Nursery

At Purley Oaks we aim to make the nursery experience as enjoyable as possible for our children. Our term-time only nursery is for children from 3 to 4 years and is a bright, spacious and stimulating learning environment within the school. We want every child who comes to our nursery to feel confident, so before your child starts they will receive a home visit from their new nursery teacher. Our teachers and childcare professionals are highly qualified and offer an interesting and engaging Early Years curriculum to our children.

We welcome the involvement and views of parents by inviting all nursery parents and carers to join us for Fabulous Friday, our weekly visits to the Learning Resource Centre (school library) and our termly craft sessions. To promote and encourage a strong and lasting relationship between parents and the school we also hold parents evenings, provide a school report once a term and hold curriculum workshops to ensure you feel more involved and understand how you can support your child's learning. Every child also receives a Purley Oaks school planner and is assigned a key worker from the nursery team who provides them with ongoing one to one support, sets realistic targets and listens to them read each week.

We realise how important it is for your child to gradually gain their own independence, so we provide them with a Snack Café where they can help themselves to a drink of milk or water and a snack of fruit or vegetables each day. Our learning is play based and follows the Early Years curriculum; children learn through play activities, songs and stories. By encouraging the children to choose where they want to play and learn, in either of our dedicated and secure inside or outside play areas, we hope that they will grow into confident and independent young children.

To view our nursery or to find out more information, please contact the school office: admin@purleyoaks.croydon.sch.uk or complete the nursery registration form at the bottom of this page.


Nursery Times

Our nursery currently offers any, or all of the following sessions:

Breakfast Club: 7.30am until school starts (£5 per child per day)

Nursery morning session: 8.40am to 11.40am (3 hours)

Nursery afternoon session: 11.50am to 2.50pm (3 hours)

Nursery fulltime: 8.40am to 2.50pm (6 hours)

Fulltime children may bring either a packed lunch, or request a school dinner at an additional cost of £2.30 per day.

After School Club: 3.00pm until 6.30pm (bookable directly with Holiplay for £12.50 per child per day)

We have fulltime nursery places for those who are entitled to 30 hours funding, or those who only receive 15 hours of funding and wish to pay the additional 15 hours themselves (£19.50 a day).

From September 2017 the government will be funding an additional 15 hours free childcare a week, in addition to the current 15, for up to 38 weeks a year. Parents must meet a certain criteria. To find out if you are eligible please visit the Childcare Choices website.


Nursery Trips and Visits

Our nursery is situated within Purley Oaks school and this means that we can offer our nursery children a more diverse and inclusive learning experience. Our children stage their own Christmas production for parents and regularly attend school assembly, as well as taking part in whole school activities such as: Art, Science, Book and Healthy School Week.

We organise a yearly trip to Gatton Park, an outdoor learning centre that helps us explore our 'mini beast learning challenge'. Alongside our yearly trips, we also calendar theme days to help develop and inspire the childrens' learning such as: Pirate Day, World Book Day, A Royal Ball, a Teddy Bears' Picnic and a 'story hunt' workshop run by the Freshwater Theatre Group.


Parent Testimonials

'I am very grateful for the warm reception and continued support my child has received from his class teacher and all other members of staff.'

'She loves it and even wants to come in the holidays. It’s so good.'

'Everyone is so friendly and helpful. There are great activities for my child. It has made them more confident and helped to build their friendships.'

'The staff are amazing. The way you have helped my daughter to improve and the work you have done with her.'


Ofsted's Comments

'Staff expect all pupils to work hard and be on their best behaviour at all times. Pupils rise to these expectations. They follow the school’s motto of ‘Pride in Excellence’.' - September 2019

'Parents are very pleased with the school. One called it ‘a hidden gem’ and said it was the first choice for their child.' - September 2019

'The early years team knows the children well. Staff find out what children already know and can do when they start. They use this information to plan activities that will help children the most. Children behave well in the early years. They play alongside each other happily. Parents are included in their child’s learning. The early years has an ‘open-door’ policy and invites parents to take part in lessons. Teachers also run workshops for parents so that they can help their children at home.' - September 2019

'The school fosters a love of reading. Each class uses the well-resourced school library regularly. Staff promote a wide range of books to entice pupils.' - September 2019

'Your communication with families in Nursery and Reception is exemplary. Parents are welcomed into the school every week to observe teaching, and learning logs are shared so that parents can support their child at home with ‘next steps’.' - September 2018

'Leaders place the care and welfare of pupils and their families at the heart of all they do. There is a clear determination to ensure that no pupil is ever held back by low expectations.' - September 2018


Forthcoming Nursery Meetings

Early Years Open Mornings: due to Covid-19 we will not be holding open mornings this year. We will be posting a video for prospective parents and carers to view along with a message from the Headteacher.

Note: Please note we are a pre-school year nursery and are only able to offer places to children starting school the following year.

To apply for a nursery place click here.


Resources for Nursery Parents

In November nursery held a reading workshop. They have put together a presentation that provides the parents of nursery children with helpful ways to develop their interest in reading:

Nursery Reading Workshop