Early Years Provision

Nursery Provision

At Newton Primary, we have Nursery places for children aged 3-4 years. All parents and carers are entitled to 15 hours free nursery education per week for their child (3-4 year olds, term time only). To apply for a place in our 3-4 year olds Nursery parents can apply on-line at: schooladmissions@sthelens.gov.uk www.sthelens.gov.uk


Some 3-4 year old children may be entitled to a 30 hours funded place if you meet the following criteria: 

  • You earn more than the equivalent of 16 hours at the national living wage or minimum wage per week: for example, £120 per week if you are 25 or older.


There is no requirement to work a certain amount of hours per week – it is all about how much you earn. 

This means if you only work 10 hours a week but earn £12 per hour, you will meet the minimum earning threshold. Apprentices are also eligible as long as they earn the equivalent to 16 hours at the apprentice minimum wage. 


If you think you may be eligible for 30 hours please access the Childcare Choices website.


Or contact the St Helens FEEE team on:
Telephone: 01744 676541
Email: earlyyearsfeee@sthelens.gov.uk



We have a 90 place Reception, with an extensive outdoor environment. All children are allocated a key person to enable them to build close relationships and share any concerns or worries with one identified practitioner. 


The Reception unit is staffed with teachers and L3 and L2 learning support assistants. The children are taught in a range of group sizes depending on the activity they are involved in. Each child has an allocated teacher who monitors their progress and development.  


The Reception day is organised into time for both child initiated and adult led activities. Children are directed to work in small groups, or one to one with an adult. They also have opportunities to choose freely from the range of continuous provision areas on offer. 


The Early Years curriculum is underpinned by 4 themes and a number of principals relevant to Early Years practice. The themes are:-

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Development


The principals focus on children becoming independent, resilient and confident learners who develop positive relationships with others. We support our children to develop these skills and attributes by providing a well organised, stimulating learning environment indoors and outdoors and by offering fully inclusive provision. 


Within the Early Years curriculum there are 7 areas of learning. The 3 prime areas are:-

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language


The 4 specific areas:-

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design


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