St Mary's C of E

Primary School

Childcare Provision

Breakfast Club

We run a breakfast club from 7.45am to 8.45am daily during term time.
The aims of the club are

  • to provide a nutritious breakfast for pupils to set them up for a day of learning,
  • to give them a relaxing environment to prepare for school.

The club runs in the school hall and is run by Mrs O’Dell and Mrs Evans.  The club operates a ratio of one adult to eight children.

A breakfast will be provided consisting of cereal, toast, fresh fruit, yoghurt and juice. Pupils will be able to take part in a programme of activities, which includes arts & crafts, board games, brainteasers, sports, story time and construction toys.

At the end of the session the children will be taken to the cloakroom or down to Foundation Stage to start their day of learning.

The cost is £5.50 per session. Fees are to be paid on the first day of attendance on a weekly/monthly/half-termly or termly basis. Fees will be charged for absences unless the club is closed. A full half-term’s notice in writing must be received by the club if you wish to change sessions or withdraw. A non-refundable deposit of £5.00 is required with the application form. Please contact the office for more information.

To enquire about Breakfast Club, please email us on

If you wish to use the club in an emergency or one-off basis, you must contact the school office the day before by 12.00pm to ensure that a place is available. Payment must be received on the day of attendance.

Click here to download our Breakfast Club Policy

Click here to download our Breakfast Club Payment Policy


St. Mary’s Preschool

The Pre-school has been running for many years and was graded as Outstanding by Ofsted in October 2014. It is both a pre-school, now taking children from 2 1/2 years old, and also offering wrap-around care for the Nursery children of St. Mary’s Primary School, term time only.

Based in the Nursery classroom at St Mary’s Primary School in Northchurch, the Pre-school provides a high-quality, spacious learning environment with well-qualified, experienced and committed staff who are dedicated to ensuring that every family has a positive and rewarding Pre-school experience.

The team at St. Mary’s Pre-school believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life and aim to provide a safe, supportive, happy environment where all children have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Quotes from the October 2014 Ofsted report:

  • The quality of teaching is outstanding because highly qualified practitioners demonstrate an excellent understanding of how to implement the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • Children make exceptional progress given their starting points and capabilities.
  • Key-persons are sensitive to children’s individual needs and help children to form secure emotional attachments.
  • Leadership and management is inspirational.

Setting Leader: Lisa Burkett

Lunch-club sessions: 11.45am – 12.30pm (for Nursery children) and 12pm – 12.30pm (for Pre-school children) 

Pre-school sessions: 12.30pm – 3.30pm 

After-school club: until 4pm (at additional cost)

For more information or to arrange a visit:

Tel: 07535 184017



After School Club

The After School Club is operated by Pooh Corner.  Fully qualified, experienced staff offer a happy, fun environment with games and activities, such as cooking, sport, arts and crafts.

A high tea with a variety of choices will be provided but this is not intended to replace an evening meal at home. High tea includes pasta & sauce, jacket potatoes, beans on toast, sausages/fish fingers with beans and cheese on toast. Fruit is also provided.

Opening times: 

Monday – Friday, 3.20pm – 6.00pm

Application forms and enquiries:

For more information or to apply for a place at the After School Club, please contact Cathy Sykes at Pooh Corner on 01442 863286 or email

Ofsted Report 2017

Pooh Corner ASC at St Marys Ofsted Inspection Report


“My children are always happy to go to the ASC, to such an extent that both want to avoid scheduling tea dates with their friends when they are due to be at the ASC. 

Cathy and her team have made them feel welcomed and relaxed when they are there, and they go the extra mile to make sure the kids are happy and have been so accommodating with regards to my eldest being able to attend Forest Club and then join the ASC afterwards, and also with getting my youngest’s football gear when he goes off to Soccer club.

This type of thing is a big deal for any working parent. Last year when the kids were at an off-site ASC they couldn’t do any school clubs as there was no means for them to then get to or from the off-site ASC, which caused a lot of upset and disappointment. Cathy’s approach has certainly made my working life that bit easier for which I am really grateful.” – A working mum

Examples of termly activities :

  • We offer board games for all age groups
  • Drawing and art activities relating to celebrations
  • We love to cook and some things we have baked are scones, cheese straws and biscuits to decorate
  • For imagination, we have hand puppets and music. The children love to make up plays and extend this to role play in many areas
  • We enjoy the outside playground once the lighter evenings arrive, with football, ball games, wide games and favourites like ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf ?’
  • We also take time out for the older children to sit and talk about their everyday experiences and what their next steps are going to be ie moving to secondary school
  • On Fridays we have our After School Club at Pooh Corner based at Berkhamsted Football Club