Waddles Nursery is a bespoke nursery set within the grounds of Great Coates Primary School. It is a purpose built nursery unit and has allocation for 39 children in both morning and afternoon sessions.

We offer flexible funded places for both 15 and 30 hours as well as a breakfast club for wrap around care. In addition, for those children who would like to attend nursery for additional sessions, we offer top up sessions that can be booked termly.

We offer many opportunities to learn beyond the classroom including actively participating in Forest schools and weekly sessions in the schools kitchen to learning cooking and baking skills.

Waddles nursery is also a part of Harbour Learning Trust which gives us the opportunity to work and share experiences with other schools and the wider community.


Both the indoor and outdoor provision at Waddles Nursery have been specifically designed to meet the needs of developing children from three years and above. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum set out by the government and plan from children’s own interests, this enables learning to be bespoke whilst developing natural curiosity.

The Early Years Foundation stage has been revised for September 2021, it focusses on three prime areas of learning:

  • Personal, social and emotional development – Self regulation, managing self and building relationships
  • Communication and language – Listening, attention and understanding and speaking
  • Physical development – Gross motor and fine motor skills.

And four specific areas of learning:

  • Literacy – Comprehension, word reading and writing
  • Maths – Number and numerical patterns
  • Understanding the world – Past and present, people cultures and communities and the natural world.
  • Expressive arts and design – Creating with materials, being imaginative and expressive.

These areas of learning are carefully enhanced each week to support children’s developing skills and enquiring minds as well as recognising and supporting individual learning styles through the characteristics of effective learning.


The adults in Nursery continually assess the children throughout the year. From the assessments we ensure that the planning is being completed at a level that is appropriate to the individual child’s stage of learning. We also share information with you of your children’s progress three times a year at parents evenings.

Relationships with parents

Parents are a fundamental part of the children’s development. Parents are able to access the online learning journeys.  This means they can share with school what the children do at home and they can see what they are achieving at school. We invite the parents to come to visit nursery for special events. We also share information and photos of children’s learning via Class dojo and via our Waddles facebook page.

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