Nursery Class at Good Shepherd Primary School
We’re very proud of our Nursery provision at Good Shepherd Primary School; it’s an integral part of the Early Years Foundation Stage within our school.
Managed by a qualified class teacher, supported by a specialist Nursery nurse and teaching assistants, our Nursery curriculum forms an important starting point in the children’s education, helping them to develop a life-long desire for learning within a carefully structured, calm, happy, safe and secure environment, and all within an ethos that embraces the Catholic faith and values.
Nursery children have a dedicated space within school where they take part in a wide range of play-based activities to help them learn whilst also helping them to develop other important skills such as listening, following instructions, socialising with others, making friends and boosting their confidence. Nursery also has a dedicated outdoor play area, fully equipped with play equipment that also includes a mud kitchen and plenty of space for games.
Parents’ evenings are held twice a year and annual reports are produced at the end of each academic year. Our Nursery staff know their children very well and communication with parents is excellent, allowing staff and parents to work together to ensure children thrive and reach their potential.
We can offer morning, afternoon and all-day sessions for children from 3 years upwards. All children aged 3-4 years are entitled to 15 hours free Nursery provision per week during school term time. This represents attendance at either morning or afternoon sessions, Monday to Friday. Our half day sessions run between 9.15am – 12.15pm, or 12.15pm – 3.15pm.
Some children may be entitled to an additional 15 hours free Nursery per week, taking the total number of hours to 30 per week. This represents attendance all day at Nursery, between 9.15am – 3.15pm. Children attending Nursery all day bring in a packed lunch. You can check if you’re eligible for this by going to www.gov.uk/30-hours-free-childcare. If you’re not eligible for the additional free entitlement, you may still secure a 30 hour a week place by agreeing to pay Top Up fees, but please be aware these places are also subject to availability. Top Up fees are currently £75 per week.
Don’t hesitate to call the school office if you would like more information. To apply you will need to complete and return a Nursery application form and supplementary form which can be downloaded from the website or collected from the school office.
Please be aware that a place in our Nursery does not mean there is automatic entry into the Reception class in our school.