Guide to Your Child's Learning and Development

The nursery is based across two sites:

- Market Drayton Infant School

- Longlands Primary School

Children can start at the age of 2 years for morning or afternoon sessions; or sessions run over two and a half days.

24U - Childcare for 2 year olds

Children in Shropshire are eligible for up to 15 hours of free childcare, starting the term after their third birthday, which continues until they start school. The good news is that some two year olds may also be entitled for up to 15 hours per week of free childcare, starting the term after their second birthday.

So, who is eligible for the free childcare for two year olds?

1. Families who are in receipt of one or more of the identified benefits below:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee element of the State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HMRC) that does not exceed £16,190.

    If you are in receipt of Working Tax Credit you will not be eligible for this funding.

    ​2. Looked After Children (LAC).

When will my child be eligible?

If your family meets the criteria above you are entitled to the free place from the term following your child's second birthday.

  • If your child was born between 1 January and 31 March you are entitled to the place from the Summer term (after Easter).
  • If your child was born between 1 April and 31 August you are entitled to the place from the Autumn term (September).
  • If your child was born between 1 September and 31 December you are entitled to the place from the Spring term (January).

    To find out more contact your health visitor, the school or contact the Family Information Service (FIS) by telephone 01743 254400 or email


The Early Years Staff:

The staff comprises of the following:

  • 2 teachers (one at each site)
  • 9 Key workers
  • 5 support staff

​Session times

Market Drayton Infant School site: 

Morning Session        8:50 - 11:50 a.m.     

Afternoon Session   11:50 – 2:50 p.m.

Longlands site:

Morning Session       9:00 - 12:00 p.m.     

Afternoon Session   12:00 – 3:00 p.m.



Initially you will put your child's name on the Early Years Setting waiting list by filling in a registration card.  This will contain your child's full name, date of birth and address.  This information is then transferred onto the main school computer database.


You are then contacted anytime before your child is due to start, dependent on spaces within the setting.  When a space becomes available for your child we will contact you to set up a 'Home Visit'.  This visit is to enable you and your child to meet members of staff so that both of you have an adult you recognise when your child starts in the setting.  This should be viewed as a social visit, an opportunity to meet staff on your home ground, a chance to share information about your child and ask any questions, which we will endeavour to answer as far as possible.


You will be offered a drop in visit prior to your child starting at the setting where you will attend the session and stay with your child to help settle them in and see how the nursery operateds.  On your child's first day you are welcome to stay with them for as long as your child needs you.  We follow the child's need as to how quickly he or she settles, once your child is settled then staff will signal for you to leave.  We do not ever leave a child in distress and we would contact you if for any reason your child did not settle.

Before the home visit you will be sent a registration form to complete; please note that your child cannot be left in the setting without this form.  You are also asked to complete a consent form for any first aid to be administered and also giving permission for your child to be photographed, for use in the setting or external publications.

All forms are kept in your child's file in the main office.  This will only be accessible to staff who require the information.


Milk and fruit are provided for all children on a daily basis.  The children are encouraged to drink milk unless they have an allergy or have an intense dislike for it.  If this is so then could you

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