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Nursery Information

Rosa Street Nursery

Our cosy and welcoming nursery was established in September 2022. We offer paid and funded places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. We admit children the term after they are 2 or the term after they are 3. You can check your funding entitlement here: Childcare – GOV.UK (

If you would like to apply for a place you can fill in an online form here: School and Nursery Admissions | Rosa Street Primary You can apply for a nursery place whenever you like. When your application is received a member of the nursery team will be in touch. Children are admitted in birthdate order. We will meet you and your child during a home visit, and you will be invited to a ‘stay and play’ session before they start.

Our nursery curriculum is designed to give as many real and exciting experiences as possible. We get out and about in the local area as much as we can. We walk to Spennymoor Library, the bakery and to the shops to buy food for our snack. We also have an annual family trip to Roker Beach, and our three and four year olds go to the theatre. You can see some of our nursery activities on our nursery class page: Nursery – Mrs J Tugwell | Rosa Street Primary






Our nursery day runs from 9am – 3pm. We also have morning sessions 8.30am– 11.30am and afternoon sessions 12.15pm –3.15pm. The children come in to relaxing music and start their day with a routine of self-registration, changing their nursery library book and then settling into play. We then have group time in our key worker groups, followed by snack. The children are taught to independently wash their hands and self-serve their snack.  The children then access the areas of provision in nursery. Adults will go to the children and support play, and small group sessions will take place. We have supported tidy up time, then children meet as a whole group for a singing or movement before lunch, or home time. The afternoon repeats the same pattern.






We split off into ages for our group time so that we can make sure our activities are age-appropriate and tailored to the needs of specific children. Our two year olds focus on the prime areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage: Communication & Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. These are the earliest foundations needed before children can play, take turns. Mrs Hart is the Key Worker for our 2 year old children and their group is called The Rainbow Group.


During group time our three and four year olds focus on two of the Specific areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage: Mathematics and Literacy. We have a story of the week that we share every day, and which feeds into areas of our provision around the nursery. Mrs Tugwell is the key worker for our 3 and 4 year olds and their group is The Sunshine Group.






Our three and four year olds also work in small groups for Foundations for Phonics. This lays the foundations for learning graphemes and phonemes in Reception. More information about our phonics teaching can be found here: For parents | Letters and Sounds (







Our nursery class have close links with our reception class and we want to make transition to school as smooth as possible. Children who stay for lunch go over to “Big School” to eat in the hall. We also join Reception to celebrate and share learning at Divali, Chinese New Year and for Sports Day.







We carry out home visits before children start and we understand the importance of building close relationships with parents and families. Nursery staff are always available to meet and greet children and their grown ups at the beginning and end of each of each session. We share our children’s learning on our website, on social media (with your permission), in our class floor book, and on Tapestry, our online learning journal. We have ‘stay and play’ sessions each half term which is an opportunity for you to see what happens in nursery, to speak to staff and meet other parents. We also have termly parents evenings, and carry out a two year review with parents in between their second and third birthday.