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Parkside Primary School, Parkside - Welcome to our school website! Please take the time to explore the site. Should you require a paper copy of any of the information, please contact the school and a copy will be provided free of charge. The office hours are from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. The School day is 8:55am -3:25pm (32.5 hrs. education per week).

Little Explorers Nursery

Little Explorers Nursery at Parkside 



It is with great pleasure that as of September 2015 Parkside Primary School opened an onsite Governor Run Nursery. Little Explorers Nursery launched on the 10th September 2015, taking children from the age of two to four years, in a brand new, multipurpose Foundation Stage unit. The success of our Nursery has continued to grow, evidence of this can be found in our recent Ofsted report from July 2022.


Our Nursery offers wrap around care for two and three years old. If you would like more information or to come and have a look around, please contact the school office on 01785 450145 or Mrs Dennett our Early Year Lead. 




Our Intent


At Parkside our EYFS provides opportunities for our children to develop as kind, honest, independent, determined, respectful and proud learners who have great aspirations. Our children are confident that they make positive contributions to their school and wider community.


Our Nursery and Reception classes are special places where we believe that our children deserve the best possible start to begin their exciting Parkside Journey. Our Early Years aspires to be brilliant. All of our children are recognised as unique individuals. We celebrate and welcome differences which enables all children to flourish. Across each setting we believe that early childhood should provide happiness, limitless curiosity and a hunger for learning. At Parkside we strive to ensure that at the end of each day all children leave happy, knowing more and are able to do more.


We view development holistically so our Early Years curriculum is designed to be tangible and theme-based; providing our pupils with knowledge, self-belief and cultural capital to ensure they are ‘school ready’ when they leave the Early Years. Our belief is that communication is a fundamental life skill, so we provide rich opportunities to develop this. We are advocates of risk taking and teach our children to fully embrace challenge, make mistakes and encourage them to persevere; they are capable of anything they set out to do. We believe that the time spent outside on our welly walks and in our Forest School supports our children’s well-being and emotional intelligence.


The Explorers 

Our youngest children are The Explorers. This room provides opportunities for our children to foster warm and nurturing relationships with their key workers. We prepare our children to be lifelong learners through consistent and embedded routines. Learning is led by our curious children’s interests and enhanced through high-quality interactions with our skilled practitioners. We promote an early exploration of the world around us. We provide a multitude of opportunities to appreciate the importance of community. 


The Investigators

Our pre school children are The Investigators. This room ignites a love of learning that children will cherish throughout their school journey. We prepare our children for Reception readiness through building healthy relationships with their peers and adults alike. Learning is a collaboration of children’s curiosities punctuated with carefully planned adult led learning. We promote a wealth of opportunities to foster independence so that our children are fully equipped for their Reception pathway.