About Us

Session times

Monday to Friday  during term time 9.15am – 12.15pm

Our school year is a maximum of 38 weeks.


Sessions cost £19 each, paid half-termly in advance.

Children are eligible for the Nursery Education Fund from the beginning of the term after their 3rd birthday.  Some 2-year olds are eligible for funding, please ask the Leader for details.

No fees are refundable in the case of absence, including sickness and holidays.



As part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (which continues into the reception class at school), we follow the 7 Areas of Learning, which are: -          


  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Communication and Language

  • Physical Development

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts & Design


We observe how the children are progressing within these areas and set them

‘next steps’.  A member of staff is allocated to each child (keyperson).


We use a variety of topics to cover the 7 areas. 

Every term we inform parents of the topic that will be covered each week,

so that if the children want to bring something from home for 'Show and Tell'

they are welcome to do so.

All the time the children are ‘learning through play’.


Periods of absence up to 3 weeks in any one term are allowed, but parents

must understand that their child will not be eligible for funding when their

child is absent from pre-school for more than 3 weeks in any one term and

that absence for more than 3 weeks in any one term will result in the parent having to pay to retain the child’s place.

Notice period

Please note that parents must give 6 weeks notice prior to their child leaving the pre-school and fees must be paid to the end of the notice period.

Waiting list and admissions

Children’s names may be placed on the waiting list and if we are able to offer a place you will be notified by email.

Most children who are offered a place start at St Mary’s Pre-School around their third birthday and can have up to 5 a week. Sessions are subject to availability and if we are oversubscribed we take siblings and proximity into account when offering places.  Please note that, as most of the children leave pre-school in July to go to primary schools, the majority of new children start in the autumn term.

If you wish to add your child’s name to the waiting list please complete a registration form. 

     Weekly Topics

The topics for next term are as follows:-

Week commencing:-

Thursday 3rd September  We return

Monday 7th September    My favourite toy

Monday 14th September  Myself

Monday 21st September   Colours

Monday 28th September   Shapes

Monday 5th October           Numbers

Monday 12th October         Autumn


Half term — Monday 19th – Friday  30th October


Monday 2nd November Weather

Monday 9th November  Fireworks & the night sky     Monday 16th November Cooking

Monday 23rd November Books

Monday 30th November Christmas

Monday 7th December   Christmas

Monday 14th December Christmas