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Our Federation & Our Schools

Heath Lane is part of the Roots Federation, a union of three nursery schools that provide exceptional education to under fives across Hertfordshire. The schools share a high quality curriculum, and children benefit from shared resources, best practice, and expertise.

Roots was founded in 2019, when Heath Lane, Oxhey Wood and Muriel were worried about the uncertainty of Maintained Nursery School funding and its impact on budgets. The heads needed a way to sustain the finances, while giving children the best education.

So, they decided to federate. They overhauled resourcing, introduced a skills-based curriculum, and improved staff wellbeing. Now, all the nurseries stay within budget, the teachers have opportunities to grow, and the children learn the skills they need to thrive.

Through consultation and training, the federation shares the strategy behind its success with other settings. And they invite schools to join Roots, so they get the structure and vision needed to give children the start they deserve.

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