Our School

About us

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We are a Maintained Nursery School and are part of the Chester West and Chester Local Authority. You’ll find us in Handbridge between Overleigh St. Mary’s CE Primary and Chester Catholic High School. We are a separate school with our own headteacher and Governing Body; we are neither part of the Primary School nor the High School.

Finding us can sometime be difficult as you can’t see us from Old Wrexham Road. View details on how to find us.

The ethos of the school is based around our aims the principles of Early Years Education and Every Child Matters. We aim to work in partnership with parents to allow children to develop their full potential and to give them the best start possible to their educational career. If you want to know more ask us.

We offer 15 hours of high quality Early Years Education per child per week; free at the point of delivery.

As we are a state school we operate in the same way as other schools in the Borough. We are open to children for 38 weeks per year (190 days) over three terms - Autumn, Spring and Summer. We have three hour morning and three hour afternoon sessions (Free Entitlement). The core opening times are from 0845 to 1145 and from 1230 to 1530. It is possible to purchase extra time at the school.

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum appropriate to the needs of the children in our care. The range of activities and experiences we offer are concerned with the young child’s emotional, social, physical, aesthetic and intellectual development. For the curriculum to be effective it needs to be well planned and to take into account the fact that children develop at different rates and have different interests. Play is paramount and children learn best through first-hand experience, having FUN and enjoying what they do. Our motto is "Where Learning is Fun" and we really do mean it.

We have an integrated Language Project providing support for Language and Communication skills with a trained and qualified member of staff and a Speech and Language Therapist.

We have made a decision to use the word ‘parent’ at our school to describe any person who has parental responsibility in looking after a child rather than purely a biological parent. If you would prefer to be known by another term please let your Key Worker know.

Our Aims

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Every Child Matters

Be Healthy

  • Physically healthy
  • Mentally and emotionally healthy
  • Sexually healthy
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Choose not to take illegal drugs
  • Parents, carers and families promote healthy choices

Stay Safe

  • Safe from maltreatment, neglect, violence and sexual exploitation
  • Safe from accidental injury and death
  • Safe from bullying and discrimination
  • Safe from crime and anti-social behaviour in and out of school
  • Have security, stability and are cared for
  • Parents, carers and families provide safe homes and stability

Enjoy and achieve

  • Ready for school
  • Attend and enjoy school
  • Achieve stretching national educational standards at primary school
  • Achieve personal and social development and enjoy recreation
  • Achieve stretching national educational standards at secondary school
  • Parents, carers and families support learning

Make a positive contribution

  • Engage in decision-making and support the community and environment
  • Engage in law-abiding and positive behaviour in and out of school
  • Develop positive relationships and choose not to bully and discriminate
  • Develop self-confidence and successfully deal with significant life changes and challenges
  • Develop enterprising behaviour
  • Parents, carers and families promote positive behaviour

Achieve economic well-being

  • Engage in further education, employment or training on leaving school
  • Ready for employment
  • Live in decent homes and sustainable communities
  • Access to transport and material goods
  • Live in households free from low income
  • Parents, carers and families are supported to be economically active

Taken from Every Child Matters

Principles for Early Years Education

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These principles are based on those outlined at the Early Childhood Education Forum from Quality in Diversity but have been assessed and amended by the staff.