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Marshland St James Primary and Nursery School

"A Member of the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust"


September 2019 - Nursery available hours are 15 hours per week only. And spaces will be offered to nursery children who have siblings already attending Marshland St James Primary school first. Please refer to DEMAT Admissions Arrangement Statement below.

Mrs Belcher and her team lead the our Foundation Stage classroom. This is for Nursery and Reception children. The children learn through play together and there is a quiet area where more concentrated direct teaching can take place.  Our aim is to create an environment where children develop an eagerness to learn and are enthusiastic about coming to school following the Foundation Stage curriculum. During their time in class the children are closely monitored for progress along the Foundation Stage Areas of Learning.

Aims of Foundation Stage Education

The early years of a child’s life are an important stage where the foundations for future development are established. At school, in the foundation stage, we foster the child’s own interests and offer activities that extend, enrich and develop potential. Activities and firsthand experience are the key to learning and lay the foundations for the National Curriculum. Relationships with parents/carers are highly valued and fostered through dialogue between home and school, whereby parents / carers are encouraged to continue as educators. They are kept informed and given opportunities for active involvement, so building mutual understanding and value for the experiences essential for their child’s development. Parents/carers in partnership are an asset to both their child and the school.

Young children learn as they play. Attitudes, skills and knowledge are acquired as the child strives to understand their world.

Funded Hours

As you may be aware, the government has recently made changes to the Early Education and Childcare offer from September 2017. Previously, 3 and 4 year old children were only eligible for 570 hours of childcare a year which, at Marshland St James Primary and Nursery School, was broken down to 15 hours each week over 38 week of the year.

Since September 2017, many working parents of 3 to 4 year olds in England are now eligible for 30 hours of funded childcare, rather than the previous 15 hours. 

Not every child will be eligible for the 30 hours but everyone will still receive the 15 hours funded childcare that is currently available.

The eligibility rules for 30 hours funded childcare are as follows:

  • Your child will be aged 3 or 4 when the scheme starts (September 2017)
  • Both parents must be working – or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family
  • Each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours ot national minimum wage or national living wage
  • Each parent must have an annual income of less than £100,000
  • You live in England

Parents will not necessarily need to actually work 16 hours a week, but their earnings must reflect at least 16 hours of work at NMW or NLW. This means that, a working parent who is over 25 will need to earn a weekly minimum equivalent of £115.20 whereas a working parent who is 21 will need to earn a weekly minimum equivalent of £107 (at this year’s rates). Parents on zero hours contracts who meet the criteria are included in the entitlement criteria.

if you have any questions about nursery funding and how we allocate our sessions, please speak to a member of the office team and they will be happy to help.

  1. nursery detailed admission form
  2. 13-DEMAT-Admissions-Policy-v3-Nov-18-final-draft