Nursery - Starting in 2020

Nursery - Starting in 2020

Welcome to Lauriston School!

Welcome from your Class Teachers

Willow Class Teacher - Janet Bergonzi
Willow Class Teacher - Laila Daoud

Induction Week

A 'Welcome Session' including a teacher meet and greet will be arranged for the week commencing 7th September 2020.  This will be an opportunity for you and your child to explore the classrooms and talk to all the teachers and staff.  You will be informed when to come in via email or telephone call by your child’s class teacher.

A proposed start date will be from 14th September 2020, which might change depending on the government guidance regarding the COVID19 pandemic.

Welcome Booklet

Nursery Welcome Booklet

All About Me Booklet

So we can all get to know your child better, we have produced an All About Me booklet for you to fill out with your child.  Please bring this along with your child on their first day at Lauriston to share with their teacher!

You can download a copy here:

All About Me - Welcome to Lauriston Nursery

Social Story

Nursery Social Story

Nursery FAQ

Who do I speak to if I have an enquiry?

If you have any questions, queries or worries please contact Miss Annabelle Molyneux (Early Years Lead) on the email address:

1. Is my child eligible for a full-time place?

All three and four year olds are eligible for free early years education (15 hours per week). At Lauriston Nursery we offer either a morning or afternoon place. Some working parents will be eligible for a full-time place (30 hours per week). Parents who wish to be considered for a full-time place will need to check their eligibility the school term before their child is due to start nursery. This can be done online using the childcare calculator on the GOV.UK website. Eligible parents will receive an 11 digit code which must be given to the school.

We also offer the option for families to top-up the nursery provision and pay for the additional 15 hours. Please note this is due to availability and priority is for working families who have an eligible 11 digit code.

2. How much is Dinner Money?

Full-time Nursery children will stay for lunch. The cost of a school meal is £2.20 per day and £11 weekly. School meals are payable a week in advance and can be paid for online through Parent Mail. Anyone in receipt of benefits should apply to Hackney Learning Trust, pupil benefits free school meals.

3. What time does Nursery start and end?

This will depend upon which session your child is attending.

  • Morning session 9.30 - 12.00
  • Afternoon session 12.30 - 3.00
  • Full time session 9.30 - 3.00

School gates open at 08.40am in the morning and the Nursery doors open at 08.50 a.m. We would encourage children to arrive by 8.50am to allow more time for parents to settle children into nursery.

4. Which entrance should I use?

Morning and Full-time children should arrive using the entrances on Morpeth Road and Connor Street. Afternoon and Full-time children should be collected using the entrances on Morpeth Road and Connor Street. Morning children should be collected and Afternoon children arrive using the Nursery entrance located on Rutland Road. The Nursery classrooms are located through the Early Years playground. If you are arriving or collecting during the school day you will need to use the school office entrance on Rutland Road.

5. Is there a uniform?

We do not have a school uniform. The children can wear their own clothes. Children need to be dressed appropriately for the weather and bring a coat every day. All items of clothing need to be labelled with your child’s full name. We also ask you to provide a spare change of clothes to be kept on your child’s peg should they need them.

6. Do I need to buy anything?

Each child will need a Lauriston book bag. These can be paid for via Parent Mail and then your child will be given their book bag by their teacher on their first day. Book bags cost £3.50.

7. Who I do I speak to if I have an enquiry?

Phone or speak to the office

Phone the Learning Mentors

Speak to the class teacher

Speak to Ms Panesar (Safeguarding Lead),

Mr Harris (Head of School) or Ms Symes (SENCo)

  • Payments
  • Trips and school activities
  • Term dates
  • Assemblies and events
  • Changes to personal details
  • Medical issues, medication or ongoing treatment
  • Changes to picking up children
  • Book bags
  • Free school meals and admissions
  • Attendance
  • Information about your child
  • Incidents at school
  • Curriculum
  • Your child's progress
  • Changes to picking up children
  • Safeguarding

8. Can I park at the school?

We do not have a car parking facilities on site. The school is situated on residential roads and we ask parents to park legally and with due consideration for our neighbours.

9. Can my child bring in extra snacks

The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (SFVS) is a government programme that entitles every child aged 4-6 in fully state-funded schools to a piece of fruit or vegetable each school day. Lauriston Primary school will provide a piece fruit or vegetable for children in nursery to year 2. Due to allergies we do not allow children to bring in food items to celebrate their birthdays.

10. Can my child cycle to school?

Full-time children can cycle or scoot to school. A cycle shed is provided on site but you will need to secure your own bike. Lauriston Primary school will not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage to personal property. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to store part-time children’s bikes and scooters, this is due to health and safety reasons as the main playground is not accessible to parents during the middle of the school day.

11. Are packed lunches allowed?

We encourage all full-time Nursery children to have a school dinner, our aims are to provide a range of high quality food choices throughout the school day and in line with School Food Standards, to ensure that all pupils have access to at least one healthy meal each day. All our food is prepared freshly on site by our catering team. Our school dinner menu is very popular with children and staff and our menus.

12. When will my child start in Nursery?

Children can start in the Nursery after their 3rd birthday. If your child is already 3, Nursery is due to reopen in September 2020. During the week beginning 7th September, children will be invited into nursery for a ‘Welcome Session’ where they will have the opportunity to meet their new class teacher and explore their new learning environments. ‘Home-visit’ phone calls for new children to Nursery will also take place this week.  To support the transition into Nursery we will have a staggered start from the 14th September.  Please note this may change due to the COVID 19 pandemic and government guidance.

13. When will my child start in Reception?

Nursery children do not automatically move from Nursery to Reception at the end of the year. You will need to reapply for your child’s Reception place through the Hackney Learning Trust during the Autumn term. Usually children begin Reception in the September of the school year that they turn 5.

14. Can my child bring toys in to school?

No, we normally discourage toys or collectables (e.g. football cards) being brought to school, unless the class teacher has specifically requested that they do. Please always check with the class teacher.

15. What is the best time to talk to the teacher if I have a question?

You may be able to speak teacher during drop off but this may not always be possible as they are busy preparing for the school day and settling children. We would advise you to speak to the teacher at the end of the nursery session after all the children have been dismissed. We can also make appointments in the school office for parents to see the class teacher or another member of staff.

16. Is there before and after school provision?

No, there is currently no before and after school provision for the Nursery children. Once the children are in Reception there is breakfast and extended day provision between 8.00am and 5.45pm.

17. How can parents get involved?

We encourage parents to get involved in various ways from attending trips to individual/group reading. We have a wonderful fundraising team 'Lauriston School Association' (LSA) and would welcome new members with new ideas and contacts.


An admission form has been emailed to you.  If you require another copy you can download one here:

Admission Form