St Thomas Nursery

St Thomas’ Nursery is a term time nursery based at The Wade Centre, The Avenue, Kidsgrove.

We take children from the age of two and offer funded and paid for places. Please see our fees policy for details.

We have two rooms ‘The Wade Room’ for children aged 2-3 and ‘The Kinnersley Room’ our pre-school room for children aged 3-4.

At St Thomas’ Nursery we pride ourselves on providing a stimulating environment to allow the children to learn through play whilst actively encouraging the children to explore the world around them.

Throughout our busy weeks we offer the children:

  • Messy play activities to develop their motor skills ready for writing
  • Letters and Sounds activities including Jolly Phonics sessions where we focus on letter sounds ready for reading
  • Numeracy times and number rhymes to practice their early mathematical skills
  • Baking and cooking activities to promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle
  • Opportunities to get out and about in the local area to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world.
  • Kids Praise – Iain the vicar from St Thomas’ church regularly joins us for a story and songs with his guitar.
  • We are regularly invited to St Thomas School allowing us to share facilities, expertise and ease the transition for those children who will become future pupils.

Our most recent Ofsted inspection was in December 2019 where we were judged under the new Ofsted framework. They rated us as GOOD over all areas – including quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, early years’ provision and leadership and management.

The aims of St Thomas’ Nursery are to:

  • Offer a safe, secure, warm and stimulating environment where the children are able to develop skills to reach their potential.
  • Encourage children’s independence as far as their individual development allows, offering help and support where appropriate
  • Offer a holistic approach to learning where we look at the whole child and teach by example promoting positive behaviours.  
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