Children begin their St Hugh’s learning journey in our Early Years Foundation Stage which is comprised of the Nursery, Pre-School and Reception classes.

Nursery places are available for children from age two in our Acorns Class.  Pre-school is available in our Conkers Class.  We are able to offer funded places in the term after a child’s third birthday.  The children make the transition into Reception in the September after their fourth birthday. All of these classes are an integral part of the whole school and we firmly believe that we can offer your children unrivalled excellence during their formative years.

Our child initiated approach to learning ensures that all areas of the Foundation Stage Curriculum are covered. Additionally, we offer opportunities for specialised teaching of French and Swimming onsite. Reception children also access specialist Forest School, ICT, Music and PE sessions. All children are encouraged to be independent learners and can access activities to support their current individual interests and needs. We regularly access our extensive outside environment to enrich the quality of learning experiences through play. Resources are carefully chosen to reflect developmental stages of the children whilst maintaining their interest and challenging their thinking.

Qualified, experienced staff work in partnership with parents to ensure each child develops to their full potential, having high expectations of all children in their care. Each child is allocated a key person who has special responsibilities for working with a small number of children giving them reassurance to feel safe, cared for and valued within our setting.