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Orchard Primary Academy

Nursery Transition

Welcome to the Nursery Transition Page

Blossom Class

If your child is joining our 3-year-old provision next term their teachers will be Mr Myers and Mrs Birkett. To find out more about your new teachers please watch the video's below:



Also working in the Blossom Classroom will be:



          Mrs Blyth                                                                                          Miss Oldfield 

Frequently Asked Questions 

 Please find a list of frequently asked questions regarding your child's transition to the Nursery setting at Orchard Primary Academy. If you have any further questions please contact the school office via either phone or email:

Phone: 01924 469 578

Email: office@orchardprimaryacademy.org

How do I apply for a Nursery place at Orchard Primary Academy?

Parents must first complete and return a Pre-School/Nursery application form to the main school office. A copy of your child's birth certificate is also needed. You will also need to provide the funding code if you are enititled to 30 hours of free funded childcare before a place can be allocated.

 Electronic versions of the application form can be found below:

Pre-School/ Nursery Application Form Application Cover Letter 

 If your child already attends our Pre-School provision you do not need to re-apply for a Nursery place.

 Information regarding applications for 30 hours of free childcare for 3 year olds can be found by following the link below:


Once this information has been received by the office you will be contacted to confirm your child's Nursery place.

Will my child receive a home visit before starting Nursery?

At Orchard Primary Academy, arrangements are usually made for staff to meet children who are new to our Nursery setting during a 'Home Visit' before they begin to attend their allocated sessions. 

Whilst we are hoping to contact parents to organise and carry out home visits  the week commencing the 7th September, this will depend upon the current government guidance. Children who already attend our Nursery will not require a second home visit unless requested.

Further information will be shared with you prior to September. Senior leaders will be hosting a 'Zoom' meeting on the 15th July to offer parents the opportunity to ask any questions they may have. Details will be sent via email/ Parentmail and phone call.

What forms/paperwork  do I need to complete before my child begins Nursery?

During your child's home visit or parental drop in session, we will support you to fill in the parent agreement and admission forms. The parent agreement is a contract between Orchard Primary Academy as the setting and you as the parent. The admission forms provide us with important information including contact details and any medical needs.

Electronic copies of these forms have been emailed to parents who have applied. You can also find them by clicking the buttons below.

 Orchard Admission Form Parent Agreement 

Children who have previously attended our Pre-School or Nursery will not be required to complete new admission forms. However, we would request that parents update the office if there have been a change to your contact details


When will my child start Nursery in September?

If your child will be continuing to attend our Nursery in September they will return to school on Wednesday 9th September.

Children who are either new to our setting or have previously attended our Pre-School will begin to attend Nursery on either Thursday 10th or Friday 11th September.

Your child's start date for attending Nursery will be discussed with your 'Keyworker' during their home visit/parental drop in.

Parents are invited to stay with their child to settle them at the start of each session once they begin Nursery.

What is the name of the Nursery class at Orchard Primary Academy?

Each class at Orchard Primary Academy is named after a British tree. Our Nursery class is called ‘Blossom’.

Where is the Blossom classroom?

The Blossom classroom is situated in our Early Years Building. This can be found next to the Chickenley Community Centre off Princess Road.

Where will I drop off and collect my child from?

The Nursery children and parents will enter via the main entrance through the blue doors to the Early Years Building. You will be greeted by a member of our Pre-School and Nursery staff. Nursery children will then turn right to the Blossom classroom.


What are the session times for Nursery

Your child will attend either a morning, afternoon or 30 hours session at Nursery. The session times can be found below:

Nursery Morning Session:

8:45am – 11:45am

Nursery Afternoon Session:

12:20pm -3:20pm

Nursery 30 Hours Session:

8:45am- 3:20pm

Who will be working in the Blossom classroom?

All staff are 'Keyworkers' to the children.

 The class teachers  for the Blossom classroom are:

Mr Myers                                                                                                    Mrs Birkett 

The class teachers are also supported by:








      Mrs Blyth                                                                                                Miss Oldfield 


What is a 'Keyworker'?

 A key person is a member of staff who works directly with your child and their family. Your child’s key person will help to complete your child’s journey through Nursery by assisting your child with their transition period. 

A key person will provide you with regular feedback regarding your child’s progress. A key worker responds sensitively to children’s feelings and behaviors and will meet their allocated children’s emotional needs by giving reassurance. A key worker supports the child’s overall well-being during their time at school. The key worker supports physical needs too, helping with issues such as eating, toileting and dressing.

What is a 'Learning Journey'?

 Throughout a child's time in the Early Years a Learning Journey Portfolio is created for them as their journey at school begins. It is a collection of every significant step that your child takes in all areas of learning. A collection of photographs, observations, notes, and work samples will be collected to document your child’s progress

At Orchard Primary Academy, we use an online journal provider called ‘Tapestry’ to collect and store your child’s electronic ‘Learning Journey’.  A Tapestry account will be created for your child when they join Pre-School. We will then provide you with log in details to access your child's 'Learning Journey'.

Will my child need to wear a school uniform?

Yes. Nursery children are encouraged to wear a school uniform to the session. Wearing a school uniform allows children to feel a part of the whole school.

Details of our full school uniform requirements can be found on our school website:


Please ensure that all uniform is labelled with your child's name.

Nursery children may also require a bag with a change of clothing.

Where can I buy school uniform?

Our academy Jumpers and cardigans can be purchased from:

Smart Uniforms, 1-3 Cheapside Bradford Road, Batley WF17 5ND : 01924 442294


Rawcliffes, 18a Crackenedge Ln, Dewsbury WF13 1PU


Will my child receive a drink and snack during the session?

Nursery children are provided with a named water bottle that they can drink from throughout the session. They also receive one piece of fruit and a carton of milk.

Will my child have lunch if they attend for 30 hours?

Children are encouraged to bring a packed lunch if they attend for 30 hours. However, hot lunches are available at a cost of  £2.25 per day (£11.25) per week. Money should be paid at the beginning of each week using the parent mail app.

If you wish to change to or from a school dinner from packed lunch we ask you give at least 1 weeks notice.

What will my child do at Nursery?

 At Nursery your child will learn lots of exciting new things by exploring the activities set up in the indoor and outdoor classroom environment.

Your child will also be taught Phonics, Maths and Communication, Language and Literacy. Parents are invited at the beginning of each session to support their child in recognising and then writing their name.

During Phonics sessions, we will begin by listening to the environmental sounds that we can hear around us. Throughout the year, the children will then be introduced to letter sounds to support their reading and writing.

In Maths we learn to count amounts. We also recognise, name and order numerals up to 5. We do this by learning songs and enjoying Numberblocks.

Throughout the week we read and listen to stories in our Communication, Language and Literacy session. We develop our fine motor skills by drawing our favourite events and characters from the story.

To develop an understanding of space and also strengthen our gross motor skills, Nursery children also take part in weekly P.E sessions.