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CE First School and Nursery

Love, Learn, Fly – Do Everything in Love: 1 Corinthians 16:14

Sessions, Fees and Funding

The Nursery runs on a term-time only basis and follows the same term dates as the school.

We are open 5 days a week and can offer before school and after school care which is led by a member of our teaching assistant team.


Our day is divided into the following sessions;

Morning session 08.45 – 11.45

Lunchtime session 11.45 – 13.00

Afternoon session 13.00 – 15.00


Nursery sessions are charged at £4.50 per hour which includes a snack. Fees are invoiced half termly. We can offer 15 and 30 hour funding for eligible children and can also accept childcare vouchers. Please ask if you require more information.


Before school care is available from 07.45 at a cost of £2.50 per day. After school care is available from 15.00 – 16.00, 17.00 or 18.00 at a cost of £4.50 per hour to include a tea time treat prepared in our school kitchen.


A Typical Nursery day

At Cranborne Nursery we follow a child-initiated approach to learning and as such, no two days are the same – however a typical Nursery day would closely resemble the following;

08.45 Children arrive and engage in early morning activities

08.55 Hello time, introduction to the day’s activities, phonics/number input and dough disco

09.15 Physical development in the main playground

09.45 Child initiated free play within the classroom and outdoor learning space. Children will also complete adult initiated tasks across the week

10.15 Snack time followed by outdoor play 

11.30 Whole group carpet time – a short number or phonics activity and story time from a book voted on by the children

11.45 – 12.45 Lunchtime in our school hall, either a packed lunch from home or a hot meal prepared in our kitchen

12.45 – 14.30 Small group activity such as circle time, dance or music, free play and afternoon snack

14.30 Review of our learning from the day – discussion about what the children would like to do in their next session

15.00 Home time