about us


Natural Nurture is a nursery school for children aged 2 to 5 years. Based in the heart of a 33 acre, family farm in West Sussex, we offer a new and innovative approach to teaching young children. Every day, our children are engaged in outdoor activities inspired by the day-to-day life of the farm and its beautiful, natural surroundings.


Our ethos is simple: we want to improve the world we live, in whatever way we can. We also believe in stimulating the imagination of children (and their parents) through engagement in creative and productive activity, accommodating the changing season, routine and weather patterns.


session times

Open Monday – Friday, Term Time Only


Arrival Times

8am or 9am
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Pick-up Times

12pm, 1pm, 3pm, 4pm or 5pm
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£8 per hour
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£7 per hour
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Register Fee

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Farm Gear

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sibling discount of 5%

minimum sessions


Two (2) half day sessions


Two (2) half day sessions

free entitlement sessions

9am – 12pm

1 x 3hr session

9am – 3pm

1 x 6hr session

Free Entitlement Sessions

Funding is available for some eligible 2 year olds. It allows some 2 year olds access to free, good quality, flexible early education or childcare. To find out more and to apply…

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3yr & 4yr Universal
Free Entitlement

All 3 & 4 yrs are entitled to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year from the term following their 3rd birthday. To apply fill out the Parent Declaration Form and return it to us. To find out more and to apply…

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3yr & 4yr Extended
Free Entitlement

Eligible working parents of 3 & 4 yr olds will be able to access a further 15 hrs a week on top of the Universal FE hours. Parents must apply online with the government to confirm their eligibility. To find out more and to apply….

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a day in the life

  • 08:00am

    Breakfast Club opens

  • 09:00am

    Nursery Opens
    Get ready to go on the farm

  • 09:30am

    Feed animals

  • 10:00am

    Wash hands for snack

  • 10:10am

    Snack time!

  • 10:30am

    Outdoor activity / Play

  • 11:30am

    Circle time

  • 11:50am

    Wash hands for lunch

  • 12:00pm

    Lunch time!

  • 12:45pm

    1pm departures for Fun Bus

  • 1:00pm

    Outdoor activity / Play

  • 2:30pm

    Walk up to Fun Bus
    Free play in Fun Bus

  • 3:00pm

    3pm session children leave

  • 3:05pm

    Wash hands for snack

  • 3:10pm

    Snack time!

  • 3:30pm

    Outdoor activity / Play

  • 4:45pm

    Go back to bus ready to go home

  • 5:00pm

    Nursery closes


Although our days are timetabled and planned this does not mean we are not flexible. Spontaneous play is an important part of children’s learning and can always be accommodated. We will utilise the weather conditions to their full and anything the children are interested in we will go along with.


key persons


Key persons are in place to ensure that every child is supported emotionally and helped to cope with any disruptions, upsets, & uncertainties that come their way, but with this in mind all staff are well informed and involved with all the children and there are always lots of cuddles to go around.

It is our aim to make their days as enjoyable as possible and that they feel happy and secure when they are away from you.




Play underpins everything we do at Natural Nurture enabling children to learn and develop in every aspect.

Through play, children explore, take risks, practice skills and try out new experiences.

They encounter and try to solve problems, they use their imagination, develop creativity and discover their immediate world.

They learn to work alongside and with other children, developing language, social and intellectual skills and learning about their emotions.

Most children are able to play spontaneously, although some children may need some support from experienced adults.

We plan, using the Early Years Foundation Stage and use your child’s interests to develop their learning across the 7 key areas: (please click on each heading below to see how we promote each key area)

We provide children with the opportunity to engage with child-initiated activities and adult guided sessions taking into account individual needs and interests. This is done by using information gathered through observations and assessments and information provided by you the parents.


For more information on the Early Years Foundation Stage
please download full guidance


learning journals


Our staff will make on-going focused observations on your child. These, along with photographs, will be recorded in your child’s own Learning Journal which can be accessed online using FAMLY.




We use locally sourced ingredients as well as quality meat, fresh fruit and vegetables straight from our farm (seasonal), all of which is cooked in the nursery kitchen, meaning that everything our children eat is the best it can be.

We are happy to cater for children with food intolerances. All children have access to water throughout the day and are encouraged to drink regularly.


clothing & kit list


Dressing appropriately is essential especially in Winter. The more layers worn the warmer your child is and the more they will enjoy their time with us.

Children WILL NOT be allowed to stay if they are inadequately equipped.


kit list checklist

  • 2 x pairs of thin socks
  • 2 x pair of thick socks
  • 2 x Underpants
  • 2 x T-Shirts
  • 2 x Jumpers/ Fleeces
  • 4 x Nappies and wipes
  • if applicable*
  • 2 x Trousers (not jeans)
  • Thermal Top & Bottoms (Winter Only)
  • 1 x Woolly / Summer Hat
  • Sunscreen (Summer only)

*If nappies aren’t provided there will be a charge of £1 per nursery nappy used.

Please label all of your child’s personal belongings.

The nursery provides your child with waterproofs, a fleece and wellies that for environmental health reasons need to stay on the farm. If you use hours over and above your funded hours than we ask for a small £50 contribution.


settling in


Before your child joins the nursery we have what’s known as a settling in period, when your child comes to the nursery and stays for a short period in order to get to know us, the other children and our typical daily nursery routine, etc.

The purpose of this settling in process is that when your child properly starts nursery both you and they will feel familiar with the environment and us which will put your little one much more at ease.

We normally have 2 or 3 settling-in sessions each lasting about an hour. Some children may need more or less visits and we will alter the number of sessions required dependent on your child’s individual needs. See below for more detail on settling-in sessions.

Go over the Settling in Photobook with your child, so that things will look vaguely familiar to them upon arrival.

Starting a new nursery can be just as nerve wracking for the child as it is for the parent, so please also read our Parents Settling in Pack, which gives advice and information on our daily routine.

To help our staff get to know your child quickly please also fill out the All About Me form and bring it with you on your first visit


parent involvement


Parents are encouraged to become involved in every stage of their child’s development. We recognise the importance of the partnership with parents and strive to build and maintain a sound and effective relationship with each parent. Your involvement will contribute greatly to all aspects of your child’s wellbeing and education

Online Journals – We encourage parents to contribute to their child’s online learning journal by identifying children’s learning and development outside of the setting.

Daily Newsfeeds -­ Posted up on our FAMLY app, giving a summary of what your child has been up to that day

Parents Meetings – Twice a year a meeting will be arranged between the parents and their child’s key person. These meetings give parents and key persons the opportunity to meet and discuss children’s progress and share any concerns about their development

Annual Events – All family members are invited to join us at our Christmas Nativity and party as well as our Summer Teddy Bears Picnic

Annual Parent Survey – gives parents the opportunity to share their views on the nursery, and provides us with invaluable information that enables us to continue to provide the highest standards of care and early years provision for your child.

Parent Notice Board – which includes the planned activities and menu for the week along with any other important information we need to share.

Learning At Home – we regularly post ideas on FAMLY app that gives ideas to parents to support their child’s learning at home.


health & safety


Health and Safety are of paramount importance to us and with this in mind we have a comprehensive Health and safety policy and many risk assessments in place.

Our practitioners attend continual professional development courses, hold Pediatric First Aid Certificates, and are fully aware and work within all of our Policies and Procedures.

On enrolment, all parents/guardians are required to read all of our Nursery Policies and Procedures, and acknowledge that they have done so.

All staff including our farm staff have been DBS checked and we have CCTV in place for the protection of the premises, children and staff.


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