Nursery - Age group 3 - 4 years old

Nursery is a busy, happy and playful place to be. Children are free to choose between a wide range of inside and outside activities: painting, playdough, sand and water play, construction toys, role play, stories and rhymes, singing and dancing, climbing, mark-making, number and problem solving activities and Forest School.

Our highly trained staff get to know the children very well and we aim to provide personalised learning, development and care. We carefully observe and assess children's interests and progress towards the 'Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.'

Nursery Funding

At Botley School we offer the Universal Entitlement (15 hours a week) funded nursery places for 3-4 year olds. This is offered as either Morning or Afternoon sessions, Monday to Friday including one lunch time session a week during term time.  Please note at this particular time the School Governors have decided not to offer the new Extended Entitlement (30 hours per week).  For further information on Local Authority Admissions please follow the link to the Admissions Policy.

A child becomes eligible for a free place from 1 September, 1 January or 1 April following their third birthday until they reach statutory school age, or start full time education in school reception classes before reaching compulsory school age.

So, children who are three between:

  • 1 April and 31 August will have a free place from the following September
  • 1 September and 31 December will have a free place from the following January
  • 1 January and 31 March will have a free place from the following April

You can extend your childs session by booking Extended Daycare. Please click here to find out more.

Admissions Policy

Sessions times

  Morning session   8.50am - 11.40am
  Afternoon session 12.30pm -   3.20pm
  Lunchtime session 11.40pm - 12.30pm



Children in the Nursery are encouraged to borrow books to take home and share. Please speak to your childs key person for more information.

The children in Nursery need to bring in their book bags every day.  This enables the staff to have regular access to your child’s current book, and it also makes carrying letters and pieces of work home a lot easier.  Please check your child’s book bag regularly for any letters. School newsletters will be put on the school website. 


Please could you make sure that the children’s clothes are named and that there is a full set of spare clothes on their peg every day.  Clothes and shoes need to be easy for children to manage themselves as we aim for children to become independent as much as possible.  Please also check that your child is wearing the correct clothes when they get home.

Children need to be free to play outside at all times. Please dress your child appropriately for the weather at all times. Nursery is a 'messy' place so please don't put your child in their best clothes!!!


If your child has vomited or had diarrhoea you are reminded to please keep them off school for 48 hours to ensure that any germs do not spread to the other children and staff. Also please remember to inform the School every day if your child is unwell.


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