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St. James' CE Primary School

How to join our Reggio Emilia Nursery 2+ years

Our Nursery is based at St. James’ Church of England Primary School at Old Jamaica Road, Bermondsey, London SE16 4SU.

We have one part-time nursery class (15 hours) and one full-time nursery class (30 hours). 

Our session times are: 

Part-time Nursery Venice 09:00-15:00 Monday and Tuesday and 09:00-12:00 on Wednesday 

Full-time Nursery Rome 09:00-15:00 Monday to Friday 

We are able to offer your child 15 hours of child care free each week from the term after they become 3 years old. Some parents may be entitled to a 30 hour code to help with child care costs. If you think you may be eligible please contact the school office.

You may be entitled to some support with nursery fees. The link below will take you to Southwark's free early entitlement page. Here you can check to see if you can receive any help with your child care costs.

Government information about the 30 hour code entitlement is provided here:

To enquire about a nursery place for your child, click the Enquiry Form to the right of this page to complete your details.

Typical Sessions:
The sessions consist of fully supportive free play and adult led activities.  The children are encouraged to choose activities independently.  The children have access to outside play during each session.

Our nursery rooms and provision is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. You can find more information regarding this by clicking the page linked on the right 'What is the Reggio Emilia Approach?'.

The aim of the Staff and Nursery is to:

  • Provide a happy and caring environment in which each child is valued as an individual.
  • Provide a safe and stimulating environment with quality care and education.
  • Take into account the needs of each individual child arising from ability, language, race, culture and religion.
  • We have strong ties with St James’ C of E School but attending Nursery does not guarantee your child a place at the school.

We recognise all children develop at different rates and aim to give equal opportunities to all by providing a full and varied range of activities within the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.

The foundation stage covers the ages 0-5 years and covers seven areas of learning.  These stages are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Designs

Special Needs
We support children with special needs by working in partnership with parents, carers and other professionals.

Each child is able to progress at their own pace in all areas of development.

If you would like to discuss any concerns regarding your child’s development, please talk to the Nursery teacher or Jeanette Thorne. 

Early Years Foundation Stage Leader - Jeanette Thorne - based at Old Jamaica Road
Telephone Number – 02072373111 Option 2