What is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)?

The EYFS is the stage of children’s development from birth to the end of their first Reception year at school. The EYFS framework describes how Early Years practitioners should work with children and their families to support their development and learning. For detailed information on the EYFS please visit the Department for Education website. 

What age can my child start Nursery?

Your child can start at Wellington Nursery School after her or his third birthday.

What times does Nursery open?

The Nursery opens at 8 o'clock and closes at 6 o'clock.

Is it open all year round?

The Nursery School is open in our School term time, however there is a holiday club facility for our Nursery children during certain weeks.  Term Dates and holiday club provision for Nursery children are available here

School meals and snacks – are they provided?

Lunches, teas, snacks and drinks are included in our published fees as part of our 'Learning for Life' programme. They are healthy, delicious and great value.  

Will my child need a uniform?

Yes. The Nursery children wear a simple light blue jumper with the School’s crest, a sky blue polo shirt, dark blue jogging bottoms and dark shoes that are fastened with velcro. During warmer weather the children can wear dark blue school shorts and a school cap. School uniform is purchased from the School's uniform provider School Blazer.

How do I apply for a place at Nursery?

Further information on the admissions process can be found here. Please contact the Admissions team on 01823 668803 or admissions@wellington-school.org.uk and they will be happy to guide you through the process and introduce you to our school.

Can I visit the Nursery?

Yes, we would be delighted to show you around our excellent facilities and learning environments.  Visits are an essential part of the Admissions process and provide you with the opportunity to meet key staff in the Nursery and the Prep School.

Email the Admissions team: admissions@wellington-school.org.uk

What are the fees?

Please see our fees page here.

Is there funding to help with the fees?

The School is registered with the Somerset Local Authority to accept Early Years Entitlement funding (EYE) which is effective the term after a child’s third birthday. 

We offer the 15 hours’ entitlement to all parents of 3 and 4 year olds; the universal entitlement.  We also offer the 30 hours’ entitlement (the extended entitlement) to those working parents who are eligible.  Parents can gain more information about this scheme at www.somerset.gov.uk/eye30 or register at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk 

How is my child helped to move on to Reception?

There are very strong links between Nursery and our Reception classes.  Throughout the year in Nursery, children gradually spend more and more time working and playing alongside the children in the Reception year to help prepare them for the start of their formal schooling. 

What is the 'Learning for Life' Enrichment Programme?

This is a programme which offers a unique and exciting set of additional developmental and educational benefits, such as Balanceability, Forest School, Computing and Music lessons with Prep School teachers, and physical development programmes, as well as trips and visits.  Further information can be found here.