Welcome to the Ark Tindal Nursery

Our nursery classes are teacher-led, and all of our staff in the nursery hold a degree in early years. Our nursery provision has been rated as outstanding by Ofsted.

Our nursery staff have specialist knowledge of early years, and strong subject-knowledge. They are here to support your child with his or her transition into Reception class. School can be a shock to children who come along from private day nurseries, but at Ark Tindal the Nursery and Reception staff work really closely together to ensure this doesn't happen.

Here to support your child in our nursery are:

  • Edith Burns - Early Years Lead
  • Tanzila Saboor - Nursery Teacher
  • Tara Connolly - Early Years Practitioner
  • Anya Caton - Early Years Practitioner

We follow the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (EYFS), which is set by the Department for Education.


What hours does the nursery operate?
Our nursery is open from 8:40am until 3:15pm on weekdays. We also have a free breakfast club available from 8:00am.
What age do you accept children from?
We accept children from the term after they turn three.
Is there a charge to attend the nursery?
There is no charge to attend Ark Tindal's nursery.
Can I apply today? 
You can apply to our nursery at any point in the year. We operate a waiting list, so that you can apply in advance. 
How do I apply?
You can pick up an application form from the school office. Just pop in at anytime.

Nursery admissions policy 2021-22

A child-centred approach

Ours is a nurturing envoronment, which aims to develop the whole child. We focus on delivering the basics of reading, writing and maths - but we also support language, physical and social development. It is our aim that your child will learn to build strong relationships with other children at our nursery.
Every child is allocated a key worker when they join the nursery. The key worker is responsible for assessment and observations, and they lead small group work with the children. They'll also be your first point of contact if you have questions about your child's development.
Children at the nursery receive a free healthy breakfast, which they learn to self-serve, in order to develop their independence skills. The breakfast includes cereals, fruit and milk. 
Our nursery children also get an experience a week, which might be a visit from a farm, a story read in a different language, exploring a mobile Science Dome, or even a trip outside of the nursery.
As we are part of Ark Tindal Primary Academy, we have access to more resources, and this means our nursery children take part in drumming lessons, assemblies and community days. They also have access to a large outdoor play area, an oasis in the middle of the built-up city.


Ark Tindal Nursery

Working together with families

We use the Early Excellence Assessment Tracker, which allows us to easily keep track of your child's development, and share this with you, for you to add your own observations too. This means that everyone is kept informed and get a full picture of how your child is getting on in our classes, as well as outside of the nursery.
We also offer sessions for families, including storytelling, workshops and play. Our family-learning programme is an opportunity for parents and carers to enroll on a course with us where you will develop your skills in supporting your child's education - this is a free course that we offer to help our community.

Our curriculum topics

Nursery - Topics

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

All about me –

Me, my family & my friends

Seasons and Festivals

People Who Help Us & Transport

Fairy tales

Wild Creatures

Growing up

(Transition to Rec.)

Nursery - Literacy

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Brown bear, brown bear (Colours)



Polar bear, polar bear (Winter)


Where’s Spot? (Celebrations)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Healthy Eating)


The Bad-Tempered Ladybird


Goldilocks and the Three Bears (PSED & Maths)


Each Peach Pear Plum

(Nursery rhymes)


Stuck in the Mud (Animals)


Not Now Bernard (Imagination)

Elmer (Being different)


Jasper’s Beanstalk


Our outdoor play area