Barkston Ash Nursery School

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Barkston Ash Nursery School Ofsted rated Outstanding 2019
Child play at Barkston Ash Nursery School

About Us

Ofsted rated 'Outstanding' - July 2019

Welcome to the Barkston Ash Nursery School. We are a friendly village Nursery, which aims to offer enjoyable and stimulating activities and early years education to children aged between 2 and 5 years.

We have been providing outstanding childcare for over 35 years in a friendly community environment. All staff are fully experienced and qualified up to degree level. Our aim is to provide an environment where children enjoy and achieve and where they feel valued, safe and secure.

Prospectus 2022/23 Our Ethos

Child painting at Barkston Ash Nursery School

Our Aim

  • To enhance the development and education of children under statutory school age, working in partnership with parents and other professionals

  • To provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment

  • To work within a framework that ensures equality of opportunity for all children and families, enabling children to reach their full potential

See our Curriculum

What Barkston Ash Nursery School offer your child

We Offer Your Child

  • An individually tailored curriculum to meet the early learning goals

  • Fun and friendship with children and other adults

  • A Key Person to support you and your child throughout their time at Nursery

  • We also offer Individual care and attention made possible by a high ratio of adults to children

  • Opportunities for you and your family to be directly involved, in the activities of the group and in your own child’s progress.

Our Daily Routine

Healthy Start Scheme

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Our Team

Each member of staff have achieved a minimum of an NVQ Level 3, and all hold a First Aid Certificate and Food Hygiene qualification.

For ease of identification, each key person wears a different colour uniform, as illustrated below.

Sue Williams

Sue Williams

Senior Partner
25 years' experience

BA (Hons) Educational Leadership
PTTLS Level 4

Tania Stafford

Tania Stafford

35 years' experience

City & Guilds Home Management & Family Care
NVQ 3 Playwork

Joanne Howson

Joanne Howson

10 years' experience

BA (Hons) Educational Leadership

Freya Mitchell

Freya Mitchell

Early Years Educator
5 years' experience

NVQ Level 3

Toni Raeck

Toni Raeck

Early Years Educator
14 years' experience

NVQ 3 Early Years

Hannah Gander

Hannah Gander

Early Years Educator
2 years' experience

NVQ 3 Early Years

Leah Plews

Leah Plews

Early Years Educator
1.5 years' experience


All staff hold a First Aid Certificate and Food Hygiene qualifications.

Each member of staff is required to hold a minimum of an NVQ 3 and are actively encouraged to seek further qualifications. All staff are continually updating themselves through regular training events, which cover all aspects of working within early years, this includes personal and professional development, in addition to keeping abreast of relevant current issues and legislation updates.

Session Times & Costs

Nursery school is open every day during school term-times.

Additional Charges

If your child requires breakfast when they arrrive after 8:30 you will be charged £1.00.

Your monthly invoice will also include a standing £6 charge towards snacks, baking activities and local visits.

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