There are 7 Nursery Schools in the Bradford authority and Hirst Wood has been operating since 1931.  The original Nursery was ‘open-air’ and known locally as the Sunshine School, the spirit of which is kept alive today as children have access to the wonderful outdoor area for most of the day.   There are 3 classrooms, each with a qualified teacher and Nursery Nurse/Early Years Practitioner and the statutory staffing ratio of staff to children in Nursery is 1 adult per 13 children. 

In response to parents’ changing needs and working patterns we have established a well-respected before and after school provision, known as The Sunshine Club.   This allows us to provide high quality nursery school education and extended provision between the hours of 8.00 am and 6.00pm and a range of services for children, families and the community.


Learning together and growing together’  Through our values and ethos we aim to:

  • Provide a range of high quality inclusive, accessible and integrated services that will make a difference and improve outcomes for families.
  • Create an environment that is safe, warm and welcoming where children are happy and everyone is treated with respect and dignity.
  • Provide a stimulating environment that offers opportunities for challenge appropriate for each child’s development socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically.
  • Ensure that staff know children well and use this knowledge to assess, develop and extend the child.
  • Plan a rich, broad and balanced play based curriculum founded on an understanding of the children’s development and learning in general and on the needs of individual children in particular.
  • Encourage children to be self-motivated, independent and confident and involved in their activities and learning.
  • Ensure the well-being of all our staff, children, families and governors.
  • Give children the time and opportunity to experiment, have fun, be creative and imaginative, discover, take risks, make mistakes, consolidate and reflect.
  • Build relationships with parents and carers and foster their active involvement in their children’s learning and progress.
  • Ensure a smooth transition from home to school and school to school. · Foster equality of opportunity by developing an environment that is inclusive of all its community.
  • Provide opportunities for all staff to have high quality training and development. · Build links with local schools early years providers and the wider community.
  • Develop a love of learning


•  To provide a warm, secure and welcoming environment.
•  To value all children and parents.
•  To provide high quality education and care.
•  To provide a broad, balanced and well planned curriculum.
•  To engage and inspire all children through valuing their interests and setting high expectations.
•  To develop a culture of lifelong learning for all.
•  To ensure equality through promoting inclusive practices.
•  To work with families and other agencies to provide the best possible start for children.
•  To continually monitor and evaluate our work.