We offer outstanding nursery education, flexibly to suit families' needs.

We are a maintained nursery school located in Etherley, Bishop Auckland, providing child care and education for children aged 2-4 years.

We are open from 8.00am until 4.00pm (term time only) and have 30 hours of provision for those families who qualify, as well as morning or afternoon places. We also offer beginning or end of the week places. We have funded 2 year-old places as well as paid places for 15 hours a week.

We have highly qualified and caring staff, pride ourselves in our fabulous outdoor area and are rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

To find out more about help with childcare costs please visit www.durham.gov.uk/childcarecosts

When is it on?

Session information
Monday to Friday 8.00am - 4.00pm (term time only)
All day sessions, am or pm, beginning or end of week

Who to contact

Contact name
Mrs Jo Madgwick
Contact position
Acting Headteacher, SENCO
01388 604 835

Where to go

Hazel Grove
Bishop Auckland
County Durham
DL14 7RF

Other details

Cost description
No charge for 15 and 30 hour funded places; additional hours - £4 per hour for 3 and 4 year olds, £5 per hour for 2 year olds
Age range
2 years and 0 months to 5 years and 0 months


Childcare availability
Closed bank holidays
Before school
Term time
After school
Free 3/4 yr places
Free 2 yr places
Will be providing 30 hours

Vacancy details

Immediate vacancies?
Other information
Vacancies available, please contact school for information (updated 1 June 2020).

Local Offer

Local Offer description

We welcome all children, no matter what their level of need. We are a fully inclusive and accessible nursery. We have very experienced and well trained staff who value each child as an individual and work with families to provide the best education and care possible. Our Acting Headteacher is the SENCO and has recently received the National Qualification for SENCOs at Masters Degree Level. Most of the staff have recently been trained in ELKLAN, to support children's language development.

Contact name
Mrs Jo Madgwick
Contact telephone
01388 604 835
Contact email

How do you identify Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)?

How does the setting/school/college know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

We will observe children once they have settled into nursery and discuss any concerns with parents. If you think your child may have special needs, talk to your child's key person initially then this may lead to further discussions on how best to support your child, with the SENCO, if necessary.

How will you support my child with their special educational needs and disability?

How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

We support all children and treat them as individuals. Some children just need a little longer to mature, others may need a bit of extra support with say, language skills. We may also involve other services to best support your child, such as Speech Therapists or Educational Psychologists. We would do all this with parental consent.

Some children with particular needs are supported by outreach staff who are specially trained in SEN and support individual children.

How will you make sure my child's education meet their needs?

How will the curriculum be matched to my child's young person's needs?

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, which is very child-centred and individualised to suit each child's needs. Sometimes children might be supported with simpler language or the visual support of pictures.

How will we know my child is progressing?

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?

You will see your child's key person twice a day, at drop off and pick up times. This is a good time to have a brief chat about the day's events. We also have "Stay and Play" days where you are welcome to join in the nursery sessions. We keep assessments on each child which can be shared with parents. Children who are on the Special Educational Needs Register have a School Support Plan which is reviewed termly, at a meeting with parents, where new taregts are agreed.

How will you support my child's overall wellbeing?

What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall wellbeing?

The well being and care of every child is our utmost concern in nursery and we keep close communication with parents to ensure this happens.

What specialist services and expertise is available at or accessed by the staff?

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting/school/college?

Our Acting Headteacher has the National Qualification for SENCOs. Most of our staff have the speech and language qualification, ELKLAN. We have a Forest School trained practitioner, who works with children who may be experiencing social or emotional difficulties. We link in with all the SEN services provided for schools in County Durham and so have access to Speech and Language Therapista, Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Health Visitors, GPs, Family Workers etc.

How are staff trained regarding SEND?

What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND have had or are having?

We are continually striving to learn more and have a programme of CPD for next year, which includes more language training.

What activities outside the classroom will there be?

How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?

Your child will be invited to all activities both inside and outside the school and parents will discuss whether a particular trip is suitable for their child.

How will you support my child's needs?

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

We are fully accessible, with ramps for wheelchairs, a disabled toilet and disabled car parking space.

My child is going to be starting or leaving soon, how will you help them?

How will the setting/school/college prepare and support my child/young person to join the setting/school/college or the next stage of education and life?

We have excellent transition arrangements for children who are leaving nursery and going on to local primary schools. Meetings are arranged between our SENCO and the staff of primary schools. Some children with SEN may benefit from additional transition visits to their next school, which can be arranged.

What is available to help my child with their education?

How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?

We have lots of open ended resources which can be accessed by all children no matter what their developmental level. We also have some specialist equipment such as visual timetables for children with ASD as well as "chew toys" and weighted blankets for children with sensory difficulties etc.

What support can I expect for my child?

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

We make all decisions jointly with parents.

How will I be involved in my child's education?

How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?

Parents are welcome in school at any time. Parents see their child's key person every day at drop off and collection times. We have lots of family events during the year where parents can come and spend the session with their child and chat to the teacher. You can join in with learning by borrowing our Busy Bags and taking them home to share, weekly.


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Address: Hazel Grove  Bishop Auckland  County Durham

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