Early Years Education


By SPP Reporter


What is Early Education?

Early Education is an opportunity for all children to reach their full potential throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum.

OFSTED regularly inspects all Childcare Providers ensuring that they maintain Standards in all five areas of the Government Green Paper “Every Child Matters”

Where are places offered?

Places are offered in a range of settings, these include:

• Pre-schools

• Private day nurseries

• LA maintained nursery schools and classes

• LA maintained reception classes in infant and primary schools (4 year old places only)

• Independent schools

In order to offer funded early education places, providers have to be registered with OFSTED, North Yorkshire Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership, specifically for the purpose of claiming Nursery Education Fund.

How do I find a place?

Lists of registered settings can be obtained from the Families Information Service helpline 0845 6011630 or the

Families Information Service website www.nyfamilies.info

Parents may choose whichever type of provision most suits their needs and is most appropriate for their child. However if all places at a particular setting are full, it may be necessary to look elsewhere. Each setting will have its own admissions policy.

What is the entitlement?

Early Education Funding is allocated for up to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks in the Academic Year. However in line with the Government Guide-lines parental choice is of the utmost importance and these sessions can be divided through other Providers, Maintained, Non-Maintained, Voluntary or Private. Places in LA maintained schools are free.

How to access a place

Parents register for Nursery Education Funding through the setting the child attends and the LA pays the grant directly to the provider. Parents will be asked to sign a Parental Declaration Form to confirm their entitlement, detail the provision they will be using and authorise the provider to make a claim on their behalf.

Which children are entitled to a place?

Children become eligible for an early education place from the beginning of the school term following their third birthday, in line with the following dates:

Children born between: Will be eligible from:

1 April & 31 August The start of the autumn term following their 3rd birthday.

1 September & 31 December The start of the spring term following their 3rd birthday.

1 January & 31 March The start of the summer term following their 3rd birthday.

The Families’ Information Service help-line 0845 6011630 will advise on an individual basis.

Local Provision Early Years Education

The following is a guide to the early years provision in this area. A complete list may be obtained from your local authority.

Carnagill County Primary School

Leadmill Estate, Catterick Garrison, DL9 3HN Tel: 01748 833622

Hipswell Church of England Primary School

Hipswell, Catterick Garrison, DL9 4BB Tel: 01748 832513

Le Cateau Primary School

Brough Road, Catterick Garrison, DL9 4ED Tel: 01748 832292

Wavell Community Infant and Nursery School

Wavell Road, Catterick Garrison, DL9 3BJ Tel: 01748 833340

Colburn County Primary School

Colburn Lane, Colburn, Catterick Garrison, DL9 4LS Tel: 01748 832676

Private Schools, Pre Schools, Nursery Schools and Playgroups

White Rabbit Pre School

La Bassee Road, Baden Powell Estate, Catterick Garrison

North Yorkshire, DL9 3HS Tel: 01748 832961

Hipswell Kindergarten

Hipswell Village, Catterick Garrison, DL9 4BB Tel: 01748 830818

Jigsaw Childcare

Catterick Road, Catterick Garrison, DL9 4QP Tel: 01748 833725

Catterick Bridge Day Nursery

Shirley House, Gatherley Road, Catterick Bridge

Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 7JH Tel: 01748 812277

Catterick Village Pre School

Michael Syddall School, Catterick Village, Richmond

North Yorkshire, DL10 7LH Tel: 07944 643220

Aysgarth School Pre Prep Department

Bedale, DL8 1TF Tel: 01677 450359

Ridgeway Nursery

47 Darlington Road, Richmond

North Yorkshire, DL10 7BG Tel: 01748 825465

Rooftops Montessori

8/10 Queens Road, Richmond, DL10 4AE Tel: 01748 823667

Polam Hall School

Grange Road, Darlington, DL1 5PA Tel: 01325 463383

Catterick Garrison Preschool Group provide a wide range of Preschool facilities for children and babies from 6 weeks to 5 years.

