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St John's Nursery

How do our children learn within Early Years?

We believe children are active learners, curious to explore and discover with an amazing drive to learn.

Our mission is to ensure all children have equal opportunity to access our learning environment through a child-centered approach, which promotes the children’s development of creativity, individuality and self-confidence.


The children have opportunities to engage in free-flow play as well as experiencing a wide variety of adult-led and child-initiated activities. Teachers build on children’s knowledge and experiences, and provide opportunities for progression, extension and challenge. Allowing children to develop positive dispositions which lay the foundations for becoming lifelong successful learners.


Each day every child within our early year’s provision takes part in an adult focus activity for both Phonics and Maths. The activities are varied and create interesting new experiences to stimulate learning alongside opportunities for children to revisit, practice or enjoy a sense of mastery or ‘can do’ attitudes.

Additional 15 hours (equaling 30 hours) 

Children entitled to 15 hours will be offered their universal entitlement over 5 mornings, 5 afternoons or 2.5 days at either the beginning or end of the week or can flex these times to suit you. For a child entitled to an additional 15 hours per week, the school will identify which session is the child’s universal and which session is the extended entitlement. Places for the additional 15 hours per week are limited and will be allocated in accordance with the admissions oversubscription criteria. Parents can access their additional 15 hours of entitlement with other providers if they are unsuccessful in gaining a place at St John’s C of E Primary and Nursery for this entitlement.


Parents can also pay for additional hours so that their child can attend full time, Monday to Friday 8:45am – 3:30pm. However, such requests will only be considered once all applications for free early years entitlement have been processed.

Session Times

The Nursery has capacity for 26 children in a session. There are several attendance options available for the 15 hour universal entitlement. These are flexible and can be tailored to your individual needs: 

  • Monday to Friday 8.45am - 11.45am  and  12.30am - 3.30pm 

  • There is a full day or part day option available with or without lunch.

Full time (30 hours) attendance is Monday to Friday 8:45am – 3:30pm 

Parents will need to reconfirm their eligibility every three months to continue claiming the 15 additional hours. If parents no longer meet the criteria they will not be able to claim the additional 15 hours FREE provision; however they will be given the option to pay for the sessions at the rate below. 

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