At St Matthew's Bloxam we have an excellent onsite nursery unit which is part of the school, not independent. The unit is run by a fully qualified knowledgeable and experienced Early Years team and includes a Teacher, Senior Early Years Educator, Forest School and NVQ Level three teaching assistants and provides an encouraging and caring environment in which to learn and thrive. The unit has excellent facilities and has recently had its outdoor area transformed into a fantastic learning environment with separate gravel and sandpits, nature area, amphitheatre and climbing frame.
Nursery (Foundation1) have very close links to the main school. The Reception class (Foundation 2) share the Foundation stage outside area. Nursery and Reception children learn through play outside together on a daily basis incorporating our ‘freeflow’ system. Nursery also join the main school in celebrating events and festivals such as World Book Day, Christmas, Diwali etc. Older children from the main school help out in nursery at play and break times on a regular basis and they thrive on the responsibilities.
Early Years Curriculum
Nursery follow the Department of Education framework. The areas of learning and development are:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Self-Confidence and self-awareness
Managing feelings and behaviour
Moving and handling
Health and self-care
Communication and Language
Listening and attention
Shape, space and measure
Understanding the World
People and communities
Expressive Arts and Design
Exploring and using media and materials
A copy of the DfE guide to the EYFS for parents is available to download from
The children's progress is monitored through their Learning Journey and parents/carers are welcome to come and look at these whenever they want. We hope that you will also share in contributing to their Learning Journey with us. We find that the children are immensely proud of their achievements in their Learning Journey and we regularly find children sharing them with each other, they love to look at themselves in their very own book all about them!
If you would like to visit us or have any questions please contact the school office to arrange a visit; we are more than happy to help.
You can also download our Nursery Prospectus on the "about us" menu, "key information" page.