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About Our Nursery

  • St Joseph’s nursery group is a small nursery that was set up in 1997 and is situated within St Joseph’s primary school. The nursery serves the local community and is accessible to all children. We have “a team of fully qualified practitioners who are very secure in the knowledge and understanding of how to promote good learning and wellbeing of young children.” (OFSTED, 2014)
  • St Joseph’s nursery follows the EYFS and provides children with all the essential skills they need to begin school.  Children have access to a fantastic outdoor area where they have the opportunity to practice their physical and imaginative play, using resources such as sand and water, our team has a strong commitment to the welfare and safety of all the children, including indoor and outdoor activities.
  • We strive to create strong and positive relationships both with parents and children; it is our aim that all families are happy and content in this vibrant learning environment.
  • We are open Monday to Friday, term time only

     9:00 – 12:00am

     12:00 - 15:00pm


If you require any further information or would like to come and visit us please feel free to contact Mrs Thomas (manager) on 01254 853473.



OFSTED rating: Good

World Book Day 2018

Baking cakes for Macmillan.

Making Potions!

Royal Wedding Celebrations!

This term the children will be covering the topic all about me:



· We will encourage the children to talk about self and immediate family in circle time

· Bring in a family photo for the family board as soon as possible

· Make mini me’s and self portraits

· Bring in a superhero or any dressing up outfit they choose

· Food tasting – foods they like and dislike

· Music and movement – Mini movers

· Read stories and share own family experiences through play and circle time

· Explore music, sounds, and sing songs

· Begin to write own name

· Try out new activities and select resources independently


The children will be encouraged to explore the theme when they are at home or out and about. Any help and encouragement you can give them will be much appreciated.



School term and Holiday patterns for 2017/2018



INSET DAY 1 Friday 1st September 2017

School Re-opens Monday 4th September

2017 INSET DAY 2 Friday 27th October 2017

Half-term Closure Monday 30th October – Friday 3rd November 2017(inclusive)

School Re-opens Monday 6th November 2017

Nersery Closes at 12:00 noon Wednesday 20th December 2017



INSET DAY 3 Friday 5th January 2018

School Re-opens Monday 8th January

2018 Half-term Closure Monday 12th February – Friday 16th February 2018 (inclusive)

School Re-opens Monday 19th February 2018

School Closes at 1.15pm Friday 23rd March 2018



School Re-opens Monday 9th April 2018

May Day Closure Monday 7th May 2018

Half-term Closure Monday 28th May - Friday 1st June 2018 (inclusive)

INSET DAY 4 Monday 4th June 2018

School Re-opens Tuesday 5th June 2018

School Closes at 1.15pm Friday 20th July 2018

INSET DAY 5 Monday 23rd July 2018 



Information for parents:


Dinner Time: 

Children who are attending the Nursery have the option of bringing a packed lunch or having a hot school dinner. If you want your child to have a dinner please inform a member of staff at the beginning of the day.(Costs of £1.70)


Snack Time:

Children are encouraged to bring a healthy snack or alternatively they can have toast at a cost of 20p, again please inform a member of nursery staff at the beginning of the day.


*Please note that there may be children within the setting that have allergies, therefore please do not bring any items in your child's snack or packed lunch that may contain or have traces of nuts.  Thank you for your co-operation. 



Important Information for Parents:


We feel it is very important that all parent are aware of the signs and symptoms of meningitis, especially as infants are in one of the highest risk groups for suffering with the disease. Here is a link to the official meningitis website, where you can find all the information you need to know about Meningitis: http://www.meningitis.org/


Here is the link for the St Johns advert which teaches you what to do if your child begins to choke: https://www.sja.org.uk/sja/support-us/our-campaigns/baby-choking-the-chokeables.aspx


We also think that parents should be aware of the signs and symptoms that will show if their child is suffering with a serious head injury.


Concussion: This occurs when there has been trauma to the brain, such as if the brain has been shook rapidly.

Sign and Symptoms: unconscious for a short period, short term memory loss, confusion, irritability, mild headache, shallow/normal breathing, rapid/weak pulse, normal pupils which continue to react to light and possible nausea or vomiting. 


Compression: This is swelling of the brain.

Signs and Symptoms: if a person recovers well from a head injury but then begins to deteriorate they could be suffering compression, level of response get worse as their condition develops, intense headache, flushed/dry skin, deep noisy and slow breathing, slow/strong pulse, one or both pupils dilate as the pressure on the brain increases and as the condition worsens the person may fit.  

Dates for your diary:




Good Friday - 30th March, Easter Sunday 1st April, Easter Monday 2nd April.


Mother's Day - 13th May


Father's Day - 17th June