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Calder Vale St John C of E Primary School

Grow, Achieve, Explore


Our Early Years provision is made up of Reception and Nursery, where children are able to join us from the age of 3. Our Early Years provision forms part of our KS1 class, which is called Bluebell.


You are very welcome to come and have a look around at anytime, simply give school a call to make an appointment. 


At Calder Vale we are passionate about playful learning. We believe that all children are budding scientists, artists, mathematicians, authors, and scholars and have an inherent drive to learn and make a positive impact on the world. Playful Learning is the magic that takes place when you combine a child’s natural sense of curiosity with thoughtfully planned learning experiences.


Our approach in Bluebell class is very definitely child centred. We make it our business to know our children inside out and we seize every opportunity to create learning opportunities inspired by their ideas and interests. In Bluebell Class, children do not spend all their time sitting at tables working, they learn in a wide variety of different ways and we aim to be as creative and imaginative as we can in finding ways to excite the children’s’ interest and enthusiasm. Every child is a unique person capable of extraordinary things and we celebrate this here at Calder Vale. Our pupils see themselves as one big family, growing, learning and playing together. Not only do our youngest children get individualised learning in a creative, engaging environment, they also get a whole new set of big brothers and sisters. The older children are wonderful role models and nurture our Bluebell class members brilliantly.


Our Pre-school provision prepares our littlest learners for their move in to Reception Class, ensuring a smooth, happy and confident transition into the world of ‘big school’.


Our staff team is led by Mrs. Martha Gallacher, who is a very experienced foundation stage teacher. She has a wealth of experience as an early years and infant practitioner. Mrs. Gallacher is supported by a full-time classroom assistant.



What do we offer:

  • Morning or afternoon sessions
  • Lunchtime sessions
  • Full days
  • Extended days


The Extended day

You can combine pre-school sessions with our Breakfast Club which opens at 7.45am and the After-School Club which closes at 5.45pm (Monday – Thursday) and 4.30pm on a Friday. After-School Club is held at Scorton Primary School. Transport to the club is provided on our school minibus.




Any child who has turned 3 during the previous school term, can join our Pre-school. All parents and carers of 3 year old pre-school children are entitled to 15 hours free childcare per week. Some families will be entitled to 30 hours free child care. Please click here to check your eligibility.


Our Registration Pack