Church Cowley St James Church of England Primary School

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What We Offer

The Wilderness Nursery is set within the grounds of Church Cowley St James Primary School, on the edge of our brilliant forest school. The beautiful shady grounds include our yurt, which we use for our storytelling and music space.

Being part of the school means that your child can expect to spend time with our Forest School Leader and Professional Sports Coach regularly as well as their own key worker.

A little bit about the day

Every day Wilderness Nursery will offer a range of educational activities for children. We will aim not to repeat activities to enable children to always have a variety of stimulating and educational activities to engage with.

Our Early Years curriculum involves indoor and outdoor education, and your child will learn various subjects, including: Science, Maths, Reading, Phonics, Design & Technology and Art.

We have a Sports Coach who provides physical education for the school and nursery. Your child will have indoor or outdoor PE lessons at least once weekly. This enables your child to have fun and develop a life-long positive attitude towards physical activity.

Nursery hours run as follows:

8:45 - 11:45 Morning Session
11:45 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 3:30 Afternoon Session



Things to know

Meals are provided at Wilderness Nursery by our in-house catering team, who strive to provide healthy and nutritious hot meals for your child to enjoy at lunchtime if this is part of their planned sessions.

We find that when children are sat with their friends in a social environment, they will eat the exciting and lovely foods we provide that they may not eat at home. We will do our utmost to ensure that all medical or religious dietary requirements are met.

Wilderness Nursery is led by Steve Dew, the Head Teacher of the primary school next door, Church Cowley St James Primary School. The school's Governors are responsible for the strategic vision and aims of Wilderness Nursery.

It is anticipated that most children who attend Wilderness Nursery will apply for a place to attend our primary school.


We have a fantastic staff team at school and in the Wilderness Nursery. We employ staff who are professionally trained early years specialists, passionate about providing the best nursery education and care for your child.

Your child will have a special key worker: this person will know your child the best and work closest with you and your child.

At set times throughout the year, we also hold parent consultations where we welcome you into school to talk about your child, their progress and the next steps.


We use an online system called Tapestry that helps us keep parents informed about their child's learning journey. You can log on securely and see what your child has done each week.

We use a system called School Gateway to email & text parents/carers key information. We ask that everyone utilises this system. Once your child starts with us, details on how to join the School Gateway will be made available.