St Columba’s Catholic Primary School

"Recognising every person is precious to God, our vision is to provide an excellent Catholic Education."

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Welcome to Eden at St Columba’s

Please click here to download an application form for Eden

Eden times

  • Our Eden sessions run from 8.30am -12.30pm and 12.15pm-3.15 pm

If you would like your child to attend Eden, a form can be collected from the main office and can be handed back once filled in. Your child will then be placed on the waiting list until the term after their second birthday when they would qualify for a place.  A letter would be sent to your home address.

What we will need in Eden

It is very important that the parent brings their eiligibitly paperwork (the proof they qualify) and the child’s birth certificate on the first visit to Eden. Without seeing this evidence we cannot check they are eligible and this may cause a delay in registration. The eligible criteria is as follows:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

When the child comes for their first visit to Eden a practitioner will sit with the parent to fill out all necessary forms. Among these form will be a communication passport which we use to find out all the important information about each induvial child.

In the child’s bag we will need:

– Spare clothes to make sure children can go home dry after water/messy play.

– Nappies and baby wipes if your child is still in nappies or lots of spare clothes for potty training.

– Wellies for outdoor play and a suitable coat for the weather.

Discussing Children

Any time you wish to discuss anything concerning your child feel free to do so with any staff in Eden. We will always try and talk to you straight away, or arrange a meeting which will be convenient for everybody.

Each child has a key person, who will focus on your child’s observations and progress throughout Eden, however you can discuss your child with any member of staff.


Learning through play

Our aim in Eden is provide a safe and stimulating environment for the children to learn through play. We observe the children’s individual interests and extend them to support their development further. Their learning journey books are always available if a parent/carer would like to see their child’s progress.

As Eden practitioners we aim to give your child the best possible experiences.

We believe that they will progress in their development and most of all……have fun!


Nursery Teacher/ Foundation Stage Manager –  Miss L Goff

Practitioner – Mrs L Wood

Practitioner – Miss V Gildea

Practitioner – Miss S Crisp

1-1 Teaching Assistant – Mrs A Irvine


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