Hartside Primary School in Crook opens its new nursery

The Northern Echo: NEW NURSERY: Hartside Primary School in Crook held a Ribbon cutting ceremony for the school’s new nursery. Pictured are Janet Bennett Education development partner, Ann Turnbull Chair of Govenors, Eva Mae Seed, Connie Irwin, Trey Mankelow and Spence NEW NURSERY: Hartside Primary School in Crook held a Ribbon cutting ceremony for the school’s new nursery. Pictured are Janet Bennett Education development partner, Ann Turnbull Chair of Govenors, Eva Mae Seed, Connie Irwin, Trey Mankelow and Spence

A SCHOOL has opened its own nursery after a headteacher claimed children were finding it harder to settle if they arrived at an older age.

The new nursery at Hartside Primary School in Crook will take children from the age of three and offers wrap around care including breakfast club and after school groups.

Headteacher Shawn Laws said the move came about after requests from parents and said it would help the children arriving at the school.

He said: “We have found that the children in early years were struggling with the transition into the school.

“They were not making the progress they were capable of because of the amount of time it was taking to get them acclimatised to the school.

“By coming into the nursery at a younger age they have more time to get to know the school, staff and each other, which will lead to a quicker transition when they move up through the years.”

Mr Laws said the 26 places for the next academic year in the nursery have already been filled but there is a waiting list which parents are encouraged to join.

And placements are already being sorted out for future years.

Mr Laws said the nursery is already proving a popular addition to the school.

He said: “It is fantastic to hear the younger children enjoying the nursery, it has really brought the place alive.”

The nursery was officially opened on Friday with a fun day for the children and a chance for parents to have a look around.

For more information on the nursery or placements, contact Hartside Primary School on 01388-766686 or visit hartsideprimary.org.uk.

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2:53pm Mon 7 Jul 14

settheworldonfire says...

This school has gone downhill in recent years.....Why have a nursery there when the school is too full already....Kids being turned down for places every year......This is due to there being a lack of space for classrooms....Classr
ooms are also open without any walls around the classes...All you can hear is the noise from other classes...How the children concentrate i will never know.....
This school has gone downhill in recent years.....Why have a nursery there when the school is too full already....Kids being turned down for places every year......This is due to there being a lack of space for classrooms....Classr ooms are also open without any walls around the classes...All you can hear is the noise from other classes...How the children concentrate i will never know..... settheworldonfire
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9:50am Wed 9 Jul 14

Crooklad says...

It's a unfortunate view you have and I'll informed.

You'll find that the classrooms are now no longer open, to allow the pupils to concentrate, and our kids are doing really well and enjoy the school.

Every school is under pressure with class sizes etc, and the introduction of a nursery can only complement the school and make it easier for parents but it also brings in extra funds.
It's a unfortunate view you have and I'll informed. You'll find that the classrooms are now no longer open, to allow the pupils to concentrate, and our kids are doing really well and enjoy the school. Every school is under pressure with class sizes etc, and the introduction of a nursery can only complement the school and make it easier for parents but it also brings in extra funds. Crooklad
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8:46am Thu 10 Jul 14

crookhighlighter says...

Thank you Crooklad. if settheworldonfire calls the school I'm sure they would be happy to have him visit. He will then have the opportunity to see how much the school has changed and also how much the children enjoy going there.

The nursery was welcomed by everyone and I'm sure the nursery children will enjoy going there as its such a fabulous environment.
Thank you Crooklad. if settheworldonfire calls the school I'm sure they would be happy to have him visit. He will then have the opportunity to see how much the school has changed and also how much the children enjoy going there. The nursery was welcomed by everyone and I'm sure the nursery children will enjoy going there as its such a fabulous environment. crookhighlighter
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9:53am Thu 10 Jul 14

fredfromwillington says...

crookhighlighter and crooklad, I wouldn't worry to much about the comments of settheworldonfire, if you look at this site and I only started a few days ago, this person just pontificates about rubbish. He makes comments and to be honest is totally wrong on all counts!!!! The person must live in their own little world, nothing is ever right for this person. I say good luck to the school, they seem to be trying new things good luck and lets hope the school develops and shows settheworldonfire is the odious person he or she seems to be
crookhighlighter and crooklad, I wouldn't worry to much about the comments of settheworldonfire, if you look at this site and I only started a few days ago, this person just pontificates about rubbish. He makes comments and to be honest is totally wrong on all counts!!!! The person must live in their own little world, nothing is ever right for this person. I say good luck to the school, they seem to be trying new things good luck and lets hope the school develops and shows settheworldonfire is the odious person he or she seems to be fredfromwillington
  • Score: 2
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