Aims and Objectives

At Richard de Clare Nursery it is important to us that;

  • Children are happy, safe and confident learners who believe that they can achieve anything.
  • We set the highest standards in everything we do, from behaviour and manners to achievement and independence.
  • We have robust and rigorous systems to safeguard the welfare and personal development of all our children. We are committed to safe recruitment of staff and all staff undergo rigorous pre-employment checks and are subject to enhanced disclosure and barring service checks.

We aim to;

  • Provide a nurturing and fun learning environment both indoors and out that promotes children’s independence, well-being, development.
  • Provide a happy, calm and secure environment where children, through carefully planned play opportunities, linked to their interests, can investigate, explore, reflect, develop their own ideas, and try things out with confidence.
  • Provide a broad and balanced curriculum, that helps children to develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, physically, spiritually and morally.
  • Ensure that every child is supported to optimise their potential regardless of race, gender or ability.
  • Work in close partnership with parents to ensure each child is happy, safe and learning as much as they can.

Ensure that when children leave the nursery they are ready for the next stage in their learning.


British Values

The Promotion of British Values

The Department for Education states that there is a need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values were reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2014. At Richard de Clare Community Academy these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:


Democracy is embedded at our school. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council and occasional questionnaires. The election of the School Councillors is based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. Our pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our e-safety and P.S.H.E. lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge; of how they record; of participation in extra- curricular activities; our pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect

Respect is one of the core values of our school. Children know and understand that it is expected and that it is imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small. The core value of respect at Richard de Clare Community Academy underpins our work every day both in and out of the classroom. Children show respect for others in the community and make a positive contribution to their community by regularly taking part in activities such as Halstead in Bloom, Remembrance Day and the local Civic Parade.

Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs

Our core value of respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. Richard de Clare Community Academy enhances children’s understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education lessons; P.S.H.E. learning; visits to other settings to participate in celebrations such as Diwali; welcoming visitors from other schools that are not predominately white British and enjoying a depth of study during themed weeks.   Beliefs, traditions and customs will be studied in depth, with visitors being invited in to our school to enrich and extend understanding. Through this our pupils gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society.



With the exception of our nursery we have two classes in each year group, A and B e.g. 1A and 1B. 



At Richard de Clare School we believe that information and communication technology creates valuable opportunities to improve children’s learning by extending the range of information, resources and people, which they can encounter. We recognise that in order to benefit from these opportunities children must be taught to develop personal responsibility in their use and at the same time receive an appropriate level of protection from the school. We use the term ‘e-safety’, and related terms such as ‘online’, ‘communication technologies’ and ‘digital technologies’, to refer to all fixed and mobile technologies that children may encounter, now and in the future that may pose e-safety risks.

At school we regularly focus on our pupils’ ability to use the internet safety and securely. Through PSHE and Computing sessions children build their awareness from Foundation Stage to Year 6.

It is important to also keep your child safe when they are using the internet at home so that they can enjoy and learn from this powerful resource.

Here are some tips to help keep your child safe online:

  • Explore e-safety sites – There are lots of links below to useful e-safety sites for children. They are great fun to explore, so why not browse through them with your children?
  • Facebook and other social networking sites  – Many of these sites have a minimum age of 13, so pupils should NOT be using them. They do not offer the same levels of protection as our E Schools site, allowing children to communicate with anyone.
  • Keep your computer in a shared area – Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online.

We would also strongly advise parents to talk to their children about safety issue such as:

  • Not sharing any personal information such as your full name and address
  • Never arranging to meet up with anybody you do not already know
  • Telling an adult if you come across something you do not like
  • Not sending any unkind or hateful messages
  • Not downloading any music, videos or games without asking first.

For more advice try one of these websites:




Early Years Pupil Premium

If you receive free 3 or 4 year old childcare at a school nursery, day nursery, pre-school or with a childminder, they may be able to claim up to £300 each year to spend on enriching your child’s learning.

This funding is called the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) and is paid directly to childcare settings for each eligible child.

The amount of funding available will depend on how many hours your child attends a childcare setting and the payment will not affect any benefits you may currently be claiming.

How will the funding help my child?

Children develop quickly during their early years and a child's experiences between birth and the age of five can have a major impact on their later life.

Early learning experiences can be enhanced by the EYPP and the funding can be spent on lots of different things including extra resources, exciting experiences, preparing for school and additional enhanced support if you agree that this would benefit your child’s learning.

Your chosen childcare setting will work with you to decide how the funding could make the biggest difference to your child by discussing their interests. 

Is my child eligible?

If you receive one of the following benefits, your chosen childcare setting may be entitled to claim this funding:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related employment support allowance
  • Child tax credit (providing you are not also entitled to WTC and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on, paid 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for WTC
  • Support under part VI of the immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of the state pension credit
  • Universal Credit (currently under review)

Or if your child:

  • Has been looked after by the local authority in care for at least one day
  • Has been adopted from care
  • Has left care through a special guardianship

What do I do next?

If you think your child may be eligible for the EYPP please speak to your childcare setting. They will ask you to fill out an EYPP Voluntary Registration form which includes the details they need to claim this funding.

