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River Mill Primary School Nursery

River Mill nursery is part of River Mill Primary school.  We are part of the Connect Schools Academy Trust family of schools.  Our nursery is comprised of a nursery classroom and a soft surfaced playground area, with a canopy.


River Mill nursery is a term-time only, sessional setting and has the capacity to take 24 children per session.  We take children from the age of 3 and offer both 15 and 30 hour sessions.  The nursery children also have access to the broad range of facilities offered by the main school, including the immersive suite and larger playground areas.


At River Mill we have reading at the heart of our curriculum.  We carefully plan and deliver the curriculum to meet all pupil’s individual needs and interests.  Children that attend River Mill Nursery are provided with a multi-sensory curriculum, in a language rich classroom environment.  When pupils start at River Mill nursery we ensure that all staff understand pupils needs and interests and plan and provide all pupils with a fully inclusive learning experience.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Suzanne Leader
Contact Position
Head Teacher
01322 466975

Where to go

River Mill Primary School
Central Road

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Term Time Only
Carescheme Age Range:
3 year(s), 0 month(s) to 4 year(s), 11 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 8.30 16.30
Tuesday 8.30 16.30
Wednesday 8.30 16.30
Thursday 8.30 16.30
Friday 8.30 16.30

Other Details

ECD Type
Day Nursery
Offers pickups
Cost details
Please Contact the school for further information
3-4 Year Old Funding?
Vacancies Details
We currently have no vacancies.
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
Wheelchair Access

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide up to 30 hours entitlement
30 Hours Partner Details (These are details of any other childcare provider(s) that this provider will work with to offer the 30 hours entitlement)

Families are able to access 30 hours of free entitlement from 9am- 3pm Monday to Friday.

Service status


Local Offer

Special Needs Support

How do we identify individual needs?

As part of our admissions process, parents are initially asked to complete a detailed registration form.  This helps nursery staff to gain a clear understanding of individual children’s needs, including support that they may already be receiving.  We then meet with parents to discuss this form in greater depth and hold a transition meeting with both parents and children, before the children start in the nursery.


When the children start in our nursery we assess their starting point, using a document called ‘Development Matters’.  At River Mill we have a SENCO (special educational needs coordinator).  If your child requires additional support our SENCO will meet with you to discuss your child’s progress and they will discuss specific area of support – for example support with developing their social skills, or speech and language concerns.  We will then work with you to provide the appropriate support in the nursery and at home to help you and your child.


How will I be informed of my child’s progress.

At River Mill parent partnerships are highly valued and positive parent partnerships are essential to creating the right environment at our nursery.


  • Your child will be allocated a key worker when they start, but we encourage children to form strong positive relationships with all the adults in the nursery.
  • At River Mill we upload information about children’s progress and parents can access their child’s observations via a secure on-line learning platform. We also invite parents to upload work that children are doing at home.
  • Daily information contact also takes place at drop-off and pick up times
  • There are also opportunities to meet three times per year to discuss your children’s progress with key professionals
  • There are also opportunities for meetings throughout the year, at parents requests with both nursery staff and the SENCo.

How will the setting adapt the EYFS curriculum?

The River Mill Nursery follows the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.  This is an educational framework for both nursery and reception.  The EYFS curriculum is made up of three prime areas - Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional and Physical Development and four specific areas – literacy, maths, understanding of the world and expressive arts.   We observe, assess and plan for your child across all these areas, ensuring that we deliver a fully-inclusive curriculum for all pupils.  We have a qualified SENCo and speech and language therapist at River Mill.  We would also work closely with the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service and other key professionals to support your child.

What teaching strategies do you use?

At River Mill we deliver a broad and balanced early year’s curriculum.  We have a clear structure to both morning and afternoon sessions.   Children move between the inside and outside areas freely.   Our staff use a variety of different strategies to engage children including those with additional needs.   We adapt all our adult led activities to suit the needs of all children and carefully plan to ensure that those children that need additional support are able to fully access all areas of learning. We liaise effectively with outside agencies to ensure that we are meeting all pupils needs.   We have a clear behaviour management policy and procedures in place in nursery to support all learners and we use this across the whole school.

What additional support strategies do you have in place?

At River Mill we have an SEN policy setting out how we support the needs of all learners and the support available for families.  We have a SENCo at River Mill who works closely with nursery staff and parents to ensure that the appropriate support is in place.  We also work with outside agency professionals to support children with additional needs and review any support in place for children termly.  All our staff receive regular training on how to support pupils with additional needs – including: behaviour management strategies, support for pupils with autism and how to support children with specific speech and language needs

How will the setting monitor my child’s progress?

Nursery staff complete a baseline assessment of pupils on entry using ‘Development Matter’s and then we undertake formal assessments of pupil’s progress three times per year.  Children’s key workers are responsible for undertaking pupil’s observations and staff meet weekly to discuss pupils progress.  The SENCo meets regularly with nursery staff to discuss individual pupils needs and help nursery staff plan and resource for pupils with additional needs.


How do you ensure children with additional needs or SEND can be included in the same activities?

River Mill is committed to inclusive practice and as an inclusive school we strive to adapt and meet the needs of all pupils in our nursery setting.  We ensure that all staff receive appropriate training and support to deliver a fully inclusive curriculum.

How accessible is the building for children with mobility difficulties?

At River Mill we are fully compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act and have an accessibility policy in place.

How will you support my child’s transition to a new setting or school?

The majority of our nursery children go on to attend our school.  We have an Early Years and Nursery lead who liaises with our Nursery Manager to ensure there is a smooth transition in to reception.   The nursery children have the opportunity to visit the reception classes, and meet the teachers and support staff.  We also have transition meetings for both parents and children.  We also give other schools the opportunity to visit if a child is not staying in our setting.

How does the setting assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents/carers take part in this evaluation?

At River Mill we regularly review the support we provide for all pupils including those with additional needs. Through a robust training program we ensure that all staff are confident to support pupils with additional needs.  Where a pupil has been identified as needing extra support our SENCo works closely with parents and staff, putting in place and reviewing a personalised learning plan for each pupil.  When necessary we work with outside agencies including the Local Inclusion Forum Team and the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service.  There are regular staff meetings and meetings with parents as part of our monitoring and evaluation of provision for pupils with additional needs.  We also regularly review all our policies and procedures.


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