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Nursery Provision

Culham Nursery (Puffins) is our Foundation Stage Unit. This class is made up of Reception and Nursery children.


Reception means your child celebrates their 5th birthday during the current academic year (1st September 2016 - 31st August 2017) and Nursery means your child celebrates their 4th birthday during the current academic year (1st September 2016 - 31st August 2017)


Culham Nursery class (Puffins) has 10 places available in the morning. Your child is eligible to attend Nursery from the term after their 3rd birthday. We offer 5, three hour morning sessions fully funded per week.  Please see information below regarding Early Years 30 hours entitlement.


Please visit for further information regarding funding entitlement and eligibility.


Please read the Nursery Prospectus and use the enrolment form to apply for a place (sending these to the school office:

Learning and Teaching in the Foundation Unit:

It is our aim to provide a safe and secure, learning environment where children thrive on the carefully planned activities and rich learning opportunities provided. The curriculum is play based with a balance of child initiated and adult focused activities. The staff team work closely together to plan and deliver a curriculum that matches and extends the abilities of each individual child.


We will be running each day within a routine which involves opportunities for the children to access independent activities; when they choose what they want to play with, adult focussed activities; led by an adult and building on key skill areas for small groups of children, indoor and outdoor learning; each child will be able to access both indoor and outdoor areas throughout the day (whatever the weather – within reason), carpet time; adult led large group activities including, stories, singing, games, and music making.

Moving on:

Even though the Puffin Class is very much part of Culham Parochial Primary School, your child’s attendance does not guarantee a place within the main school.


For this you need to apply to the Local Authority during the Autumn Term (Sept – Dec) of the academic year that your child turns 4 years old. Forms are available on the ‘Oxfordshire County Council’ website:


Please speak to a member of the office staff if you have any queries regarding this process.