Consultation Letter November 2015 (Nursery Provision)

Please find below copy of letter re Nursery Provision sent out on the 9th November 2015

To: Parents, Pupils, Staff of Henley in Arden CE Primary School, Coventry Diocese, Headteachers and Governing Bodies, Secretaries of Recognised Trade Unions, Neighbouring Local Authorities, Private and Voluntary Early Years Providers, PCT, NHS Trust and Local Doctors Surgery.

Consultation -Proposal to open Nursery (Foundation 1) provision

at Henley in Arden CE Primary School.

The establishment of nursery class at Henley in Arden CE Primary will result in more nursery places to meet the increased demand for nursery provision due to more available free nursery provision for 3 and 4 year olds as set out in the government strategy.

What is being proposed?

The proposal is to have a Nursery offering 15 morning places with a view to extending this to provide 15 afternoon places, and these could be allocated in a flexible way. It will be run as part of our school, situated in the school building, alongside the Foundation 2 class (Reception) and running for regular school hours. The children would be able to start in the term after they are three years old, subject to a place being available.

We realise that this proposal means there would be two providers of nursery provision on the site, Pathways and possibly ourselves. We have spoken with Pathways about this proposal and believe that there are children in this area in need of nursery places and that Pathways has a different offer from our proposal, in that the children will experience a Christian ethos in line with the rest of the school, and will provide continuity from entry into the education system as they will begin their school journey at Henley and stay until they are 11 years old. It is our intention to amend the school admissions policy to prioritise those

pupils who access our nursery. We will also be running a before and after school facility to complement our nursery and support the rest of our pupils in school.

We believe that we can offer Nursery provision that is of high quality and that will give children a positive start to their school life. We are proposing to open our Nursery in September 2016.

Further information and making your views known

We are consulting on this proposal for four weeks, starting today and ending on 7th December. During the four weeks we are holding two consultation meetings. These are on Tuesday 17th November 2015 at 9.00am in the school hall and this will be repeated at 6.00pm that evening. These meeting are to provide an opportunity for you to ask any questions and raise any concerns you might have about the proposal. Alternatively you can make your views known by completing the slip and returning it to the school or email  The closing date for comments is midnight 7th December 2015.

Yours sincerely
Pam Hayes