St James' C of E Primary School, Blackburn

Forest Pre-School

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From September 2021, the Early Years Centre will become St James' C of E Forest Pre-School & Nursery.

We are excited to announce we will be offering:

A complete Forest School experience under the supervision of fully qualified teachers and trained Forest School practitioners

Full-day provision - including wrap-around care for our pre-school children*

Option to purchase snacks and lunches

A dedicated Early Years Provision fully resourced with your child's learning and well-being at the center of everything we do.

Have a look at our prospectus below:

Your child could be entitled to free nursery places, click this link to find out:

*Charges will be applicable for some activities/sessions depending upon free hour entitlement.

Our aim in the Forest Pre-School and Nursery is to provide children with a happy and safe environment in which they can make an exceptional start to their early education.

St James' Forest Pre-School and Nursery 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 Forest Pre-School and Nursery, 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 Forest Pre-School and Nursery into Reception.

The Forest Pre-School and Nursery 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


For further information and advice contact the families information service helpline on
(01254) 667877 or email or 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 J. Cameron (KS1&KS2)
R. Limbada (EYFS)
Enquiries should be addressed to Miss R Heyworth.
Telephone 01254 698335
Office Hours Monday to Friday 7:45am to 4:00pm