The Vale Nursery

22.05.17 - Consultation for proposed change of age range: The Vale Academy (see letter)

" Learning to play - playing to learn" 

This is our key motto

The aim of the nursery is to provide a happy, safe, stimulating and caring environment

in which children can play together, develop at their own pace and reach their full potential.


Rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted

(Inspection date 01/11/16) 


Opening Hours

Term time only: 8.45 - 15.15

Morning, Afternoon or All Day Sessions

Current Cost

£4.50 per hour for children age 3+ and £5.00 per hour for children age 2+

Funded places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds

If you would like to arrange a visit then please contact the nursery directly

on 01582 211174 to arrange a suitable time


Just Playing?

A high quality nursery education is about much more than colours and shapes, numbers and letters. It's about learning to be independent, confident, strong and curious.

It's about developing children's natural joy and wonder at the world they live in.

It's about having a positive attitude, forming positive relationships and believing in yourself. If children can learn to "have a go", learn from mistakes and try again, they will succeed in their future learning.

Young children learn by doing things for themselves, by exploring and investigating, watching and listening, talking and discussing, creating and communicating - in other words - playing.

Play is children's work and at The Vale Nursery we play!

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We have two separate year groups at our nursery, RED (age 3/4) and YELLOW (age 2/3). Children learn best through play exploration and being able to add new things they have learnt through their play exploration to activities that they may re-visit later on.

Yellow Group children learn skills such as sharing, listening, group rules, how to work together or seek help and develop their physical skills which will enable them to learn more in their Red Group year.

We have a separate room dedicated for small group work where Red group children take part in focused activities designed to develop their writing, letter recognition, phonics development and help them get ready for "big school".

Our children regularly join events and celebrations with the older children in the main school and this familiarity helps the transition process for nursery children into the reception year.

We strongly encourage outdoor play and investigation in all weathers and have a fantastic outside space including a construction site, mud kitchen, meadow, grass and paved areas.

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