Established in 1994 Leaside opened with an intake of 13 children and we have grown and are now able to take 38 children per session. We currently have 9 members of staff and we are very proud of our high teacher to child ratio.

Leaside operates from the Leaside church hall. This is situated in the main high street of Ware, our location is set back from the main road, accessed between the local shops. There is a sign-posted alley which leads to the church and the church hall. Our kindergarten is open 5 days a week.

The building consists of an admin office, a kitchen, a story room, big spacious hall and an activity room, in which we create a child friendly environment, which is secure and safe both indoors and outdoors.

In our activity room, our younger children are able to enjoy playing with a variety of equipment including role play, sensory play, mark-making, book corner and many different types of imaginative resources. We also have a messy area which includes sand and water play where staff work closely with their children. We use the hall for our nursery age children, creating an environment of structure and free play. Using a themed role-play area, a variety of table-top resources, a wide selection of construction resources, assorted dressing up, music and instruments, a messy and creative area using a wide variety of media. We have a safe, secure and well equipped outdoor area creating a child and adult led enabling area embracing the fundamental , holistic early years effective learning environment.

We uphold the Fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs as set out in the Government’s Prevent strategy. This is reflected in our policies and our ethos of effective learning.

Admissions Criteria:

Our admissions policy at Leaside is to make the Kindergarten accessible to children and families from all sections of the local community. We aim to ensure that all sections of the community have access to the Kindergarten through open, fair and clearly communicated procedures.

Places are allocated according to the following criteria, in order of priority:

1. A child’s position on our waiting list, which is arranged in order of date name put down.

2. Children with SEND (Special Education Needs )

Allocation of places:

Three year olds will be offered 15 hours of sessio time as available, this is in keepng with current EYFS, the hours are funded. If the child is eligible for the 30 hours funding, parents would need to submit this request in writing when the place is accepted. Those chidren who are not eligible for the 30 hours funding, any additional hours would need to be self-funded by the parents of the child, and would need to be paid in advance in line with the Kindergarten Fees Policy.

Places will be allocated to children as they turn 2 years 6 months. Children under three will be offered a minimum of two sessions a week.

Children under 3, or non funded sessions will be charged at £15 per session. We qualify for government funding the tem after the childs third birthday.

Term Times

Term Timetable for 2019-2020

Autumn Term 2019

Start of term – Wednesday 4 September 2019
Half Term – Monday 28 October – Friday 1 November 2019
Return – Monday 4 November 2019
Last day of term – Thursday 19 December 2019

Christmas Holiday

Friday 20 December 2019 – Monday 6 January 2020

Spring Term 2020

Start of term – Tuesday 7 January 2020
Half Term – Monday 17 February – Friday 21 February 2020
Return Monday 24 February 2020
Last day of term – Friday 3 April 2020 (close at 12.00pm)

Easter Holiday

Monday 6 April – Friday 17 April 2020

Summer Term 2020

Start of term – Monday 20 April 2020
Bank Holiday – Friday 8 May 2020
Half Term – Monday 25 May – Friday 29 May 2020
Return Monday 1 June 2020
Last day of term – Friday 17 July 2020 (close at 12.00pm)


Following the Government’s response to the consultation on ‘The Regulation of Childcare’ published 13 February 2014, the EYFS statutory framework has been updated and will be in effect from 1 September 2014.

Children's Development and Learning

Leaside Kindergarten follows the criteria of the Early Years Foundation Stage (2014). There are seven development areas that form the building blocks of children's development; these areas are divided into two categories, prime and specific. It is the aim of these areas to scaffold learning onto existing knowledge.

Personal, social and emotional development (PSED):

Every child is encouraged to form positive relationships with peers and adults alike. They are given opportunities to develop social skills and learn how to react to their own and others feelings. All children are actively encouraged to gain confidence in their own abilities as they learn.

Communication and Language development (CLD):

The kindergarten follows the jolly phonic strategy to gaining correct letter and sound formations.

The children are exposed to a variety of rhyming sound games, sound walks and word games. Children progress in the use of language, gaining confidence in their abilities. Children are given the opportunity to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical development (PD):

Every child is given the opportunity to gain and develop existing fine and gross motor skills; both indoors and outdoors. Children are encouraged to develop their co-ordination, control and movement skills whilst interacting within peer groups. It is explained to children about the importance of physical activity.

Literacy (L):

Books such as poems rhymes, fantasy and non-fiction are available for the children's enjoyment within the setting. The children have story and singing time to coincide with the end of the day, but if children would like to be read to a practitioner's are always willing. Children are encouraged to link sounds and letters when they reach an appropriate level of development.

Maths (M):

This area of learning helps support and provide practical experiences for children, and helps them to become familiar with sorting, matching, ordering, sequencing, and patterns, whilst exploring and enjoying counting and calculating activities. Children are encouraged to develop a mathematical understanding and use of mathematical vocabulary by solving practical problems and identifying objects by shapes, space and measures etc.

Understanding the world (UW):  

Through the various themes and topics studied during each year the children will begin to understand and appreciate the world around them.  They will examine their community and immediate environment and through discussion of past and present events the children will begin to develop their understanding of time and place.  Their exploration and investigative skills will be encouraged with opportunities to make and build, to use simple equipment, including ICT equipment and to observe and examine a variety of materials and objects.

Expressive arts and design (EAD):

We provide a rich environment in which creativity and expressiveness are valued.  We offer a variety of resources in order for children to express their own ideas through art & craft activities, music, singing and stories, imaginative role-play and expressive movement.

Each child will have a Learning Journal which staff complete with observations made in achieving stages of each of the seven development areas. After a child starts at Leaside Kindergarten, the parent/carer will be invited into the setting after the child has had their first five sessions, in order to have an initial consultation with their child's key worker.