St James' C of E (Controlled) Primary School
Chadwick Street, Glossop, Derbyshire SK13 8EF
The Pond


The Pond is what we call the Early Years Foundation Stage Unit at St James'. We regard the children in our care as "Tiddlers", on their way to becoming bigger fish as they move up through the school.

This page contains information for both new and existing families of F1 (Nursery) and F2 (Reception) children.


Mrs T Kennett
Mrs N Cox
Miss Emily Seddon

Teaching Assistants

Mrs C Hodson
(full time)

Mrs J Taylor
(full time)

Mrs L Tomlinson
(full time)

Mrs S Gleeson
(part time)

Mrs K Kavanagh
(part time)

Mrs H Mahmut
(part time)

Story time in the Pond

Additional F1 sessions

Extra Nursery sessions in The Pond are administered by The Catch.

Available times are open firstly to parents at St James'. Vacancies are then offered to any parent of a child in the Nursery age range. This facility is available only during term time.

The morning session times are 9:00 am until 12 noon. In the afternoon, the times are 1:00 pm to 3:25 pm.

Day care rates

Care for F1-age children who wish to stay for additional sessions is subject to the following charges:

Basic rate: 3.50 per hour

Lunchtime supervision: 3.50

Half-day package: 14

Week package: 70

A school lunch can be provided in the Unit at a cost of 2 a day or 10 a week.


Our snack breaks are an important learning time. They are social occasions and emphasis is placed on good manners and healthy eating. We provide fresh fruit and milk daily and drinking water is always available.

In addition, children are involved in baking and food preparation and will be encouraged to try new and unusual foods. They are never forced to eat anything.

Outdoor play

Outdoor play is an important part of the Foundation Stage curriculum. A great deal of learning takes place outdoors.

Our outdoor play area

Work in the Pond doesn't have to be serious all the time!

The Pond opening times

F2 (Reception)

8:55 am - 3:25 pm

F1 (Nursery)

Morning session:
8:55 am - 11:55 am

Afternoon session:
12:30 pm - 3:25 pm

Please try to ensure that your child is punctual, as we like to start the sessions promptly.


We hope to work closely with you to give your child the best possible start in school. Looking at books, reading stories, counting, singing and giving your child paper, scissors and crayons are all helpful to their progress.

Working with your Children

To help your children, please take every opportunity to talk and listen to them.

If your child is a new starter, we encourage you to bring them along to visit us and have a play before they start at The Pond.

You are welcome to stay for as long as your child needs you on their first day with us. Children are admitted individually to ensure a secure and happy start to their time in the Foundation Stage Unit.

Our F1 area is bright, comfortable and safe


You say you love your children
And want them to learn today.
So do I! That's why I'm providing
Lots of kinds of play!

You're asking me the value
Of blocks and other play.
Your children are solving problems,
They will use that skill some day.

You're asking me what's the value
Of having children play.
Your daughter's creating a tower,
She may be a builder some day.

You say you don't want your son
Playing that sissy way.
He's learning to cuddle a doll,
He may be a father some day!

You're asking about the interest centres,
They look like useless play.
Your children are making choices,
They'll be on their own some day.

You're worried your children aren't learning
And later they'll play.
They'll learn a pattern for learning
For they'll be learners always.