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Nightingale Academy

St Thomas Cantilupe Church of England Primary School

Shine bright your light (Matthew 5 : 14-15)

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Early Years and Nursery

Early Years Foundation Stage 


Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs. 


'My son and daughter attended STC Nursery for 2½ years. They loved their time at nursery and were always excited to go. The staff are welcoming and friendly and kept me well informed about how my children were getting on. There were so many opportunities for the children to experience a wide range of activities and  this helped to prepare them to start their school journey where they have both gone on to make excellent progress. I would highly recommend this nursery.'

Jackie (Mum of twins)


You can follow us on Twitter by looking for @ThomasCantilupe or by clicking the blue bird icon at the top of this webpage. Below is a tweet which features our Early Years promotional video.

Welcome to Early Years at St Thomas Cantilupe 😀 Where big smiles are all around.

Reception Class


St Thomas Cantilupe, nursery and reception classes work closely together to provide an inclusive, challenging and stimulating environment in which the children are able to thrive and develop as individuals. Our pupils' experiences during their time in the early years foundation stage equip them with the skills needed to make the best start to their educational journey. 

Our reception class teacher and EYFS lead is Mrs E Bentley.

Below you can view a welcome message, from Mrs Bentley, for our new starters.


Welcome to Reception!

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This video has been put together to give you a little snapshot into Reception life. We have worked so hard to create an inspiring and exciting environment to promote the children's independence and love of learning.


Our nursery is open Monday to Friday,  (operating the same term times as the main school) we offer care and education for children aged between 2 and 5 years at the following times:


Session Times
AM 8.45am - 11.45am
PM 12.15pm - 3.15pm
All day

8.45am - 3.15pm

(includes Lunch Club 11.45am- 12.15pm)

Breakfast care 7.50am 

After school care

two sessions are available

3.15pm - 4.15pm
4.15pm - 5.15pm


We have a spacious outdoor area and dedicated outdoor classroom with mud kitchen and creative play areas. The children have many opportunities to explore and play in a safe and stimulating learning environment, well equipped with a variety of high quality resources that cater for the emotional, social, physical and creative needs of every child.


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Shine bright your light (Matthew 5 : 14-15)

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