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Meet the new staff in nursery!

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Miss Elaine and Mrs Wayne will be joining us in nursery this term. They wanted to say hello...

Coming back to Nursery

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A quick look at how we will come in to nursery from now on.

Nursery re-opened on Thursday 4th June - sessions are 10-2pm

Our nursery is now held OUTDOORS (in all weather). We enjoy Nature Play - including mud and stick play, tending to our vegetable garden, flower and tree spotting, building fires, learning to use hammers and palm drills, making natural bracelets and pictures. Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. 


We are still supporting our parents and children via our online community on Tapestry

Join us there for stories, games, nature news and individual challenges.  We love hearing about what your have been up to at home and seeing your pets and plants!

This term Miss Nicky has been teaching us Pilates and showing us her ballet moves and Mrs Gratwick has started a fantastic Drawing Club.



Here are some other links you might like to explore for ideas of how to manage life in Lockdown.


Here are some excellent BBC resources you might like to have a look at:

Nursery Risk Assessment for re-opening June 2020

Miss Nicky reading Jasper's Beanstalk

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Mrs Gratwick reading Jack and the Beanstalk

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Another Beanstalk story!

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Welcome to Apple Class!


At Cherry Hinton Nursery we want children to be happy and engaged.  We know that this is how they learn best.  We are fortunate to have an expansive nursery garden and a wooded Nature Land where the children can learn through uninterrupted self-chosen play. We believe that most children feel happier and more open to talk when they are outdoors in a natural environment.  In our nursery garden the children can play with sand, mud, water and sticks.  We actively encourage them to climb trees and build dens and take measured risks. We have qualified fire experts who carefully introduce open fires into our forest-school inspired play.  We regularly enjoy building bonfires and cooking over open flames. The children are encouraged to observe and name the trees, plants, birds and bugs in our garden and to notice the seasonal changes outside. 


Young children learn through hands-on experiences. We ensure that our children regularly cook, go shopping, grow plants and care for animals.  It is important that children are introduced to new experiences too.  We have regular visitors to nursery – including musicians, pet owners, artists, craftsmen and women and people who work in the community (postal workers, firefighters, police officers). We also take the children on trips into the local area e.g. to the hairdresser, baker, church, allotments, library, supermarket.


We are proud to serve a diverse community.  We currently have 10 different languages spoken in our setting. We encourage language development through visual support and Makaton signing. We want every child to develop a repertoire of nursery rhymes and traditional stories during their time in nursery. Reading is crucial to children’s education and we encourage all parents to adopt the Bath, Book and Bed daily reading routine.  The Children are encouraged to see themselves as story tellers too, through writing scribed stories in our Class Book and acting out their own dramas on our outdoor stage.


We welcome you to our nursery and hope your child will enjoy a happy and creative time here!


***30 hour and 15 hour places available from September 2020.***

What Parents say about our nursery...


"Very kind teachers and staff helpful with all my child's needs."




"We love the fact that our child is able to learn life skills like fire making, problem solving, exercise and academic support."


"So friendly, children love it! Thank you!"


"I think this nursery is simply fantastic and I'm glad our daughter is coming here."


"Excellent learning and child-centred teaching. Friendly staff and a very happy child."


This term in Nursery...

Nursery is currently CLOSED due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We are supporting parents and children via our online community on Tapestry.



How we learn in Nursery

In Nursery we plan activities in response to children's interests and regularly meet with parents to talk about what they like doing at home. Our plans are very fluid - responding to children's immediate enthusiasms e.g. snails, puddles, something they have found on the way to nursery and can involve impromptu visits to the local shops if the children decide they want to make a cake today and we need to buy the ingredients! 

Please see the attached document for more information about how we plan 'in the moment'.

30 Hours Free Nursery Provision

Useful information

Nursery News

We email a regular newsletter to keep you up to date with what we've been doing in nursery,  to give ideas of how you can support your child's learning at home and to tell you about upcoming events.  If you are not receiving these emails regularly, please contact the office tel: 01223 568834