Welcome to Humpties@StMichael’s
Humpties@StMichael’s is our Pre-School for children aged 3+ situated in purpose-built facilities at the popular St Michael’s School in Lichfield.
From September 2023 our Pre-School day will run from 9 am to 3 pm and will be packed full of a graduate-led curriculum with enhanced learning opportunities in addition to the all-important school readiness activities. Our 20+ year partnership with St Michael’s School ensures that we really do make the most of all the benefits of being on a school site including getting to know reception class teachers and routines. What better way to make sure of a smooth transition to ‘Big School’ when the time comes?
We encourage families to use their 3 & 4 year old funding with us with an attractive offer including a hot lunch, snacks and a brilliant bundle of services including forest school, professional dance sessions, PE sessions and various family events making your child’s Pre-School year truly memorable.
For families who need childcare outside of school hours, our Badgers wrap-around care will provide early morning (from 7.30 am) and after-school (up to 6 pm) activities led by qualified and experienced staff, with some familiar faces from our Pre-School staff team, in the Pre-School room. This is a great opportunity for our Pre-Schoolers to start to form friendship bonds with our youngest Badgers’ children who will be in the year above when your child starts ‘Big School’.
During the school holidays our Pre-School children are welcome to come to our Badgers’ Holiday Club held every school holiday in the school. The Club is led by qualified and experienced staff who are passionate about their fun-filled itineraries which see children come back year on year throughout their primary school years.
All our children are offered a wide range of multi-sensory experiences with an emphasis on holistic learning. All activities are planned so that they are age and stage appropriate, always ensuring that everything is done in a fun way. Activities such as music and movement, art and even French are taught in an engaging and enjoyable manner. Outside play is very important to us, and we are lucky enough to have a Forest School on site and a Qualified Forest School practitioner to enhance this learning opportunity.
Meeting developmental milestones
Following the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, we support our children to meet developmental milestones whilst gently and gradually introducing the feel of a school day in readiness for their transition to “big school”.
Partnership with parents
Our partnership with parents begins from the first phone call you make enquiring about a place and we hold regular parents’ evenings and events during the course of the year for you to share in your child’s achievements and developments.
Pre-School Daily Routine
We actively promote independence skills and children are gently introduced to a more formal routine, which builds up gradually during the year to ensure they are ready for their transition to “big school”.
Registration – Discuss letter sounds, colours, shapes, number of the week and theme/topic
9.15 – 11.00am:
Free play, Adult led activities, Free flow with free choice inside or outside play. Snack Bar with fresh fruit opens at 10am.
Tidy up time
11.15 – 11.30am:
11.30 – 11.50am:
11.50 – 12.00pm:
Lunchtime with hot cooked lunch from the school kitchen.
Registration / Story / singing while children get ready to go outside (sun cream, wellies, waterproofs, coats)
1.30 – 3pm:
Free play, Adult led activities, Free-flow with free choice inside or outside play. Snack Bar with fresh fruit opens at 2pm.
A Stimulating Learning Environment
With our qualified Forest School Practitioner we make the most of our time in forest school and provide a wealth of learning opportunities. Our children develop a clear and in-depth knowledge of nature and the world around them. Qualified practitioner-led forest school is proven to help build children’s confidence, resilience, emotional well-being, communication and problem solving skills.
Our weekly French lessons give children the early foundations of learning a modern foreign language
Music & Movement
Carefully structured, weekly music and movement sessions use fun educational themes e.g. colours, shapes, numbers and animals. The sessions provide the children with another creative opportunity to express themselves and develop self-control and confidence in their movements.
As well as the wide range of sports equipment we provide for our children to use everyday, we have a visit from a specialist PE provider on a weekly basis who helps the children learn to jump, balance, listen, follow instructions and to work as a team.
We keep investing in line with technological advances, but use only tried and tested systems for specific purposes to enhance our children’s learning experience. In this we always take a balanced approach… we will not be slaves to technology!
Opening Times & Fees
If you would like your child to join us at Humpties@StMichael’s then please telephone for an appointment to come and have a look for yourself at what we have to offer.
A booking fee of £40.00 is required with all bookings and should be sent in with completed application and personal detail forms.
All enquiries to Tim Hopkins, Manager, on 01543 416002.
Day: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 3.00pm
Sessions: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 12.00noon and 12.00pm to 3.00pm
Full day wrap around care also available on site including 7.30am early start and 6pm finish.
Monday 4th September 2023 – Friday 27th October 2023
Half Term Holiday – Monday 30th October 2023 – Friday 3rd November 2023
Monday 6th November 2023 – Friday 22nd December 2023
Christmas Holiday – Monday 25th December 2023 – Friday 5th January 2024
Monday 8th January 2024 – Friday 9th February 2024
Half Term Holiday – Monday 12th February 2024 – Friday 16th February 2024
Monday 19th February 2024 – Friday 22nd March 2024
Easter Holiday – Monday 25th March 2024 – Friday 5th April 2024
Monday 8th April 2024 – Friday 24th May 2024
Half Term Holiday – Monday 27th May 2024 – Friday 31st May 2024
Monday 3rd June 2024 – Monday 15th July 2024
Statutory: Nursery closed all statutory Bank Holidays
3 & 4 year old funding
30 Hours Funding for 3&4 year olds
Your child may become eligible for the 30 Hours Funding the term after their 3rd birthday.
As you may know, eligible parents can claim up to 30 hours of funding towards childcare for 38 weeks of the year.
For further detail on how to use your funding here, please enquire to Tim Hopkins, Manager on 01543 416 002 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further detail.
Our children’s meals are nutritionally balanced, freshly prepared and cooked on the premises by the school’s in-house catering team. All hot lunches are included in our day rate. We are also able to cater for children with special dietary requirements.
Our popular Snack Bars are open twice a day offering fresh fruit. These are self-serve to encourage children’s independence while being supervised by our staff team to support children to develop their skills.
Meal times are also a great opportunity to develop children’s self-care, hygiene routines, table manners and understanding of etiquette.
Meet the Team
Strategic Development Manager
Early Years Teacher
Humpty Dumpty Day Nurseries Ltd
Team Leader (EYPS)
Deputy Leader (QTS)
Early Years Practitioner
Get in touch...
St. Michael’s C.E. (C) Primary School
Sturgeons Hill, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS14 9AW
St. Michael’s C.E. (C) Primary School
Tel: 01543 416002