Scientia Academy operates two 3 hour nursery sessions each day. The morning session runs from 8.30am – 11.30am and the afternoon session runs from 12.15pm – 3.15pm. We provide 15 hour funded places and take up to 21 children per session.

The Early Years Foundation Stage consists of seven areas of learning divided into three ‘prime’ areas and four ‘specific’ areas.

The 'prime' areas are:

¨ Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

¨ Communication and Language (CL)

¨ Physical Development (PD)

These three areas reflect the areas used in healthy development reviews by health visitors when children reach two to two and a half years of age.

The 'specific' areas are:

¨ Literacy (L)

¨ Mathematics (M)

¨ Understanding the world (UW)

¨ Expressive arts and design (EAD)

The categories for these specific areas aim to reflect the holistic nature of young children's learning and the 'subjects' that this learning will eventually slot into in the school curriculum, such as art, music, science, design and technology.

We offer a tailored child-centred learning experience where your children work towards the early learning goals but learn through play. We offer a warm caring environment where your children feel safe and each child is given the opportunity to reach their full potential, enabling them to develop their own sense of self-worth.

Staff plan activities to ensure each of the development areas are covered; thus helping each child move on to the next stage of development, whilst enhancing their natural desire to learn. We have created an environment where all our children can make their own discoveries, both indoors and outdoors, as well as exploring the cultures and festivals of others – both in this country and around the world.

Although acceptance into our Nursery does not guarantee a place in our Reception class, both Reception and Nursery work closely together to ensure a smooth transition into mainstream education.

Please ensure that when you apply you fill in your correct contact details, and inform us if they change, as we will be notifying parents via post about the outcome of their applications. If we don’t receive a response we will allocate your place to the next person on the waiting list. Our admission criteria, including ages at which your child can attend our nursery, can be downloaded from the admissions section of our website.

Expectations for the end of Nursery and on entry to Reception
Children should be able to:


  • Count to 20
  • Recognise numbers to 10.
  • Order numbers to 10
  • Count objects one at a time
  • Recognise some 2D shapes: square, triangle, circle


  • Recognise their name
  • Know the phase 2 sounds
  • Be able to blend VC and some CVC words
  • Write their first name.


  • Put their coats on and take them off.
  • Have some understanding of how to hold a pencil.


  • Sit and listen for 10 minutes
  • Sit at one activity for 5 minutes

C & L

  • Answer simple questions: what, where, who, when
  • Speak to friends in a small group.

Parents & Carers
Parents can obtain more information about the curriculum by visiting the school and arranging a meeting with the Nursery Teacher. 

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