St James' C of E Primary School, Blackburn

Early Years Centre

St. James' Early Years Centre

Our aim in the Early Years Centre is to provide children with a happy and safe environment in which they can make an exceptional start to their early education.

St James' Early Years Centre provides 15 or 30 hours of free early education per week for entitled two, three and four year old children and paid for childcare places.  Please call the main office, 01254 698335 for more information.

The classroom is bright and spacious. Our children have plenty of opportunities to explore the large outdoor area, whatever the weather.

On entry to the Early Years Centre, children are assigned a key worker who quickly develops strong relationships with the children and their families. Throughout each session children participate in a wide range of both self-selected and adult led activities. We provide plenty of opportunities for children to learn through play; exploring, investigating and extending their ideas and interests. We also have several short, focussed activities planned into each session where children work on specific skills with the class teacher or their key worker. This ensures children are school ready by the time they transition from the Early Years Centre into Reception.

The Early Years Centre was officially opened on Tuesday 22nd September 2015 by the Right Reverend Philip North, Bishop of Burnley.

To view the newspaper article detailing this event please Click here

Free early education for 2 year olds eligibility

As a parent/carer you may qualify if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit, and your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, not including benefit payments
  • tax credits, and your household income is £16,190 a year or less before tax
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)


You child may qualify if they:

  • are looked after by a local authority
  • have a statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • get Disability Living Allowance
  • have left care under an adoption order, special guardianship order or a child arrangements order
  • If you’re a non-EEA citizen who cannot claim benefits
  • Your 2-year-old may get free childcare if you are getting support under the Immigration and Asylum Act and have either:
  • claimed asylum in the UK and are waiting for a decision (known as ‘part 6’)
  • been refused asylum in the UK (known as ‘section 4’)
  • A 2-year-old you care for may also get free childcare if your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, and you have either:
  • leave to remain with ‘no recourse to public funds’ on family or private life grounds
  • the right to live in the UK because you’re the main carer of a British citizen (known as a ‘Zambrano Carer’)

For further information and advice contact the families information service helpline on
(01254) 667877 or email or .An application form to claim the FEE is attached here

St James' C of E Primary School Earl Street, Blackburn BB1 8EG
Headteacher Mr D Stitcher
SENDCo Mr J Cameron
- email address on telephone request
Enquiries should be addressed to Mr R. Dewhurst.
Telephone 01254 698335
Office Hours Monday to Friday 7:45am to 4:00pm