Hazeldene Lower School in Bedford will be open to three and four year olds from September when the school is to open a nursery.
The new self-contained nursery is located within the main school building and is equipped with an enclosed garden for the children to explore, its own entrance for added security and a dedicated food preparation area for the children’s snacks.
The nursery also has a hygiene room with full provisions for children with special needs.
It will be run by a qualified teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience.
However, the school is keen to stress that it is not a move to formalise teaching from a young age.
Helen Ward, headteacher at Hazeldene Lower School, said: “The new nursery will enable us to build our relationship with each child and their parents from an earlier age, helping children to adapt to school-life more easily later on and enabling staff to understand how each individual prefers to learn.”
The nursery will be open to all children from the term following their third birthday, when all children are entitled to 15 hours of free, fully-funded childcare.