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Nursery Curriculum

At St Mary’s Independent School we have an exceptional record of academic success. As a leading Pre-Prep school in Hampshire, the foundation for learning starts in our Nursery where carefully designed play provides the best conditions for the introduction to reading, writing and number work. Our Pre-Prep Nursery welcomes children from the age of 3.

Pre-Prep Nursery

Our Nursery accommodates 16 children per session. It provides a safe, caring, happy and stimulating environment in which the children can play and learn. The Early Years are vitally important and formative, and it is by exploring, questioning and doing, that children build up their knowledge of the world around them. The Pre-Prep curriculum and activities are carefully planned to help children learn and succeed in an atmosphere of care and respect. Continuity and regular patterns of attendance are the key to success. The nursery is open from 8:00am and closes at 4:00pm. Children may attend a morning session (8:00 am to 12 noon) or a full day (8:00am-4:00pm).

Pre-Prep Reception

Our nursery children progress into the Reception class and through the school. In the Reception class, the children will continue to develop their social and interpersonal skills by listening, taking turns and becoming more independent. Our Prep-Prep Reception curriculum means that the children will learn reading, writing and numeracy skills, together with a knowledge and understanding of the world, through the 7 areas of the EYFS. Music and French are also part of the curriculum and a lovely outdoor area means that many activities can take place in the fresh air.

The school day starts at 8.55am and finishes at 3.15pm.