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St Nicholas C of E Primary School East Challow

A caring community where all pupils are valued and achieve well.

Nursery 2020

Values and Ethos


We are committed to providing a safe and stimulating learning environment

that supports young children in developing and extending their knowledge

and skills.

We work to achieve this by:

  • Nurturing warm and positive relationships between staff, children and their families.
  • Providing high quality education and care where children are able to learn through play and first-hand experiences both indoors and outside.
  • Supporting children in achieving their potential through high expectations and providing good role modelsLearning through play


About Us


Our Nursery (Kingfisher Class) is staffed by an experience Level 3 Nursery Practitioner and a teaching assistant.


We provide 16 Nursery places per session.

These are available from the term following their

third birthday in accordance with our Admissions Policy. 

Children are eligible for a minimum of fifteen hours

of funded provision per week, with working parents

able to claim extra hours of funded provision.


Admissions Procedure


If you would like to visit the Nursery please contact the school office.  Applications can be found under Admissions.


Session times


Morning session: 9am – 12:00pm

Afternoon session: 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Full day: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Nursery Day


The Nursery is organised into clearly defined areas and the children are able to choose an activity and move freely from one activity to another.  The outdoor area is available for use by the children for much of the day.

 A healthy snack and milk is provided free of charge each day.  Drinking water is always available.  We ask that every child has a school water bottle that can be purchased from the school office.


Children who are staying at Nursery for the whole day, will need to bring a packed lunch with them in a clearly labelled box.  Please do not include nuts or nut products.  If your child brings grapes to eat at Nursery, please ensure that they are cut into small pieces.  Children who are entitled to Early Years Pupil Premium funding will be provided by school.  If you think your child may be eligible for this funding, please let us know.  Your enquiry will, of course, be treated confidentially.

Nursery Curriculum

In the Nursery we offer a broad and balanced play-based curriculum designed to help the children develop socially, emotionally, physically and academically. Our curriculum is based on “Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage.” The areas of learning covered are:


Personal, Social and Emotional Development     

Physical Development

Communication and Language



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design


How your child learns is as important as what they learn. Concentration, motivation and the resilience to solve problems and learn from mistakes are qualities which we aim to encourage. These qualities are known as the Characteristics of Learning.


This stage of learning is referred to as the Early Years Foundation Stage and covers the years prior to children entering Year 1 in their primary school. It will include their time in the Nursery and their time in a Reception class.

Please see the link to our EYFS policy at the top of this page which gives more information on assessment and learning.





We use the Tapestry Online Learning Journal to track and record our learning

Special Educational Needs


Children with special educational needs have learning difficulties or disabilities that make is harder for them to learn than most children of the same age. They may need extra or different help from that given to other children in the class. You will always be consulted about this and your views and knowledge of your child will be valued.


As a school we follow the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice when identifying, assessing and providing help for your children with special educational needs. A copy of this document along with our Special Educational Needs and Behaviour Policies are available on our SEND page and in the school office for you to read if you wish.

Transfer to Primary School


Applications for Primary School are made to Oxfordshire County Council between September and December each year for starting school the following academic year.


Please note, a place in our Nursery class does not guarantee a place in Reception St Nicholas CE Primary School.


If you have any queries about the application procedure, please ask at the school office.


Remember to apply for your child’s place at Primary School.

Applications open 3 November 2020

Closing date for applications 15 January 2021

National offer day: look online, receive email and letters are sent out by second class post.

Last date to respond to offers and last date for late applications, and changes of preference 4 May 2021

Offer day for late applications made by 4 May


 Please visit for more information.