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Ronald Tree Nursery School

Ronald Tree Nursery School

What we offer

Free Entitlement Nursery Places

We operate as a Northamptonshire County Council Local Education Authority Nursery, providing education for 3 and 4 year olds in the neighbourhood free of charge. The majority of children attend from the September after their third birthday for one year before continuing the foundation stage of their education in the reception year at Infant School. Where spaces are available children may be able to attend Ronald Tree Nursery from the term after their third birthday. Demand for our places is very high so please register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Children may attend each morning (8.30 to 11.30am) or afternoon (12.30 to 3.30pm) during term time. Places are limited to 52 children each morning and 52 children each afternoon.

We are pleased to offer free entitlement care for 20 two year olds in our Teddy Bear Provision. Sessions are Monday to Friday either 8.30 to 11.30 or 12.30 to 3.30. Please contact the nursery for further details.

Children who attend Ronald Tree transfer to the most of infant and primary schools in Kettering but the majority transfer to the Kettering Buccleuch Academy, Park Infant School and St Mary's Church of England Primary which are close by.

Additional Hours and the 30 Hours Free entitlement for Working Parents

We offer a range of extended services to parents including; breakfast club (8am-8.30am), lunch club (11.30am - 12:30pm), afterschool club (3.30pm to 4.30pm) or extra sessions. Where there is sufficient demand schemes may be run during school holidays. Please ask at reception if you are interested. All additional hours above the free entitlement are charged at a core rate of £4 per hour.

Where parents meet the government criteria they may access their 30 hours free entitlement at Ronald Tree Nursery School. Please talk to us about what hours you need. Parents must obtain a valid code and before the funding period period begins in order to qualify (ie by the 31st August to qualify between 1st September and 31st December).


Children with a Hearing Impairment

Ronald Tree Nursery School has offered specialist provision for children with a hearing impairment for over twenty years and our staff have a wealth of experience in helping these children to reach their full potential; hearing impaired children are fully integrated with the other children in the nursery and have access to the same opportunities whilst being supported by specialist staff and other professionals to meet their individual needs. These children may be taken from outside the catchment area.


Qualified Teaching Staff

The nursery staff team is led by the head teacher, Karen Sharman, supported by a qualified Teacher, Jackie Wilson, and Early Years Practitioners, who are known collectively as Key Workers. Early Years Assistants complete the team providing additional general and special needs support. The children are put into equal groups reflecting age and gender and then allocated randomly to the staff. The particular key worker will then be the person who will record development throughout the year, and will have special daily contact with the child and family but all staff will support all children depending on their needs. All the staff employed in the nursery are qualified to a minimum of NVQ Level 3 and receive regular training and updates.  All staff have CRB/DBS enhanced clearance. 

Free Entitlement

Parents of eligible 2, 3 and 4 year-olds may claim up to 570 hours free entitlement per year. The entitlement may be claimed at more than one setting but the maximum you may claim remains 570 hours per year. Claiming more than your free entitlement is a fraudulent offence unless you have a valid code for the additonal hours, under the 30 hours working parents scheme. Parents will be charged if they exceed their free entitlement.