Nursery 2020 - 2021

Mrs Cripps

Nursery Manager


                    Nursery Manager                                     Deputy Manager

                          Mrs S Cripps                                          Mrs S Finegan

                                                                                      (Currently on Maternity Leave)


Nursery Assistants      

Miss A Grimshaw

Mrs H Livesley   



The Early Years Foundation Stage, (EYFS) curriculum is made up of 3 Prime Areas and 4 Specific Areas of learning.
All areas are important and inter-connected, and centre around the individual interests and needs of each Unique Child.

The 3 Prime Areas  

Communication and Language

Listening and attention

Physical Development

Moving and Handling
Health and Self Care

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Making Relationships
Self Confidence and Self Awareness
Managing feelings and Behaviour

The 4 Specific Areas




Shape, Space and Measure

Understanding the World

People and Communities
The World

Expressive arts and design

Exploring and using media and materials
Being Imaginative


We provide a wide variety of activities to meet the objectives of the Early Years Foundation Stage, which include:

* Dough Gym and Funky Fingers
* Music and Dance
* Imaginative Play
* Art and Craft
* Sand and Water play
* Cosy Book corner
* Mark Making Area
* Outdoor Environment
* Sensory Exploration
* Storytime
* Group Phonics and Maths Sessions 

Our approach to learning is designed to develop self-confidence, self-esteem and self-control, enabling a ‘can do’ attitude towards new experiences and challenges. We place emphasis on developing personal and social skills, praising positive behaviour and encouraging a thoughtful and considerate attitude towards others. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, balancing adult led structured activities with child initiated free choice. We appreciate that all children are unique, and that children learn best when encouraged to follow their own individual interests and make their own choices. We therefore aim to provide an environment full of opportunities in terms of materials, time and space for children to become absorbed in their own choices of play activities. As Early Years Practitioners we make continuous and ongoing observations of each child’s interests and plan activities based on them to further the child’s development. Developing a love of learning in the early years helps to prepare children for the next stage in their lives, providing them with the necessary skills, abilities and confidence to enable them to flourish and reach their full potential both at school and throughout their adult lives.


Our outdoor environment provides rich learning opportunities. Children experience a wide selection of outdoor activities including den building, exploring the texture kitchen, experimenting in the water area, digging in the mud pit and observing nature up close in the bug hotel. Children develop gross motor skills, critical thinking and reasoning as well as building friendships by working together to explore and problem solve.
We dress accordingly and enjoy our outdoor areas in all weathers, children learn about the world around them by feeling the wind in their hair and rain droplets on the ends of their noses. We believe that rolling down hills, jumping in puddles and making mud pies are all fantastic learning opportunities in the early years and help build a love and appreciation of nature.


Garswood Nursery provides up to 30 hours per week funded early years education for 3 and 4 year olds. We have  a range of options to help you to chose the sessions which best suit your family.

Morning sessions run from 8.30 - 11.30am and afternoon sessions from 12noon - 3pm.
Wrap-around care is available during lunch times as well as before and after school.


We offer additional sessions at a cost of £12 per session and lunchtime supervision is available at a cost of £3 per session.
Children can either bring a healthy packed lunch or a hot meal can be purchased for £2.57.
We provide a range of snack during every session and this is charged at 40p per day.

Click the link below for details: of wrap around care

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If you would like to visit our Nursery or enquire about places please contact us on 01744 678290


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Marvelous Muddy Mayhem, by Mrs Cripps

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School Re-opens, by Mrs Potter

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