Aims and Objectives

At Richard de Clare Nursery school 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 police 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.



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


26 January 2018

What is the 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 newsdesk020 7783 8300

General enquiries0370 000 2288



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

Events and Projects

Since the HSA started in 1984, It has raised many thousands of pounds through its various events and activities.

This has in turn led the HSA to provide extra facilities and events to support and enhance the learning at the School. Their curreny project is the Cosy Cabin. The cabin will provide a safe space for trained staff to deliver emotional first aid. They have currently raised over £7,000 through events such as our Summer Fete and Christmas Bazaar. Throughout the year, each class has been collecting pennies for the HSA Penny Race, in which all the coins each class have collected are laid out along the hall floor, and the longest line wins! All money goes towards their projects. School Discos and Inflatable afternoons are always a big hit with children in the school. 


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 confident 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."

We would love to know how you feel about our Nursery. If you child attends our Nursery, we would appreciate this form to be completed. 




Getting to Know You

As soon as you have made the decision to enrol with us we will be in touch to a meeting – this can take place at the Nursery or at your home. During the meeting we will discuss your child’s interests and needs. You will also be invited to come and visit us for a session. We firmly believe it is you, the parent, who knows their child best and we will actively seek to build upon your knowledge of your child during their time with us to ensure your child’s learning needs are understood and met.


HSA Home School Association

Everyone is a member of the H.S.A – every parent and carer and every member of the school staff.

We have a common purpose – to work together for the children of the school.

That includes raising money (which we do very well) and much more besides.

We hold all sorts of events throughout the school year. These include the large fundraisers, like the Christmas Bazaar and the Summer Fete. We help to run and to fund the Family Learning Saturdays, including some spectacular science and technology fairs that now attract families from all over Halstead and beyond.

The money that we raise goes on all sorts of ‘added extras’ that make learning at RdeC even more interesting and much more fun.

We have funded the large play equipment in the juniors and the infants, for example, as well as small equipment for the dinner ladies to use at lunch times.

We also help to fund visitors to school and theatre groups so that enjoyment in learning is open to all, without the need for parents to spend more on school activities.

The ‘fun’ theme is very important to us. At Christmas, we ensure that every class gets a visit from Father Christmas, and every child gets an individual gift. Class parties are funded by the H.S.A, and the Y6 leavers are given a grand send off with their own Leavers Prom – all funded by the H.S.A.

Just in case you’re thinking that the H.S.A is just for a worthy few or a special committee, we would like to point out that we have fun too! If you wish to join the committee please contact the school office.


Learning at Richard de Clare Nursery School

  • 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.
  • We continually plan ‘in the moment’. 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 School is able to offer (subject to availability) places to children the academic term after their 3rd
  • 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

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

  • Provide a packed lunch for your child – cost £2.50 (to cover the cost of staff.)
  • Order a cooked meal from our school – cost £5

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 a charge of £5.
  • Children are welcome to bring a packed lunch at a cost of £2.50 (see above.)

Additional Sessions

  • Additional non funded sessions - £12.50
  • If you wish your child to be provided with a hot school lunch there is a charge of £5.
  • Children are welcome to bring a packed lunch at a cost of £2.50.
  • If you require an additional session please speak to Mrs Roberts in the school office for availability.


Pupils behave well and feel safe in School. Their positive attitudes to learn make a strong contribution to their progress and development (Ofsted 2015)



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 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.



Privacy Notice

Data Protection Act 1998: How we use pupil information

We collect and hold personal information relating to our pupils and may also receive information about them from their previous school, local authority and/or the Department for Education (DfE). We use this personal data to:

  • support our pupils’ learning
  • monitor and report on their progress
  • provide appropriate pastoral care; and
  • assess the quality of our services

For full details, please download the policy document below.


Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Funding


The Pupil Premium is an allocation of funding provided to all schools in order to close the gap between Disadvantaged pupils and their better off peers.

Disadvantaged Pupils include pupils who are entitled to free school meals, or have been entitled to free school meals at any point over the past six years (Our ‘Ever Six’ children), those looked after by the local authority, children adopted from care, and the children of armed service personnel.

The Pupil premium is additional to main school funding and it will be used by this school to address any underlining inequalities between children eligible by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most.

Objectives for Pupil Premium at Richard de Clare

The Pupil Premium funding will be used to:

  • Provide additional educational support to improve the progress and raise the standard of achievement for these pupils.
  • Narrow the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers.

We will ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most and that it makes a significant impact on their lives.


The Headteacher, Deputy Head and Key Leads will regularly and rigorously monitor, evaluate and review the strategies we have put in place and report to the Governing Body on its progress and impact.

All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received and how it is used. (Please see the Pupil Premium Strategy Statement below for a breakdown of how we spend the Pupil Premium funding and its impact on outcomes).


How we decide to spend the Pupil Premium money is influenced by our own evaluations of the schools needs and by educational research presented by the Education Endowment Foundation (education endowment which has reviewed the key approaches designed to improve pupil outcomes, both in terms of progress and attainment. Please see the Pupil Premium Strategy for further details regarding our rationale for use of the funding.