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.


At this time we are unable to facilitate tours, so please take a look at the information on this website which we hope gives you a feel for our wonderful setting. If you have any questions please contact the main school office who will be able to help and advise, or 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 nine years. She has a passion for 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 is currently on her maternity leave, looking after her new baby boy. 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.

Rosie May

Rosie is our very experienced and full time Nursery practitioner . Rosie enjoys seeing how each child learns and develops in their own unique way, Working with young children brings happiness to her day! Find Rosie outside in her wellies with children fascinated to watch or discover something new.

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.

Janine Bowker

Janine works part-time in the Nursery and has two daughters who both attended Stoke Hill Nursery, Infant and Junior schools! Janine delights in working with children. Knowing that her job is to help children achieve their full potential brings a huge smile to her face.

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.

Please take time to read this information. We hope it will help you and your child with settling into the Nursery.


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 8.45am-12.00pm and an afternoon session is from 12.30pm - 3.00pm.


A full day is from 8.45am-3.00pm and children bring a packed lunch from home. 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’.

We look forward to meeting 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

We really like this poem by Pamela Houk - it sums up our vision for every child and gives a sense of our Nursery.