“Growing young minds surrounded by nature”
Outstanding year-round Nursery for children aged 2-4 years old
Download our Nursery booklet here.
Forres Sandle Manor School offers a unique Nursery experience. Set in the Pre Prep building of our small school, we have a lot of space for our smallest pupils!
Our school setting in the New Forest is friendly, and nurturing and ensures each individual child feels happy, safe, and keen to learn. The nursery and playgrounds provide an opportunity for every child to grow and develop, while our incredible location allows us to incorporate the use of specialist teaching into our nursery curriculum. The individually designed outdoor classrooms are a fundamental part of our nursery offering. Pupils develop physical, imaginative, and social skills in the natural setting and learn from the world around them.
Children at our nursery will benefit from:
Our Nursery is set within 35 acres of beautiful countryside with an on-site Forest School, playing areas and outdoor classrooms and first-class facilities.
We follow a phonics programme, as well as lessons in reading, writing and numeracy for all our nursery children.
Our Nursery children have weekly specialist teaching sessions in Music, PE and Dance
Most of our children get excited when we say that we are going to our Forest School - a fantastic area set in an area of our woodland, which has a wide range of toys, swings, rope walk, mud kitchen, log stools and a wattle and daub hut. Come rain or shine. Our children will experience the great outdoors as part of their usual day. They also have the opportunity to experience our large playing fields - running around, playing games and a range of sports in a stunning and safe setting.
Our forest sessions allow children to grow in confidence as they explore with freedom, build social and communication skills through play as well as developing their knowledge and understanding, physical skills, whilst also providing opportunities for development in such areas as problem-solving and, very importantly, resilience. During our sessions, we offer both a creative activity as well as the opportunity to allow your child to engage in their own, all-important child-led play. At the end of a session, we all enjoy a story or songs around the log circle.
Our Nursery Team
Mrs Tracy Spottiswood, Head of Lower School
Mrs Bev Kendall, Nursery Manager
Miss Lauren Rogers, Nursery Educator
Miss Lolla Browning, Nursery Educator
Mrs Wendy Hayes, Nursery Educator
Mrs Emma Gray, Nursery Educator
Mrs Jo Hooijmeijer-Brown, Nursery Educator
During April - October, weekly swimming lessons in our heated pool, led by specialist sports teachers
We will be open from 7.30 am to 6.00 pm, for 48 weeks of the year – with two closure weeks during the summer holidays and at Christmas.
Nursery Closure Dates over Christmas and Summer
Monday 18th December 2023, reopening Tuesday, January 2nd 2024.
Monday 19th August 2024, reopening on Monday 2nd September 2024.
Fees for 2023/24 can be found here
Nursery Uniform – optional
Nursery pupils are able to wear a uniform (or parts of) if they wish, but it is completely optional.
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