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Thurcroft Early Years offers welcomes all children and their families and provides a safe and stimulating environment where children will:

  • Learn to make choices and problem solve
  • Engage in activities led by imagination
  • Make and maintain friendships
  • Develop confidence and social skills
  • Have a good structured routine and boundaries so children feel safe and secure

All children will have access to a variety of quality resources and experiences that will support their foundations for them to grow in their development and learn important key skills to take with them to their next chapter of learning at school.


We are proud of our Partnership with Parent working and believe and respect that parents are the primary educator in their child’s life.  Using this we provide many opportunities to work with parents in setting by listening to our parents and carers, offering support and guidance to our parents, and signposting parents to other services or training where needed.


Children have access to outside every day where they can explore the world and their environment using a wide range of experiences and the chance to self-risk assess their limits.    We also have outings into the community to extend our learning areas.


Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

We believe and promote :

  • Learning through Play both indoors and outdoors.  All activities will be planned and tailored to suit the individual requirements of your child allowing them to develop.
  • Promotion of self independence. Your child will be encouraged to make choices through the encouragement of independent snack, free flow play, accessible resources and personal hygiene.

The Early Foundation Stage is the national framework set by the government to allow each child under the age of 5 an equal opportunity to learn and develop at their own rate whilst providing the children with the key skills ready for the next stage at school. The new EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) has 7 Strands of Learning and Development.


The Prime areas are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Once the children are showing that they are settled in the prime areas then there are 4 specific areas of focus:

  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

SEN & Inclusion Support

Samantha Heeley our special education needs officer is committed to the inclusion of a child who has or may have special educational needs, and she will work closely with parents/ guardians to meet the needs of all children within Thurcroft Early Years.


All children including those who have a disability or special educational needs will be included, valued and supported and where possible reasonable adjustments will be made for them.


We are Makaton Friendly Sam and the rest of the team will work with our families to plan activities which will be carefully designed and differentiated to ensure that each child can participate if they wish no matter what age or ability.


Sam is able to work closely with other professionals if required, such as health visitors and psychologists, but most importantly with parents/ guardians who would be consulted and kept informed of any difficulties arising with their child’s development.


The access to our setting is easy accessible through the front entrance and is made appropriate to fit all children’s and adults needs.


Find more information on the Disabled Go Website:


We will make reasonable adjustments to accommodate children with disabilities or special educational needs and where possible seek specialist training to ensure your child is welcomed into our setting.  Sam is ready to welcome you and discus the right support needed for your child at Thurcroft Early Years.



Welcome to Thurcroft Early Years

At Thurcroft Early Years children are cared for in a safe, secure environment. Our staff recognises each child’s individuality and provides a variety of opportunities for all children to play and explore. Children are encouraged to make choices and use their independence helping to secure the foundations of key life skills and friendships.


Our staff are committed to work in partnership with parents and offer support and guidance to ensure consistency in care for all our children. We believe in our children and continue to inspire them through imagination and play both in setting and out in the Community. Our child centered approach enables our children to grow in confidence and self-awareness and ensure that they are ready for their next stage at School.


All our Staff are a minimum of Level 3 Qualified and are ALL First Aid Trained.  We continue to provide work opportunities for students so they can gain important experiences in their development to become qualified Early Years practitioners.

Meet the Team


Nikki Blakey


Safeguarding Officer

Health and Safety Officer

Fist Aid

Level 3  Qualified working towards Level


Sam Heeley

Deputy Manager/Over 2‘s Room Leader

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)

Communication Lead

Behaviour Officer

Early Support Lead

Key Worker

First Aid

Level 4 Qualified working towards Level 5


Haylie Churchard

Under 2’s Room Leader

Afterschool Club and Holiday Club Leader

Early Years Practitioner

First aid

Key Worker

Level 3 Qualified


Karen Davies

Early Years Practitioner

Key Worker

First Aid

Health & Safety Officer

Fire Warden

Degree Level Qualified


Charlotte Douglas

Early Years Practitioner (EYTS Trainee)

Key Worker

First Aid

Level 3 Working Towards Early Years Teacher Status


Georgia Worboys

Early Years Practitioner

SEN Support

First Aid

Level 3 Qualified


Carlie Wootton

Early Years Apprentice

First Aid

Working towards Level 3


Dorne Hurst

Nursery Cook and Lunchtime Supervisor

Food Hygiene Level 3

First Aid

Level 3 Qualified


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Phone: 01709 530879

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10 Katherine Rd,



S66 2HA