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The Pod at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School

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The Pod is an Ofsed rated outstanding nursery setting with combined day care and nursery class provision in Cowley. We offer term time nursery places on either a sessional or full day arrangement, with additional wraparound provision available. We are graded Outstanding by Ofsted and…

The Pod is an Ofsed rated outstanding nursery setting with combined day care and nursery class provision in Cowley. We offer term time nursery places on either a sessional or full day arrangement, with additional wraparound provision available.

We are graded Outstanding by Ofsted and offer places to children from 0-4 years old across two rooms. We have an under 3's room and a nursery class, which both encourage the children to free flow and explore independently. We feel strongly and passionately about our childrens learning through play, both inside and outside. Our garden is a beautiful safe space, with a huge sand pit. willow tunnels and exciting climbing opportunities. We take pride in the key person approach, ensuring the children and families in our care feel like part of the St Gregs family and community.



Who to contact

Contact Name
Sarah Colverson-Martin
Contact Position
Deputy Manager
01865 749933 ext. 263
The Pod at St. Gregory the Great School's website

The Pod Nursery, Offering:

  • Full day care for children aged four months to school age. 
  • Funded nursery provision for children aged two and up who are entitled to a funded place including the extended 30 hour funding.


Where to go

The Pod
St. Gregory the Great School
Cricket Road

The Pod nursery is at the "Shelley Road end" of the St. Gregory the Great site.
If you have arranged to come and visit us, you will need to follow the nursery garden round to the primary school entrance and sign in.

Current Ofsted Judgment


Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£23.50 - £28.50 or Funded Per half day
£42.50-£45.50 Per day
£5.00-£7.50 Breakfast Club
£10.00-£14.75 After school per session
£2.20 Lunch

Please note that the daily costs above are for school hour attendance. The daily rate to include wraparound care costs £54.50-£58.50.

We are open term time only and have the same inset days as those of St.Gregory the Great Catholic School.

Meal Times:
Morning sessions include a fruit snack. Lunch time falls in the afternoon session and you are able to either purchase a hot dinner through the admin office, or provide a healthy packed lunch for your child.



Age Ranges
From 4 months to 5 years

Additional Information

Providing services to
0 - 4 years (pre-school)


The Pod staff team work closely with St.Gregory the Great Primary School and share a commitment to offering children rich and varied experiences supporting all areas of their development.

The nursery setting focuses heavily on the Prime Areas of development, recognising that these provide the foundations for learning in other areas:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Physical Development

The nursery class covers all areas of the EYFS and works on letters and sounds, big maths and has them 'school ready' by the time they are due to move on to school. 

Skilled practitioners suport children's learning through a mix of adult led activities, adult initiated experiences and, most importantly, children's own interests. 

Supporting people with
Physical disability
Hearing impairment
Challenging behaviour
Learning difficulty
Autistic Spectrum Condition
Communication impairment

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision
Access is provided via the main school building

Special Needs

Has Provision
SEN Daycare Provision
Dependent on the individual child's needs, it may be possible to offer 1:1 care (Enabler Support)
Special needs experience based on children who have previously attended our setting
Staff prepared to work with parents, carers and other professionals to provide a good level of care and development relevant to the child's needs
Whilst we do not have experience in all areas of need, we would contact different agencies and seek training in areas should the need arise
Experience with
Able to administer medication
Able to assist with moving and handling
Aspergers syndrome or autistic spectrum disorders
Behaviour, emotional or social difficulties
Cerebral Palsy
Complex health needs
Conditions requiring medical support
Disabilities affecting mobility
Eating Difficulties
Epipen Trained (severe allergy reaction)
Global Developmental Delay
Glue Ear
Hearing Impairment
Mental Health issues eg anxiety, depression, OCD...
Moderate learning difficulties
Physical disability
Profound Multiple Learning Difficulty
Profound and complex disabilities
Speech, language and communication difficulties
Toileting requirements owing to child having difficulties
Visual impairment

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
Vacancy range(s)
From 4 months to 2 yrs (spaces available = 4)
From 2 yrs to 3 yrs (spaces available = 6)
From 3 yrs to 4 yrs (spaces available = 11)
Places available for funded 2, 3 & 4 year old children
Date updated

Please contact provider for further details

Funded Places

2 year old funding

3 & 4 year old funding (Universal - 15 Hours)

3 & 4 year old funding (Extended - 30 Hours)

Term time only or stretched over more than 38 weeks
Term Time
Offering split funding with other providers
Other - please specify
Parents can add additional wrap around sessions.

Opening Times & Facilities

When is childcare available?
Term Times

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday - Friday 7:30am 5:30pm
NEF funded places 3 hr sessions over 5 days 8.30 or 11.45 11.30 or 2.45

Other Availabilty
EYE funding for 2 yr old's 8.30 -11.30 or 11.45-2.45 3 hour sessions over 5 days
Please note; our afternoon session on a Wednesday ends at 2:30pm.

Accessible changing facilities
Accessible toilet
Arts and crafts
Dressing up
Educational Toys
Messy Play Area
Quiet room/area
Sleeping Area
Visit & Outings
Water play

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest Ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
03/11/2016Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding

Last checked on 11/05/2020

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