Small, nurturing, child centred

The nursery class is set within the school and caters for up to eight children, aged 3–5 years, at each morning and afternoon session.

It provides a caring, warm and friendly environment in which the children feel safe, secure, confident and happy. This encourages all-round development at each child’s own pace.

Children learn through carefully structured play, covering a wide variety of experiences in line with national guidelines for learning in the Early Years. They make their own choices and decisions through the provision of free playtimes, and we also encourage children to work in small-group and whole-group activities, promoting language development and interaction with others.

Nursery children also join in with the activities of the older children. For example, they contribute in the Primary school’s circle time each week, and join in PE at the village hall.

At the end of their time at the nursery, children will be well prepared for entry to school.

Dame Catherine’s accepts government nursery vouchers (as well as childcare vouchers), so parents can choose to pay for their nursery sessions with these. If eligible, you can use your entitlement to 30 hours of free childcare here. All other sessions charged at £13 (morning or afternoon) or £32 for a full day (9-4pm). Wrap-around care from 8am until 5pm is available, please contact us for more details.

Please read the nursery prospectus for more information, including session times.

For more information and to book a visit, please contact us.

Join us for a free ‘play-and’stay’ session for under 5’s, every Tuesday throughout September 2017. Sessions running from 1.30 – 3.30pm and give you and your child the opportunity to experience our messy kitchen in the forest school area, play in the garden, dress up in the nursery or be creative at one of our activity tables. Places are limited as we like to keep things small and friendly, so booking is essential to secure your place – email us at
Refreshments provided!