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Our Wellbeing philosophy 

Schools have a critical role in supporting children to make healthy lifestyle choices and to understand
consequences on lifelong health and wellbeing. The link between health and wellbeing and positive
academic performance is well researched:
1. Healthy students are more alert, engaged and better able to concentrate and learn.
2. Poorly nourished children are often tired, apathetic and unable to concentrate.
3. Physical activity is associated with improved learning and concentration, better mood and behaviour
as well as healthy weight.
4. Developing strong, supportive relationships in schools provides a safer and more inclusive
environment for children to engage in their studies and learn.
Early childhood and adolescence are critical periods for developing attitudes, skills and knowledge for living a
healthy life. During this time children notice, assess and make judgements about what is normal and
desirable. Their choices depend on a host of variables such as, what is easily accessible, what is cost
effective, what their peers choose, what is common practice at home and their experiences. People make
choices from what they know. A child’s health and wellbeing is dynamic and changeable.
Schools inform choices and deepen understanding of what constitutes good health choices. Schools
present learning opportunities that build upon family/cultural experiences and allow for critical analysis of
media, advertising and peer conformity.
Schools have a responsibility to teach, model, build behaviour practices and implement curriculum
requirements that support a learning environment where the connection of learning about health and
well-being is supported by alignment of action across a whole school approach.

Information below outlines how we support our children and also introduces our Wellbeing Champion Lindsey,  who is striving to drive improvement and achieve the Wellbeing Charter Mark here at Hetton-le-Hole Nursery. 


Speech and Language Development


At nursery we place great emphasis upon the development of effective speech and language skills for all children, as we believe that this enables them to become confident capable learners. 

We offer children a variety of support when they arrive at nursery ranging from individualised support from their key worker, to specific intervention work, to speech and language therapy referrals. 

We also offer a range of advice and support and will happily signpost families to other agencies and professionals when required. 

We are extremely lucky to have two trained Makaton practitioners, Lindsey Hoggin and Faith Cole,  who run parent sessions, peer mentor other members of our team and offer support and guidance to other practitioners from other settings. 

You can find out more about Makaton by clicking on the link below:

Makaton information

Are you concerned about you child's speech and language development?

If you are don't panic we are here to support you and your child. Please come in and speak to your child's key worker or the SENDco Ruth Williamson. Most children at some point in their school life may find something tricky and may need some extra support. Early intervention is the key to success and can quickly help and resolve any issues. 

Take a look at some of the links below as there is lots of information about speech and language development and there is even some indicators which can help you to find out if your child does need some additional support. 

How to support your child

Progress checker 

Speech and language therapy assessments

Dummies and Speech 

What to do if you're worried

If you would like any further advice or support please feel free to contact the school on 0191 5171770


Books, songs and rhymes

Core Stories, Songs and Rhymes

  We provide opportunities for children to ‘behave like a reader’ and discuss:

  • the author (who wrote the story) & illustrator (person who drew the pictures / took the photos)
  • publisher (usually a picture logo)
  • direction of print left to right
  • the cover, inside title page, blurb on the back
  • the purpose of punctuation
  • key words
  • letters in words that are meaningful e.g. in their name
  • pick out long/unusual word

The Book Trust website has some lovely advice for parents -take a look at it here https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/tips-and-advice/reading-tips/how-to-read-with-your-child/

 To support learning in literacy we would like children to have experienced these stories, songs and rhymes during their time in our setting: 

We are really lucky here at nursery as Brendon from 'Music for Schools' comes into nursery to teach our children all about music, instruments, rhymes and rhythm. You can find out more about Brendon on his website. 


You can also see some of his videos on Youtube.




We also work with Tiny Tweeties and love their songs. Here is a great song to get your children to help to tidy up!


School Meals 

 If you think your child is eligible for free school meals you can apply here:



Illness Guide

If your child is ill click on the quick guide to illness below to see our advice.

Common Illnesses 


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)


On the 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)  replaced the Data Protection Act 1998.
The GDPR requires public authorities and businesses to identify the lawful basis for storing personal data, audit information we already hold and take a ‘data protection by design and default’ approach to personal data.
It also introduces new individual rights relating to personal data, such as the right to erasure or the right to rectification.

Please see our guidance for parents document below:


Charging Policy 


Please find our charging policy below. 

Parent Mail


We are proud to announce that we now use Parent Mail which is an email and text messaging service to keep parents up to date with everything that is happening at the Nursery. Please make sure you sign up for this -more details can be found at the Main Office.