First Steps at Ghyll Royd

We have outlined information on the most frequently asked questions below. If you cannot find the information you require, please visit our FAQs page or feel free to contact the school. 

Drop off and collection

The doors of the Pre-School & Nursery open to parents at 7.30am for our Before School Club. We appreciate that many families travel a considerable distance and by opening at this time we hope to enable parents to drop off their children before travelling to work. We have a large car park located directly next to the Pre-School and we have drop off bays for Nursery parents.

The Pre-School Day

  • Children can arrive from 7.30am for our Before School Club
  • The morning session runs from 8.40am to 12.30pm
  • An afternoon session runs from 12.30pm to 3.45pm
  • The nursery day ends at 3.45pm
  • Before School Club begins at 7.30am – children can be provided with breakfast until 8.30am
  • After School Club runs from 3.45 – 6.00pm. Tea is served at 5.00pm.

Please contact the school office on 01943 865575 or email to book your child into before or after care.

Weekly WOWs

At Ghyll Royd Pre-School and Nursery, children receive an enriched and stimulating curriculum from 2 years old which includes Music, PE and Forest Schools. Children are encouraged to learn at Ghyll Royd with our Learning Through Play curriculum which fosters curiosity and exploration of the world around them. We also have an extra special activity for each day of the week.

Move it Mondays

On Mondays we have our PE sessions where we learn about a range of physical activities and build the children’s skills and confidence to participate in sport. We teach children about the importance of health enhancing and inclusive physical activity for everybody! To get our bodies moving even more, we have our first of two Music sessions on a Monday (and Thursday) where we dance and sing and learn how to play lots of different instruments.

Tuneful / Treasure Bag Tuesdays

On Tuesday and Thursday mornings we enjoy Music with our specialist Music teacher Mrs Coultas. We sing songs, dance, play instruments and work on dynamics too. Our show and tell format is a wonderful way for our children to share stories and develop their communication skills. We ask parents to bring in a different object every week to fit with the learning topic. From there we plan various activities where the children can discuss and interact with one another.

Welly Walk Wednesdays

We’re outside each and every day, whatever the weather! On Wednesdays we take a trip around the grounds and sometimes to Burley Beach to explore and discover more about the world around us.

Tuneful / Trip Thursdays

After our Thursday Music session, we head out on a trip! Previous adventures include our visits to Harlow Carr Gardens, Bluebell Woods, Bradford Science and Media Museum, Stephen H Smiths Garden Centre and Bolton Abbey Woods. Our excursions offer a new way of learning for the children in different environments.

Foraging Fridays

The outdoors are just an extension of our classrooms! On Fridays we look after our allotment, explore the changing seasons and learn about the world around us. We don our wellies and head out on an adventure learning about the environment, science and nature. Will we go on a minibeast hunt, or will we have a story in the woods? Each week brings an exciting new activity.

To find out more about some of the things we get up to, head to our News page.


Thanks to our full time catering staff we have been able to provide restaurant quality school meals, prepared and cooked daily from fresh ingredients . Menus for the week can be downloaded on the School Menu page.


The children are offered milk and fruit mid-morning, but they can bring a healthy snack from home to eat if they wish. This should be fruit, vegetables, cheese or breadsticks. We don’t encourage sweets at snack time, but as a treat (example a birthday) they are allowed! Parents can also send in a birthday cake to share if they want, but please avoid nuts and please check with us for other allergies. There is also a snack mid-afternoon which is provided by our chef which varies from a choice of sandwiches, veg sticks, fruit teacakes, mini bagels and cream cheese, breadsticks and humous, malt loaf, fruit and rice cakes.


The childrens t-shirts, jumpers, fleece and pinafores can be purchased at Wharfedale Uniforms.

The raindrop waterproofs can be purchased online at Raindrops.

Please supply you child with hats, gloves and wellingtons as we will be outdoors a lot.

The school runs a uniform shop. Parents kindly donate good quality clothing that is too small for their son or daughter and the school sell it to raise funds for the ‘Theatre of Dreams Appeal’. If you have something to donate please leave it in the school office. If you would like to purchase any items from the school shop please contact the office on 01943 865575.

50-week Care

From September 2019, our Pre-School and Nursery will be open for 50 weeks of the year. You can enrol at our nursery for term time only or for 50 weeks. The wrap around care for children aged two to five and is available during the school holiday breaks.

Supported by staff the children know and trust, the children experience a variety of fun and learning experiences that follow the Early Years Foundation Stage principles.

Activities are planned using a ‘learning through play’ approach and are designed to complement the Ghyll Royd Pre-School and Reception schedule.