A CITY school has opened its doors to the first intake of nursery children.
Eppleton Academy Primary School has launched its new nursery class this autumn and once full will accommodate 26 part-time, pre-school children.
So far five little ones are enrolled with several more on the list to start in the coming months as soon as they have turned three.
Linda Gilmore, assistant headteacher at the Church Road school, said: “The children had a lovely first day and they all settled really well.
“We have been letting as many people as possible know about the new nursery class and I am sure we will be full in no time.”
Carolyn Murray, headteacher, said after an extensive consultation with the community, an application was put in with the Education Funding Agency to extend the age range at the school, which was approved. The nursery class is part of an Early Years Foundation Stage unit.
, which has recently been extended, internally and externally.
Mrs Murray, said: “Responses from parents and carers were overwhelmingly positive. Our Ofsted inspection in June last year recognised that children in Early Years make good progress due to good teaching.
“The nursery class will provide the opportunity for a complete learning journey for children from nursery through to the end of Key Stage 2, as well as greater scope for early intervention, so that children can build on the good progress that is already evident.”