Local education authority (LEA) maintained nursery schools and classes are attached to local education authority infant and primary schools in Harrow and are registered and inspected by Ofsted as part of the school’s inspection.
Most parents will choose a nursery attached to their school of choice or where older siblings may attend. Children that attend a maintained nursery or class are not guaranteed a place at the school once they reach school age. Please note that nursery classes attached to independent schools may incur fees.
They offer the following:
- Early education to children aged between three to five year olds.
- Most nursery schools provide early education and childcare on the school premises.
- Are staffed by teachers and assistants.
All Providers will have arrangements in place to support children with special educational needs or disabilities. Maintained schools, maintained nursery schools and all providers who are funded by the local authority to deliver early education places must have regard to the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice. All providers will have a named Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). Childminders are encouraged to identify a person to act as a SENCO and childminders who are registered with a childminder agency or who are part of a network may wish to share the role between them.
Standards for the learning, development and care of children
Day nurseries have to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) when caring for under fives.
There must be at least one member of staff for every eight children.
Offer full and half days, usually between 9am to 3.30pm during the school year. Nursery school sessions usually take place in the morning or afternoon (typically a session is 3 hours), however, some may be able to deliver this flexibly rather than all mornings or afternoons.
School nurseries can be registered for Free Early Education Entitlement Funding for 2, 3 and 4 year olds, this includes:
- 2 year old funding (up to15 hours per week over 38 weeks or 570 hours per year)
- Universal 3 and 4 year old funding (up to15 hours per week over 38 weeks or 570 hours per year)
- Extended 3 and 4 year old funding also know as 30 hours funding (up to 15 hours per week over 38 weeks or 570 hours per year in addition to the universal 3 and 4 year old funding equating to up to 30 hours per week over 38 weeks or 1140 hours per year)
Find your nearest nursery school
To find your nearest nursery school go to the find section.