Lowther Nursery is fully intergrated within the Foundation Stage of the school
At Lowther Nursery we help children to become enthusiastic and confident learners.
Play is central to the way young children learn and through their experiences in the Nursery they are developing skills and knowledge which are the foundations for all later learning.
When your child is 2 years old you can put their name on the waiting list. They are admitted as soon after their 3rd birthday as possible.
We have two separate sessions daily, each with a maximum of 26 places.
Plus limited places for 8.30am to 3.30pm - Please see further information below
OFSTED reported the Foundation Stage at Lowther:

'The Nursery provides a secure and stimulating environment for young children. Standards of care are high, children are welcomed.'

'Home and school are brought together to provide a consistent approach to children’s development.'

Nursery Operating Hours
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Morning session » 8.30am - 11.30am
Afternoon session » 12.30pm – 3.30pm
For general information about Lowther Nursery
Please ring the School Office on 020 8748 3984.
Nursery Admission and Waiting List Forms can be found here.
Terms and Conditions for additional hours at Lowther Nursery
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We now offer extended hours in our Nursery, dependant on availability of spaces.
Current provision (Universal Offer) is 15 hour per week, either 5 mornings 8.30 to 11.30am or 5 afternoons 12.30 to 3.30pm
Extended provision is an additional 15 hours per week
Limited places will be offered to stay 8.30 to 3.30pm (7 hours). For parents who are entitled to 30 hours funding and taking up 5 days per week this will mean that there will be an additional 5 hours per week to pay at £7 per hour.
Priority will be given to parents who are entitled to the 30 hour funding (15 hours Universal and 15 hours Extended) and i. are 'Looked After' children, ii. have exceptional family, social or medical need, iii. have siblings and iv. live nearest to the school. This criterion is in line with the school admission criteria.
For parents who are not entitled to 30 hour funding there is an option to apply for the extended hours at £7 per hour dependant on availability. This could be for 1 or more days per week.
Additionally, we are able to offer a small number of lunch time places from 11.30am to 12.30pm. Morning children have the option to stay an additional hour and afternoon children can arrive one hour earlier. This will be charged at £7 per hour or deducted from any 30 hour funding entitlement.
All extended hours places will need to be booked and paid in advance each half term with Mrs Day in the school office.
Children staying for the lunchtime session will need to be provided with a healthy packed lunch in line with school expectations.
To check eligibility for 30 hour funding visit
Nursery Outline
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Welcome to Lowther Nursery...

Below you will find an outline of the journey and anticipated progress through the Nursery phase of the Lowther School Family facilities. We hope this provides helpful insight for understanding how a child will gradually learn and develop new abilities and skills during this exciting phase.
Our Routine
At the start of the day we find our name to self register. This helps us recognise our name and learn that we are part of a group.

When we first come into Nursery we have access to lots of play based activities. This helps us to make choices, develop our independence and learn about how friendships work. The adults add language to play, extend the learning and make links from our play to the curriculum areas.  Also, there is often a focus task for small groups.

The adults make observations and see where the children are in their development, take photos and note down our strengths and things we love to do. This information is then used to plan new activities that will help us to move forward in our learning and experiences. You can see some of this in your child’s learning journey folder.

We welcome observations and comments from you as we know that you are the children’s first educator and that they show different characteristics at home.

When it’s time to tidy up the tambourine shakes and we put up our hands. We learn to listen and tidying up makes us learn about caring for our classroom.

Once we have tidied up we sit together, say hello to our friends and sing our hello song. We then split into 2 groups, one has their fruit and the other has group time.

We have a snack and a drink. Pouring our drink helps our physical skills and we learn about the routine of putting our cup away. This time encourages conversations and sharing events in our lives.

Next we have a group session where we split into 2 smaller groups for stories, singing and activities linked to the curriculum. During this session we are learning to listen, to sit still, developing language and vocabulary, a love of books, how stories are structured, about rhyme, that writing conveys meaning and many other curriculum linked activities.

In this period we have a shared time with Reception. This helps us learn from the older children, make new friends and experience different activities.

In the next period we can use the big garden and the activities here support all areas of the curriculum. We can just do things on a bigger scale.

At the end of the session we have a whole class carpet time where we sing the days of the week song and do the weather. When we go home we sing goodbye to our friends. This helps us learn songs, become part of a group, count, recognise words and symbols.
The Curriculum
We work from the government statutory curriculum for 0-5 year olds. It has 4 key themes - Positive Relationships, A Unique Child, Enabling Environments and Learning Development.
Nursery is about developing life long learners and giving children the skills they will need as they go through school.
Characteristics of effective learning – Playing and exploring – engagement; Active learning - motivation; Creating and thinking critically - thinking.
What does this look like?
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Chestnut class work from the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, which sets standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to 5. Within this there are 7 areas of learning: 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas.
Personal Social and Emotional development
One of the core areas – without this nothing else could happen, be happy, secure, independent and make relationships
Communication and language
Links to all other areas and underpins all further learning. Children need to be able to listen, process, understand and communicate.
Physical development
Central to brain development and underpins later reading and writing. Left to right tracking, first gross motor and then fine motor.
This is divided into Reading and Writing.
Early reading involves a love of books, understanding of how stories are structured, knowing that print conveys meaning and phonic awareness.
Early writing involves understanding writing is for a purpose, giving meaning to the marks they write, beginning to write their name and awareness of other letters in the alphabet.
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