First Steps Nursery


We are a happy, 94 place Nursery for 2-4 year old children.  Our Nursery is well resourced and benefits from a large, fenced outdoor space as well as spacious indoor learning areas.  We are very proud of our caring and nurturing environment. Mrs Colley is our EYFS lead and Mrs Walker is the Nursery Teacher and is supported by Miss Lowes, HLTA for EYFS. Mrs Brown, Miss Rice, Miss Stokoe, Mrs Douglass and Miss Armstrong also support the EYFS.

In Nursery and Reception we follow the Early Years Adopters Framework which was published in September 2021.  The Framework specifies the requirement for learning and development in Early Years and provides specific areas for learning which we cover as part of our curriculum.

We offer flexible hours and a fully inclusive Nursery unit. The Nursery unit consists of a wonderfully resourced indoor and outdoor environment that will challenge and motivate your child.  A range of activities will be provided that will stimulate and develop your child’s inquisitiveness for learning.  You will be involved every step of the way and will be kept up to date with information and learning opportunities for you and your child.  At First Steps @ St Mary’s we work with you so that your child receives the best possible start in their learning journey.

These areas are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Art and Design
Nursery Overview

EYFS policy September 2021

Please find an overview of our day below:

Daily Routine

All of your children’s snapshots can be found on Tapestry, which you will receive a login with your welcome pack. Tapestry is an excellent form of communication that can be used to share information about your child’s day at Nursery. It is also lovely for the parents to share what the children have been up to at home.

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For further information on our Nursery and Reception, please ring our school office to arrange a visit or see our Nursery prospectus below.

New Nursery Prospectus June 2021

Spring Term 2022


Toddler Group

We will be starting a Toddler group on a Wednesday afternoon after half term (week beginning 28th February) based in the Nursery building from 1.30-3.00pm, from birth up to Nursery age. There will be a selection of different activities such as role play, craft, sensory and free play. Refreshments and snack will be provided and we can’t wait to see you there!


Learning about Space

This term in Nursery we have been learning about Space and learning the names of the planets through songs. We have watched real footage of the first moon landing and space shuttles taking off and have joined in by counting 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, BLAST OFF!!!! We have used 2D shapes to represent space ships and aliens and have planned our own rocket models on paper before using junk models to bring our ideas to fruition. We helped to plan and create our own space station and have enjoyed dressing up in astronaut suits to practise using all of the new vocabulary we have been learning in our role play with friends. We have particularly enjoyed sharing the stories ‘Whatever Next’ and “Bob, man on the moon’ and have used real objects to re-enact story events and even enjoy our own moon picnic, complete with astronaut ice cream and rocket ice lollies.


Learning about Queen Elizabeth and the Jubilee.

In the last two weeks we have been having a great time learning about Queen Elizabeth II and her family. We now know that her children are called Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward and that she lives in London. We have made our role play area into Buckingham Palace and have been pretending to dress up as the queen, play at having corgis as pets and prepare for a banquet by making our own marks to represent writing.

In the creative area this week some children decided to create a 3D model of Buckingham Palace, complete with turrets and a drawbridge. Of course we had to decorate this in red, white and blue paper! In Yellow group our two year old’s have also been mark making to create their own collage flags and bunting and we have used these to add to our Art Gallery and decorate our main entrance. The children have produced some truly outstanding portraits of the queen, backing them on Union Jack flags to add to this display. We are looking forward to getting together with all of our school friends tomorrow for our street party celebration and singing the National anthem.