3 – 4 year olds

Session Times

At The Limes we offer mornings or afternoon places or 2 and half day places at the beginning of the week or the end of the week.

The session times are:
Mornings: 8.45am – 11.45am
Afternoons: 12.30pm – 3.30pm

We also offer 30 hours childcare for eligible parents. To check your eligibility please visit https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

After School Club

Our after school club runs from 3.30pm to 4.30pm

We have a limited number of places available. 

Please ask at reception for more information including our current fees.

It is really important for your child’s well-being and learning that you arrive at the start of sessions and are on time to collect your child.

Your Key Person

At The Limes we operate a ‘Key Person’ system. This means that your child will be linked to a particular member of staff. This person will build a particularly close relationship with you and your child, especially in the early days at nursery. She/he will also:

  • Watch how your child plays and learns
  • Use this knowledge of your child to help plan interesting learning activities that support each child’s individual learning
  • Communicate with you regularly and often
  • Keep a record of your child’s progress, including the learning diary
  • Meet with families three times each year to share progress and plan together

What to bring to Sessions

Clothes and Shoes

We encourage children to enjoy and explore all of the resources we have here at The Limes. This includes things like sand, water, clay, paint, glue, all of which can, of course, be messy!

We do encourage use of aprons where appropriate, but we would ask that your child does not wear her/his best clothes to nursery as they may well get dirty.

A spare set of clothes (especially underclothes and socks) in a bag that can hang on your child’s peg means that she/he will be able to be changed into their own clothes in the event of spillages or accidents.

There is also lots of running, climbing, jumping and skipping to be done, so comfortable and well-fitting shoes that are safe and do not come off easily are a very good idea.

On hot days, we recommend loose, cool clothing that covers and protects your child. Please bring a sun hat and apply sun protection to your child before they come to nursery.


If your child is unwell in any way, please keep them at home or with a member of your family. Should she/he be physically sick or suffer diarrhoea, please make sure that you keep them at home for 48 hours after the last bout. This is to ensure that they are completely well and also to avoid cross infection with other children at the nursery.

Please ring us to let us know if your child is absent through illness. This is important for our records and a message will be passed on to your child’s Key Person.

If your child becomes unwell during a session we will, of course, telephone you as soon as possible. We will ensure that she/he is as comfortable and quiet as we can. Please collect your child as soon as you can.


Please tell us about any prescribed medicines, drugs, health, diet or allergy issues that your child may have. We can only administer medicines if prescribed or recommended in writing by a doctor and with the prior signed consent of a parent or legal guardian.

Meals and snacks

The Nursery makes snacks and meals a social time at which children and adults eat together. At snack time children are offered healthy snacks such as fruit, breadsticks or crackers with milk or water. Our meal menus are planned with healthy and nutritious food that cater for all dietary or religious requirements. The menu is displayed on the parents noticeboard and is also on our website.

You are welcome to provide your child with a packed lunch. Please speak with your Key Person if you would like advice about appropriate healthy foods to include in it.

Please visit our menu page for more information.

Group Time – Red, Green and Blue Room

A consistent routine is important to help children feel secure and gives confidence to explore the learning opportunities on offer. Children will gather together for ‘welcome’ at the beginning of each session. The children gather in their key groups to share a fun activity planned by their Key Person. This activity will follow from interests and learning that adults have observed children exploring and be planned to enable them to explore ‘next steps’ to new learning.

Drop off Times

Morning sessions – The door is open between 8.45am and 8.55am

Afternoon sessions – The door is open between 12.30pm and 12.40pm

If you arrive after this time you will be asked to wait in reception with your child. The door will re-open at 9.10am and 12.55pm. These arrangements are in place to enable all children to access their group times without interruptions.

Child Initiated Play and Learning

This forms the main part of every nursery session. Children are able to freely explore the learning environment and resources of the nursery. Adults support, enable, watch and listen to further learning opportunities and to gain understanding of children’s interests and learning needs. Each day, further learning opportunities are planned based on the children’s interests that have been observed.

Story and Singing Time

This is a short time when children come together to share a story, singing, puppet play or other games which enable them to practice and build upon their communication, language and literacy skills in an enjoyable way.

Record Keeping

Records of your child’s progress, through learning diaries, displays, notes and data, are kept by the Nursery and a record will be transferred to the appropriate school when your moves on.

You will be invited to meet with your child’s Key Person three times each year to talk about your child’s progress. Your child’s online learning journal is updated so you can see what they have been doing and you can also add to it yourself.

Costs and Booking

Paying Day Care Session Times and Costs for 3 – 4 year old children in nursery classes.

Session Session Time Cost
Monday Morning 8.45am – 12.30pm £22.50
Friday Afternoon 11.45am to 3.30pm £22.50
After School Club 3.30pm to 4.30pm £6.00


Charging periods are per calendar month. You will be required to sign a day care agreement for this paying day care and any changes will be subject to a month’s notice period.

  • Monday and Friday half day sessions are only available to those children accessing 30 hours free childcare.