The Cottage Nursery at St Hugh’s opened in September 2010 in an exciting newly extended building next door to the Pre-Prep Department. The nursery has a warm homely feel as it was previously the groundsman’s cottage and still boasts many of its original features, including sash windows and the old fireplaces. The sympathetic renovation has meant that the nursery is a secure and self-contained unit whilst at the same time integrating with the rest of the school. Fun and exciting activities are planned on a daily basis following the curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

The EYFS is built up of three prime areas and four specific areas. These include:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Physical Development

Specific Areas:
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design

It is very important within our nursery that all children are carefully taught, supported and challenged in each of these seven areas of their development. Therefore, every effort is made to provide stimulating and interesting resources which will ensure that all children are motivated to reach their full potential and meet their Early Learning Goals by the end of their Reception year.

As well as all the usual nursery activities, for example, visiting the library, cooking time and PE sessions etc., we are very lucky in the Cottage Nursery to have all the latest Information Technology for the children to use as well as some specialist teachers who come in to work with small groups of children. Each week the children spend time in the ICT suite working with computer software and they participate in Music and Movement workshops. There is also the opportunity to learn some French and there is a weekly Forest School experience.

We are very aware of the need to promote ‘healthy eating’. Therefore, nutritious lunches and snacks are made each day by the school kitchen and the children are encouraged to try new tastes and textures. The children have a snack mid-morning with a carton of milk, followed by lunch at 11.30am. The afternoon snack is served at 2.30pm and there is always water on offer throughout the day, as we encourage children to ‘drink to think'!

The Cottage Nursery is open Monday to Friday during the term-time. The morning session runs from 8.30am until 12.15pm, which includes lunch. The afternoon session begins at 12.30pm and ends at 3.30pm. We look forward to welcoming you into the Nursery soon.

Please click here to download the Nursery Handbook 2019-20

Click here to download the Nursery Timetable 2019-20

Mrs Netty Lings, Head of Nursery