St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

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Our Nursery

The Nursery Day

At St Joseph’s Nursery we believe that a positive start to education is one of the most important gifts we can give to the children in our care. A good Early Years experience is the first building block to the rest of a child’s education. Our aim is to provide the best possible learning experience for every child in our care.  To do this, we begin by creating a nurturing environment.


The Nursery has two well equipped classrooms, Butterfly Class and Ladybird Class. There is a large adventure playground at the front of the Nursery and a sensory garden at the back. The children have access to both areas every day.


The Nursery follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, and this learning happens
through child and adult led activities, around your child’s interests. Within our classrooms and outside areas, the seven areas of learning are implemented through play based activities. The child’s Key Person will find out what they already know and plan activities to support and develop their learning.

The Nursery Curriculum

What We Offer

Children are able to join our nursery the term they turn 3 years old. We have limited space
for rising threes. Our children are between 2.5 and 5 years old.


  • We offer up to 30 hours per week free childcare
  • We offer FEET funding, for those eligible
  • We are open Monday to Friday 8.40am – 3.20pm, 38 weeks a year
  • We offer 5, 4 or 3 whole day sessions each week
  • Extra 40 minutes extended day (2.40 - 3.20pm) 
  • We offer hot school meals


The Nursery Day

8.40am – The children arrive and self-register
8.40am – 9.00am – Free play
9.00am – 9.15am – Circle time
9.15am – 10.00am – Free play (and the outside areas are open)
10.00am – 10.15am – Snack time
10.15am – 10.35am – Singing or music and movement
10.35am – 11.00am – Free play and supported activities
11.00am – 11.20am – Story time
11.25 – 12.00pm – Lunch


The afternoon session is a repeat although the activities are changed to support the needs of the children.


Nursery finishes at 2.40pm (or 3.20pm if the children are staying for the extended day). 


To see our full list of sessions and prices, please see our Charging Structure below:

Meet the Nursery Staff

All our staff attend regular training sessions, this ensures that your child will benefit from the latest teaching techniques.

Miss Diane Haslett
Nursery Manager
BA Hons Early Years Teaching
Early Years Teacher Status
SENCO/DSL/Behaviour Management Officer


Butterfly ClassLadybird Class

Miss Emma Jones

Butterfly Room Leader & Deputy Manager
Level 3 Childcare & Education

Mrs Melanie Martin

Ladybird Room Leader & Deputy Manager
BA Hons Early Years Teaching

Mrs Kim Frew
Nursery Practitioner
Foundation Degree in Early Years

Mrs Angela Gillingham

Nursery Practitioner
Level 3 Childcare & Education

Mrs Andrea Torrisi
Nursery Practitioner
Level 2 Childcare & Education

Mrs Theresa Kelly

Nursery Practitioner
Level 3 Childcare & Education

Mrs Lorna Thornhill                    

Nursery Practitioner
Level 3 Childcare & Education

Mrs Kay Penny

Nursery Practitioner
Level 2 Childcare & Education

Miss Eliza Canitrot - Nursery Support Staff