York Campus Nursery is a multicultural setting catering for children aged three months to school age. We offer a safe, happy place that nurtures and encourages your child's diversity and potential.

We're able to take children up to 5 years and 11 months, including children who have already started school and may need childcare during half-term and summer holidays.

  • We can take a maximum of 32 children between the ages of 3 and 5 years and 11 months in our pre-school, with a staff to child ratio of 1:8
  • We can take a maximum of 32 children between the ages of 2 and 3 in our toddler room, with a staff to child ratio of 1:4
  • We can take 30 children aged between 3 months and 2 years in our baby rooms, with a staff to child ratio of 1:3.

The Nursery is a safe, happy place that nurtures and encourages the children's diversity and potential.

The Nursery aims to provide a happy, secure, caring and stimulating environment where the children develop socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. The welfare of the child is paramount. All nursery policies are available on request. The Nursery works in partnership with Lord Deramore's Primary School, Badger Hill Primary School, and Fulford Shared Partnership.



The aims of our multicultural and diverse Nursery are:

  • Quality and consistency
  • Secure foundations for children
  • Working in partnerships with parents and carers
  • Equality of opportunity

Intent, Implementation and Impact statement

Boy playing with diggers and dirt

The Nursery follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum for children from their birth to the end of school reception and is regulated by Ofsted.

The EYFS comprises of three prime areas:

  • Physical development
  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, social and emotional development

These areas are particularly crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning,  and for building their capacity to form relationships and thrive. We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.

The specific areas are:

  • Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Children's assessments with regard to the EYFS are completed using an online assessment tool for which parents are required to give written permission for use in the Nursery.



The nursery's prime aim is to help children become confident and enquiring learners. We offer a wide range of activities to the children in order to promote different kinds of learning through a combination of adult led and child led play, investigation and exploration.

A wide range of fun, stimulating  educational activities are available to develop creativity, imagination, confidence and independence across all areas of the curriculum. Learning and play takes place in indoor and outdoor areas on a daily basis in all rooms to promote the healthy development and well-being of children.

small boy looking at plants

Food and Nutrition

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The Nursery will provide a healthy snack in the middle of the morning and afternoon sessions. Lunch is freshly prepared and cooked on campus by the University of York’s professional chefs and then delivered to the Nursery. They are included in the fees for children over 2 years old. For children under the age of 2, the lunches may also be suitable and parents may choose to order a lunch for their child, at an additional cost, if required.

Please contact us if your child has any dietary or allergen food requirements.