The payment to the setting will not affect any benefits you are claiming.

DfE enquiries

Central newsdesk:  020 7783 8300

General enquiries: 0370 000 2288


Emotional Well-being

Dear Parents and Carers,

With all the uncertainty surrounding what is happening at the moment it is understandable that many of us will feel anxious and worried.

There is lots of support available out there to help us look after our children's and own emotional well-being.

I have put together a list of useful websites for you to visit and will keep adding to this during this period.

If you have any worries that you would like the Pastoral Team to address during this uncertain time then please do e-mail us and we will do our best to support and advise you,

Warmest wishes,

Sam Couttie


Coronavirus explained in Makaton (Ineqe)

Children with a range of SEND needs may be struggling right now, perhaps through lack of routine or not understanding how things are.

Holly Rankin, is the Special Educational Needs Advisor at Ineqe and in this video explains Coronavirus using Makaton:

British Red Cross



We want our children to enjoy a rich and diverse curriculum that reflects and values and the diversity of children’s experiences.

The following opportunities are available for your child to enjoy throughout the year:

  • Cooking
  • Dance and Music Lessons delivered by specialised teachers
  • French lessons
  • Forest schools delivered by a fully trained Forest School Leader
  • Local visits in town, including regular walks along the river walk
  • A visit from a PAT dog for the children to read to

Feedback from Parents

What do our parents think about us?

"She loves this nursery and really associates it as a school and refers to the team as all her teachers."

"My daughter has settled extremely well she has so much confidence with the staff and enjoys being there. "

"Teddie loves RDC Nursery and asks to come every morning."

"My son says that it's his favourite Nursery/School."




Learning at Richard de Clare Nursery

  • At the Richard de Clare Nursery relationships are at the heart of everything we do. Children are encouraged to develop positive relationships with adults and their peers.
  • A wide range of adult led activities and child led provision are planned for and delivered by skilled and caring teachers and support staff, providing rich, varied and imaginative experiences that enthuse, engage and motivate children to learn.
  • Every child is treated as an individual. We ensure that all our staff know the children very well and have a sound understanding of child development.  This ensures that the adults are able to enhance and extend the learning for each unique child, building upon their interests and needs.
  • Each time an adult interacts with a child they are observing, assessing, planning for, and responding to the individual child. We ensure that all our staff receive high quality training to enable them to spot ‘teachable moments’ when they will intervene in a child’s play in order to maximise learning potential.

Nursery Sessions

  • Richard de Clare Nursery is able to offer (subject to availability) places to children the academic term after their third birthday.
  • We offer flexible hours to accommodate both 15 and 30 hour entitlement (eligible families.)
  • FOR ALL CHILDREN: In order to enable our team to plan the very best experience for your children, we require the first 15 funded hours to remain the same each half term.

For 15 hour funded children, you may choose:

  • 5 morning or 5 afternoon sessions OR, 2 full days and one additional session.


  • Morning sessions run from 8.30 – 11.30am
  • Afternoon sessions run from 12.15 – 3.15pm

From Tuesday 7th Janurary 2020

  • Morning session will run from 9.00am-12.00pm. Children will be collected at 12.00pm and will not have lunch at school.
  • Afternoon session will run from 12.00pm-3.00pm. Children will bring a packed lunch.

From Tuesday 7th January 2020, only children who attend an afternoon session, or a full day will be able to have lunch with us.

For 30 hour funded children:

  • You may choose to use your funded entitlement for any sessions required.
  • You may also split your child's funding with ONE other provider, as long as a minimum of 15 hours a week is spent in our setting
  • Children are welcome to bring a packed lunch at no added cost

Additional Sessions

  • Additional non funded sessions - £15.00. 
  • Children are welcome to bring a packed lunch at no added cost.
  • If you require an additional session please speak to Mrs McGuigan or Miss Joyce in the school office for availability.

Our Values

Richard de Clare is a community school, where individuals are valued and differences celebrated.

Our motto is: ‘Dream big, work hard, believe and achieve.’

Everything we do is underpinned by a set of values, agreed in consultation with our community.

At Richard de Clare:

  • We work in partnership with the whole community to enable all our learners to be healthy, engaged, independent and resilient.
  • We aim to provide enjoyable, challenging opportunities where everyone feels valued and believes that they can reach their full potential.
  • It is a community where progress is made, lifelong learning is encouraged and achievement is celebrated.

Parent Forum

The first meeting of the new parent forum took place on Wednesday 6th November 2019.  This is a group for sharing ideas and discussing what is working well and ideas for school improvement.  All parents/carers are invited to attend.  Please click on the download below to see the notes from the first meeting and second meeting.

Parent Information

If you are a parent or carer, we hope you will find the web links below useful. 

Parent View –

Action For Children –

Action for Children supports and speaks out for the UK's most vulnerable and neglected children and young people.

Parent Centre –

Lots of information about parenting.

Department for Education –

Articles and advice for children and young people

Think U Know –

Great advice to keep children safe whilst using the internet.


News and articles surrounding internet safety.



Richard de Clare Community Academy, Halstead