‘Learning for Life.’

Admission & Induction Information


At present there are 2 points of entry for children into nursery; these are September and January. Children can start the term after their third birthday subject to availability of places. You can register your interest in your child attending our nursery when the reach the appropriate age by submitting their details using the following online form: 


You can also register your interest by phoning us on 0114 2883109, emailing enquiries@stocksbridge-nur.sheffield.sch.uk or calling in to the school office in person. 

Children are entitled to 15 hours nursery education which is funded and we currently offer these 15 hours as 2 and ½ days.

30 hour places

Who could be eligible?

  • Parents who expect to earn equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum or Living Wage
  • This equates to £120 a week (or approx. £6000 per year for each parent over 25 years old or £112 (£5800) for parents 21-24 years old.
  • Paid, self employed or zero hours contract.
  • Parent should be seeking 30 hours free childcare to enable them to work.
  • Eligible if on maternity, paternity, parental or adoption leave or statutory sick pay.

If you lose eligibility there is a ‘grace period’ for a short period of time.  You would then be entitled to the universal 15 hour period.

  • Check you’re eligible https://www.gov.uk/apply-30-hours-free-tax-free-childcare
  • Check if you’ll be better off
  • Apply for 30 hours free child care
  • Give your code to the childcare provider – that’s us, along with NI number and child’s DOB.
  • Sign into your account to reconfirm your details.

You must have a valid code before the end of the month before a new term starts – by the 31st August, 31st December & 31st March. You have to reconfirm your eligibility every 3 months. If you apply more than 3 months before the term starts, you have to reconfirm your eligibility in your account in order to keep your code valid!

We aim to make starting nursery as comfortable as possible for both children and parents. During the term prior to your child starting nursery you will be invited to an induction meeting, for a short presentation and to collect your child’s welcome pack. We also offer you and your child a short nursery visit alongside other children during this term.
Home visits take place during the term before your child is due to start with us so that they can get to know their key person within the security of their own familiar surroundings. The start dates for children are then staggered throughout the next 3 weeks, so we can best support your child during their first few sessions.

You are welcome to visit nursery before you decide to register your child. Please telephone to arrange an appointment.

Please note that a nursery place does not guarantee a place in school. If you would like a place in school you need to apply for this separately.

You must apply to Sheffield City Council for a school place by clicking on the link Admissions form
Most parents choose to start their child’s school life full time in September although not all.  We work with parents to formulate the best plan to help the child have a positive and happy start to their school education.
We have developed an extensive induction program for parents and children and this begins around May time.  We will visit your child in their setting and/or at home.  We will hold many induction sessions for you and your child to help everyone get used to school.  We give you lots of information at our Induction Evening and we operate a swift, but staggered start in September to allow the children to get used to school life, the new routines and staff.  Please see below for some documentation we share:

Nursery Induction 2021

Welcome Book 2021-22

Admission Handout for Parents of Nursery Children



Welcome to Nursery

Reception Induction

Please take a look at the following documents which will support your child’s transition into school, making it as enjoyable and seamless as possible.

Please find the following documents that have been sent home in your Welcome Packs:-

Stocksbridge Welcome Letter Eschools

School readiness Booklet 2021

SEND policy 

Pupil premium form

Pupil acceptable use policy

Permission Letters 2018-19

Introduction Guide ParentPay

Important information for parents or carers for Welcome Pack

Healthy Snack list

All about me

All about me Nursery and reception

For information about our current reception induction please see the following

Reception induction Sept 2021

Just a taster of the things we do 2021

Reception Booklet 2021


Welcome to The Orchard

Virtual Walk Around School

Welcome to Class 7

Welcome to Class 6

Welcome to The Nest