Nursery & EYFS

Welcome to our EYFS Unit!

Our brand new and innovative Early Years Unit is a wonderful place for your child to start their school life.

At St. Ignatius Catholic School, we believe in providing a nurturing and inclusive environment where your child can thrive, learn, and develop their unique talents and abilities.

Our EYFS curriculum is designed to encompass all areas of learning and development outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. We strive to create a balance between child-initiated play and structured activities, allowing children to actively engage in their own learning while fostering a love for discovery, problem-solving, and creativity.

Throughout the day, your child will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of activities and experiences, including imaginative play, sensory exploration, literacy and numeracy development, physical development through outdoor play, artistic expression among many others.

We strongly believe in the power of play as a vehicle for learning, and our experienced staff members create a stimulating environment that encourage children to learn through their natural curiosity and innate sense of wonder.

St. Ignatius Catholic School is not only dedicated to academic excellence but also to the spiritual growth of our students. We embrace our Catholic identity and provide opportunities for children to learn about their faith, participate in Mass and prayer services, and develop a strong sense of community.


Our Early Years Team

Our highly-qualified and caring EYFS Team are a valued asset to our school.


Mrs Aliste – EYFS Lead and class teacher.

Mrs Smith – EYFS class teacher. (On maternity leave)

Mrs Huntington – Nursery Nurse and Learning Mentor.

Mrs Crabtree – Nursery Nurse.

Mrs Shelton – Teacher Assistant.

Miss McGuinn-Smith – Teacher Assistant.

Mrs Hunter – Teacher Assistant.




A Key Part of Our School

All children within the EYFS unit are a key part of our school and our community. For that reason, we promote many opportunities for collaboration both inside and outside the classroom.

Our Early Years team work closely with other teachers, from joint planning and moderation through to organised joint events such as Christmas, Sports Day, transition activities and joint teaching and learning sessions.

Pupils from KS2 regularly join Early Years for buddy reading, visits to church, and shared play.

What makes our Early Years setting unique?

We are at the forefront of the latest research, which suggests that Nursery and Reception children benefit from sharing a setting.  It means that Nursery aged children are exposed early to Phonics, Talk for Writing, Talk for Reading, Mathematical understanding and many other aspects of the life and character of our wonderful school.


Nursery Education Entitlement


All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. It’s usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year.

The date you can start claiming depends on your child’s birthday.

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

You do not have to use the full entitlement if you don’t want to. The 15 hours entitlement can be shared with another provider if you wish, but you cannot claim for more than 15 hours a week in total.

The entitlement stops once your child starts Reception class in a state school.

For our nursery children staying the full day, please remember to pack a nutritious lunch.

Additionally, our school offers morning and afterschool clubs, where we have a dedicated Nursery Nurse who actively continues supporting your child’s developmental progress during their after-school hours.


Reception Entitlement



Most children start school full-time in the September after their fourth birthday. This means they’ll turn 5 during their first school year.

Their school day will start at 8.45am, together with the rest of the school, and finish at 15.15pm.

All reception children are entitled to free school dinners and our school provides with morning and afterschool clubs with a dedicated Nursery Nurse and team who actively continue supporting your child’s developmental progress during their after-school hours.


Come & Meet Us

We always welcome visits from parents and carers who wish for their child to attend St Ignatius Catholic School.

If you wish to make an appointment to have a personalised tour with our EYFS Lead and to meet our Early Years staff, please phone the school office or email us.

We are looking forwards to the opportunity to welcome you and your family into our community.