Welcome to the Early Years at Much Marcle CE Primary School.

Set in grounds of the rural Primary school of Much Marcle, our dedicated Nursery staff provide children with a variety of stimulating experiences, nurturing their inquisitive minds and supporting the beginning of their exciting and important learning journey.

Mrs L Davies

Mrs Davies

Headteacher, DSL

Mrs Park

Business Manager, DDSL

Miss H Stratton

Miss Stratton

Nursery Teacher

Mrs N Skidmore

Mrs Skidmore

Nursery Assistant

We offer full school day places for children age 3 to 5 years. Children may start Nursery as soon as they turn 3.

Here at Much Marcle CE Primary School our Nursery children are taught alongside our Reception, in our early years class, taught by a fully qualified teacher, Miss Stratton. 

Working closely with Reception children enables a seemless transition into their Primary School journey.

Early Years Experiences

Our curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage, which is divided into seven areas:

The Prime Areas are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

There are then four specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Children are offered a variety of different and exciting experiences to enhance their learning and development, working towards the Early Learning Goals in the areas shown above.  At Much Marcle Nursery, we ensure learning opportunities occur in and outside the classroom.  We understand that all children learn differently and therefore plan multi-sensory activities that are engaging for all.

Observation and Assessment


These are undertaken when each child joins nursery.  We request that parents complete an ‘All About Me’ form to help us establish a child’s individual starting point.


All members of staff do these daily.  Photographs and written observations are made during children’s free play and continuous provision.  These are regularly uploaded onto Tapestry, our online learning journey.  Parents and Carers are encouraged to contribute to the observations, providing a great link between home and school.


These assessments are carried out in the last few weeks of the Summer term, in readiness for your child’s transition to Reception.  The document will inform the Reception teacher to ensure they have a clear understanding of each individual child’s stage of development.

Nursery Hours

  • 8.45am to 3.15pm – Whole Day session

We recommend children stay for at least two sessions a week so that they become familiar with routines and form solid relationships with children and staff.


All fees are payable a half term in advance and are still expected regardless of absence due to illness, family holidays or any other reason, and the nursery has no obligation to make up any missed attendance.

  • Whole Day: 8.45am to 3.15pm – £36.00

Nursery Education Funding

We are fully registered to accept Government Nursery Education Funding [NEF] and all children are eligible to receive 30 hours funding from the beginning of the term following their third Birthday, as long as criteria is met. For full information please contact Mrs Park, our School Business Manager.

Nursery children hugging a tree
Nursery children exploring the natural environment
A group of nursery children exploring the outdoors
Nursery children making jewellery
Cooking in Nursery