St Michael's Nursery

We would like to welcome you to our page. We will update it with termly information, photographs and key dates. If you  need any further information do not hesitate to contact us via the school office to make an appointment or by speaking to a member of staff.

All 3 to 4-year-olds are entitled to 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. This is usually taken as 15 hours each week for 38 weeks of the year. Some 2-year-olds are also eligible, although we do not provide this service currently.

Child’s birthday When you can claim
1 January to 31 March the beginning of term on or after 1 April
1 April to 31 August the beginning of term on or after 1 September
1 September to 31 December the beginning of term on or after 1 January

More information on free childcare allowances and benefits is available from


We are currently offering 30-hour places as part of the government’s childcare scheme for those eligible. We only have ten available places for the 30-hour entitlements which are currently all full. Please contact the office if you are interested in your child taking their 30-hour entitlement at St. Michael’s Nursery and we will let you know if any of the places become available.

This Term

This is by far the children’s favourite term throughout the year and also the most important term for our friends who will be starting ‘big school’ in September.


During this term we will continue on our phonics journey introducing the children to the phonemes; reading, writing and early stages of spelling. For the children who will still be with us in September we spend this time fine tuning their listening; laying the foundations for when they are ready to begin ‘Read, Write, Inc’.

We have had an exciting time already this term having visited Kent Life. This term is going to be all about animals. We will be sharing books linked to animals; “Hooray for Fish!”,  “Tanka, Tanka Skunk!”. In the second half of the term we will begin to look a little closer at our own environment exploring transport around us and the world we live in.


In number this term we hope to begin to get the children not only accurately recognising the numerals 0 – 10 but also begin to write them. We will also be doing a lot of number problem solving.

You can download a PDF version of the Nursery Welcome Pack here. It contains further information on the routines of the nursery, what your child needs every day and our expectations for our Parent Partnerships.


At St. Michael’s Nursery the children’s happiness is our prime concern. We know that happy children will develop holistically and will be most prepared to start school when they leave the nursery.

We pride ourselves on being an approachable and supportive nursery team. We will also adapt activities and routines to suit your child’s needs when needed. We aspire to build strong and trusting relationships with all the children in our care. Part of building strong relationships with the children requires us to have good partnerships with the parents also.

Good two-way communication is key to having good partnerships. The nursery teacher is available every day on the gate both before and after your child’s session.  Please use this time to ask questions, share concerns or give suggestions. If the matter is personal or confidential we are also happy to make time to see you in private room to discuss any issues or concerns you have.

A part of our commitment to building strong and affective partnerships is providing interactive workshops that will help you support your child’s development at home.

A programme of workshops are planned throughout the year and you will be invited to attend them.  Please dedicate some time to attending the sessions even if you have older children; theories and science change and evolve with time so we may be able to offer new ideas or strategies to try with your child to support their development.

Autumn 1; What to expect!

Autumn 2; The Importance of Talk.

SPRING 1; Schemas – Wednesday 21st February; 8.30am AND 2.45pm

Workshop for our new parents only Wednesday 7th February; 11am AND 3pm

SPRING 2; Supporting early reading – Wednesday 21st March; 8.30am AND 2.45pm

SUMMER 1; Maths fun!

SUMMER 2; Every day is a learning day.

New parents will be invited to additional workshops at the beginning of the Spring and Summer terms to highlight the important parts of previous workshops.

Schemas and their importance; here you can download the workshop’s presentation and access the handout with practical ideas for helping your child.

The Importance of Talk; download the workshop presentation for ideas and follow links to useful websites.

Go to our Nursery Maths page to support your child’s number recognition at home.

Our Nursery Staff

Miss Brown

Nursery Teacher

Mrs Stickings

Nursery Nurse

Mrs Simon

Nursery Learning Assistant

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