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Houghton Community Nursery School
Houghton Community Nursery School is situated in the town of Houghton le Spring within easy access of the A690, the A19 and the A1.
Numbers of Children
We provide education and childcare all year round for children aged birth to 4yrs and after school and holiday care for children up to the age of 11. We offer a pick up service after school for children attending two local Primary Schools.
Our baby room offers 9 spaces for each session, The Den (2-3 yr old room) offers 20 spaces per session, and the main nursery offers 60 spaces per session.
We are open from 7.30am – 6.00pm for 50 weeks of the year. Our core nursery sessions run from 8:45-11:45 and 12:30-3:30. However we do have a number of parents who request flexible attendance patterns.
We offer free 15 hour funded places for eligible 2yr olds and 30 hour places for eligible 3 / 4 yr olds.
Make up of staff team
There are currently 25 members of staff including Sarah Dixon-Jones the Head Teacher and a qualified teacher. We also have two members of staff who have their Level 3 qualification in Forest School.
We have a strong Leadership team who pay a large role and make a major contribution in ensuring the school is successful.
All staff are appropriately qualified and follow a programme of professional development throughout the year. This helps to keep them up to date with research and good practice in early years care and education.
A commitment to respecting children’s interests and listening to their voices. Staff are continually striving to develop reflective, collaborative ways of working, strategies for observation based assessment which support learning and environments that offer children irresistible invitations to engage.