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What is a Maintained Nursery School?

Maintained Nursery School


We often get asked 'what exactly is a maintained nursery school?'. This is not surprising as there are only 3 maintained nursery schools in Blackburn with Darwen.


A maintained nursery school is a local authority school, and is funded and controlled by the local authority, just like any other local authority school.


They must be led by a head teacher and employ other qualified teachers, and like all schools in the country the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) must be a qualified teacher.


They are inspected by Ofsted in exactly the same way as primary and secondary schools.


Just under 400 maintained nursery schools remain in England. They represent an unparalled resevoir of early years expertise.


Maintained nursery schools are uniquely placed to:


  • Provide high quality early education, led by specialist head teachers, and delivered by qualified teachers, nursery nurses and early years educators.
  •  Integrate education, care and health services for children, so that all aspects of a child's development can be supported.
  • Put parents and families at the centre of their work.
  • Share their expertise with other early education and childcare providers, so that all children in the local community benefit.
  • Give priority in admissions to vulnerable children and have the skills and expertise to suport them successfully.
  • Are effective in 'closing the gap' between the most disadvantaged children and their peers.


They are able to do this because of the quality of the education they provide. Maintained nursery schools are world leaders in developing high quality early childhood education and care.


Ashworth Nursery School is incredibly proud to be a maintained nursery school. We work tirelessly to deliver a world class education and utilise our expertise, resources and passion for inclusion and early years education to ensure the very best outcomes for our children.