Starting at the Nursery School


Starting at the Nursery School
Starting at Stoke Hill Nursery School 

Thank you for taking the time to visit our Nursery School page - we hope that

you will find it interesting and informative.


Although life still feels very different regarding Covid19, we are working around the current challenges to warmly welcome you and your child to the Nursery and to Stoke Hill Federation.


If you would like to come and have a look at the Nursery, please phone the main school office and we can arrange a date and time after 3.30pm so that all of the children have gone home. We hope that the information on this website gives you a feel for our wonderful setting. If you have any questions please contact the main school office who will pass on your query to Clare Farion, our Nursery leader.


Our Federation includes the Nursery the Infant School and the Junior School. We work collaboratively to ensure that all of our children are happy, develop a love of learning, make friends and have smooth transition from Nursery right through to Year 6.


Come and have a look around the Nursery

Our dedicated and experienced team provide a warm, safe and welcoming environment for all children and their families.  We are a fully inclusive Nursery and nurture each child at every stage of their learning journey.

Clare Farion

Clare is the Nursery teacher and leader and has been teaching in the Nursery for ten years. She has a passion for the early years of education and is inspired by the Reggio Emilia way of learning and exploring. See the link below for some more information about Reggio Emilia.

Laura-Jane Channing

Laura-Jane leads the creative learning in the Nursery and develops the children's imagination through projects and discovery. She believes that every child is an artist in their own unique way.

Kaley Giongo

Kaley has a specialism in the early years of education and works part-time in the Nursery . She is pleased that both of her own children came to the Nursery. Kaley is particularly interested in learning through quality play and through the environment.

Rosie May

Rosie is our very experienced and full time Nursery practitioner . Rosie enjoys seeing how each child learns and develops - working with young children brings happiness to her day! Find Rosie outside in her wellies with the children fascinated as they discover something new.

What will I become when I go to Stoke Hill Nursery School?
Stoke Hill a creative and inspirational teacher led Nursery School, offering a stimulating indoor and outdoor environment to play and explore. We hope this video gives you a flavour of the different experiences and opportunities that your child will have when they are here. 
Each class in the school has a name and the children in the Nursery are the 'Moles'. We think that this image by artist Charlie Mackesy perfectly captures our thoughts about early childhood.

Nursery Sessions


Our Nursery sessions run in line with the school term. We offer morning and afternoon sessions as well as a full day. 


A morning session is from 9.00am-12.00pm and an afternoon session is from 12.30pm - 3.00pm.


A full day is from 9.00am-3.00pm and children bring a packed lunch from home or you can purchase a school meal if you prefer. Your child may be entitled to a free school meal, please speak to the admin team about this.


All families can access their 15 hours Early Years entitlement and some families may be eligible for 30 hours of funding. Speak to our administrator for more information and advice.

Feedback from OFSTED, 2015


‘Children in the Nursery are looked after extremely well and their behaviour is outstanding’.

 If you would like to know anything at all about the Nursery, please contact Linda Atkinson in the main school office (01392 258894) and she will book a time for you to speak to Clare Farion, the Nursery Leader.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
What do our parents say?
'My son has had such a positive start to his early education at Stoke Hill. He loves going to Nursery and has an amazing time playing and learning. He is encouraged to be independent and his interests and ideas are really valued by the nurturing team of staff. The Nursery environment inside and out is amazing and there are always lots of different things to do.’


Parental comment, 2020

'The Nursery have been fantastic at understanding my child's additional needs and have continued to provide any care needed for him. This Nursery really is a magical place with lots to do and explore and has given my children hours of happiness.'
'Stoke Hill Nursery have been absolutely key to supporting my son’s development and supporting us as a family through lockdown and onwards. Without all the efforts of the team I would be very worried about whether he would be ready to start school in September but now he is so ready for it and I know he will thrive because of that nurturing and dedicated environment Stoke Hill Nursery have provided for him.'
Parental Comments, 2021
We really like this poem by Pamela Houk - it sums up our vision for every child and gives a sense of our Nursery.