Bolton School Nursery

Frequently Asked Questions

As someone who is thinking of sending their child to our Nursery, you may well have some questions you would like answering. Below are some of the questions that we are frequently asked.

What curriculum do you follow?

Bolton School Nursery follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The EYFS curriculum contains national standards. 

Bolton School Nursery follows the statutory guidance set by OFSTED and ISI Independent School Inspectorate.

All children have access to appropriate learning environments, so that they reach their full potential.


Staff Qualifications

The staff at the nursery hold various qualifications, including:

  • Early Years Professional Status
  • Teacher Status
  • BA Hons in Early Years and Education
  • Foundation Degrees in Childcare and Education
  • BTEC National Diploma in Childcare and Education
  • NNEB
  • NVQ Level 2 &3 in Childcare and Education

All nursery staff hold a Paediatric First Aid Qualification and a Child Protection Qualification.

Various Nursery Nurses hold specialised qualifications, for example Forest School training, SEND training and baby massage training.


What age ranges are the rooms?

First Steps: 0 - 18 months

Tweenies: 18 months - 30 months

Caterpillars: 2 - 3 years

Butterflies: 3 - 4 years

Nursery Class: 3 - 4 years


What are your ratios?

0-2 years olds require a ratio of 1 Adult to 3 children

2-3 years olds require a ratio of 1 adult to 4 children

Any child above the age of 3 years requires a ratio of 1 adult to 8 children


What sessions are available?

Full-time: 7.30am - 6.00pm (a 7.00am start can be provided at an extra cost)

Part-time Mornings: 7.30am - 12.30pm

Part-time Afternoons: 1.30pm - 6.00pm

Pre-School Class for 3 & 4 Year Olds: 9.00am - 3.15pm, term-time only
Wraparound childcare, pre- and post-class and during the holidays, is available


How many children are allowed in the building?

We are registered to have up to 84 children in the setting. 


What is gradual admission?

Gradual admission is when you are invited to come to nursery with your child prior to your child's official start date. These visits allow you to meet your child's Key Worker or Teacher and see the classroom where your child will be placed. For the younger children, this is an opportunity for them to familiarise themselves with other children and staff members. Parents are able to stay at nursery during these visits, initially staying with your child and, as visits progress, parents can stay in our parent room.


How are fees paid?

Fees are usually paid via Direct Debit on a monthly basis; alternatively they can be paid termly. A deposit of £250 which is required on acceptance of your child's place is deducted from your first invoice. Invoices are billed termly, however, are paid monthly.

Please take a look at our Fees page for more detail.


Does the Nursery have inspections?

We are inspected by the Independent Schools' Inspectorate as we are part of Bolton School. After our last inspection we were awarded an "Outstanding" report. This can be found on the ISI website or on our Downloads page.


Are there any vacancies for my child to start straight away?

We currently have a few vacancies for an immediate start. We ask those who are interested in obtaining a place for their child to complete and hand in an application form (download links below).

Once we receive the form, your application is put straight onto the system. All applications are checked every 4 weeks. When the rooms are full, the waiting list can vary between 6 and 12 months. This is dependent on your child's age and the sessions you require.

We do have some places available in our Pre-School Class for 3 and 4 Year Olds, which prepares children for their move to Infant School. Please call us to find out more on 01204 434732.


What is the 2 year old early education grant?

All 2 year old children will not automatically be eligible for this grant. Bolton School Nursery is not included in this scheme.


What is the 15 free hours' entitlement for 3 year old children?

All 3 and 4 year old children are entitled to a free part-time early learning and childcare place. From September 2010 a flexible free entitlement (FFE) was introduced, which entitles every 3 and 4 year old a free childcare place for 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year (equivalent to 570 hours per year).

Children are eligible for the free entitlement from the term following their third birthday.

A child born between   Will become eligible for a place:
1st January
- 31st March
  The start of the Summer Term (usually April) following their 3rd birthday until statutory school age.
1st April
- 31st August
  The start of the Autumn Term (usually September) following their 3rd birthday until statutory school age.

1st September - 31st December

  The start of the Spring Term (usually January) following their 3rd birthday until statutory school age.

Please do speak to the nursery manager or administrators, who will advise you if you have any queries on this matter.


Can I use Nursery Vouchers or Tax Free Child Care (TFV)?


Childcare vouchers are a little known scheme, which can save many parents with children aged 0-5 years over £1000 a year on childcare. They need to be offered via employers, but many large and small companies take part.

The key is that it enables you to pay for childcare out of your pre-tax and National Insurance income. Most employers work it on a salary sacrifice system. For TFV, we will require confirmation of your individual reference number.


How many vouchers can you buy?

Basic rate tax payers (and higher/top rate payers who join before 5th April 2011 as long as they don't take a break of more than 12 months from the childcare voucher scheme) can pay for up to £243 of childcare with vouchers each month (£55/week). This is per parent, so two working parents could get £486 of vouchers a month.

From April 2011 new joiners paying higher or top rate tax had their allowance dropped so that all tax payers have roughly the same maximum tax gain. From April 2013 the limits are:

  • Basic (20%) Taxpayer: £55/week vouchers, max annual gain £930
  • Higher (40%) Taxpayer: £28/week voucher, max annual gain £630
  • Top (45%) Taxpayer: £25/week voucher, max annual gain £590


Do you cater for Special Educational Needs and dietary requirements? Can I have a copy of the Nursery menus?

Bolton School Nursery upholds and supports the ethos of inclusion in the Nursery at all times. We accept and celebrate human diversity and we support the interests of all the children and ensure that they are safeguarded at all times. Your child's dietary requirements are always supported and the Nursery will cater for any allergies and specialised diets. The Nursery provides a well-balanced and nutritious menu and it uses, where possible, fresh produce. The Nursery cook makes the meals fresh each day. Copies of the menu are available from reception. 


Does my child wear a uniform?

The Nursery Class children and the children within our Butterfly room will all be expected to wear the nursery uniform, which can be purchased from the School Shop.

Bolton School has been operating an on-site shop in association with F R Monkhouse Limited, one of the country's largest independent school wear specialists, for a number of years. The shop provides parents with a convenient and central location from which to purchase all School Uniform and Sports Kit.

The shop is situated at 3 Dobson Road, BL1 4RL, next to Bolton School Kidzone. The shop can be contacted via telephone: 01204 536678 or 01204 840201

Details of the School Shop opening hours can be found on this page. Alternatively, you can shop online here.


What is the difference between the Nursery Pre-School Class (Butterfly Room) and the Nursery Class for 3 and 4 Year Olds?

The Nursery Class and Butterfly Room both offer care and education for children during the academic year before they start school in the September.

The Nursery Class offers a term time only facility which is open from 8.00am-3.15pm. The children in the Nursery Class are able to go to Bolton School's breakfast club and after school facility (Kidzone), which is based in the same building as the Nursery Class.

The Butterfly Room is available from 7.30am-6.00pm and is open for 51 weeks per year, apart from Bank Holidays and the Christmas shut down.

The Butterfly Room and Nursery Class follow the same curriculum and both facilities support and prepare your child for school readiness.