Early Years

Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage

Here at St Mary’s, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is made up of a Nursery class and a Reception class.  Our EYFS staff work together as a team to provide quality provision which enables each child to develop their talents, personalities and abilities in a safe and stimulating environment. Nursery and Reception operate separately but work closely together throughout the year to share exciting learning experiences such as the visit from the Bacup Fire Station and the famous yearly Nativity performance.


Our Reception class is based within the main school building and is part of our Early Years Foundation Stage and follows the same timing structure as the main school:




We are a 52 place nursery for 3 and 4 year olds and offer flexible part time and full time places to suit your needs.

Our Nursery is a separate classroom attached to the main school building. 

We offer morning, afternoon or full day sessions for children aged 3 and 4.  Children can begin nursery as soon as they turn 3 years old.  We offer 15 hours free childcare with free fresh fruit each day for all children.  Some children may be eligible for 30 hours free childcare and also free-school meals*.   

Our Nursery sessions are as follows:
Morning session: 9.00am - 12.00pm
Afternoon session: 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Lunch time session: 12.00pm - 12.30pm
Full day: 9.00am – 3.30pm (staying for lunch: school meal or packed lunch)

Extra sessions can be booked at an additional charge.


We get up to all sorts in our EYFS and most importantly we have lots of fun! For further information about our Early Years Foundation Stage, explore the information on this page using the tabs or visit our class pages to see what we have been up to recently.  To enquire about a place in Nursery or Reception, please contact the school office who will be happy to help.


If you would like more information or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Thank you,

Mrs Oldham and the EYFS Team