Welcome

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Welcome to Northern College Children’s Centre. The centre is set within the grounds of Wentworth Castle just on the outskirts of Barnsley.

Here at Northern College Children’s Centre we provide a fun stimulating, educational and safe environment for all children.

We are able to offer places for children aged two, three and four who qualify for funding, any additional hours that you may require are charged at £3.00 per hour, please contact the centre Manager to discuss your requirements.

We now operate from a brand new purpose built setting. We are able to take

  • 44 children in total, our age brackets are as follows;
  • 12 children aged from 6 months to under 2
  • 24 children aged from 2 to under 5
  • 8 children aged from 5 to 11 Years 11 months

If you are attending the College as a student and brining your child, they are obliged to attend the children’s centre whilst you are in class. Children will not be allowed to opt in and out of the Centre. The centre Team will not allow any child to leave the centre with anyone other than the parent or carer unless prior permission has been given and the correct paperwork has been completed. For obvious reasons children will not be allowed into the centre if they have any illness which could be infectious to others.

If possible please label all of your child’s clothes and possessions as the centre cannot be held responsible for the loss or damage to any personal items. It is advisable that your child comes with outdoor shoes and coats as we go outdoors each day.

The Centre

Opening Times

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Diploma and external users

Days Times
Monday to Friday 9-15am to 4-30pm
(5.30pm if your are attending late class)

Short Course

Days Times
Monday 12.50pm to 4.30pm*
Tuesday 9.15am to 4.30pm*
Wednesday 9.15am to 12.50pm or 12.50pm to 4.30pm*
Thursday 9.15am to 4.30pm*
Friday 9.15am to 4.30pm
Friday Evening 5-50pm to 8-15pm
Saturday 9.15am to 5.30pm
Sunday 9-15am to 12-45pm
*(5.30pm if your are attending late class)

The Team

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We have a highly motivated friendly and caring team. All of our team hold an appropriate childcare qualification and undergo regular DBS (formally CBR) checks.

Role Name
Children's services manager Joanne Bell
Senior Practitioner Lynette Birch
Lunchtime assistant Maureen Hasnip
Childcare assistant Louise Hall
Childcare assistant Vicky Howker
Childcare assistant Jess Henighan
Childcare assistant Karen Graham
Childcare assistant Heather Elms
Childcare assistant Rebecca Etherington
Childcare assistant Ellen Cook
Childcare assistant Sarah Richardson

Policies and Procedures

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The Northern College Children’s Centre has a wide range of policies and procedures. All of our policies are in line with the requirements set out by Ofsted in the EYFS statutory framework (September 2014). Our policies can be read on the college VLE system if you are a student, if not you can obtain copies of our policies by request from the children’s centre.

Parent's as partners

We encourage parents to be involved as much as possible but do understand that for parents who are studying at the college time is limited. We actively encourage views or suggestions regarding the Children’s Centre, this can be through an informal chat, at our parent’s forum or by completing one of our questionnaires.

News Letter

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Archive of all our Newsletters

  • 01226 776000
  • childrenscentre at northern dot ac dot uk