Early Years - Nursery & Reception

Award Winning Early Years Setting - Voted by Warrington Guardian July 2023

Alderman Bolton Nursery won the Warrington Guardian Best EYFS setting in Warrington in 2023, which was voted by local residents in Warrington. The school was visited by the Warrington Guardian in July 2023 to present the award. Watch the video here.

At Alderman Bolton, children 'are happy and safe in school' (Ofsted November 2022).

Children learn in a bespoke, nurturing environment which is spacious and welcoming inside and outside. We offer highly qualified EYFS teachers and teaching assistants who 'support children to develop their knowledge and skills well' and overall 'children are well prepared for the demands of key stage 1' (Ofsted November 2022).

Alderman Bolton Primary Academy Nursery and Reception is situated within the main school grounds of Alderman Bolton Primary Academy School on Longdin Street, Latchford, Warrington. We are not affiliated to any local private sector nurseries. Alderman Bolton are part of the Warrington Primary Academy Trust (WPAT) which you can find more about by clicking here.

Nursery is the first step into the world of education and is often a child’s first venture alone into the larger world outside the family home. What children experience and learn in Nursery creates strong and lasting foundations on which they can build throughout their life. So, we believe it is essential that the experiences are of the highest quality.

Our Learning Environment

Play and exploration is fundamental to our Nursery. It means that the children are able to choose activities where they can engage with other children, adults or sometimes play alone. During these activities, the children will learn by first-hand experiences; by actively ‘doing’ as well as through scaffolding and modelling by adults. There will be a wide variety of planned and prepared activities by the adults, as well as allowing time for the children to initiate their own learning. Activities will be planned through discussion with the children around their current interests, as well as taking into account their learning styles and stages of development.

We have a fantastic outdoor area that the children can learn in whatever the weather. The children are encouraged to develop their self-confidence, resilience to learning and independence throughout the school year.


Parents as Partners

We believe in having a good partnership with parents and carers. Together we can help your child to become a happy and successful learner!

You can help your child by:

  • Sharing and enjoying books and stories with your child
  • Encouraging your child to write for different purposes, for example shopping lists and birthday cards
  • Provide opportunities for counting and look out for numbers within the environment
  • Regularly talking to them about starting Reception and what to expect
  • Encouraging independence in eating lunch, getting dressed and looking after their own belongings
The Early Years Foundation Stage

During their time with us, the children will be gaining an understanding of the Early Learning Goals across the seven areas of learning. These seven areas are as follows:

Prime Areas:

  • Communication and Language (listening, attention and understanding and speaking)
  • Personal, social, emotional development (self regulation, managing self, building relationships
  • Physical development (gross motor skills and fine motor skills)

Specific Areas: 

  • Literacy (comprehension, word reading and writing)
  • Mathematics (number and numerical patterns)
  • Understanding the World (past and present, people, culture and communities, and the natural world)
  • Expressive Arts and Design (creating with materials, being imaginative and expressive)

In addition, the revised EYFS refers to the different ways that children learn as Characteristics of Effective Learning:

  • Playing and Exploring - children investigate and experience things and 'have a go'
  • Active Learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievement
  • Creating and Thinking Critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things

Together with the Prime and Specific Areas, these compromise the knowledge, skills and experiences that are developmentally appropriate for children from birth to 5 years.

If you would like to arrange a visit to our Nursery or Reception, please contact us and we can arrange a visit to suit your needs.

EYFS Statutory Framework

The standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5.

  • sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well
  • ensures children are kept healthy and safe 
  • ensures children have the knowledge and skills they need to start school

To find out more about this framework, please visit www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-framework--2