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 (www.st-marys-swanley.kent.sch.uk). 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)