Welcome to Highmoor Nursery
At Highmoor Nursery, our staff are passionate about nurturing inquisitive young minds, creating a secure and happy place for children to learn and thrive.
Offering Nursery and Pre-school education for children aged 18 months - 5 since 1993, we are based in the beautiful surrounds of green fields and the rural village of Highmoor, in its light and spacious Memorial Hall.
Our vision is to create a happy, caring place that helps children reach their full potential. Our staff put nurture at the centre of their care, recognising each child's individual needs, encouraging positive self-esteem and confidence.
We build strong partnerships with parents and carers, between us helping children develop an enthusiasm for learning and celebrating their achievements. This ensures they are able to begin their education happily, healthily and successfully, whilst fostering consideration for others and the world around them.
We aim to offer a high-quality provision providing a child-centred approach to learning, within a safe, happy and stimulating environment. We are confident in our ability to maximise each child's full potential in all aspects of their development and we provide a well-resourced environment which is a balance between child and adult-led learning.
Please see Our Curriculum Page for more details
Ofsted Rating - Good
"Children play, explore and learn with enthusiasm in this inviting setting. They engage well in activities led by members of staff, and they direct their own play from a wide array of exciting activities on offer. Children form trusted and affectionate bonds with the manager and staff, who genuinely want them to reach their full potential." - Ofsted Inspector, Sonia Panchal
Please see our latest Ofsted report.
‘Thank goodness we found you…we only wish it had been sooner, our daughter has had the most wonderful time at Highmoor!’
‘Highmoor is a truly remarkable place purely because of the passion, dedication and support you give the children through their early years.
I couldn’t have imagined finding such an amazing place for our girls’.
'I'm so proud of how well she is doing at school! Huge credit must go to Highmoor for giving her the most amazing start'.
At Highmoor Nursery School, we also provide additional activities in order to support the curriculum and the EYFS. These extra-curricular activities are run in-house, or by specialists that provide a professional service specifically tailored for our Nursery's current themes and topics, as well as the children as individuals.
Outdoor Adventures with Ollie's Multiskills Sessions
These sessions are focused on creating a safe and structured environment in which children can explore and stretch their physical capabilities whilst having fun. The sessions are based around creating a journey which throws various physical and cognitive challenges at the children.
The music classes at Highmoor are taught by Chez of Starlight MDV and are a fun and interactive way to learn movement and rhythm. Singing is also an excellent tool to encourage language and communication skills. Each week has a different theme which encourages children to sing together, incorporating songs that involve counting as well as learning about shapes, colours, animals and lots of other things! The session also uses a different prop every week such as scarves, tappers, bean bags and parachutes, all of which use different motor skills and movement.
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French with "Phillipe"
Our French classes are held with the Red Kites every Thursday, with the help of "Phillipe" our resident French puppet dog. We look at the basics of French such as saying hello, our names, numbers, colours, animals etc which over the term build up into a usable vocabulary. Using well known nursery rhymes, translated into French, and visual, hands on props to play with, our aim is for the children to easily recognise the new words they are learning.
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Cooking with Mrs Bun the Baker
Mrs Bun the Baker is a qualified food teacher with twenty years’ experience and a degree in Catering Food Management. She runs the weekly cooking classes at Highmoor Nursery and combines her knowledge and love of food with her teaching and baking skills, cooking up and creating magical moments in her fun cookery classes.
Find out more about Mrs Bun here.
Our qualified Forest School teacher, Laura, allows us to take our children out into the nearby forest for hands-on outdoor activities. They are free to explore the area and learn about their environment using rope swings, den building and much more.
Our nursery tennis sessions are aimed at introducing the sport in a fun, organised and structured manner. Ollie involves the use of a racket and lots of the appropriate movements needed for tennis and he will ensure that during every session, all players have the chance to practice the shot of the week in a format that works for them.
Ollie also uses imagination and storytelling to involve all the children in the start of their tennis adventure.
Find out more about Teach Me Tennis here
Yoga sessions for EYFS are dynamic, fun and engaging. Sophie uses multi-sensory methods and exciting games to keep children motivated and moving. She designs yoga adventures and stories to suit the ages, abilities and needs of each child. Children can practice exercise and movement, improving balance and strength, in a non-competitive environment and can be used as a tool to develop imagination, creativity and vocabulary.
Young brains are very busy, so we always try to end the session with some moments of calm relaxation to help children steady their minds and learn to breathe mindfully.