Welcome to St Lucia’s Primary School and Nursery EYFS!

Children work within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) during Nursery and Reception. In EYFS at St Lucia’s, we carefully balance a child led approach to play based learning with adult led activities, within our daily routine. The teachers and teaching assistants support each child’s development, focusing upon interests and taking opportunities to support and extend learning in a meaningful context, planning exciting opportunities for the children. Play is a child’s work, we follow their personal exploration and natural inquisitiveness to extend and develop learning opportunities.

A positive ethos is at the heart of our EYFS unit. It is extremely important that the children feel happy and comfortable within Nursery and Reception; where they are constantly supported and encouraged. The children’s achievements are recognised and celebrated. This ethos allows for and encourages problem solving, resilience, curiosity and high levels of engagement. All adults recognise the importance of developing a strong, positive, trusting relationship with each child, knowing each of them as an individual.



Teaching and Learning

Each day, the adults in the classroom join the children in their learning within child initiated play. Observing an individual child or group of children and developing their knowledge and understanding by asking them questions, providing information, or demonstrating a skill. Carefully balancing  natural opportunities for planning and teaching which means that the new knowledge or skill is immediately useful and meaningful to the child, and is therefore more likely to be retained and used independently in the future. Each day we also come together in small groups or as a class for a wide range of engaging planned activities, such as a phonics session, a maths session and a song and story time.

To maximise learning opportunities, children have daily access to both an indoor and outdoor classroom, independence  and choice are encouraged.
Reading, writing and mathematics are seen frequently across all areas and activities, opportunities will be appropriately differentiated to meet each child’s needs, deepening and extending their understanding. Within the carefully planned environment; stimulus and enhancements, which follow the children’s interest, will be used to continue to excite, capture and motivate the children and provide learning opportunities.


Forest School

We value the importance of outdoor experiences. We are very lucky to have a large Forest School site within the school grounds, which we access on a regular basis throughout the week. Within sessions we enjoy exploring the world around us and developing our knowledge and understanding. We love the endless possibilities that the forest has to offer; from hunting for bugs, collecting leaves, climbing trees and splashing in muddy puddles and much more!. Our visits to the forest are always busy and bursting with learning opportunities.


Key Workers

Our children are supported by our experienced staff members who build close, positive relationships with the children. We very much value the importance of our relationships with parents and carers. Staff are always available to speak to upon arrival and on collection.


Parents and Carers

Working in partnership with Parents and Carers throughout each child’s journey in the EYFS is extremely important to us. Parents and Carers are always welcome to talk to EYFS staff. We believe that strong positive relationships we develop are invaluable to best support each child.


Each child has a learning journal, which celebrates his/her experiences. Over time it tells a story about their learning, friends and the activities they enjoy. It will display them as the individual people they are; with special skills, interests and ideas. The learning journal includes photos, observations, notes and work produced by your child along with opportunity for parental contributions.

We are eager for Parents and Carers to join us for events within school to share experiences with your child. We would also encourage Parents and Carers to explore our school website.


Our School Community

Our EYFS (Nursery and Reception) is a special and important part of our school community. There are times everyday where the children join together with older pupils within school. As a school we also really value our connections with the local community. We have a fantastic relationship with St Lucia’s Church and find a variety of opportunities within the community to offer to our children.


Session Information

To register interest:
We would love to welcome you! Please contact the school office on
01743 709652 to book a visit or place your child’s name on the waiting list.

We offer Nursery sessions for children from age 2. All children are entitled to 15 hours of maintained nursery provision from age 3.

We also are happy to provide further hours for those with 30 hour funding, alternatively additional sessions can be paid for.


Nursery Session times

Morning Session

8.45 am—11.45 am

Afternoon Session

12.15pm — 3.15 pm
Lunch time session

11.45am—12.15 pm

Charges (in addition to funded hours)

Nursery (3 Year olds)
–         One session 3hrs (AM/PM) £12.60
–         One session and lunch 3.5hrs £14.70
–         All day 6.5hrs £27.30
Nursery (2 Year olds)
–         One session 3hrs (AM/PM) £15.75
–         One session and lunch 3.5hrs £18.25
–         All day 6.5hrs £34.00


School meals can also be booked and paid for if required


Wrap around care

At St Lucia’s Primary School we offer wrap around provision.

Breakfast Club opens at 7.45am. Children enjoy a selection of settled activities with breakfast options are provided. After School Club runs from 3.15 until 5.45pm. At After School Club children enjoy a wide range of activities including crafts, cooking and games. Breakfast Club and After School Club bookings can be made via the School Money app.



Our Parents are saying:

‘Staff are easily approachable, helpful, friendly, caring and my child loves them!’

‘The ease with which the staff got my child to settle into the nursery was very reassuring. My son always seems happy and the variation in play outside and inside provides him with good stimulation. I like the integration with the Church and the Primary School, for example when the older children read to the younger ones etc.’

‘I love that my child loves attending, has made friends and talks fondly of all the staff. I feel that my child is happy, safe, learning and having fun at nursery, and as a parent I can’t want anymore.’

‘My child loves going to St Lucia’s Nursery-no better recommendation!’


For further insight into our Nursery please see the updates on our class page https://www.stluciasprimary.co.uk/classes/nursery/