Ward Jackson Church of England Primary School

"All smiles returned"


Welcome to Ward Jackson

Early Years & Tugboats Childcare

Early Years Teacher - Mrs Hunter 

Early Years Support - Mrs Constantine & Miss James

The children in Early Years and Tugboats have settled in very well, we are so proud of them all! They are enjoying exploring their new environment and learning lots through play. 

Our environment is fully resourced giving all of our children the opportunity to flourish in all areas of development.  

The children participate in a range of daily adult led focused tasks and have lots of child initiated play both indoors and outdoors. 

Take a look at our new environment!

Our Learning Environment

Our setting encourages children to be independent learners, to explore their surroundings confidently whilst supporting their overall development. 

We provide our children with experiences that are of the highest quality and provide them with a rich and stimulating environment that nurtures their wellbeing. 

Our recently developed setting with natural colour spaces helps us to create a calm, safe and secure place for children that helps them to feel free and concentrate when they need to. The children also have access to our beautiful, spaceous garden where they can climb trees and dig for treasure in our huge sandpit! 

Our environment at Ward Jackson Tugboats is a place where children develop into happy, confident and independent individuals! 

Our topic this half term...

'Are eggs alive?'

This half term is going to be so exciting! We will be going on lots of spring walks around the area to see and explore a range of plants and animals. We'll be observing eggs more closely and we’ll be setting up a weather station to measure the rain, temperature, and wind speed and direction. We’ll be doing lots of planting, caring for and observing a range of seeds.

We will be listening to and finding out about the Easter story, making our own Easter garden and we’ll sing and play along to lots of spring-themed nursery rhymes. We might even have time to go on an Easter Egg hunt!

Keep checking our page to find out what we've been up to! 

Autumn Term was so much fun!  

Times and Prices

We offer funded nursery places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds on a first come first served basis.

Some 2 years olds are eligible for 15 hours of Funded Nursery Entitlement.

Contact Kim Rowntree at the Hub on 01429 284284 if you think you may be eligible.

All 3 years olds are entitled to 15 hours of Funded Nursery Education from the term after their 3rd birthday.  

Children of working parents/carers are entitled to apply for an additional 15 hours of funded childcare for 3 and 4 year olds. 

If you think that you are eligible, you should apply at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk. See below for criteria

 In addition, parents can 'top-up' funded provision.


We provide a fully flexible service, we ask parents to give one week's notice for hours / sessions that they would like for their child for the following week. 

Please speak to Mrs Hunter if you have any questions. 


Session Times

  • Morning 8am - 1pm (5 hours- including breakfast, snack and lunch)
  • Morning 8.40am - 11.40am (3 hours- including snack)   
  • Afternoon 1pm - 5pm (4 hours- including snack and tea in Afterschool club)
  • Afternoon 12.15pm- 3.15pm (3 hours- including snack)  
  • Full Day 8.00am – 5pm (9 hours- including breakfast, snacks and lunch provided by the school kitchen)


  • Morning (8am - 1pm)- £25.00
  • Morning (8.40am- 11.40am) - £15.00
  • Afternoon (1pm- 5pm) - £20.00
  • Afternoon (12.15pm- 3.15pm) - £15.00
  • Full Day - £40.00
  • Full Week - £160.00
  • Hourly rate - £6.00
  • Breakfast Club £4.00 a session or £18.00 for the week
  • After School Club £8.00 a session or £35.00 for the week
  • Lunch - £3.00 (including school meal and care 11.30- 12.30)


 (All prices are correct at the time of publication and some fees are subject to a late booking charge. Fees should be paid in advance. We accept cash, cheque, work place vouchers and government vouchers as well as student finance)


The criteria for the additional 15 hours of funded childcare for working parents/carers of 3 and 4 year olds are presently;

Age of child

As with the existing 15 hours entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds, children become eligible for the additional 15 hours at the start of the school term after their third birthday. 

Definition of working parents:

  • Both parents must be in work, as defined below, and for single parent families, the sole parent must be in work.
  • For the purposes of this scheme, 'in work’ is defined as being in employment (including self-employed) and earning more than the equivalent of the minimum wage for working 16 hours a week. As an example, the current minimum wage is £7.20 per hour for over 25s, so the minimum weekly income to be eligible would be £7.20 x 16 = £115.20. 
  • Each parent must also earn less than £100,000 per year.
  • One parent must be 'in work' if the other receives disability benefit or benefits related to caring responsibilities (parental, maternity, paternity leave, adoption leave, or statutory sick pay)

Please note that this is a government initiative and Ward Jackson Cof E Primary School do not have any control over the qualifying criteria.