The Nursery Day

We have approximately 110 children on roll.

Some children come for the morning session, some for the afternoon, and some do a split session of two and a half days.

The children are divided into four pastoral groups which are called :

          Inventors  ( Mrs Samuels )                  Observers  ( Mrs Wilkinson )

Discoverers  ( Miss Lomas )                 Explorers  ( Mrs Clark )

There are about 13 children in a group each with their own key person and base room.

The Ramblers Group is our wraparound care group. These children have paid for sessions over and above their free nursery entitlement.

There are up to eight children in each session and they have their own key person and base.

During the session, the children “freeflow” between the different areas of nursery and are supported in their learning by the staff in those areas. Sometimes staff will set up activities for the children to take part in, and then encourage children to participate (adult led activities). Most of the time, the children will select their own resources and play activities in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance (child initiated activities).

Children can access areas of provision both indoors and in the outside area. Children are always encouraged to look after the resources and to tidy up after themselves, as well as to share and play collaboratively where appropriate. There is a group time of approximately 15 minutes during each session where children listen to stories, sing rhymes and songs,  have circle time and play simple phonic and number games. They also have a group story just before going home.

We believe that young children need time to experience the varied activities on offer and should be encouraged to make choices for themselves. Apart from group time, children choose where, when, and how they play within the nursery environment. Adults set up specific activities in all areas of the nursery and children are positively encouraged to take part. Children’s ideas and interests are at the heart of our planning and provision.




Morning and afternoon sessions follow the same pattern.

Breakfast club. There is an additional charge of £2.50 per day. Limited places.
8:30 – 8:45am / 12:30
Children arrive, self register, hang up their coats, put their bags away and answer the ‘daily question’ with their parent / carer. We encourage parents and carers to say hello to their child’s teacher and to settle the children in an activity before leaving. Parents / carers must also register their child.
9.15–9.30 am / 1.00-1.15pm
Children go to their group base for a group activity which could be a story, number rhyme, phonic game, outside activity, music, dance or a circle time activity.
9.30 onwards / 1.15 onwards
Self chosen activities (including snack)
11.15 – 11.30am / 3.15 – 3.30pm
Tidy up and story time
11.30am / 3.30pm
End of session. Children collected. (Doors open at 11:25am / 3.25pm to ease congestion)
St. Paul’s After School club runs after school sessions in St. Paul’s Church. Please ask us for a leaflet.


Admissions And Uniform


Admissions can be made via our form, which can be downloaded here


Can be purchased directly from the nursery school.

The cost of uniform items are:

Sweatshirt – £8.00 each

Cardigans – £10.00 each

T-Shirts – £6.50 each

Our nursery school also has an Enhanced Resource to provide support for up to 12 children with Special Educational Needs. These places are allocated by City of York Council.

Dates for your diary


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Forest Schools

What are Forest Schools?

A Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning. The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences. It started in Scandinavia with the aim of developing children’s understanding of the outside world. It was found that children who took part in Forest Schools activities not only experienced fewer coughs and colds, but also broadened their learning in areas includinglanguage and social skills, as well as improving their physical development.

At St. Paul’s Nursery School we are very lucky to have a woodland area right on our doorstep! This means we are able to provide a safe, secure and practical way for the children to experience nature and the great outdoors.

What sort of activities will the children be doing?

A group of children will go St. Paul’s Square for 1 – 2 hours per week. There will be a mix of staff and parent helpers that go with the group. The same routine will be followed each week to help the children learn how to stay safe and explore the area in a sensible way. The children will have a ‘base’ and will know to go back to base when they hear the special call “1,2,3, where are you?”. There will be an introduction, time to explore, a main activity, and a closing session with hot chocolate and a snack!

There will be a different focus each week for the main activity. These activities may include;

 Making leaf mobiles, finding out about different trees and the different types of leaves

  Creating pictures using natural resources

 Story telling and acting using the environment to resemble different places in the story

 Making fairy houses using sticks, moss, leaves etc.

Minibeast hunts, naming the different creatures they find, learning about their habitats

Within all of these activities there are so many opportunities for incorporating different areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (curriculum for the under 5s). For example when collecting sticks to make a fairy house, adults will support the children to talk about the length of the sticks, how many sticks they have found, what colour are the sticks, how can we fasten the sticks together etc. The list goes on…!

What will your child need?

Forest School sessions will take place whatever the weather! When you know your child is due to go to the forest, please provide them with the following;

· Wellington boots and a thick pair of socks (or snow boots)

· A warm coat

· Hat, gloves and scarf

· Long trousers (we will provide waterproof trousers to go over the top)

· Old clothes that you don’t mind them getting dirty

· It’s a good idea to put a spare change of clothes in their bag so that they are able to change if they do get wet.  Please use cloth bags rather than carrier bags.


Our Forest School rules


Always stay inside the boundary unless a grown up is with you.

Be very careful with sticks and stones.

Look after living things. Never pick growing things.

Be kind to each other, share and take turns.

Wash or wipe your hands before the snack and when you return to the nursery school.

Tidy up at the end of the session so the animals are safe.


SEND Report

The school is also classed and funded by the Local Authority (LA) as an Enhanced Resource Centre (ERC), offering 12 additional part-time places for children with a range of special needs and disabilities (SEN).
Children who attend the Enhanced Resource Centre access all the same opportunities as children who have a place in the mainstream nursery school. They learn through playing in the same areas, use the same resources and are included in the same special activities, e.g. Forest School, creative movement, singing and dancing, to name but a few!


However, in addition to this the children in the Enhanced Resource Centre also receive;

You can access the SEN Information report below:

SEN Policy

Lunch Menu


Freshly cooked hot meals are provided for the children who stay all day at nursery school.

The meals are all cooked on site in our own kitchens.

The menus rotate so children eat a wide range of meals. We are able to cater for a range of special diets.

We encourage children to serve themselves and to try a little bit of everything.

Our menu can be viewed online:

Current menu for St Paul’s Nursery School


Letters Home

Please see below for letters sent home with the children:

Newsletter January 2016

Newsletter March 2016

Newsletter May 2016

Newsletter June 2016

Newsletter September 2016

Newsletter January 2017

Newsletter March 2017

Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) Letter


At St Paul’s we follow the Early Years framework Development Matters and support children through the indoor, outdoor and emotional environment; our planning is influenced by the children’s interests.

Children and their families are at the heart of everything we do.
We offer the children interesting ideas and provocations and strive every day to ensure that our environment is ever changing, challenging and stimulating. We place high importance and emphasis on early language and literacy and mathematics in order to prepare the children for ‘school readiness’.

continue reading our full curriculum

Children develop quickly in the early years, and early years practitioners aim to do all they can to help children have the best possible start in life. Children have the right, spelled out in the United Nations convention on the Rights of the Child, to provision which enables them to develop their personalities, talents and abilities irrespective of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties, disabilities or gender.

– Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage



Click the following policies to view a pdf version:

Health and Safety Policy

SEN policy

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 2017

Charging and Remissions Policy

Admissions Policy 2015

Behaviour Policy

Complaints Policy