St. John's C.E. Primary School


At St John's, we understand that parents and carers require a flexible approach to nursery childcare, and therefore we try out best to offer a wide variety of opportunities for your child to join us!

There are many considerations for you to think about and consider, so if you are unsure of any of the information below, please contact the school office on 020 8445 4693 and we will be very happy to help.

When can my child join St John's Nursery?

All children are entitled to 15 free hours a week of child care provided by the government and can start at St John's Nursery for free, the term following their third birthday.

Month of third Birthday Term of third Birthday Term child can start at St John's utilising 15/30 free hours
April (after the Easter holidays)*, May, June, July, August Summer Term Autumn Term following 3rd birthday
September, October, November, December Autumn Term Spring Term following 3rd birthday
January, February, March, April (before or during the Easter holidays)* Spring Term Summer Term following 3rd birthday

* Depending on when Easter falls, April birthdays can be before, during or after the Easter holidays; the term that an April-born child can start at St John's will vary accordingly. 

Children can also join our nursery from the very day that they turn 3 years old, however nursery fees will have to be paid by parents/carers until the next full term.

What are 15 or 30 free hours?

All children are entitled to 15 free hours a week of child care provided by the government which is the equivalent to part-time attendance.  15 hours equates to 5 (3-hour) sessions per week.  Parents and carers choose which days and which sessions (morning or afternoon) they want their child to attend per term via an ongoing contract.

Some children are entitled to 30 free hours which is a full-time place at our nursery.  This consists of all morning and afternoon sessions, but does not include the lunch hour or before and after-school wraparound care.

Parents and carers entitled to both 15 or 30 free hours can top up their child care as appropriate.

What are the opening and closing times?

The main operating hours of Nursery are 8.30am-3.30pm, with additional wraparound care in the morning, after school and at lunchtime.  

Children can be dropped off at Nursery at 7.45am and collected at 5.30pm.

Start of session End of session
Breakfast Session 7.45am 8.30am
Morning session 8.30am 11.30am
Lunch 11.30am 12.30pm
Afternoon session 12.30pm 3.30pm
After-School Session 1 3.30pm 4.30pm
After- School Session 2 4.30pm 5.30pm

What are the top-up fees?

Parents and carers can top up the amount of hours that their child attends the nursery.

Session Fee
Top up fee, for 1 extra session (morning or afternoon) £22.50 (£7.50 an hour for 3 hours)
Breakfast session, 45 minutes with breakfast £6.50
Lunch hour with hot school lunch provided by school £10
Lunch hour with lunch provided from home


After school session with snacks

£7.50 per hour

Parents and carers can top up the hours that their child attends Nursery via a regular ongoing contract, or on an ad-hoc basis (providing there is availability).

Please contact the school office to top-up on an ad-hoc basis or to discuss this further and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.  School office: 0208 445 4693