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Joining our Hetton Primary School family- Two Year Old Provision and Nursery

Come and join our happy, child centred family!


At Hetton Primary School we are incredibly proud of how our school has grown with the addition of our Two Year Old provision: Explorers, and our Three and Four year old Nursery, Adventurers.

We have a brand new school with beautiful facilities and environments, and a committed and experienced team, who nurture relationships with families and work hard to ensure that the very youngest children in our care get the best start to their time in school.

Our curriculum is well balanced and has the children's interests and needs at the centre, full of engaging activities that foster magic and excitement around coming to school, and the beginning of their journey into learning.

It is also an opportunity for the children to develop friendships and social skills, start building positive relationships from an early age and enhance their vocabulary - skills that will last a lifetime.



Sessions for Two Year Olds are: Morning 8:45am  - 11:45am

Afternoons 12:20pm - 3:20pm

Full days 8:45am - 3:20pm with an additional charge for lunch.

We can negotiate your preferred days and times when you confirm a formal expression of interest - this will be subject to current numbers and staffing ratios.

Please contact the school office with your email address and contact telephone number for further information.


Sessions for Three Year and Four Year Old Nursery - universal sessions are spread over five mornings, Monday to Friday.

Morning 8:45am  - 11:45am.

Afternoon sessions are also offered either paid or with a 30 hours funding code for eligible working parents.

Afternoon 2:20pm - 3:20pm

Full days 8:45am - 3:20pm with an additional charge for lunch.

There will be a charge for afternoon sessions on top of morning sessions, unless you are in receipt of a 30 hours childcare funding code.

We can be flexible around days and times attended, depending on numbers and staffing ratios, please get in touch with our Early Years Lead Mrs Fearby, via the school office and we will be happy to help.


We do have a waiting list that fills up fast! Please contact the school office to be placed on our admissions list and give your contact telephone number and email address, to receive an 'expression of interest' email requesting further information, and dates for a tour.



Our Two year old Explorers and Nursery Adventurers have their own rooms and outdoor areas within our school building with age-appropriate resources and furniture. They also have access to the other areas of our building including our newly refurbished Library, sensory room and hall space for physical activities. We are extremely lucky to have such beautiful environments to learn, play and grow in!


Childcare Funding from 2024

For our Three to Four Year old Nursery, families receive 15 hours universal childcare funding the term after your child turns 3 years old and you may be eligible for 30 hours if you are a working parent, or subject to the new childcare funding arrangements as detailed below.


When your child turns 2, a significant number of two year olds are now eligible for childcare funding.

For parents in receipt of eligible benefits:

Your family must meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit and/or Working Tax Credit, provided the annual gross income is no more than £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • If the child is looked after by the Local Authority

If you think you might be eligible for free childcare we can support you with applying for this by applying for an assisted application online, or you can access the Local Authority Family Portal and create your own account with Together for Children to get your funding code here:

Who to contact

Families Information Service


0191 520 5553

Working Parents New Funding from April 2024

Starting from April 2024, existing childcare support will be expanded in phases. By September 2025, most working families with children under the age of 5 will be entitled to 30 hours of childcare support.

The changes are being introduced gradually to make sure that providers can meet the needs of more families. This means that:


From April 2024, eligible working parents of 2-year-olds will be able to access 15 hours childcare support.

From September 2024, 15 hours childcare support will be extended to eligible working parents of children from the age of 9 months to 3-year-olds. (At Hetton Primary School we only offer from Two Year Old provision up.)

From September 2025, eligible working parents with a child from 9 months old up to school age will be entitled to 30 hours of childcare a week. 

Like the existing offer, these hours are used over 38 weeks of the year at Hetton Primary School, from Two Years Old.

Please visit the Childcare Choices Government website to see if you are eligible for funding, there is a childcare funding checker and you can also apply for your funding code:


Please contact our school office for further information on 01915623323 or and your details will be forwarded to our Early Years Lead Mrs Fearby, who will get back to you.

We will be happy to help!