Our Nursery

If you missed this term’s Open Morning, please get in touch and we’ll happily arrange a tour.

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Our nursery class is the perfect pre-school environment to launch your little learner’s school career

A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances and attitude to learning. Children in Reception and Nursery follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework to provide a safe and stimulating curriculum and develop the whole child in readiness for the rest of their school life.

We can provide full time nursery provision but are flexible and provide various term-time sessions:

Full Day8.30am – 3.20pm 6Hrs 50min
Morning Session8.30am – 11:30am 3Hrs
 Lunch Club11:30 until 12:20 pm 50min
Afternoon Session12.20pm-3.20pm  3Hrs
Paid session costs apply when not using 15/30 hours free childcare entitlement

  • We offer the mandatory 15 hours free entitlement (2 ½ days at no cost) for children the term after their third birthday. (Additional sessions incur a charge)
  • You may be entitled to extended funding such as the ’30 hours free childcare’ depending on your circumstances, so please speak to the school office for more information or visit:

A day in our EYFS nursery setting:
We welcome the children into the classroom at 8.30 am and then dismiss the children at 3.20 pm unless they are accessing different sessions (see table above for half day and lunch timings).

Break Time, Snack and Lunch Time:
We normally have a morning and afternoon break time, where the children get the opportunity to play on the school playground or on the field. After the morning playtime, we gather together to enjoy a piece of fruit and milk while we encourage communication and social development.

Our paid lunch club is between 11:30 am and 12.20 pm and includes a school meal. Lunchtime menus can be obtained from this website or the school office.

Teaching and the Learning Environment:
All Nursery children will access adult-led sessions, independent learning time and an engaging indoor and outdoor environment. The adult-led session will support the children’s speaking, listening and attention skills and early maths.

Uniform and PE Kit:
Nursery children wear the same uniform and PE kit as the rest of the school. We endeavour to plan PE sessions so that all nursery children access at least one PE session per week. The children also have constant access to the outdoor environment to continue their physical development.

Starting Nursery:
Please contact the school office for registration forms – once we receive your completed admissions documents, we will confirm spaces and be in contact to arrange ‘settling in sessions’. Parents are welcome to stay with their child during the first settling in session. However, if you feel your child would be comfortable to come independently we can accommodate this. We understand that every child is an individual so we work closely with parents to ensure that the settling in period can be as seamless as possible for both the child and parents.