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Nursery (3&4 Years)

Nursery School (age 3 & 4 years)

You can view the the government's latest Early Years Foundation Stage Handbook here.

Our Nursery was established in 1999 and is an integral part of Wellington School.

We provide the highest standards of early years education for three and four year olds, helping our children grow into happy , confident, independent individuals with an enduring love for learning.

Our team is led by Mrs Lucas - a very experienced specialist early years' teacher and lead practitioner. 

‘Tell me and I forget; Teach me and I may remember; involve me and I learn.’


Through a mix of different approaches to helping children learn in our Early Years. 

Children learn…

•    through play
•    by adults modelling
•    through guided learning 
•    direct teaching. 

Sometimes the staff in the Early Years join in with the child’s play, sensitively, to support and extend the learning. We call this learning in the ‘moment’ or guided play.


Play is serious learning for a young child, it is the vehicle they use to develop the skills they need to become effective learners. That it is why it is called the Foundation Stage. 

The skills we aim to nurture are…

•    language and communication skills
•    regulation of emotions
•    the ability to be independent
•    to be creative and pursue their own ideas
•    to be resilient in the face of adversity. 

Above all, for the children in our care to be kind, considerate, inclusive members of the community.


At Wellington School we are fortunate to have a superb range of facilities and staff.  As a result, we are able to offer an exceptional and unique package of educational enrichment opportunities to our nursery children; our ‘Learning for Life’ enrichment programme.

For those families using the Early Years funding, this programme carries a small additional fee as the services offered are above and beyond most other settings.  All families choosing Wellington Nursery School are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the educational and development value from these additional services, which typically include:

Balanceability - The UK's first and only accredited 'learn to cycle' programme for young children.

Welly Walks and Woodland Learning - Using the School site and our woodland in the Blackdowns.

Music and Drama Lessons - Weekly lessons with our qualified teacher.

Sport and Wellbeing - Weekly physical development sessions led by the Prep School's Sport and Wellbeing Professionals

Trips and Visits - From visiting our local shops to using the school minibuses to travel further afield.

Library Time - Weekly visits to the Prep School library to listen to stories and explore our wonderful collection of books.

All meals and snacks - lunch, tea and healthy snacks throughout the day.

Video information on our Enrichment  services can be viewed by clicking on the titles above.

Further information on the cost of the ‘Learning for Life’ programme is available in the Nursery Fees and Charges document.