Foundation Stage

Nursery (FS1)

Montagu Nursery is an exciting and vibrant setting. We aim to provide a stimulating and engaging learning environment that promotes independence and sets children up for their transition into our equally vibrant reception classes.

Your child’s learning and development will be taught through the seven areas of learning as set out by the Early Years Statutory Framework, with special attention being given to the Prime Areas of Learning. Children achieving success in these three areas are more likely to succeed in the Specific Areas of Learning as they enter into Reception.

The Three Prime areas of the curriculum are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The Four Specific Areas of the Curriculum are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

We are a large nursery, offering 39 places for the morning session and 39 places for the afternoon session and we pride ourselves on serving our local community.  At Montagu, we offer a variety of nursery sessions including the free 15 hours provision (available to everyone) and free 30 hours provision available to those that are eligible. We also offer parents the opportunity to top-up their child’s hours by charging a small fee per extra 3 hour session.

Session choices at Montagu are outlined below:

15 hours – AM or PM

You may choose to bring your child for five AM sessions (8:45am-11:45am) or five PM sessions (12:30pm – 3:30pm). Alternatively you can choose a combination of these sessions i.e. Monday and Tuesday AM sessions, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday PM sessions. These sessions add up to the 15 hours free that every child is entitled to.

Flexible 15

If you would prefer, you can bring your child for two full day sessions (8:45am -3:30pm) and one half day session, either AM or PM. These sessions add up to 16.5hours per week. The extra 1.5 hours would be charged at £4.50 per week.

If you would like to take up the Flexible 15 option but do not wish to pay for the extra 1.5 hours then then your session times would be 8:45am-3:00pm for the two full days and 8:45am-11:15am OR 12:30pm-3:00pm for the half day session.

30 hours funded

If you are eligible for the government funded 30 hours free child care, you can now claim this with us. The full day sessions are 8:45am-3:30pm. This adds up to 33 hours and 45 minutes per week. The extra 3.45 hours would be charged at £11.25 per week.

If you would like to take up the 30 hours funded but do not want to pay for the extra 3.45 hours then your session times would be 8:45am- 2:45pm each day.

Top up costs

If you require any extra ‘top-up’ sessions these can be paid for at a rate of £9 per 3 hour session and £2.25 for the 45 minute

If you require any extra ‘top-up’ sessions, these can be paid for at a rate of £9 per 3 hour session and £2.25 for the 45 minute lunchtime supervision.

If you have any questions about our hours, please speak to one of the Nursery professionals.

Reception (FS2)

Our Reception Unit is a large, fun and energetic space with learning and development at its centre. As a team, we aim to constantly evolve, ensuring that our children love coming to school each day and find learning challenging and exciting. We aim to provide our children with key learning dispositions including resilience, resourcefulness and the ability to take safe risks for learning. At Montagu we strive to create a classroom culture that cultivates the habits and attitudes of curious, confident and independent learners.

As in our Nursery, we also follow the Government's Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, building on from previous teaching, ensuring consistent development in the Prime areas of the curriculum but also securing key knowledge from the Specific areas of the curriculum. Secure knowledge in all of the areas below will allow for a smooth transition into our Year One classes.

End of year expectations for Reading, Writing and Mathematics

By the end of the Foundation Stage all children are expected to meet the following requirements in order to ensure their continued progress as they enter Year 1


  • Read some common irregular words.
  • Use phonic knowledge to decode regular words & read aloud accurately.
  • Identify rhymes and alliteration. 
  • Join in with rhyming patterns.
  • Read & understand simple sentences. 
  • Demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.
  • Make basic predictions.
  • Identify start and end of a sentence. 


  • Write simple sentences which can be read by themselves & others. 
  • Use capital letters and full stops to demarcate sentences. 
  • Write some words correctly and others that are phonetically plausible.
  • Use correct pencil grip.
  • Write name (correct upper & lower case).
  • Use correct letter formation for familiar words. 


  • Count reliably to 20.
  • Order numbers 1 to 20. 
  • Say 1 more/1 less to 20.
  • Add & subtract two single digit numbers.
  • Count on/back to find the answer. 

All the above objectives will be worked on throughout the year and will be the focus of both direct teaching and through child initiated learning. Any extra support that you can provide in helping your children to achieve these expectations is greatly valued.