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St. Mary's Church of England (VC) Primary School
St. Mary's Church of England (VC) Primary School
St. Mary's Church of England (VC) Primary School
St. Mary's Church of England (VC) Primary School
Parents: Early Years
Early Years
EYFS Welcome Parent Meeting Presentation
Preparing your child for starting school
Steps to starting school
What to expect your child to do and when

Children can join our Early Years Nursery class in the term following their 3rd birthday.

We are a school based Nursery which means that, unlike many private or voluntary day Nurseries, a qualified teacher plans, is involved in the teaching and supports the progress of our nursery children during this important period of their development. To enable us to do this effectively, we offer 3 different patterns of attendance which are expected to be kept regularly and can only be changed at the end of a long term (Christmas, Easter, Summer). This means our teachers can plan for careful provision and learning for your child within our Early Years class and, we believe, offers an enhanced service which is much more than child care.

The possible patterns of attendance are:

  Number of hours & funding Pattern of Attendance Notes
Option A 15hours, funded for all by the Government   Every Morning, 8:50am to 11.50pm All children are entitled to this. Cannot be used for less than 5 mornings, cannot be used for afternoon sessions
Option B 15+15=30 hours funded by Government for eligible families All day Every day 8:50am-3.15pm Families in work who are eligible government through HMRC registration. Cannot be used flexibly; full days 5 days per week only. Ask in the office for details of how to check eligibility.
Option C 15+ TOP UP Every Morning, 8:50am to 11.50pm + Afternoon sessions to be paid for at £12 per session. This is the option for families looking for more flexibility or not eligible for 15+15.
Afternoons, must be fixed for at least one long term (eg September to Christmas). Attendance will be registered against this contract.

Please note, children's attendance will be registered and monitored against whichever option they are signed up to.

If you are looking for regular, term time early years education which will support your child in making a positive start to their school life, our Nursery is a great option. Please give us a call or pop in to arrange a visit and find out more about what we have to offer.

St. Mary's Church of England (VC) Primary School


St. Mary's Church of England (VC) Primary School      Southam Road      Banbury      OX16 2EG
Headteacher: Victoria Woods
Tel/Fax: 01295 263026               Email