Freethorpe Community Primary and Nursery SchoolInspiring Creative Learners


Welcome toFreethorpe Community PrimaryAnd Nursery SchoolInspiring Creative Learners


               Welcome to Freethorpe Nursery.


Freethorpe Community Primary and Nursery School’s aim is to create a whole school and community nursery provision in the heart of our school, where the learning and development opportunities on offer are a balance between child initiated self-exploration, guided learning and developing and learning through play.

Our school offers a strong sense of community and provides a warm and nurturing environment. There is an excellent child adult ratio, meeting the Early Years Foundation Stage ratios, to ensure the children are getting the best possible care at this important stage of their learning journey.


Key to the ethos at Freethorpe School and Nursery, as in all phases across the school, is that the children actively lead their own development. For our Foundation Stage pupils, we encourage active learning in a supportive space which allows them to develop their own interests and excitement about the World, whilst engaging with other children and developing their individual personal and social skills.


From the day a new child starts in our Nursery, the school is geared up towards gentle preparation for the next step into Primary School. We start each session with a greeting from all the staff, putting our belongings into an individual tray, then a session or day of enjoying stories, investigations, exploring the World, imaginative play, introduction to number and initial sounds (phonics), through to socialising, sharing meal times, song, music and play.

We have a very gentle settling in policy, where there is no pressure put on the children. At the very start, all we focus on is that the children are happy and feel settled in their new environment with new adult carers and friends – each child is allocated a Key Person who will work with you to encourage new learning, let you know how your child is developing and also ensure that your child is happy and safe.


Children can bring a packed lunch to school if they are spending the whole day or lunch sessions with us, or the school kitchen is able to provide lunches. This is fantastic preparation for when the children join a Reception class.

Each day, the children can play outside on the field, in the Foundation Stage play area or perhaps explore the Wildlife area and outdoor classroom enhancing, through outdoor learning, your child’s development and play.


Our school team of teachers and Nursery Staff are here to make sure that the Nursery is a safe, caring and nurturing environment. We work together to make sure that every child’s individual needs are met. This is done best in a partnership, with parents, carers, children, staff and the whole community.  


The Nursery and Reception Class make up the Early Years Provision and allows greater integration when transferring to the Reception Class staff and learning space.

Our Nursery is open for the following sessions, Monday to Friday:

Morning session from 8.45 am to 11.45 am   

Lunchtime session from 11.45 am to 12.30pm

Afternoon session from 12.30 to 3.30pm

The Governing Body has agreed that any available sessions, over and above the current 15 hours free weekly provision will be chargeable.


Entitlement to FREE nursery education.

We offer 2,3 & 4 years olds their 15 hours government funding for 38 weeks per year during term time. This free entitlement can be shared between more than one setting. Funding is offered the term after the child's 2nd or 3rd birthday. 2 year funding is subject to Norfolk County Councils criteria being met. 3/4 year funding can be claimed starting from the term after the child's 3rd birthday. In addition, we offer up to 30 hours a week for those families who meet this criteria. 

Funding information for families can be found here.


Non-funded sessions are charged at:

£11.40 for 3-4 year olds and £2.80 Lunch club

£12.00 for 2 year olds and £3.00 Lunch club


Before or After School Care

We offer a before and after school care sessions. These sessions need to be booked in advance and are subject to availability. These sessions cannot be used as part of your government funding entitlement.  Before school sessions run between 07.45 - 08.45am and after school from 15.30 - 16.30pm.                                           


Charges for these sessions are: £4.50 per hour for 2 yr olds and £3.50 per hour for 3 & 4 yr olds.


Following an Ofsted inspection in May 2019, the report said:


Teaching in the early years is strong. Planning is detailed and a range of purposeful activities are organised in both the Nursery and the Reception class. Children were observed to be engrossed in solving problems, using play equipment and taking part in mathematical activities. Relationships in these two classrooms are excellent and behaviour is good. The outdoor classroom is used well, for example when children plant and grow vegetables, which they subsequently harvest and eat in class.


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What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

This is the statutory curriculum for all children aged between birth and five years old.

At Freethorpe CP and Nursery School we recognise that this is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. We ensure that from when your child joins us until their final day that their early years’ experience is happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and we support their development, care and learning needs.


How will my child be learning at Freethorpe Nursery?


Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.  Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first.

These are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development.


These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.  As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas.

These are:

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


These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. Your child’s key person will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that the teachers can follow your child's individual needs and interests.

Children in our school learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

50 Things to do Before You’re 5

There are so many different attractions to see around the UK, but I wanted to focus on the things young children can do ANYWHERE in the UK or even around the world, simply adjusting the activity to suit your country/climate 

  1. Discover mini beasts on a bug hunt
  2. Ride a bike (either with or without pedals)
  3. Fly a kite
  4. Toast marshmallows on a campfire
  5. Go camping
  6. Read at least 10 of Julia Donaldson’s books
  7. Paddle in the sea
  8. Ride in a steam train
  9. Make a musical instrument
  10. Plant and grow seeds
  11. Bake a cake
  12. Make a mud pie
  13. Climb to the summit of a hill
  14. Dance with your parents (includes silly dancing in the kitchen!)
  15. Build a sandcastle
  16. Admire the night sky
  17. Go pond dipping
  18. Find a geocache
  19. Forage for wild food
  20. Dam a stream
  21. Build a snowman
  22. Sledge down a hill
  23. Meet some friendly farm animals
  24. Make a bird feeder
  25. Create a mini garden
  26. Find frog spawn
  27. Go on a boat trip
  28. Visit an island (this can even be in a loch/lake)
  29. Try rock pooling
  30. Make a mini raft from twigs and leaves
  31. Get lost in a maze
  32. Visit a castle
  33. Create your own board game
  34. Make a sofa fort
  35. Bake bread
  36. Paint a giant masterpiece
  37. Create art with nature
  38. Climb a tree
  39. Jump into a big pile of crunchy autumn leaves
  40. Eat your own home-grown fruit and vegetables
  41. Learn about another country
  42. Take off your socks and go for a bare foot walk
  43. Watch caterpillars turn into butterflies
  44. Ride a flying fox (zip-line)
  45. Explore a cave
  46. Make a wormery
  47. Feed the ducks (find out what to feed ducks first)
  48. Visit a museum or two
  49. Paint with your feet
  50. Invent a game


Home Learning Activities


You can find lot's of activities to do at home with your child/ren on the main website in the 'Parents' section.

Parents ~ Class Pages ~ Nursery


Purple Mash

This is a creative educational website for children which we subscribe to. Your child can access this from home. It is a safe environment which does not require any downloading. Mini Mash is specifically designed for children in Early Years. Children can save their work online which can be shared with us in school. A letter explaining how to login to this and a password will be given when your child starts in Nursery. This will continue with your child throughout their time at Freethorpe School. 


Below is information on pencil control.