Accessibility statement

Welcome to York Campus Nursery and Pre-school

York Campus Nursery is a multi-cultural setting catering for children aged 3 months to school age across two separate units. The Nursery is a safe, happy place that nurtures and encourages the children's diversity and potential. 

Rated as 'Good' by Ofsted because the "experienced and well qualified staff team demonstrate consistently good teaching skills". 

The children have access to a variety of outdoor learning areas, one of which is a forest area. 


We offer a wide range of activities to the children in order to promote different kinds of learning through child lead play, investigation and exploration. The nursery's primary aim is to help children become confident and enquiring learners.

Although we do provide overalls for children to wear, as and when necessary, please remember they may be taking part in "messy" activities and should be dressed accordingly. It is also helpful if removable clothing and footwear are marked with the child's name and children should bring appropriate clothing for outdoor play. Physical movement encourages co-ordination and concentration.

A wide range of art and craft activities are available to stimulate creativity and self expression. The nursery curriculum is developed through the Early Years Foundation Stage as regulated by Ofsted (Office For Standards in Education). All settings that receive government funding are required to plan activities and experiences that help children progress in the seven areas of learning and development, as defined by the Early Years Foundation Stage, and are subject to inspection by Ofsted.


Any enquiries about the Nursery should be directed to the Nursey Manager, Ruth Mellard. Ruth is available to talk privately in the office from 1.30 to 5pm Monday to Friday, or at another time by arrangement. General enquiries should be directed to Liz Paxman, Administrator to the Nursery, who is in the office from 8.30am to 1.30pm. Please email

Aims and policies

The Nursery aims to provide a happy, secure, caring and stimulating environment where the children develop socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. The welfare of the child is paramount. All nursery policies are available on request. The Nursery works in partnership with Lord Deramore's, Badger Hill Primary School, and Fulford Shared Partnership. 

Staff to child ratios

The Nursery Unit is able to take a maximum of 30 children between the ages of two and five years, and nine children aged three months to two years in the Baby Unit. The Nursery Unit has an average staff : child ratio of 1 : 6. The Baby Unit has a ratio of 1 : 3

Staff information

The Nursery has a number of permanent staff detailed below, all qualifiednto a minimum level 3 qualification. In addition the staff are assisted in their duties by a wide range of volunteers, including students and Early Years Practitioner trainees. We also have a team of regular supply staff who are all DBS checked. For general enquiries please contact

Nursery Manager

Ruth Mellard

BA (Hons) Educational Leadership (Level 6), Early Years Foundation Degree (Level 5) ADCE (Level 4), NNEB (Level 3), Early Years Foundation

Deputy Nursery Manager

Andrea Moore 

(BTEC level 3, Foundation Degree level 5, BA Hons level 6, EXT Status level 6)

Nursery Nurses

  • Pam Bassford
  • NNEB (Level 3)
  • Nicola Zendle
  • PGCE Primary Lower (Level 6)
  • Sally Morton
  • NNEB (Level 3) / Foundation Degree (Level 5) BA Hons / Graduational Leadership (Level 6)
  • Donna Burton
  • NNEB (Level 3) 
  • Rebecca Tunstall
  • NNEB (Level 3) 
  • Louise Moffatt
  • CACHE (Level 3) 
  • Jenny Ashby
  • NVQ (Level 3), EYP Status (Level 6) 
  • Amy Braun
  • Early Childhood Care & Education / QQL (Level 4 & 5)

Nursery Assistants

  • Emma Chapman
  • NNEB (Level 3), ADCE (Level 4) 
  • Joanne Bridgewater
  • BTEC (Level 3) 
  • Sue Dale
  • CACHE (Level 3) 
  • Alex Gardiner
  • CACHE (Level 3)
  • Omima Mohamed
  • Childcare Learning and Development (Level 3)


  • Liz Paxman