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 Harrison

Headteacher, DSL

Mrs Park

Business Manager, DDSL

Miss Evans

Early Years Co-Ordinator

Mrs Skidmore

Early Years Teaching Assistant

Miss Evans is an outstanding Early Years practitioner with extensive knowledge of child development. Mrs Brown is a highly qualified Early Years practitioner with many years’ experience, in a variety of settings. Mrs Skidmore is an experienced Early Years practitioner with a sound knowledge of child development.

We offer full school day places for children age 3 to 5 years. Children may start Nursery in the term in which they become three.

Here at Much Marcle CE Primary School our Nursery children thrive on close links with the Reception class and school, enabling them to make a smooth transition between phases.

Our beautiful log cabin, set in the school grounds is a wonderful base for our younger children. They also benefit from access to the Reception classroom for teacher directed activities.  During continuous provision, children can access one of our two outdoor areas, extending learning experiences outside of the classroom.  The picturesque Bartons Playing Fields are situated just next door, providing endless opportunities for physical activity and outdoor learning. 

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

  • 8.00 to 9.00am – Nursery children can access our Early Birds Club
  • 9.00 to 12.00 noon – Morning session
  • 9.00 to 3.00pm – Whole Day session
  • 3.00 to 5.00pm – Nursery children can access our FAST Club

Children can either stay for a morning session or a full day session. Children must attend for at least TWO sessions each week (on TWO separate days).  We recommend at least three morning sessions or two full days to ensure that your child fully integrates into the life of the school and builds positive relationships with their peers and staff.

Early Birds and FAST club provide wrap around care but must be booked in advance.

If children attend a full day hot lunches can be ordered at an additional cost.


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

  • Morning Session: 9.00am to 12.00 noon – £13.00
  • Whole Day: 9.00am to 3.00pm – £26.00

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.