Wood End School

Headteacher: Mr Richard Boulton

Yeomans Avenue, Harpenden Hertfordshire AL5 3EF


01582 761636




Starting nursery is a very important milestone in every child’s life. As a parent/carer, you have an important role to play in helping your child take the first steps on their learning journey. We are keen to work with you to make sure that starting nursery is a positive experience for your child, and to help your child achieve their full potential in a warm and caring environment.

To keep you informed an online learning journal is compiled, which is a celebration of your child's achievement throughout their time in Nursery.  It records those special moments keeping you involved in a partnership as your child develops. You are also able to post your own observations of exciting things you do at home/during holidays.

Wood End Nursery is an integral part of Wood End School, which is rated as ‘outstanding' by Ofsted. Children are expected to attend five morning sessions or five afternoon sessions per week to ensure continuity in their learning, and access to the whole curriculum. A session lasts for three hours, and 15 hours per week (5 sessions) are funded by the government. 

From September 2017 we are offering 30 hours Nursery provision.  Eligible parents will be entitled to 30 hours free provision, and you will have the opportunity to self-fund extra sessions dependent on availability (the charge for a self funded full day is £27.50). Parents entitled to 30 hours free childcare may choose to accept a Nursery place for 15hrs and access a futher 15hrs with an alternative provider (e.g. childminder or PVI setting).

Time for Nursery:  Morning session 8.45am to 11.45am, and Afternoon session 12.30pm to 3.30pm.

If you would like to take advantage of this extended care then please complete the application form (this will be available on the website when applications open Monday 5th February), and return back to school by Monday 5th March 2018.  We will email you with the outcome of your application by 12pm on Monday 19th March 2018.

We are registered with a number of childcare Voucher providers, and will accept them as a form of payment. The Nursery School operates term time only and follows the Wood End School calendar observing the same holidays. Allocation of a nursery place does not guarantee subsequent admission into Wood End School Reception Class. Parents must re-apply for a school place through County and not directly to the school.

The Nursery makes provision for children with special needs and children who have English as an additional language. The setting employs one full time teacher and part time teaching assistants educated to NVQ level 3, always providing the appropriate ratios (1:13).

The Nursery children at Wood End are encouraged to wear our school polo shirt and other practical clothing, as we expect them to participate in painting, gluing and outdoor play.

We promote healthy eating in school and participate in the governments ‘School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme’. This entitles each child to a free piece of fruit or vegetable each school day. Under the Welfare Food Scheme, run by the Department of Health, ‘Under fives’ are also eligible for free school milk (quick link at top of page).