The Nursery teacher for 2023-24 is Mrs Lindsay Johnson. 

Nursery is supported by our Nursery Officers Mrs Faye Cross and Mrs Zoe Wilby, and by our teaching assistants Mrs Sadia Iqbal and Mrs Sandra Mirembe. Please speak directly to a member of the team if you have any queries or concerns.

The EYFS Phase Leader is Mrs Clare Callaghan; she will try to help you, if the class teacher is unable to do so in relation to teaching and learning matters. Her direct e-mail address is If you have any further suggestions on how we can develop communication, please let us know.


At Talbot Primary School, we know how important it is to get the best possible start to your child's school journey.  As a team, we ensure that our first primary aim is to make sure that all our children feel safe, secure and happy to learn.  In Nursery, we recognise the importance of the prime areas of learning, and as a result, provision holds true to these aspects, namely:

  • Communication and Language: We explore fun and engaging ways in which to get the children involved in a language rich environment and develop their confidence and skills to express themselves and to speak and listen.  One of the very special things about Talbot is that we are lucky to welcome children and families that are a representation of Leeds - rich and diverse in its culture and languages
  • Physical Development:  We ensure the children are given lots of opportunities to get active and interactive, develop their co-ordination, control, movement and strength.  
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development: We help the children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others, form positive relationships and respect for others and the social skills to manage their feelings and behaviours in groups.  We also help the children to make healthy choices about food.

Please do see the following websites for some useful ways you can support your child(ren) to widen their experiences and enjoyment.  Do not hesitate to contact a member of Nursery if you need any help.


What do our Parents and Carers say about Nursery?

"You are all fantastic teachers/influencers and we really appreciate everything you do."
"Your kindness, patience and warmth have given (my child) the nurture and stability they have needed and the foundation to flourish."
"You do amazing work at Talbot and it's definitely a school we encourage others to attend, because you really do care about the children's well being."
"Your dedication, patience and passion for teaching have made a significant impact on (our child's) early development."
"Your guidance and nurturing approach have been invaluable in shaping their love for learning."


Click here to see Mrs Johnson's video tour on Nursery.


Useful Links


New Starter Information 

Getting ready for nursery
To help your child be ready for nursery, we have put together some key skills to work on at home to help build their independence. Practicing these things before starting nursery, will really support them during the settling in process.
We hope they enjoy getting prepared for their new adventure with us at Talbot Nursery.

Nursery Showcase:

Please take the time to have a look at some of the exciting things that Nursey children have been getting up to this year. 


Early Years reading spine – ‘Supertato’

Appreciating the outdoors on ‘Outdoor Classroom Day’

Scientific learning – Growing and changing

Lending library – fostering a love of books and reading

Building positive relationships at Key Worker time

Mathematical learning – making patterns

Outdoor play – wider using the wider environment as a classroom

Movement play – developing core strength, coordination and balance

Developing fine motor control through making mosaic art

Scientific knowledge and understanding – welcoming Autumn 

Physical development – strengthening our fine and gross motor skills

Developing oracy through sensory play

Nursery Admissions

In order to meet the needs of our community and families we are pleased to offer a range of provision and admit Free Early Years Education (FEEE) funded three and four-year old places following your child's third birthday.  We also offer 30 hour places and additional, chargeable hours to meet the needs of families.  We currently offer the following sessions to accommodate 78, Monday to Friday, term time only places:

  • Mornings only (7 places)
  • Afternoons only (7 places)
  • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday am (12 places)
  • Wednesday pm, Thursday and Friday (12 places)
  • 30 Hour session (20 places)

In accordance with our Nursery Admissions Policy, priority is given to eligible siblings first and places are then allocated in date of birth order.

Admissions to Nursery are administered by the school.  If you would like your child's name to be included on our waiting list please either telephone the school office on 0113 2934086 or e-mail  Where additional hours are available these are charged at £5.04 per hour (as at July 2023) and £5.20 from 1st April, 2024.

If you are interested in a place at our Nursery, would like to visit us, have a look at our provision and meet the Nursery team then please make contact with the team via or alternatively ring the school office on 0113 2934086.  Mrs Finn in the school office will be happy to help.  

Nursery home/school communication

Building effective home school communication is crucial at Talbot and ensures children get the best possible start to their time at school.  As a team, we work hard to build this relationship.  Not only will we visit you at home after a place is offered, we invite you and your child to visit us.  This is built on throughout your child's time with us in Nursery in the following ways:

  • daily face to face contact with the Nursery Team and your child's Key Worker at pick up and drop off
  • ongoing communication through newsletters, notices and ParentMail
  • invitations to all parents to join our Tapestry online journal.  This is a secure record of photographs, observations and comments accessible to you and the school to build up a record of your child's learning journey and developments during their time in Nursery
  • dedicated meetings with your child's Key Worker to help understand how they are progressing in line with their personal milestones