We are currently accepting applications for Nursery places for January 2018. Children can access their 3 year old 15 hours entitlement through 4 session options: 5 mornings, 5 afternoons or 2½ days. We also offer the governments' 30 hours for eligible parents/carers.

Wrap around care is available through fee-paying sessions at our Breakfast Club, Kindergarten and Kids Club.

An incredible learning adventure for Nursery children.

Nursery Teacher

Mrs J Disdale and Mrs K Wilson

In the Nursery children begin an incredible learning adventure in which firm foundations will be laid for school life.

The Nursery offers the following sessions during term time for children aged 3~4 years:


 5 mornings sessions from 8.45am - 11.45am (3 hours per day)

 5 afternoon sessions from 12.15pm – 3.15pm (3 hours per day)    

 2½ days

          Monday and Tuesday 9am – 3pm

           Wednesday morning 8.45am – 11.45am (15 hours in total)

 2½ days

           Wednesday afternoon 12.15pm – 3.15pm

Thursday and Friday 9am – 3pm (15 hours in total)


9am - 3pm Monday to Friday

Children attending the Nursery are eligible for government funding in the term after their 3rd birthday. At Bourne Abbey Nursery we strive to promote effective learning and development by providing high quality care and education.

We recognise that children will have had a wide range of experiences and acquired a variety of skills and interest by the time they join us.  Some children will already have attended Kindergarten or spent time with a Childminder, whilst others, starting Nursery will be their first significant amount of time away from a parent.  As a result, children will require varying levels of support when starting Nursery and we work hard to ensure that this important time is as happy as possible for each individual.

Our Aims:

  To develop the whole child physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.

 To provide a safe, secure, happy and stimulating learning environment where each child feels valued.

 To provide a well planned, resourced and effective curriculum.

 To provide opportunities for all children to develop and succeed in a caring environment.

Most children settle into their new routine at Nursery, but the first few weeks can be daunting for some time.  When your child is allocated a starting date for Nursery, only a small group of children will be starting Nursery on the same day.  This helps us to give lots of attention and time to each new child in an attempt to ensure that they enter Nursery happily and with growing confidence.

Parents often ask what they can do at home to help their child prepare for Nursery...

Teach them to go to the toilet independently.

Help them to know and respond to their own name.

Encourage them to ask for what they need.

Chat with them about people they know, day to day events and home.

Remind them to say please and thank you.

Help them to put on and take off their coat independently.

Provide some opportunities for them to mix with other children.

Play simple games and look at books together.

Encourage them to take care of toys and books.

Nursery and Reception are referred to as the Foundation Stage.  The Nursery and Reception teachers at Bourne Abbey work very closely together to ensure that links between Nursery and main school are strong.  Both these year groups follow the EYFS Curriculum, which consists of seven main areas of learning:

The curriculum is made up of 3 Prime Areas and 4 Specific Areas of learning and development. All areas are important and inter-connected and centre around the individual needs of each Unique Child. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and Language - Listening and attention, Understanding, Speaking 
  • 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

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy - Reading and Writing 
  • Mathematics - Numbers, Shape, Space and Measure 
  • Understanding the World - People and Communities, The World, Technology 
  • Expressive Arts and Design - Exploring and using media and materials, Being imaginative

By attending our Nursery we believe you will be providing your child with the best possible start to school life.  We aim to give all children secure foundations on which future learning can build.

Our Outdoor Area is a valuable and exciting learning resource - whatever the weather and we try to use it as often as we can.

For more information about our Nursery and an Application Form for a childs place, please use the links below.

  1. Application Form for Nursery Place
  2. Nursery Brochure 2017-2018