Nestled in the midst of a busy community, St Joseph’s Catholic Nursery is an oasis of calm and provides fantastic outdoor, woodland space for children to explore. Our wonderfully spacious and colourful learning environment has the most up-to-date facilities to encourage your child’s development, providing a happy and secure stepping-stone from which your child can progress onto ‘big’ school.
Our staff are highly qualified, dedicated and caring, with a wealth of experience in delivering early years education. We provide a free hot lunch for all full-time children.
We offer fun packed activities across the week to develop skills and understanding through play. The children are presented with a wide range of practical experiences intended to motivate, stimulate and challenge and which promote learning through experience and encouragement of independence.
All 3 year old children are able to access a FREE part-time 15 hour place the term after their child reaches 3 and many working parents of 3 and 4 year olds, could also be eligible to receive 30 hours funded childcare. Use the following website to find out more information about paying for childcare www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.
The extended 30 hour entitlement is intended to support working parents with the cost of childcare and enable them, where they wish, to return to work or to work additional hours. The government has an online eligibility checking tool for parents/carers: https://childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk/
Don’t miss out…. You will need to use this tool to check your eligibility. If eligible, you will receive a code which you give to the school office together with your National Insurance Number and your child’s date of birth. Providers must validate a code before they can receive funding for your nursery place. Eligibility codes will be valid for a certain period of time. You will be reminded by the HRMC to re-confirm your eligibility every 3 months.
Subject to availability we offer Breakfast Club from 8:00am at a charge of £3 and After School Club 3:15pm – 6:00pm at a charge of £10 (£8 sibling concession).
Gaining a place in St Josephs Nursery does not guarantee a place in the main school. Further details regarding admission to the Main School are available from the school office or by visiting the Admissions pages on this site.
We are delighted that you are considering making an application for your child to join our wonderful school or nursery. St Joseph’s is a very special place where our pupils are supported on their educational journey by a fantastic, committed teaching staff. I am so proud to be the Chair of Governors and I can promise you that your child will be cherished at our school. We are a Passionist congregation school, with close links to St Joseph’s Church in Highgate. Catholic life is at the heart of our school and our staff work hard to develop and support the faith of each child who attends.
As a Catholic school, you will see that our admissions criteria prioritise children from practising Catholic families. As such, we require evidence of regular attendance at Mass, and being known to your priest. I would recommend that you discuss the certificate of Catholic practice with your parish priest, or the priest of the church you normally attend, at an early stage. Unfortunately without a priest’s reference your child will not fall within categories 2 to 5 of our admissions criteria. St Joseph’s is a popular school and we normally have to apply our oversubscription criteria.
Finally, I wanted to remind prospective parents that as part of our acceptance procedures you will be asked to sign an agreement with the school, agreeing to co-operate with the school in your child’s Catholic education. I look forward to welcoming you and your child to St Joseph’s.
Dr Paul Lasok,
Chair of Governors
If your child was born between 1st September 2014 and 31st December 2015 they can start in the 2018 Autumn Term.
We offer full time places with the option (subject to availability) of additional breakfast club from 7.30 am and after school care until 6.00 pm.
The Admissions Policy which sets out the criteria for offering places at the school, as determined by the Board of Governors, is available to download by clicking on the link below
Funding for 15 hours is available for ALL children from the term after your child turns 3 years old. In addition your child may also be eligible for a free 30 hour, full-time place and we would require you to complete and return a Parent Declaration for the Free Entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds prior to the published deadlines.
For non-eligible children there is a charge of £85 per week for all part-time places (8:40 am – 11:45 am) and extended hour arrangements including lunch (11:55 am – 3:15 pm) is also available for those parents who accept a part-time place at a total charge of £170 per week. Children who are 3 years old and are not eligible for the additional 30 hours would pay a charge of £85 per week for the full-time provision (8:40 am – 3:15 pm).
Click here to find out more about 30 hour funding.
The School Day: 8.55 am – 3.15 pm
Parents are requested not to bring children into the premises before 8.40 am. You may bring your child onto school grounds from 8.40 am.
School gates open at 3:00 pm. Please wait at the designated pick-up point in the infant playground to meet your child at the classroom door at 3.15 pm.