Foundation Stage 1 Nursery

Nursery Places  –  including 15 and 30 hours funding

From September 2017 the Government are introducing an eligibility based additional 15 hours of free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds. This means that all three and four year old children will access the universal 15 hours entitlement but some children will be able to access an additional 15 hours – if their parent(s) meet the proposed eligibility criteria.

The free hours offer

All 3 and 4 year olds currently receive 570 hours of free early education or childcare a year, this is based on 15 hours a week for 38 weeks a year and is a universal offer which is the child’s entitlement.

The additional hours being introduced from September 2017 (30 hour funding) are based on the parent(s) of the child meeting an eligibility criteria. If eligible the child will be entitled to an additional 570 hours, a total of 1140 hours per year. The maximum number of hours that can be claimed each week is 30 hours

Proposed eligibility criteria

Both parents/carers resident in a household or sole parent in a single parent household currently work and each earns at least the equivalent of 16 hours work per week at the, relevant minimum wage (currently £115.00 for over 25 year olds which equates to £5,980 per year) and under £100,000 per year total income

Where parents are self- employed or on a zero or variable hours contract average earnings will be assessed.

For further information about the Nursery place funding please refer to the BMBC council website

BMBC Early Education Funding – Barnsley

Your child must be registered and attending at a childcare setting on headcount week to receive early education funding, From the term following their third birthday …



If you have any further questions regarding the 30 hours funding which has not been answered on this page or the BMBC Council page please send an e-mail to and we will try to answer any questions you may have.



Queens Road Academy Offer – 15 hours and other variations

The 15 hours session at Queens Road Academy is organised as below:

 Mornings 8.45 am to 11.45 am Monday to Friday

There is no current 15 hour afternoon provision


To accept a 15 hour place

Once you have been formally offered a 15 hours place by the local authority, let school know and we will inform you of the starting arrangements.

We like to provide transition times which helps your child have small taster sessions to help them settle.


30 hours and Other Variations

For details on how to register and check for eligibility for the 30 hours visit:

At Queens Road Academy, we will be offering a significant number of 30 hours places on a ‘Date of birth’ criteria (This is currently managed through the BMBC admissions team to ensure fairness. Once you have been offered a place for your child, you will keep this place until you inform us it is no longer required or eligibility status changes, even if later applicants are older). A waiting list each term will be maintained. Due to this being a new government initiative, Queens Road Academy will monitor the number of places requested and we will consider making more places available at January or April term should there be appropriate demand.

Once you have been formally offered a 15 hours place, send in your offer email or letter plus your verification code for 30 hours, parents’ NI numbers and consent as above to

BMBC admissions will contact you to let you know if your application was successful in June/July.

The Full 30 hour places’ hours at Queens Road Academy will be:

8.45 am to 3.15 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Eligibility codes will be checked on a termly basis throughout the year.

Lunchtime: You are required to either send a packed lunch for your child, or you can order a school ‘grab-a-bag’ sandwich meal (Currently £1.90 per day). The children will eat between 11.45 and 12.15pm and then start the afternoon session. The lunchtime is not included in the 30 Hours at Queens Road and this may be seen as a benefit in comparison to other provider offers.

Currently afterschool and breakfast club is not open to Nursery age pupils due to the requirements on adult:pupil ratios.

Useful contacts for admission places

Nursery Education Funding: 01226 774513
Families Information Service: 08000 345340

Queens Road Academy office:01226 737010



What is Letters and Sounds?

Letters and Sounds is a structured approach to the teaching of phonics, reading and writing, which is used by teachers across England in primary schools. The content is organised into phases. Children will be ready to progress to each stage at different ages and teaching is organised to best meet individual children’s needs. This may mean that your child is not always working with children in the same year group. Phonics is taught every day. Our Homework policy also links into phonics (or spelling as the children get older).

Phase 1/2- Nursery, Activities concentrate on developing children’s speaking and listening skills, awareness of phonemes and blending and segmenting skills.

Phase 2 – 4 Foundation Stage 2, This is when systematic, high quality phonic work begins. Children learn how to represent each of the 42 sounds by a letter or sequence of letters, how to blend sounds for reading and how to segment words for spelling. Set 1 s a t p Set 2 l m n d Set 3 g o c k Set 4 ck e u r Set 5 h b f ff l ll s

Phase 3 – Foundation Stage 2 , The final letters are introduced, 15 digraphs and 2 trigraphs Set 6: j v w x Set 7: y z, zz qu ch chip ar farm ee feet sh shop ear dear or for igh night th thin/then ur hurt oa boat ng ring ow cow er corner ai rain oi coin air fair oo boot/look

Phase 4 – Foundation stage 2/Year 1, Children consolidate their knowledge of graphemes and phonemes and begin to blend more complex words.

Phase 5 – Year 1, Children learn new phonemes and investigate how the same phoneme can be represented by different graphemes. ay day oy boy wh when a-e make ou out ir girl ph photo e-e these ie tie ue blue ew new i-e like ea eat aw saw oe toe o-e home au Paul u-e rule

Ways you can support your child at home
  • Reading together - Teach lots of nursery rhymes – each one tells a different story.
  • Enjoy and share books together – buy or borrow books that will fire their imagination and interest. Libraries will advise you of popular books.
  • Make time to read with your child throughout their time in school – PLEASE continue reading to your child, even when they are reading independently. This is very important – your child needs to practice their reading skills every day, and needs the support of an interested adult.
  • Let them see you reading – grown-ups can share their magazines about their favourite sport or hobby. 
  • Read with your child – ask your child to attempt unknown words, using their phonic skills and knowledge. Make sure they blend all through the word.
  • Talk about the meaning of the book – take time to talk about what is happening in the book, or things that they found really interesting in an information book. Discuss the characters and important events. Ask them their views. Provide toys, puppets and dressing-up clothes that will help them to act out stories.
  • Explain the meaning of words (vocabulary) that your child can read but may not understand, for example, flapped, roared.
  • Listen to story tapes. 
  • Teach your child some action rhymes – ‘Heads, shoulders, knees and toes’, ’Here we go round the mulberry bush’, ‘We all clap hands together’. Use CD’s or the Cbeebies website of nursery rhymes to sing along to.
  • Add sound effects when reading a story and encourage your child to join in.
Useful websites
  •  Watch as the letters of the alphabet tell stories and make words using phonics. Play the learning game, watch clips and print colouring pages
  • – free interactive resource (Buried Treasure and Picnic on Pluto supports alien words)
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  • longway
  • This link gives ideas about how to help your child as they are learning to read.
  • A website for you and your child to explore together – it will give you some ideas about reading with your child and has online games for young children to play, both with you and on their own. It also has ideas for games to play away from the computer.
  • This website provides information about the national Bookstart scheme and the Bookstart packs that your child will receive as a baby, a toddler and at age three to four. It also gives information about sharing books with your child. You can find out about Bookstart events in your area, which you can attend with your child.
  • For more information on how schools teach children to read with phonics, visit: