Nursery & Reception

Places available for children ages 2-5 with up to 15 hours of free childcare available

Welcome to our Nursery & Reception

Being part of IMPACT EDUCATION MAT, we have a deep commitment and understanding of a broad, balanced play-based learning approach in our early years provision.

During their time in the Early Years setting, we want our children to become confident, independent, and active learners who are physically and emotionally healthy.

We believe each child is unique and learns best when they have secure, positive, and responsive relationships with adults and peers.

Our learning environment promotes quality interactions, ignites curiosity and motivation for learning and exposes children to use their independent learning and investigative skills.

15 hours free childcare

At Hill View Academy the 15 hour, 3 year old entitlement is offered through;

  • 5 x mornings per week - 5 x afternoons per week- 
  • All day Monday, all day Tuesday and Wednesday morning.
  • Wednesday afternoon, all day Thursday and all day Friday.

We offer our parents choice depending on availability. If you do not get your first choice and circumstances change in the year then we can review this.

30 Hours free childcare

We do offer 30 hours free childcare places for children aged 3 – 4 years old, where parents / carers meet eligibility criteria and we have places available.

See for more information.

Full day option.

Where places are available, children can attend a full day session from 8.50am until 3.20pm. Funded hours can be used for the morning session (8.50am-11.50am) and the afternoon session (12.20pm-3.20pm) and your child will be entitled to attend the Lunch Club (11.50am-12.20pm) free of charge.

Arrange a visit

We warmly welcome you to visit our academy and see our high-quality provision for yourself. Please get in touch, we would love to meet you and show you around. 

Nursery Placements

Our start dates are:




This is the same each year and is dependant upon the availability of places. Please use the buttons below to download the application and request form

Reception Placements

Children are admitted to our reception classes each September following your child’s 4th birthday. 

Applications are through the Kirklees Council Admissions website.

7 Areas of learning

‘Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances.’ Taken from the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage September 2021.

At Warley Road Academy we seek to give children the best start in their education through the quality provision and learning experiences that support every child’s development in the 7 areas of learning:

  1. Personal, social and emotional
  2. Communication and language
  3. Physical development
  4. Literacy
  5. Mathematics
  6. Understanding the world
  7. Expressive art and design

We offer quality early years education for children from 2-years-old to the end of the reception when children are 5-years-old.

Working with adults

In nursery adults will play with children, tuning into their learning needs and deliver teaching in the moment. Children will come together at points through the session to read stories, sing songs and talk with the adult leading. When children go into reception, these adult led activities gradually lengthen as children’s attention span increases and key concepts such as phonics and maths are explored.

Learning through play

Playing is learning when you are a small child and we harness this by offering play opportunities in our settings. You will find a calm and purposeful learning environment where children are engaged in play by themselves, with their friends and with adults. They are learning social skills, communication and language as well as practising key concepts they learn from adults.

Learning to read

At Hill View Academy we are committed to teaching our children to read in the early years of school so they are able to successfully learn in the future. We teach children the essential speaking and listening skills in nursery and then move on to teaching children to read through phonics in reception and beyond. We teach using the Essential Letters and Sounds scheme and children love learning actions and being successful at reading.

Get In Touch

If you would like to find out more about what we can offer your child, please get in touch, we would love to meet you. 

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