides an opportunity for an informal chat about anything parents feel may affect their child at Nursery.

Stay n Play

The day before your child is due to start with us, they will have an opportunity to 'Stay and Play' accompanied by an adult that they trust. This provides support for the child and an opportunity for the adult to see what happens in Nursery.

Staggered Nursery start date

Starting dates for new children are staggered so that they are welcomed into a well-established and calm climate where they can have the full attention of staff. Parents are given an individual start date for their child.



Either phone the School Office on 01159 179 277 or complete the contact form below. We warmly welcome visits to the School which can be arranged at a mutually convenient time for yourselves and our Head Teacher, Mrs Beardsley. Please also refer to our policies page by clicking on the link below and select Nursery Admissions.




Please provide me with more information about the Nursery. I would be interested in coming for a look around.

To view our recent EYFS Quality Mark Assessment Feedback, please click on the link below: