Welcome to Moat Hall Early Years Unit for 2-4 year olds. 

There are four areas to our unit:

  • Moat Hall Minis : children aged 2-3 years have their own room and outdoor space.
  • Pre-School: when children are 3 they transition into this room where they share the provision with Nursery
  • Nursery (Caterpillars): children learn all the skills required to prepare them for Reception.
  • Reception (Butterflies): children have their own indoor provision.

Children can join our setting at any point during the academic year (subject to availability).  We recommend that you visit us to take a look around our provision and complete a booking form with your requirements.

We offer 15 and 30 hour funded places, Think 2 funded places and fee paying places.   We also accept all childcare vouchers. Currently we have 16 places in our 2 year old room and 52 places for our 3-4 year olds.

Children may stay for full day sessions and have lunch at school in our indoor garden room.  They can either bring a packed lunch or have a school dinner, freshly prepared for us by our 5* rated kitchen..


Morning                           (15 hours a week)


Afternoon                              (15 hours a week)


8.40-11.40 pm

11.40-12.20 pm

12.20-3.20 pm


£10 or 3 funded hours

£1.50 supervisory fee + £1.50 for hot meal daily

£10 or 3 funded hours


Settling In

When your child starts, we will work with you to ensure that your child feels settled and comfortable. We offer 2 transition sessions for children to visit, meet the staff and spend time in their new environment. We will discuss with you all the important things that make your child happy and content.  This enables us to give your child the best possible start as you will have provided valuable information about them as an individual.


We understand that communication between parents and school is paramount and so we will do this in a number of ways:

  • Staff available every day on drop off and pick up to relay messages to.

  • There is parents’ evening held each term.
  • Use of the class DOJO app so you can message us easily, see what your child is doing and get updates from us that you can access on your phone
  • Text and email messages for whole school events
  • Regular letters and fortnightly newsletters   

Daily Routine




8.40 a.m.

Arrival for morning session

Settling children in

8.50 – 10.00 a.m.

Free play/child Initiated

Children are able to access activities of their choosing and play alongside other children and practitioners.  The environment is set up using children’s interests and supports all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage. During this time children can access the outdoor area at all times.

10.00 a.m.


This is an adult led activity

10.20 – 11.20 a.m.

Free flow including snacks

During free play a rolling snack bar will be taking place where your child can have a light snack including fruit and other healthy treats.  We will be serving only milk and water.  The children will not be taken away from their play but reminded to have a snack when they please.  Children are encouraged to tidy up any activities they have out.

11.20 – 11.30 a.m.

 Group time

This is an adult led activity which has planned goals for children to achieve.  These activities are informed by the children’s interests and look to support their learning in all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

11.30-11.40 a.m.

Story time

Story before home time.

11.40 – 12.20 p.m.



12.20 p.m.

Arrival for afternoon session

Settling children in

12.20 – 2.10 pm.

Free play including snack

Child initiated activities

1 p.m.

Circle time

This is an adult led activity

2.30 – 2.40 p.m.

Tidy Up time

Children are encouraged to tidy up activities.

2.40 – 3.05 p.m.

Group time

This is an adult let activity

3.05 – 3.20 p.m.

Story time

Story before home time.


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