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Welcome to Nursery

We provide an adventurous, outdoor-based, experience-rich setting.  If you think this is the right environment for your child, we would love to show you around. Please call the school office  01223 568834 to arrange a visit. Or come to our Open Mornings on 3rd and 10th November 9:15-10:15.  The photos and videos below will give you an idea of the type of exciting, hands-on play and learning that children enjoy in our nursery.

We currently have places available

Children can join the nursery in the term after their 3rd birthday  All 3 and 4 year olds have access to the ‘universal entitlement’ of 15 free hours of nursery education. Working parents of 3 and 4 year olds may also have access to the ‘extended’ entitlement of 30 free hours of nursery education.

Further information about extended entitlement is available from the Council’s website: hours-childcare-for-working-parents/

Autumn 1 2021

This term we will be focussing on settling in, learning our new routines and getting to know each other.  The children will be getting used to their new surroundings and exploring our classroom and extensive outdoor area.  We encourage our children to be as independent as possible and try to involve them in decision-making and following their own ideas and interests.  


We work with you and your child to ensure that they are happy and thriving in our nursery.  We have frequent formal and informal meetings with parents to support all aspects of your child's development.  At this stage we focus on the Prime Areas of learning: physical development, personal social and emotional development and communication and language.  We will post information regularly on Tapestry, so that you can see what we have been up to in nursery and how best you can support your child's learning at home.

Scroll down to the bottom to find some useful links.

Here are some things your child might like to practice at home:

  • putting on their own coat
  • putting on their own shoes
  • going to the toilet by themselves
  • washing and drying their hands


We have some helpful videos on Tapestry. You can also check Tapestry to see the core books and songs we are exploring. 

We work closely with the Reception class teaching team to prepare your child for their next steps.


Our Early Years Foundation Stage

Curricular goals

 By the end of Reception year we aim for your child to be able to:


  • Be confident to ask and answer questions and explore the classroom environment.
  • Tell a story.
  • Complete the daily mile.
  • Write a message to a friend.
  • Articulate their own feelings and be sensitive to others.
  • Prepare and talk about a healthy snack.
  • Experience and talk about nature/outdoors in all seasons and weathers.
  • Decide on a play project, complete and evaluate it.
  • Investigate patterns and be confident with numbers to 10.


An afternoon in Nursery

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Our Approach


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 carefully introduce open fires into our forest-school inspired play and 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 baker, church, allotments, library, supermarket.


We are proud to serve a diverse community.  We currently have many 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!

We love our nursery. Our parents love it too! This is what they say...


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


"I love this [outdoor] approach. It leads to loads of formal learning i.e. counting, initial phonic sounds, exploration of the world and investigation of properties of objects and processes."


"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!"


"We love the atmosphere and ethos of the nursery...there is so much outdoor imaginative play and focus on nature, exercise, meditation, healthy eating and being given the freedom to develop interpersonal skills and increasing confidence and independence."


"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."


Meet the Team

Our Nursery Day

How we learn in Nursery