Welcome to Nursery

We aim to provide a safe and happy environment for all children, offering opportunities to meet the needs of each individual child.

At St John’s Catholic Primary school, we offer the following sessions for our Nursery children.

Morning Session 8.45am – 11.45pm (15 hours per week)
Afternoon Session 12.00pm – 3.00pm (15 hours per week)

All day session 8.45am – 3.00pm (30 hours per week)

To find out more information about funding for your 3 or 4 year old please click here to visit the Kent County Council Free Childcare page or come in and speak to a member of our office staff.

If you are entitled to 15 free hours of childcare, we offer 5 morning sessions or 5 afternoon sessions a week. If you child is entitled to 30 hours free hours of childcare we offer all day sessions from 8.45am until 3.00pm. All day children will need to be provided with a packed lunch daily.

Our Curriculum

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and understanding through the seven areas of Learning and Development as outlined in the EYFS framework.

Children should mostly develop the three prime areas first.

These are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in four specific areas.

These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design


Staff in Nursery

Miss Abbey – Year Leader – Green Group

Miss Wright – Nursery Nurse – Yellow Group

Mrs Dilworth/Mrs Davies – Nursery Nurses – Red Group

Miss Winbolt – Nursery Nurse – Blue Group

Mrs Grochowina – Teaching Assistant
Mrs Purbick – Teaching Assistant
Mrs Smallcorn – Teaching Assistant

Reminders If your child is absent could parents please write in their child’s white books as well as ringing the school. All children need to have coats, hats, bags and clothes labelled clearly. Could all children please have a named hat and water bottle every day.

Voluntary fund We kindly ask parents to donate £2 a week to our voluntary fund.  This allows us to buy extra resources to help our curriculum.


Nursery Updates


This week we have been reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The children have enjoyed joining in with the story as we read it altogether. This will be the book we will focus on for the rest of the term, our learning will center around this as well as looking at lots of other insects.

At the beginning of the week we got out the dressing up clothes and we enjoyed trying on lots of different outfits.


Welcome back to our 5th term, we hope you have all had a very restful and enjoyable Easter break.
Spring has well as truly arrived in the Nursery garden this week. We have all been busily looking at the blossom, flowers and insects that are all around us.
Some children getting up close to a very friendly ladybird.
Some of the children have also enjoyed taking pictures of the insects and flowers and we have been talking about what we can see.
Our art inspiration this week comes from the beautiful blossom tree in the garden.
We used a broccoli cut in half and dipped in brown paint for the tree, and then used our fingers to make the blossom. I think you’ll agree, they look rather effective! Try them at home!
Just a reminder that the Nursery will be closed on Tuesday 2nd May as the building is being used as a polling station.
The Nursery phone number is 01474 555314, please use this number to report your child absent if they attend the nursery only.


This week we have started reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children have really enjoyed listening to this story and Miss Abbey’s dad made some beds and chairs for the children to play with.

It has been extremely windy in the garden this week so we have taken advantage of the weather and made kites. We had to hold on to them as some blew away!
During the breaks from the wet and windy weather we have been planting lots of seeds and bulbs in the garden. We can’t wait for them to grow into pretty flowers.
The hunt for worms continues too. The children really enjoy digging up the soil and looking for them. We have even been searching under the wood!


Welcome back. We hope you have all had an enjoyable half term together.

This week we have been making bird feeders to hang in the trees in the nursery garden. As spring is slowly starting to show its face we hope to see more wildlife outside. Take a look in our Wow Book for the step by step instructions for how to make them at home!
We have been spending time reading The Three Little Pigs this week (and will continue to next week). The children are enjoying joining in at the right places. We have even had masks for the children to use and act out the story.
Some of them have even been playing a board game with the Key Workers!
Thank you to those parents who have contributed to the voluntary Arts and Craft fund for this term. It is really appreciated and helps us to buy extra, exciting things  for the children to make and do. This week we have used the money to buy the ingredients to make the bird feeders.
This week we had a great time getting messy with Miss Winbolt! This cornflour and water mix was amazing, it became a solid when you squeezed it and a liquid when left. It’s also very easy to make so you can enjoy this together at home!

On Monday we had our school photos taken. All of the children sat, looked and smiled beautifully.

On Tuesday morning we had an exciting trip up to the main school to watch the pantomime of Cinderella. It was very funny and all of the children enjoyed themselves laughing and cheering along.
The cold weather is set to continue, so please ensure that your child is coming to school with a warm coat, hat, scarf and gloves (all named) to help keep them warm when out in the garden.

We have been very busy in the nursery this week learning all about people who help us. We have even been watching Dr Ranj who tells us all  about being in a hospital. The children and their key workers have been talking all about people who help us and even chatting about their favourite superheroes.

Here is our brilliant display in the hall showing our painting of superheroes. Someone even drew a picture of their daddy who is a policeman.

This week in nursery we had a special visitor. Father Christmas and one of his helpful elves came in to the nursery to read us a story. All the children sat and listened brilliantly and were very excited to see him.

A big thank you to all of the grown-ups who came to watch their children in the Christmas Carols concert on Friday. I’m sure you will agree with me when I say how fantastic they were. I could tell how been they have all busy learning all the songs at home as they all new the words so well.


This week we made some snow outside. A family of penguins came to live in the garden and we really enjoyed playing with them. 
We were also scientists in the garden mixing different colours to make new ones! We used the pipettes carefully to transfer the liquid.
Don’t forget, next Friday (14th) is our Christmas carol concert. Morning session children will start at 11:15am and all day and afternoon session children will start at 2:30pm down in the nursery.



This week we have been busy making gingerbread biscuits. We hope they were as tasty as they looked! During the breaks in the bad weather we have been wrapping up warm to get out in the garden and have a run around.
On Tuesday, some of the children made a hurdle and were running down the slope and jumping over it with great enthusiasm.

We also took advantage of the windy weather this week and flew a kite in the garden!

Please check your child’s bags this week for Christmas song words which we would be really grateful for you to practise with your children at home. You should also find the date and time for our Christmas Carol Concert.