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Welcome to Rayne Nursery!

Please click on the video below to view Rayne Nursery and have a virtual tour of some of the activities and facilities that we have available. We can't wait to welcome you in person!

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Should you wish to speak to our nursery teacher Miss Quiles please email: nursery@rayne.essex.sch.uk with any questions or queries.

Nursery Information

Welcome to Nursery – Apple Tree Class


Rayne School Nursery is led by a Qualified Teacher Miss Quiles, specialising in child development in the Early Years. She is supported by Nursery Nurse Mrs Overall, who has over 20 years’ experience in the role.

The Nursery also offers training to Nursery Nurses and Trainee Teachers. Staff from the main school often visit and support us in our learning.

Primarily, at Rayne School Nursery we aim to make all aspects of learning fun! We provide children with a range of opportunities to build on the skills they already have and challenge them in preparation for school. Children learn through first-hand experience, play-based and teacher-led phase 1 phonic activities. These activities are based around high quality texts which where possible will follow the children’s interests. We follow the EYFS curriculum and value every child as an individual.

We will send home a range of opportunities for you to share learning at home with us in Nursery, and your involvement is valued greatly. We aim to keep you as updated as possible with your child’s learning and development. We value our relationships with parents, if you have any questions please email: nursery@rayne.essex.sch.uk. We are excited to be a part of your child’s first steps in their own learning journey.

We offer a range of flexible sessions using the 15 funded hours that all children are entitled to from the September after their 3rd birthday and also the new 30 hour entitlement funded hours.

Subject to availability, we offer the opportunity for children to have a school lunch either before or after a session. You may also book your child in for additional sessions in either the morning or afternoon so that your child can stay all day. Please note that in addition to this we offer the new 30-hour entitlement for parents working 16 hours or more.



We now offer new flexible hours too to accommodate both 15 and 30-hour entitlement (eligible families). 

FOR ALL CHILDREN: In order to enable our team to plan the very best experiences for your children, we require the first 15 funded hours to remain the same each half term.

For 15 hour funded children:

For 15 hour funded children, you may choose:

• 5 morning or 5 afternoon sessions


• 2 full days and one additional session.

Morning session 8.55am-11.55am

Afternoon session 12.00pm-15.00pm

Lunch add on to a morning session:


If you wish for your child to stay for lunch following a morning session, you have 2 options.

• Provide a packed lunch for your child £5.00 (to cover the cost of staff)

• Order a cooked meal from our school canteen at an additional cost of £2.30 (total £7.30)

For 30 hour funded children:

You may choose to use your funded entitlement for any sessions required.

You may also split the funding with ONE other provider, as long as a minimum of 15 hours a week is spent in our setting.

If you wish your child to be provided with a hot school lunch, there is an additional charge of £2.30.

Additional Sessions:

Additional non-funded sessions - £15.00.

If you wish your child to be provided with a hot school lunch, there is an additional charge of £2.30.


Additional sessions must be booked and paid for by the Thursday of the preceding week. All money must be given in a sealed named envelope via the school office only.

Questions? Please enquire at the school office where our friendly Early Years Team will be happy to help you.

The Nursery at Rayne Primary School aims to provide a secure and caring environment for children aged 3-4.  There are clear routines and a structure to each session, which encourages a smooth transition into the Reception classes at Rayne Primary School.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, which is a National Curriculum for children from birth to 5 years of age.

Learning in our Nursery

Learning in the Nursery is divided into seven areas of Learning.  These are:

  • Physical Development
  • Personal Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

From a variety of topics we create activities to develop children’s learning and understanding.  We also really encourage a child initiated approach allowing each child to explore their individual interests inside as well as in the outside environment.

At Rayne Nursery our aim is for your child to develop a range of skills to build the foundations for many years of learning, through playing, exploring and most importantly by having fun!  We know that your children will certainly develop whilst they are with us.

Starting Nursery is an important landmark. You can be sure that the Nursery staff, working in partnership with you as a parent, will strive to make this a positive and exciting event for your child.

We value each child as an individual whose needs and interests are unique and who, through carefully structured play experiences, will develop intellectually and socially to enjoy the benefits of being part of a wider group beyond that of the family.

At Nursery we hope to lay the foundation of your child’s education and to encourage positive and stimulating attitudes to learning which will be of value throughout your child’s time at school.

Transition into Nursery

Our Nursery provides the first link between Home and School, and one of the first things we will do is talk to you to find out as much as possible about your child. You know so much about them so please use this transition period as a time to share all knowledge with us.

SOME ELEMENTS OF TRANSITION SUCH AS THE INFORMAL INFORMATION EVENING AND THE HOME VISIT MAY LOOK DIFFERENT IN 2021 DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS. Please contact nursery@rayne.essex.sch.uk or call the school office on 01376 324959 for the latest information.

Elements of transition:

Informal Information Evening – we will provide you with a wide range of information, time to look around the nursery and ask any questions you have.

Home Visit – if you would like us to we will visit your child at home. This visit is intended to be an informal short visit to meet your child in an environment which they feel comfortable.

Children often remember this visit and feel more secure when they come to visit us at the Nursery.

Nursery visit – your child will then be invited to spend a short session at the Nursery. This will provide your child with the opportunity to become more familiar with the staff and environment.

There will be plenty of opportunities for you to ask questions and to share information with us during this time.


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