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Play is probably the most valuable work your child will do. In their play children learn at their highest level. At St. John’s Cathedral Catholic Primary School, we aim to provide a spiritual, safe and stimulating environment where children can develop fully at their own pace.


We inspire learning through excellent play opportunities and provide a varied curriculum based on children’s individual needs.


Our thoughtfully planned learning opportunities aim to lead the children towards self-motivation and achievement; encourage self-discipline and perseverance and to think critically and make links with the world around them.


15 Hours Free Nursery for families with 3 and 4-year-old children


For all families in England

  • With 3 and 4-year-old children
  • 15 hours of free nursery for 38 weeks
  • A total of 570 hours per year



30 Hours Free Nursery for families with 3 and 4-year-old children


  • For working families in England
  • With 3 and 4-year-old children

  • A total of 1,140 hours per year

You each need to earn at least £139 a week.

If you’re earning less than £139 a week but are under 25, or you’re an apprentice, you may still be eligible.

Is it for me?


You, and any partner, must each expect to earn (on average) the equivalent of working 16 hours a week at the National Minimum wage or Living Wage.


If you, or your partner, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you're unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, you could still be eligible.

You can't get 30 hours free nursery if you, or your partner, expect to earn £100,000 or more.


Your child can start in their nursery place the term after they turn 3 years old and have received a valid 30 hours code, whichever is later. Term start dates are 1st September, 1stJanuary and 1st April.

You can apply up to 16 weeks before your child’s third birthday.


To keep your 30 hours free childcare place you need to check your details are up to date every 3 months.


The 30 hours free childcare offer is not intended to cover the costs of meals, other consumables (such as sun cream), additional hours or additional activities (such as trips).

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