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Set up in 1997, St Mary’s Pre-school is a registered charity constituted with a Management Committee. We are registered to take up to twenty four children per session. We are members of the Pre-School Learning Alliance and are regularly inspected by Ofsted. We were graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in October 2014.
We are open Monday-Friday during school term times. We offer the following sessions:
St Mary’s Pre-school is open to children aged from two years six months to five years old. Children may start any time after they turn two and a half and stay until the time they leave to join a full time school Reception class. We are delighted to accept children who have not secured a Nursery place in a school and always ensure that our curriculum and planning is suitably adapted to meet their learning and development needs.
In addition to our afternoon pre-school sessions, we also offer a Lunch Club for children attending St Mary’s Nursery in the mornings. Children bring a packed lunch to eat and then can choose to leave at 12.30 pm or stay on for the afternoon session until 3.30 pm. Once settled at Pre-school, we also offer a shorter Lunch Club for children attending our afternoon session. Children bring a packed lunch to eat at 12.00 pm and then stay on for the afternoon session.
Our fees for 2018/19 are as follows:
In addition, we ask for a non-refundable registration fee of £25.00 when you submit your application form.
We are registered with Hertfordshire County Council and can offer 15 hour funded places for eligible 2 year olds. We also offer 15 hour funded places for all 3-4 year olds. This funding is normally available from the term after a child turns 3 years old.
From September 2017, we also offer the new Government 30 hour funding for eligible working families of 3-4 year olds in conjunction with St Mary’s C of E Primary School. Children of eligible families attending St Mary’s School Nursery will be able to use the funding to attend up to 5 Pre-school sessions as well, subject to place availability.
Further details on eligibility for the new funding can be found on the following link.
If you would like to apply for a Pre-school place, please contact us to request an application pack or download the application and registration forms using the links below. Early registration is strongly recommended.
We do not operate a help rota system as we realise it is sometimes difficult for parents to change their regular commitments. Instead we offer an open invitation to all of our families at Pre-school and actively welcome any family member who would like to volunteer. Any contributions that parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles or carers make to the Pre-school are highly valued and we are always delighted when someone gives an afternoon of their time to spend time with the children.
We rely on the generous support of our parents and management committee to raise funds for the Pre-school. Recent fundraising activities include:
Although closely affiliated with St Mary’s C of E (VA) Primary School, the Pre-school functions as a completely separate organisation. Please note that children attending the Pre-school are not in any way guaranteed a place at St Mary’s Nursery, which is part of St Mary’s C of E (VA) Primary School and has its own admissions procedures. For further information on the Nursery and School, click on the link below: http://www.stmarys916.herts.sch.uk/