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St Mary's Cep School (Maintained Nursery)

St Mary's Nursery is located on the premises of St Mary's CE (VA) Primary School, and is situated in the St Mary's ward of Swanley. Until September 2020, we offer morning and afternoon places for 3 hours a day, for 52 pupils. The Nursery is staffed by a qualified teacher (Mrs Dianne Shelton) and two qualified (NVQ level 3) teaching assistants (Mrs Sue Orpin and Mrs Angie Kelly). The headteacher of the school and Nursery is Mrs Amanda McGarrigle.

The school offers a wide range of opportunities in both the indoor and outdoor classroom, which can be seen in the photographs on the St Mary's CE Primary School website ( In addition to the EYFS curriculum, all of the pupils in the class have a French lesson, with a qualified languages teacher every week.

St Mary's is able to offer a wide range of specialist resources to challenge and stimulate all pupils, including children who are working at advanced stage for their years, as well as children who require additional support.

The school is able to accommodate pupils with restricted mobility and health needs, and has extensive experience in this area.

From September 2020, there is a planned increase to this provision, and the school will be able to offer 30 hours of Nursery education, for those parents eligible for this funding. We will also be able to offer 'paid for additional hours', for all children in the Nursery - including lunchtime. In addition to this increased provision for 3 and 4 year olds, we will offer 24 places for 2 year olds, in a separate, purpose built play provision. This will be for 3 hours daily ( 12 morning and 12 afternoon places)

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mrs Amanda McGarrigle
Contact Position
01322 665212

Where to go

St Marys C Of E Primary School
St Marys Road

The venue is secure and accessible, and is closely linked with the Reception class, which prepares the Nursery pupils for the next stage of their education. Access to the Nursery is achieved through the school entrance, and via the path to Nursery. Our site is wheelchair friendly, and is security fenced.

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Term Time Only
Carescheme Age Range:
3 year(s), 4 month(s) to 0 year(s), 0 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 08:30 11:30
Monday 12:30 15:30
Tuesday 08:30 11:30
Tuesday 12:30 15:30
Wednesday 08:30 11:30
Wednesday 12:30 15:30
Thursday 08:30 11:30
Thursday 12:30 15:30
Friday 08:30 11:30
Friday 12:30 15:30
Other Availability
Before and after school childcare provision

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£00 Per day
ECD Type
Maintained Nursery
Offers pickups
Cost details
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy range
Vacancy Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
3 4
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
Christian Based Ethos

St Mary's Nursery is able to cater for a wide range of additional needs, and we have a SENCO (special needs coordinator) who is a qualified teacher, and a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant on site for half a day a week, working only on SLT programmes with pupils. We also offer parent support with behaviour management through our wellbeing programme, and we have a trained counsellor who is able to support with issues such as bereavement and anxiety.

Languages Spoken:
Wheelchair Access

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide up to 30 hours entitlement
30 Hours Partner Details (These are details of any other childcare provider(s) that this provider will work with to offer the 30 hours entitlement)

The thirty hour free entitlement is expected to start in September 2020.

Local Offer

Special Needs Support

The Nursery teacher will discuss with parents how their child is meeting their targets or milestones, every six weeks. A copy of this will be given to parents in their Marvellous Me books. Parents are welcome to discuss any particular diagnosis or worry, in Private, with the class teacher, the Headteacher and the SENCO. An appointment can be made with any of these professionals, at any point.

The class teacher will liaise with all parents regarding additional support and needs. We work in partnership with all of our parents, ensuring that they are aware of any adjustments made.

Personal programmes are set with parent contribution, and we work closely with specialist teachers to ensure we are making best use of our resources to keep all pupils on track for success.

We are able to work with children who have additional needs that necessitate them working below the expected range for their age. Where this is the case, we make individual adaptions, to ensure that each child has their needs met.

The school is able to offer a wide range of strategies (including the use of sign language) to ensure that each child make progress in their learning, physically and socially. We have a wide range of resources, which we are able to adapt, including additional support in subjects (for example additional phonics sessions) and planning for those children who are achieving beyond the expected range for their age (for example children in Nursery who already read well).

This support includes physical support, for pupils with mobility issues; as well as additional learning support, using programmes created with the specialist teacher service.

All parents receive a six weekly update, in their child's Marvellous Me book. Targets are shared with parents, and tracking is undertaken using Target Tracker (which is used throughout the school to ensure pupils are on track for success). Parents are invited to 'parent afternoons'  - which is a meeting with the class teacher, without your child, to discuss progress, achievement and any addition support issues.

We offer such a wide range of support and resources, that we have been able to offer all children the same activities and experiences. The only reason we would not take a child on a trip, or use a resource, is if this was a safety issue.

The buidling is accessible.

The class teacher meets all new teachers, at any school a child is transitioning to (unless this is an unreasonable distance from the school). For the children transitioning into St Mary's Reception class, the class teacher is able to meet their class every day in the term before their start, through the shared play area.

We survey parents yearly, and 100% have stated that they are happy with provision and support.

Please call

Please ask for a tour of the Nursery and vacancies. You are welcome to speak to the class teacher (Mrs Shelton) who will call you back after lessons have ended.

We survey parents yearly, and have a 'worry box' in the school entrance for any concerns. Appointments can be made with the Headteacher (Mrs McGarrigle) at any time.


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