Nursery Information

Our wonderful 52 place Nursery offers children aged 3 to 4 the perfect start to their learning journey and a place where they can flourish under the guidance of our very experienced Nursery staff.

From the first day we support your child to develop positive relationships through structured play and individual interests. We have an engaging, bright and colourful indoor and outdoor enabling environment that is safe and secure for your child to explore their learning. Please come and visit us at any time. Why not ring the School Office and ask for an appointment to meet with Miss O’Connor, our Nursery Teacher.

We offer 15 hours of provision; parents can choose either morning or afternoon places, Monday to Friday from 9:00am – 12:00pm or from 12:30pm – 3:30pm. We also work in conjunction with Wallsend Day Nursery to offer 30 hours of provision for families who meet the eligibility criteria. Please email the School Office if you would like further information about this.

Why St. Columba’s Nursery?

· Dedicated and experienced EYFS staff.

· 1:1 adult supported learning and free play.

· A smooth transition to Reception class.

· Carefully planned spaces that promote high engagement and quality learning opportunities.

· On site ‘Forest School’ led by Miss O’Connor (Forest School Leader)

· Outstanding outdoor learning opportunities in our natural school grounds.

· Close links with outside agencies and SEND support.

And so much more!

Check out our dedicated Facebook page

Download our Nursery application form

For an information leaflet regarding the 30 hour offer, please click here

For information about Nursery Transition in September 2020 click here

To see photographs of our Nursery in action, which can be shared with your child, click the links below:

Nursery Social Story 2020

Nursery Brochure

In order to help your child to prepare for their start in a Nursery environment, please read the following information leaflets. Parents may find some useful hints and tips to try at home.

Learning to dress

Getting ready to write

Hand Skills

Getting ready to use the toilet

Getting ready to look, listen and play

Forest School Ethos

At St Columba’s Nursery we provide the children with the opportunity to regularly participate in a Forest School program, alongside a fully qualified and skilled Forest School leader. (Miss O’Connor.) All of our ‘Forest School’ sessions are based within our own natural grounds.

This commitment is based on our belief that each child is unique and independently competent. The Forest school program promotes holistic learning experiences that contribute significantly to the development of the whole child. This is done by providing a creative, stimulating and child-centered natural environment which allows the children time to experiment with real life first hand experiences that develop independent thinking and social interactions.

The Forest School ethos is created by a number of overlapping factors, illustrated by the diagram below.

For more information about our Forest School ethos, please see our parents’ brochure: Forest School Parents Booklet

Please ask for an appointment to come and visit our Nursery and see Forest School learning in action!