The Nursery Pre-School

day nursery Pontefract Our Pre-School in Castleford is for children aged approximately 4 years +. Built in December 2010, it is a bright, modern and spacious teaching, learning and play environment which supports the needs and requirements of our oldest children. Our Pre-School is registered for only 16 children and, with a staffing ratio of one adult to eight children (1:8), as opposed to the state school ratio of 1:13, we are able to offer each child lots of individual attention and support.

The Pre-School is headed by experienced, committed and highly trained early years practitioners who work in close consultation with the nursery manager to ensure that children are provided with high quality childcare, teaching and learning opportunities.

Our Pre-School supports children's development and progress within the Early Years Foundation Stage (the same curriculum that they would follow at school). An emphasis is placed on supporting children's basic skills in speaking, reading, writing, number and IT in order to give children a ‘head start’ and ensure they are well prepared for when they go to ‘big school’. A further emphasis is also placed on supporting children's independence skills, again in preparation for when they leave us to go to school, for example, putting on their own coats and shoes, serving themselves at meal times etc.

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We are proud of our excellent reputation within the local community (and beyond) that Brambly Hedge children, on entering school, are very advanced and confident in their basic skills and social skills. Since building the new pre-school, some of our parents are already taking the decision to keep their child with us for a longer period of time as they are confident that their child will be supported in a highly professional manner to make good progress in their learning and development.

Like our Primary Room, our Pre-School also provides opportunities for children to ‘learn at every turn'; for example children are supported to learn to read and we use the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme, a reading scheme which is also widely used in schools.

We initially use Oxford Reading Tree Scheme Wordless books to support children's understanding of stories and characters. When we feel it is developmentally appropriate we encourage children to use their phonic knowledge to begin to read simple words.

Children also participate in daily ‘Letters and Sounds' (Phonics) activities to support their early reading skills. Children take part in hand writing and pencil control activities. Staff support children with their early number work (counting, number recognition, shape and space) and early computer skills whilst using child specific educational software and programmes.

Children also have opportunities for role play, story time, imaginative play, music and movement, creative activities, technology, construction, small world activities, cookery and gardening. Pre-School children have their own ‘free flow' outdoor play area with sand and water play, gardening areas, picnic table, chalk board, bird table and decking area.


Brambly Hedge Day Nursery and Pre-School in Castleford is near Methley, Normanton and Pontefract. The nursery is within easy reach of the M1 and Junction 31 of the M62 (5 minutes away) and A1 networks. The day nursery has a large, safe parking area which provides ample parking spaces for all parents and visitors.