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St. John's Nursery

St. John’s Nursery class is part of a vibrant and purposeful Foundation Stage Unit with excellent GLD results. As a Catholic School, we believe that every child is unique and loved by God, and our motto, Love One Another permeates all that we undertake. 
We believe that strong, warm relationships and deep child knowledge are key to a thriving EYFS and much time is invested in getting to know each child. Staff make time to chat to challenge and support children throughout the day. We have high expectations of behaviour and progress, which are evident in how our children conduct themselves. 

Our Nursery Curriculum is based on high-quality books and related hands-on experiences that encourage our children to develop vocabulary and understanding whilst inspiring curiosity and thinking skills. Carefully planned and inviting Continuous Provision activities encourage engagement and develop concentration. 

Our Unit is often filled with music, and we have a piano for daily singing and dancing time and plenty of other opportunities for live music. Our outdoor space is inviting with its beautifully maintained planters and generous beds of herbs that we use in our Mud kitchen. We are very fortunate to have our own woods to explore, and we invest much time in getting to know our environment. So when it comes to transition into Reception, our Nursery children are already settled, known and ready to learn, which gives them a flying start.




The Governing Body has sole responsibility for admissions to St John's Nursery.

Age of admission: 

Children are admitted to the Nursery Class the academic term after their third birthday. There are three admission dates each year. January, March/April and September. The maximum number of children which are admitted to the Nursery Class in any one year is 22 children.

  • Children born in September to December (Autumn born) will start in the January after their 3rd birthday. 
  • Children born in January to March (Spring born) will start in the April after their 3rd birthday. 
  • Children born in April to August (Summer born) will start in the September after their 3rd birthday.

All 3 and 4 year olds in England are entitled to 15 hours free Nursery provision for 38 weeks of the year. There are 30 hours free Nursery provision for eligible families. We are able to offer both 15 hour and 30 hour places for children from the term after they turn 3. More information about the entitlements can be found by clicking on the link below:

15 Hours


30 Hours