Our nursery children are known as the Ducklings class. 

Great Barford Church of England Primary Academy Nursery offers a safe and secure environment with exciting, stimulating activities. We have committed and experienced staff who are passionate about providing high quality care and education.  We work in close partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop and to ensure that they achieve their full potential.

The children in the nursery follow the Early Years Curriculum, which covers children’s early year’s experiences from birth to the age of 5. The children in Nursery work very closely with the Reception class, covering the same topics and celebrating special events together, for example Harvest and Christingle.


Starting Nursery

Prospective parents/carers and children are invited to an informal stay and play morning the half term before they are due to start Nursery; this provides  the opportunity to explore the classroom and outside space, meet the staff and ask questions.

Towards the end of the first half term of starting Nursery parents/carers are re-invited in for a stay and play morning so they can see how their child is settling and discuss their child’s progress with the class teacher.


Typical morning

The children arrive between 8:45 and 9:00 am. On arrival they are greeted by members of staff and encouraged to self register by putting their duckling in its nest. The children can then choose from a selection of planned activities. Not long after 9 am we open up the doors to the outside area and the Reception class. The children are able to access a variety of activities in all three areas that cover the Foundation Stage Curriculum and are linked to the current topic we are learning about. At 10:00 am the children sit down and have a short carpet time, which has a literacy or Maths focus.  The children then have snack. This provides the ideal time for the children to talk about things they have been doing.  After snack the children return to choosing. Throughout the morning small group activities are run to support the children in their learning. At 11:25 am we tidy up and have a story and sing songs before the morning sessions draws to a close at 11:45am. We provide a lunchtime session for children staying all day. The children remain in the classroom where they are looked after by the Nursery staff. The afternoon sessions runs between 12:15-3:15pm. It is structured in a very similar way to the mornings; the children come together for carpet time at 1:00pm and at the end of the day.


Nursery children are required to wear the school sweatshirt available from Price and Buckland (details on the uniform page). Nursery children can wear the whole uniform if they would like.

For more information, or to request an application pack, please contact the Main School Office.