FAQs

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At what age can children attend our nursery school?

If there is a place available children can attend from the term following their third birthday. Terms begin in January, April and September.

Can St Mary’s provide full day care for children?

The school provides up to 30 hours per week of high quality Early Years education and additional ‘Early Bird’ and lunch time care. Children can attend from 8.15am to 3.30pm each day using a combination of the free entitlement hours and our various extended services. Charges are listed on our what we offer page.

Child playing with toys

Are meals provided at the Early Bird/Lunch clubs?

We do not have the facilities to provide meals. Parents provide a packed lunch for their children and the school provides safe staffing levels and a safe environment. The Early Bird clubs are held in the teaching areas and have no provision for children to eat food.

Can I use childcare vouchers to pay for extended services?

Yes. The cost of your childcare can be taken out of your salary before the NI and Tax contributions are calculated. This is done through your employer registering on one of the many childcare voucher schemes.

How do you select who gets a place at the school?

We follow the procedure set out in our Admissions Policy. This can be found on our admissions page.

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Is there a uniform?

No but polo/sweatshirts are available to purchase from:
Uniformity Clothing, 22-26 Handbridge, Chester, CH4 7JE
Tel: 01244 680187
Email: sales@uniformityclothing.co.uk

Does the nursery provide for children with additional needs?

We have a comprehensive Special Needs and Disability policy which you can find under the Our School tab above. We have a great deal of experience in dealing with children with additional needs. We will work with parents and other professionals to ensure the needs of your child are met.

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How will you ensure that my child settles well into school?

Our starting arrangements can be found on our admissions page. Initially children attend for reduced sessions and this works very successfully at our school.

More Questions?

We value your interest in our school. If your question is not covered above or in any of the pages of our website do not hesitate to contact us