At St Edward’s Nursery we aspire to give all children an exciting and fun introduction to school life. Across the year
we deliver a carefully planned balance of adult and child-led learning experiences which aim to give children the skills
and confidence they need to go on to start their school careers in Reception.
At St Edward’s CE Primary School we recognise that young children learn best when they are active. We understand
that active learning involves other people, objects, ideas and events that engage and involve children for sustained
periods. Therefore, we believe that early years education should be as practical as possible and our setting has an
ethos of learning through play.
Throughout each session our children can explore the Nursery environment freely, with access to both our indoor
and outdoor learning environments. Activities and provision are planned carefully to meet the learning needs and interests
of all children.
We currently have 60 children in the Nursery who either stay all day or are organised into two sessions; a morning session from
8.30 a.m to 11.30 a.m. and an afternoon session from 12.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.
The children are split into three groups (caterpillars, ladybirds and bumblebees) for circle times and group times which
are led by their key workers. Mrs Newcombe is the Nursery teacher and leads the bumblebee group. She is supported
by Mrs O’Neill, who leads the caterpillar group, and Mrs Puddyford, Miss Ross and Mrs Toghill, who lead the ladybird group.
From September 2017, we have been offering thirty hours free childcare for eligible working families.
You are eligible, if:
(i) both parents work for at least 16 hours a week;
(ii) individual earnings are below £100,000;
(ii) if you each earn at least £115 a week or work more than 16 hours at the National Living Wage;
(iv) if you earn £111 or work more than 16 hours at the National Minimum Wage;
(v) you are a single parent with earnings as in (iii) or (iv) above.
Nursery Sessions from September 2017 (government funded)
8.30 - 11.30 a.m. (up to 15 hours a week)
12.30 - 3.30 p.m. (up to 15 hours a week)
8.30 - 3.30 p.m. (up to 30 hours a week)
N.B. If your child is at school for 30 hours, a small daily charge will be made for their care at lunchtime and for a hot meal in the Nursery setting, if requested.
If required, additional childcare will be provided either by a local Nursery or the school, in the form of a breakfast club from 7.00 a.m. each day in term time and after school provision. Charges for the additional hours will be at competitive rates and would be made directly to the provider.
If you are interested in finding out more about our nursery, please ring the school to make an appointment.
The Early Years framework provides a long term plan to follow by ensuring that all early learning goals are covered
throughout the academic year.
Medium term planning is created and takes into account the individual children’s learning and developmental needs.
Our starting point for planning is from the children’s interests. We have covered a wide range of topics, from animals
to pirates and even a naughty bus!
We actively encourage all parents to contribute to the planning process.
Please join us for our half-termly ‘Stay and Play’ sessions where you will be able to sample some activities alongside
your child as well as contribute to their learning journeys.
We will post our weekly newsletters here so that you can keep well informed about what your child is learning at Nursery.
Please check the website regularly for any updates or news.