Age Groups

Tiny Toes (6 months-2 years)
The youngest children start their nursery journey in a beautiful, light filled room with a separate sleep room for restful daytime naps. Babies can explore their surroundings with cosy areas and sensory activities as well as enjoying getting messy using a variety of different activities.

Our experienced staff work with parents to ease the important transition from home to nursery through an embedded key person system and open communication. The children have free-flow access into the garden as well as the opportunity to enjoy the school’s magnificent grounds.

Footsteps (2-3 years)
As your toddler becomes more independent, Footsteps provides the perfect place to flourish. With access to a range of resources and their own outside area, the children can follow their interests whilst their learning is supported by knowledgeable staff. Creative opportunities, problem solving, a cosy book corner and role play activities all complement each other to facilitate your child’s learning and development.

When the time comes for them to begin toilet training, access to a child-friendly toilet area allows the perfect balance of independence along with the adult supervision needed to succeed.

Stepping Up (Pre-School – 3-4 years)
Following their third birthday, the children begin the transition to Stepping Up, a pre-school environment housed in its own area of the nursery. Routines become more structured in order to prepare children for a school environment. Learning continues through play with the structure needed to prepare your child for school, with an added emphasis on ensuring they have the independent skills needed to succeed.

During Term Time, children benefit from specialist tuition from Abbot’s Hill School teachers, with sessions of Music, French, PE and Woodland School. The nursery staff support learning through play in both the inside and outside environments, closely following the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum in order to enhance and track each child’s learning and development.

During the Summer Term, Pre-School children will begin to attend assemblies and eating their lunch in the school’s Dining Room to prepare them for their school days ahead.

The important transition between Nursery and Reception class is carefully planned for, including teacher visits, involvement in Prep School events and Parent Information Evenings.