Our School

About Whitecross

Whitecross was opened in 1977 and is a small, purpose built stand alone, Nursery School, providing nursery education for up to 80 children each day.  All the children are either three or four years old.  We offer the 15 hours free entitlement to children, from the term after their third birthday, in a very flexible manner.  There are also opportunities to pay for longer hours.  This is so that we can best meet the needs of the child and their family.   

The school is funded by Derby City Council and has a Governing Body that is responsible for its management.

Our staff are all trained professionals who work very closely as a team in a school which is very well resourced, both indoors and outdoors. 

Our children are from a wide range of backgrounds and include those, who at some time or another have special education needs as well as those who are able, gifted or talented.  We respect and value this diversity and support each child to establish their own sense of identity, to grow in confidence and independence and become a responsible member of our school community.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone's responsibility.  In order to fulfil this responsibility at Whitecross Nursery School we have a child centred approach, considering the best interests of the children at all times.

Through our respectful interactions with the children, we are able to respond to their individual needs and interests and plan for their future learning.

We recognise the invaluable role that parents and carers play in their child's development and we continually strive to develop a close relationship with our families and the wider community.

I feel it a privilege to be Head teacher of such a warm, friendly school with a family atmosphere.

You are always welcome to call in and see what we do.  The best way to see the nursery is by visiting us and spending some time seeing the children at work and play.

Janet Mitchell

Head teacher

'Children are excited and enthusiastic learners.  The high level of care and concern shown by staff nurtures children's love of learning.  Their high expectations and well-established routines support children's outstanding behaviour.  Children feel very safe and secure.'                       (Ofsted 2015)