Welcome to Fox Cubs Nursery

Summer 2022 Video of Activities

Information packs always available from the school office and you are very welcome to come and see us for yourself. Ring 01704 225332 or email the school office (bursar@bank-st-stephens.lancs.sch.uk) for a guided tour at a time convenient for you.

Full wraparound care 7.45am-5.30pm (extra charges apply)

Click here for details of wraparound care (breakfast and after school club)

"Every moment in Early Years at St Stephen's is a learning moment"

(OFSTED inspector)

Fox Cubs Nursery is a high quality teacher-led provision, offering 3 and 4 year olds a calm, happy and nurturing pre-school environment. The nursery is part of Banks St Stephen's school and reflects the high quality provision we have in the other classes. The nursery classroom is next door to the Reception classroom and forms our Early Years provision.

Most of our nursery children move up to Reception here and so the transition from Nursery to Reception is easy and stress free, both for children and parents. On the other hand,  we welcome all children to attend Fox Cubs, regardless of Reception school choice, so please visit our provision and consider whether we are right for your child's needs. 

In Fox Cubs we very much recognise the value of outdoor play and exploration. Our exceptionally large outdoor learning area next to the classroom currently undergoing a full renovation. The children also enjoy a beautiful and extensive forest area, with many native trees and abundant wildlife, including squirrels, hedgehogs, a wide variety of birds and even a pheasant! The brand new pond area (safely gated) gives the children opportunities for pond-dipping and we have a wild flower meadow and beds with flowers, fruit and vegetables. The gardening club provides all-year crops for picking in a number of raised beds round the school.

The quality and quantity of the outdoor space we enjoy at St Stephen's is quite unique. The children thrive in the outdoors (we provide all-in-one warm and waterproof jumpsuits for every preschool child) and we strongly believe that outdoor learning promotes children's development and is vital for their well being and mental health.

The nursery children have frequent learning sessions in the school forest. Whether inside or outdoors, our nursery team recognises the importance of learning through play and putting children's interests at the heart of all we do. 

The nursery offers the highest standard of pre-school education, as it is led by a qualified teacher. The OFSTED inspector, an Early Years specialist, commented in her verbal feedback when she visited the Nursery and Reception classes in September 2021,

"Every moment in Early Years at St Stephen's is a learning moment".

Physical fitness and fundamental physical skills are promoted at Fox Cubs. Each week the children enjoy a PE session led by a qualified coach from West Lancashire Sports Partnership. Their teacher and teaching assistant always supervise and accompany these sessions of course.

Mrs Moore is the full time Early Years class teacher and our current full time nursery teacher covering maternity leave is Miss Donna Douglas. The nursery children also have the full time support of Mrs Coulton, the nursery's highly experienced teaching assistant. The maximum number of children we can have in nursery is 23 and currently a limited number of spaces are available. Please don't delay if you need a place. We are also taking advance bookings for 2023.

Opening Times and Fees

Nursery class is open from 8.50am till 3.15pm. The main sessions are from 9am-12 noon and 12 noon-3pm. Each hour costs £5, so a half day morning or afternoon session is £15 and a full day is £30. These hours can be paid for from childcare vouchers. See link below for full information on childcare vouchers. We do not charge for the 10 minutes before 9am or the 15 minutes after 3pm - this is for parents' convenience in dropping off and picking up.

Help Paying for Childcare (Lancashire County Council)

Funded Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

15 hours free childcare is available for all children aged 3-4 from the term after they turn 3, as well as 30 hours funded childcare for some parents of 3-4 year old children. Childcare may be cheaper than you think or even free and of course you can combine paid sessions with funded sessions. 

Please see the links above for more information and Mrs Ousey in our school office will also be happy to help. 

Wraparound care (breakfast and afterschool club) is also available from 7.45am till 5.30pm. We aim to provide good value for parents, as we are a non-profit making school provision. Please see our Wraparound page for further details.

There are lots of different activities to enjoy at after school club (wraparound care). Here the children are enjoying dressing up and creative role playing. We provide unlimited fruit and water and some children bring their own snacks - it's up to you. We also have a friendly breakfast club, where children are offered a choice of breakfast.

Uniform: As you can see from the photos, most nursery children choose to wear a comfy adapted version of the main school uniform (good value and washable). 

For convenience to busy parents, to give time to chat to the teachers and to avoid congestion, parents can drop off from 8.50am and collect up to 3.15pm at no extra charge.

The school offers nutritionally balanced hot lunches daily, freshly prepared in the school kitchen. The children can choose between 2 hot choices and a variety of sandwiches and filled jacket potatoes plus fruit, salad, milk and water. Some nursery children are entitled to free school meals, others pay for a school meal (£2.40) and others bring a packed lunch. Mrs Ousey will register you for lunches, which are payable online. Lunchtime is part of our school day and there is no extra charge for lunchtime supervision, as it is part of our sessions. Lunches are supervised by nursery staff.  Children attending all day eat lunch from 12 noon till 12.15/12.30. Children staying for a morning session go home at noon and children coming for an afternoon session will either start at noon and have lunch or come a little later at 12.15 after having had lunch at home. It's up to you.

Breakfast club and after school club (see Wraparound Care information) is available if you need it. For payment options please see the Wraparound page or ring the office. Wraparound care provides a nurturing home-from-home environment, where children can play and socialise with siblings and other children in a relaxed environment, led in their activities by experienced staff. 

Useful Websites and Publications

Hungry Little Minds (activity ideas)

What to Expect When (Parents guide on child development milestones)

Getting Ready to Start School (Lancashire Guidance)

BBC's Tiny Happy People

Parents Guide to EYFS

The Early Years Foundation Stage 2021 - A Guide for Parents

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