A big welcome to our Early Years Department at Barlaston C.E (VC) First School. Our Early Years family is made of two classes; Little Dormouse Class (Nursery) and Hedgehog Class (Reception), each class can cater for up to 30 children.  

We strive to provide a safe, nurturing, inclusive environment to allow every child to achieve the best that they can allowing them to ‘let their light shine’. Alongside our broad and balanced curriculum, we provide a number of opportunities for our children, these include:  

  • Swimming, 

  • Regular visits to church  

  • Regular visits to the local village including Barlaston Downs, and the canal. 

  • Termly enrichment days 

  • Outside visits from professionals from a range of different fields. 

  • Termly educational visits, e.g. Peak Wildlife park, Ammerton farm 

What’s more we value greatly a strong home school relationship and throughout the year provide numerous opportunities for parents to come in and work with their children, including: 

  • Stay and play 

  • Let’s learn together 

  • Family book time 

  • Secret storyteller 

  • Church services 

  • Oasis coffee morning 

Providing these opportunities are a team of nurturing, passionate and dedicated staff made up of both qualified teachers and Early Years Teaching Assistants who are committed to making every day for our amazing children the best and most engaging that it can be.  

These are: 



Mr A Peel 

  • Head of Early Years 

  • Reception Class Teacher  

  • Deputy safeguarding lead 

Miss C Hulme 

  • Nursery Class Teacher  

Miss A Leese 

  • Early Years Teaching Assistant  


Miss C Soanes 

  • Early Years Teaching Assistant  

  • After School Club support 

  • Holiday Club support 

Mrs H Kendrick  

  • Early Years Teaching Assistant  


Mrs E Fox 

  • Early Years/Year 1 Breakfast Club  


To see all of our school staff please click here.  


Little Dormouse Nursery (Nursery Class) 

Dormouse class learn together in their large self-contained building which hosts lots of features, all for the Dormouse class to enjoy. They have their own: 

  • Toilets 

  • Garden area 

  • Playground 

  • Mud kitchen  

  • Kitchen 

  • Moveable Interactive Whiteboard 

  • Comfy corner/ sensory area. 

  • Large covered area for the children to have free-flow both in and outside throughout the day whatever the weather.  


For more information about admissions including hours and how to apply please click on the admissions tab. 


Hedgehog Class (Reception Class) 

Hedgehogs learn together in their self-contained classroom within the main school building, they also have lots of things for Hedgehog class to enjoy. Including their own: 

  • Toilets 

  • Cloakroom  

  • Wet pour playground 

  • Garden area 

  • Mud kitchen  

  • Pond 

  • Interactive Whiteboard 

  • Comfy corner/ sensory area 

  • Large-covered area for the children to have free-flow both in and outside throughout the day whatever the weather. 


To see some pictures of our Early Years facilities please click here.  

If you would like to come and look around our nursery and school to meet our children and staff, or if you would like more information/ have any questions. Please do get in touch via apeel@barlaston.staffs.sch.uk or call the school on 01782 372543. 

Warmest regards, 

Mr A Peel