Hours and Eligibility
When a children turns three they are entitled to 15 hours childcare each week for term time (38 weeks). Some children are eligible for 30 hours if certain criteria is met.
To see if your child is eligible to receive 30 hours government funded childcare please visit www.gov.uk/apply-30-hours-free-tax-free-childcare
We ask that children attend the Nursery 5 days a week. 15 hours sessions times are either AM only (9am – 12pm) or PM Only (12pm – 3pm). If your child is attending for 30 hours, their session times are 9am-3pm.
The nursery also provides wrap around childcare. This costs £3 for a morning session (8.15am – 9.00am) and £3 for an afternoon session (3pm – 4pm).
We will do all that we can to meet your preference although this cannot be guaranteed.
Parents are welcome to visit the Nursery for a tour. Please call the school office to arrange a convenient time. Alternatively we have created a virtual tour for parents to view. This can be found by visiting: (LINK TO NURSERY TOUR VIDEO)
Application forms for admittance are available from the school office and can be submitted after your child's second birthday. This can be returned via email or in person along with your child’s Birth Certificate and Baptismal Certificate if applicable. Once completed, your child's name will be placed in the Admissions file. Please notify us of any change of address or phone number, or if you no longer require a place.
The Nursery class has a maximum number of children it can accept. If there are more applications than there are places, the governors will follow an admission criteria.
If your child comes to our nursery unit, he or she does not have to move on to the Reception class of Our Lady & St Joseph Catholic Academy. Equally, attendance at our Nursery does not guarantee that he or she will be offered a place in the Reception class of Our Lady & St Joseph Catholic Academy.
Early Years Curriculum
Nursery classes follow the Foundation Stage curriculum which is progressive, building on the skills and knowledge that your child already has. The approach to learning is through structured play-based activities which encourage the child to learn at their own pace and ability. It is enjoyable and challenging. Children see play as their 'work'. In Nursery, we ensure that play is purposeful and carefully planned objectives can be worked towards in a variety of learning situations which have the characteristics of play.
In accordance with government guidelines, the curriculum for the Foundation Stage is organised into three prime areas of learning and development: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development and four specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
How to Help Your Child Settle into Nursery
- Talk to your child about Nursery and tell them the things they will do.
- Have a positive attitude yourself. Do not pass on any anxieties of your own.
- Look at books about Nursery with your child.
- Teach your child to use the toilet independently (sensible clothes will help here).
We hope that your child's year with us will provide a strong foundation for their future. Together, in partnership with you as parents, we can work towards giving them a positive start to their education enabling them to fulfil their potential.