Primary Education

The ‘normal’ LA schools for the Catterick Garrison and Marne Barracks areas are shown below:

School Telephone No Type of School

Carnagill County Primary School

Leadmill Estate Catterick Garrison, DL9 3HN 

01748 833622 County

Le Cateau County Primary School

Brough Road

Catterick Garrison, DL9 4ED

01748 832292 County

Hipswell CE Primary School

Hipswell, Catterick Garrison, DL9 4BB 01748 832513

Voluntary Controlled

Michael Syddall CE Primary School 

Mowbray Road, Catterick Village, 

Richmond, DL10 7LH

01748 818485 Voluntary Aided

Wavell Community Infant & Nursery School

Wavell Road, 

Catterick Garrison, DL9 3BJ

01748 833340 County

Wavell Community Junior School

Wavell Road, Catterick Garrison, DL9 3BJ

01748 832298 County

The following schools are also nearby:

St Mary, RC Primary School 

Cross Lane, Richmond, DL10 7DZ

01748 822365

(RC/CE) Voluntary Aided

Hackforth & Hornby CE Primary School

Hackforth, Bedale, N Yorks, DL8 1PE

01748 811698 Voluntary Controlled

Brompton-on-Swale CE Primary School

Brompton Park, Brompton-on-Swale, DL10 7JW

01748 811683 County

Secondary Education

Risedale Sports & Community College

Hipswell, Catterick Garrison, DL9 4DB 01748 833501 County 11-16

Richmond School

Darlington Road, Richmond, DL10 7BQ 01748 850111 County 11-18

St Francis Xavier School (RC/CE)

Darlington Road, Richmond, DL10 7DA 01748 823414 Voluntary Aided

There are also a selection of both single sex and co-educational independent and boarding schools in the area.

Full information can be obtained from Catterick HIVE.

Colleges of Further Education

College Address Telephone No

Darlington College 01325 503050

Central Park, Haughton Road, Darlington, Co Durham, DL1 1DR

Education Access and Inclusion

The Local Education Office, aims to ensure that all children and young people in the area gain access to education that is appropriate to their individual needs.

The Service carries out the following:

a. Arranges school admissions, transfers, home-to-school transport and helps with attendance problems.

b. Manages special education assessments, reviews and provision.

c. Provides education to children who are, for whatever reason, unable to attend school.

d. Works with children with special needs.

e. Assesses eligibility for free school meals and clothing grants.

f. Provides public information and deals with complaints and appeals.

The Service exists to support you and your child, hence the above outline of what it has to offer. However, you should generally discuss any concerns about your child’s progress with his or her Headteacher in the first instance as many problems are dealt within the schools themselves.

Special Educational Needs

A child has special educational needs if he or she has a significant learning difficulty or disability and in order to succeed in school needs educational provision additional to or different from the provision made for children of the same age. If you have concerns about your child’s progress you should first discuss them with the Headteacher as most special needs are dealt with in mainstream schools.

Special Schools and Units

If a child’s special needs are particularly severe or complex they may not be able to be met in ordinary schools and classes. The Local Education Authority maintain a number of schools that specialise in providing for pupils with such needs. You can obtain further details of these schools through the Local Education Office (from Children’s and Young Peoples Services). They can also provide information on independent schools that specialise in Special Educational Needs.

Community special schools and resourced provision in mainstream schools

Listed below is a selection of local special schools in the area, the HIVE Information Centre also holds a comprehensive list of both day and residential schools for North Yorkshire.

Brooklands School, Burnside Avenue, Skipton, BD23 2DB 

For pupils aged between 2 and 19 with a wide range of learning difficulties.

01756 794028 

The Dales School, Morton-on-Swale, Northallerton, DL7 9QW

01609 772932

For pupils aged between 2 and 19 with severe and complex learning difficulties.

Mowbray School, 

Masham Road, Bedale,

DL8 2SD

01677 422446

Provides for pupils aged between 2 and 16 with a wide range of special education needs and speech, language and communication difficulties.

Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS)

Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) maintains a register of all Service children who either have a completed Statement of Special Educational Needs or who are in the process of being assessed. It also assists Service parents to ensure that their child’s special needs are met. They have a fully manned helpline (during office hours) and are very happy to deal with enquiries. If you are unsure of how to pursue a particular problem with your child’s education they will be able to give you professional guidance. CEAS are also able to give general advice on all other aspects of the education of Service children, including boarding school education and the education of Service children abroad. Contact details are given under “Useful Addresses” below. If your child has Special Educational Needs you should liaise with the CEAS office in Upavon when you are posted abroad.

Useful Addresses

If you require further specific information or advice either before or after you move to Catterick Garrison, please do not hesitate to contact either of the following:

The HIVE Information Centre,

Hipswell Lodge, Smuts Road, Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire DL9 3AX

Tel: 01748 872944 Mil: 94731 2944

The Local Education Office, South Block, County Hall, Ainsty Road, Harrogate HG1 4XU Tel: 01609 536802

If you require more general advice about the education of your child you may wish to contact The Children’s Education Advisory Service:

Trenchard Lines, Upavon,Pewsey,Wilts SN9 6BE

Helpline Tel: 01980 618245/Upavon Military 94344 Ext 8245



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