Welcome to Mini Marist Nursery, our dedicated centre which includes Pre-Nursery for girls aged 2 ½ and Nursery for the academic year the children turn 4. Both these groups, along with the Reception class, (for the academic year the children turn 5) follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Our Head of Early Years works across all three groups to ensure smooth transitions from Home to Nursery and then from Nursery to School. The Mini Marist is very much part of community life within the Preparatory School and, when appropriate, the classes join the rest of the school for assemblies, concerts and fun.
Prior to Reception, you have part-time or full-time options depending what is right for your daughter. Pre-Nursery offers a minimum of 3 sessions a week and Nursery a minimum of 5 sessions. A session is classed as a morning or afternoon period. Once your child enters Reception, she will be full-time after an initial settling in period.
Here at The Marist, we see the school as an extension of your family and we do our very best to ensure that your daughter's transition into the Marist family is a smooth and happy one. From the moment of birth you as parents have been your daughter's first educators, nurturing, loving and keeping her safe. When children join The Marist, we value the contributions you make to your daughter's learning and we aim to work in partnership with you throughout your daughter's time with us.
We strive to make transitions as smooth as possible to enable the children to feel safe and secure in their surroundings. All children new to the Mini Marist will receive a home visit from our staff to begin the transition process and build relationships with you and your daughter.
We want our children to be curious, build on their independence and develop a thirst for learning. Play underpins the delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage and children learn through both self-initiated play and carefully planned adult-led play activities. This approach will give them firm foundations in the seven areas of the curriculum.