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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. 


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. 


Early Years Curriculum


Nursery follow the Department of Education framework.  The areas of learning and development are:


Prime Areas:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Making Relationships
Self-Confidence and self-awareness
Managing feelings and behaviour


Physical Development
Moving and handling
Health and self-care

Communication and Language
Listening and attention


Specific areas



Shape, space and measure

Understanding the World
People and communities
The World

Expressive Arts and Design
Exploring and using media and materials
Being imaginative


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 and view early years policies on the "about us" menu, "key information" page.


Nursery Application Form