Wharfedale Lodge, 11 Ben Rhydding Road,
Ilkley, West Yorkshire LS29 8RL

Call: 01943 607285

Life in early years, nursery in Ilkley

Life in Early Years

About Moorfield Early Years

Nestled next to our main school, Moorfield Early Years provides a bright, cosy and stimulating environment in which children aged 2 – 5 years old can explore and grow. High quality resources and a purpose-built environment encourage investigation, creativity and independence. Emphasis is placed on imaginative, engaging and structured play. This allows children to develop social, physical and linguistic skills, building the foundation for self-motivation and a thirst for knowledge – the hallmark of a Moorfield child.

Learning in the Early Years

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, with a strong emphasis on engaging play. Learning spaces are carefully planned to allow children to move freely through each area of learning. The curriculum focuses on the development of physical, personal and social and language skills. In addition to this we build upon children’s understanding of maths, literacy, and the world around us, as well as expressive arts and technology. Specialist teaching in music, French and bushcraft take place each week. Each child leaves us having made phenomenal progress in each of the seven areas of the EYFS and is equipped with the skills for life-long learning.

Parent Communication

Parent communication is very important to us. As well as an open-door policy allowing daily communication, we also offer termly meetings to discuss your child’s progress. 'Learning Journeys' are sent home every half term but parents may request access to them at any time. Daily and weekly summaries of learning are displayed in each classroom, along with useful information and bulletins. We offer workshops on a variety of subjects, ranging from potty training to phonics and early reading.


Housed in a purpose-built extension, Moorfield Nursery and Reception rooms are light, airy and spacious. Adjacent to the main school building, an imposing Victorian house, we are able to make use of the extensive and well-equipped school grounds. We offer:

Large rooms to accommodate each specific area of learning.

Interactive whiteboards to enhance learning and promote IT skills.

A tailor-made outdoor space, with large sandpit and shelter to allow all-weather play and learning.

Woodland area, specifically designed for teaching high quality bushcraft.

Outdoor tipi and wood-burning stove – perfect for cold winter days.

A large outdoor multi-purpose games pitch.

Our Staff

  • Sophie Pickles – Head of Early Years and Reception Teacher (BEd Hons)
  • Jane Brown –  Nursery Teacher (BEd Hons)
  • Emma Preston - Early Years Practitioner Nursery NVQ3
  • Miss Karley Baxter – BA Hons in Children's Care, Learning and Development
  • Tina Driver - Early Years Practitioner, ASC, Holiday Club, NVQ3
  • Mrs Catherine Scott - HLTA Level 4 and Certificate in Learning Mentor
  • Lynsey Rix – Music (MMus PGCE)
  • Victoria Crebbin – Music and Baking (BSc, NVQ3)
  • Josh Hemingway – Bushcraft, ASC, Holiday Club (BA Hons) 
  • James Snook - Sports Coach, ASC, Holiday Club 

Pastoral Care

Pastoral care is the heart of Early Years at Moorfield and underpins everything we do. Each child’s individual happiness and personal wellbeing is of utmost importance to every staff member and we pride ourselves on developing confident, healthy and independent children.

In addition to our Head of Early Years, Sophie Blackwell, and section leaders for each year group, each child in Early Years is assigned a named key person who has a special responsibility for each child’s progress and development. Children are taught how to become part of a community, whilst valuing their own individuality, how to recognise and build upon their own strengths, and how to live each day, brimming with enjoyment and anticipation for the next adventure.


Children that choose to join us for lunch will enjoy a hot, healthy, home cooked meal provided by our talented school catering team. Meals provided are nutritious, tasty and loved by all. We often find that children are more willing to try new and exciting foods in school than they would at home, encouraged by friends and staff members. In nursery, a family environment is created as children gather round the table to eat, along with our Early Years practitioners.