Donaldson Class Nursery

St Mary's Early Years Centre

At St Mary's Early Years Centre we provide our children with a creative and stimulating environment, designed and led by a qualified teacher. Children are happy, engaged, challenged, nurtured and feel safe. Here, your child will develop a curiosity and love for learning through self chosen play and adult guided activities. We ensure children leave us ready for school and the next stage of their learning. We provide spaces for children from the age of 2 in our Rosen Classroom led by a qualified practitioner and we offer both funded and fee paying places. 



We offer flexible hours in our 3 and 4 year old room. We open at 8:30am until 3:30pm. We offer 30 hour full time places for 3 and 4 year olds from 9am-3pm with the option to extend from 8:30am-3:30pm. We also offer 15 hour places across Monday to Friday. These can be taken as 5 morning sessions from 8:30am-11:30am or 5 afternoon sessions from 12:30pm-3:30pm. We accept 30 hour childcare codes. Please obtain your code from the website


For further information please contact Miss Edwards on 01322 665212. 

Welcome to Donaldson Class!


Hello my lovely Donaldson's

These are our class rules:

We share and take turns.

We walk in nursery.

We keep our nursery tidy.

We play together and we are kind to our friends.

A Day in The Life at Nursery.

Please look at our video resource page for a video to look around our garden.

Come and Play in our Early Years Foundation Stage
Lots of our activities are set up using tuff trays, here are some examples of ones we have used.
Developing gross motor skills are very important, as children need to master these skills to help them to write and form letters. These muscles are developed by encouraging the children to take part in physical activities, such as climbing, balancing, dancing and crawling.
In nursery we do lots of 'Funky Finger' activities, this helps the children with their fine motor skills. These activities help the children to develop the muscles in their fingers, which will help the children develop their writing skills.

Term 1 - Welcome back and a big welcome and hello to all our new children that are starting. 

This term our topic is 'prepositions'. For the first 2 weeks we are learning about ourselves, we have been talking about our families and were we live. We are going to read 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen and the last book we are looking at this term is 'Rosie's Walk' by Pat Hutchins.  

We have drawn our own Bear Hunt maps

Our Bear Hunt tuff tray

We are reading 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt', we have been making paper plate bear faces and we made a bear using 2D shapes

We drew pictures of who lives in our house.

We have talked about ourselves, the colour of our skin, eyes and hair, then we painted portraits of ourselves