The Nursery

Swanbourne House Nursery is where the youngest of our children are nurtured and introduced to the important world of learning in a happy, caring and supportive environment. We believe that through play and a balance of structured activities, children can practise skills and come to understand and make sense of the world around them. We seek to give our children the very best, creating a unique place where play is valued and where they have fun and learn through exciting, challenging experiences that are carefully planned by our Nursery team to establish your child’s next steps.

We accept children into the Nursery once they have turned three. Children in the Nursery are cared for by the Head of Nursery and Nursery assistants. There are three classes in the Nursery: White Swans, Black Swans and Grey Swans. Our emphasis is on learning through play and each week we plan a range of purposeful and progressive activities for the children to enjoy. These activities are based on the seven areas of learning set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. Each day every child has the opportunity to join in adult-led activities taken from one area of this curriculum. In addition to small group work, the children take part in whole class sessions such as Story Time, Phonics, Maths and Circle Time. Every child is treated as an individual and we do our best to cater for each of their needs. By the time our children start the 4s they are well prepared in pre-reading, writing, number and ICT skills.

We take children once they turn three. If you are looking for childcare for younger children, we have provision at Home Farm Day Nursery. For further details please telephone 01296 720835, email or visit their website.

Nursery Stay and Play Sessions

We hold Stay and Play sessions throughout the year for parents who are thinking about enrolling their child in the Nursery. These sessions give you and your child the chance to familiarise yourselves with the Nursery and to meet your child’s future friends and teachers. Your child will join in with other children in the Nursery, be that playing outside in the courtyard, watching the rabbits, drawing or dressing up, the choice is theirs. Refreshments are provided so please do invite friends and family and make it a social occasion. The Registrar, Mrs Pratten, will be available should you have any further questions and will be more than happy to give you a tour of the Prep school afterwards if you would like. The Stay and Play sessions for our summer term are as follows:

Please register by following the links. If you would like to visit the Nursery, please contact our Registrar, Gill Pratten, on 01296 720264 or email  

Nursery School Routine

Time Activity
7:30 Breakfast Club
8:30 Doors Open
8:45 Registration
10:30 Rolling snack
12:00 Story time
12:15 Some children go home
12:30 Lunch
13:00 Playtime. Some children go home
13:45 Registration and afternoon session
15:15 Form Time
15:30 Pick Up
15:30-18:30 Cabin Club

Children in the Nursery may stay for lunch or all day. These sessions are optional.