Early Years, consisting of  Nursery and Reception is the start of the St Catherine’s journey. The girls benefit from a child-centred approach to learning and a rich mix of child and adult directed activities, set within bright and attractive rooms, and with wonderful outside space.

The awe and curiosity that each girl shows, and her emerging skills in literacy and numeracy, are developed through a variety of teaching approaches which prepare each girl for the next stage in her education. Alongside our caring and dedicated key staff, at St Catherine’s, we believe in specialist teaching from the beginning and highly experienced teachers offer French, PE, Music and Swimming, which ensures that all pupils make excellent progress from the very start.

Our wrap around care and participation in the 30 hours a week government funding scheme supports parents, as does our comprehensive range of extra-curricular activities which are available from Nursery. Days are offered on a flexible or whole week basis with all the girls being full time by the Summer Term.

Early Education Funding at St Catherine’s – Details

Early Education Funding at St Catherine’s

Girls are eligible to receive their entitlement to Early Education Funding from the term after their third birthday. This entitlement is for up to a maximum of 30 hours per week.  Please click above  for full details on how we at St Catherine’s offer the hours.  Further information on Early Education Funding may be found on the Richmond Council website.

The term dates are the same every year and are set by the Government:

For dates of birth between:

1 April – 31 August – funding eligible Autumn term starting in September

1 September – 31 December – funding eligible Spring term starting in January

1 January – 31 March –  funding eligible from Summer term starting in April