Foundation 1 (Nursery Class)

Fun with sand in foundation

Foundation 1 is the first year of the Foundation Stage at Westways and used to be called the more traditional name of “nursery”.  We are housed in the Warwick building along with Foundation 2 children - “Reception” class.

F1 aims to be exciting and stimulating yet secure and safe, as children make their first move from home or day care to a more structured environment.  We want to launch children on their education in school as independent, confident and happy learners.  The staff are looking forward to helping your child discover more about their world and introducing them to fresh ideas and experiences as the children play in our bright and creative play areas.

At Westways, our School Business Manager (Rachel Wilson) manages admissions into F1.  An F1 application form can be downloaded from the Documents and Policies section of the website and sent or returned to school or you can call at the school office for a form.

If you have any questions about starting F1, where your child is on the waiting list or wish to discuss your requirements then you are welcome to email the School Business Manager, Rachel Wilson (rwilson@westways.sheffield.sch.uk).  Children are normally allocated a place in F1 the term after their 3rd birthday when their 15 hours free nursery entitlement commences.

This would be at the beginning of the:

  • Autumn term- September (Children who are 3 from May – end of August)
  • Spring Term- January ( Children who are 3 from September – end of Dec)
  • Summer Term-April (Children who are 3 from January – end of April)

Due to a high demand for places spaces are allocated by children’s age and not the length of time on the waiting list.

Foundation 1 Session Times

Children can attend for up to 15 hours a week.  (Your 15 free hours can be shared between 2 providers).

Morning 8.45am -11.45am 3 hours
Afternoon 12.15pm – 3.15pm 3 hours

We are able to offer full days, half days mornings or afternoons.  However, sometimes the sessions required are not available and alternative sessions will be offered.  We can also offer a limited number of paid – “top up” sessions.  The cost per hour is £4.00.  Top up sessions are payable half termly, before the term begins.

When will my child start Foundation 2 (Reception)?

Since September 2011 all children who have their 5th birthday between 1st September and 31st August, have been offered a full time school place from the beginning of the September term.  However, parents will be able to make decisions about which term their child actually start school.  Parents may defer their place to the beginning of the spring or summer term or opt for part time schooling (afternoons at Westways).

If you choose to defer a school place you can still have 15 hours free nursery funding.  You cannot have a part time school place (afternoons) and free nursery hours.  Parents will need to inform the school, at which their child has been given a place, which term they will be starting before the end of May.  Parents will not be able to change their preferences mid term.

Foundation staff will be happy to discuss these choices with you.