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Welcome to Nursery Class!

Nursery Funding

At Botley School we offer the Funded Universal Entitlement (15 hours a week) and the Extended Entitlement (30 hours a week) for 3-4 year olds. Our session times are:

15 hour provision: 8.45-11.45am Monday to Friday OR

                              11.30-3.15pm Monday to Thursday

30 hour provision: 8.45-3.15pm Monday to Thursday AND

                              8.45-12.45pm Fridays

30 hour children and afternoon 15 hour children will need to bring a packed lunch.

For further information on Local Authority Admissions please follow the link to the Admissions Policy.


A child becomes eligible for a free place from 1 September, 1 January or 1 April following their third birthday.


So, children who are three between:


  • 1 April and 31 August will have a free place from the following September
  • 1 September and 31 December will have a free place from the following January
  • 1 January and 31 March will have a free place from the following April

Learning in Nursery

Autumn Term

In Nursery this term we have been learning the rules and routines of the school day. We have been learning to make friends, share and take turns. Our big focus this term is to 'have a go!' We are learning to become more independent by putting on our own shoes and coats, using the toilet and washing our hands.

This term we have learnt about different celebrations.

Harvest - The children loved having their parents and families join us for the morning and take part in harvest themed activities. Digging pumpkins and exploring the seeds were a particular favourite.

Diwali - The children thoroughly enjoyed manipulating clay to make diva pots.

Bonfire - The children enjoyed creating a large splatter painting and listening to firework sounds.

Remembrance - The children wrote about the people they loved on a poppy. We all sat together for a minutes silence with a candle to think about the people we love.


Stories in Nursery

Each week the children are focusing on a new story to develop language, vocabulary and story telling.


Week beginning:

19th November - Owl Babies

26th November - Peace at last

3rd December - The Gingerbread Man

10th December - Is it Christmas yet?


Spring term


Stories in Nursery

7th January - Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?

14th January - Whatever Next?

21st January - The Gruffalo

28th January - The Gruffalo's Child

4th February - The Three Little Pigs

11th February - We're Going on a Bear Hunt

25th February - The Tiger Who Came to Tea

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