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Our Foundation Stage, rated as 'Excellent' in the 2017 Inspection report, is for children from their third birthdays.

Opening Times, Fees and Admission Procedures

Nursery and Reception age pupils are accommodated in the main School and the School’s Foundation Stage Unit and it is here that we aim to provide a positive start to your child's school years. The Foundation Stage is structured to promote the Early Learning goals for children's learning from the age of 3 until the School year that you child becomes 5.

We are a validated provider of nursery education, making us eligible for grant funding for three- and four-year-olds.

Children may join the Foundation Stage Unit from the age of three, as long as there are spaces available. In the period between their third birthday and the start of their pre-school year a flexible programme and timetable can be arranged to suit individual needs. 

The pre-school year runs from the September after your child's third birthday. The education programme in this year is based on attendance at five morning sessions each week. Optional sessions are of course also available each afternoon, when the activities will be slightly less formal than in the mornings.

The Unit is open from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm during the school term. After-school care is currently available from 3.45 pm until 5.45 pm. Breakfast Club is available between 7.45 am and 8.30 am. See the link at the left hand side of the page for details.



Fees: Trinity Term 2018 - Lent Term 2019


Children in Receipt of Grant Funding 

Five morning sessions                                        £0 per week                   08.30am to 11.30am

(Recommended for all pre-school pupils)

These sessions are covered by the Early Years Grant Funding details of which can be found below.


Lunchtime session                                               £17.00 per session      11.30am to 12.30pm

(We encourage all of the children to stay for the final hour when lunch is served)

Additional afternoon sessions                                £17.00 per session      12.30pm to 3.30pm

Full Week                                                               £141.00 per week          08.30am to 3.30pm

 A drink and snack is included in each session. Fees will be billed each half term and will be

due for payment on or before the first day of the new term. Please note that sibling discount

does not apply to children in the Nursery.


Children not yet in receipt of grant funding


5 morning sessions                                             £147.50 per week             8.30am to 12.30pm

Additional afternoon sessions                             £17.00 per session          12.30pm to 3.30pm

Individual morning or afternoon sessions            £29.50 per session     

Full week                                                              £201.00 per week

Fees include lunch and a drink and snack in the morning session and a drink and snack in the afternoon session.  Fees will be billed each half term.  Please note that sibling discount does not apply to children in the Nursery.


Children are accepted following discussion with the Head of Heathfield, Mr A. Wilkins and on completion of an Application Form and payment of a registration fee of £50. Please contact Mrs Sutherland, Registrar, who will provide any information you may need and arrange for you to visit Heathfield and see the Nursery.

Pupils transferring from Nursery into our Reception Class must complete an Acceptance Form. This should normally be completed by the February of their pre-school year.


early years grant funding

The Nursery school is an accredited provider of Government grant funding for 3/4 year olds. The funding is available from the term after the child's third birthday until the child reaches 5 years of age. The funding will start in Nursery and may continue into Reception class depending upon your child's date of birth. Each child is entitled to 15 hours funding per week, these hours can only be taken between 8.30am and 11.30 am Monday - Friday.

If you need further information about the grant funding scheme please contact the Fees Office at Rishworth School on 01422 820917.


Nursery vouchers

Heathfield accept nursery vouchers and any parent wishing to use them should contact the Fees Office at Rishworth School on 01422 820917. If we are not currently registered with your childcare provider then we can register once you provide the scheme details. Please note that if paying with nursery vouchers you will still have to ensure that all fees are paid before the first day of each half term.


Telephone Numbers

The Registrar, Mrs Sutherland may be contacted on 01422 822 217 or by emailing

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