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.
Open Monday – Friday, Term Time Only
sibling discount of 5%
Two (2) half day sessions
Two (2) half day sessions
free entitlement sessions
9 – 12pm
(1 x 3hr session)
9 – 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…
3yr & 4yr Universal
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…
3yr & 4yr Extended Free Entitlement
Eligible working parents of 3 & 4 yr olds will be able to access a further 15 hours 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…
a day in the life
Breakfast Club opens
Get ready to go on the farm
Daily Chores(e.g feed chickens, help lay tables for lunch)
Explore the farm
Nappy Change (if applicable)
Tidy up time and get ready for lunch
Tidy Hub after lunch or Home time
Explore the farm
Walk up to Fun Bus & change to go home
3pm session children leave
Outdoor activity / Play
Go back to bus ready to go home
Our days are led by children choosing spaces on the farm and what natural resources to engage with. Spontaneous play is vital to children’s learning and is always at the forefront of experiences at Natural Nurture. We utilise the weather conditions and season to their full and anything the children are interested in we will go along with.
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 use the Early Years Foundation Stage and use your child’s interests to support their learning across the 7 key areas: (please click on each heading below to see how we promote each key area)
Adults skilfully extend the children’s explorations and interests through their knowledge of every child. This knowledge is gained through observing their play, their friendship interactions and communication to determine where they are developmentally, which they then use to further enrich the children’s experiences.
For more information on the Early Years Foundation Stage
please download full guidance
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.
lunch & snack times
Lunch time at Natural Nurture is a social experience. We separate into small groups, providing an opportunity for quality interactions between children and adults, as this ensures children have time to chat and adults have time to listen. Not only are we learning about food, different cultures, health and hygiene. We also learn about taking responsibility, helping each other, tidying up, stacking chairs and clearing tables.
We encourage independence and a “can do” attitude, from opening lunch boxes, packets, yoghurts, choosing our cups and pouring our own drinks.
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.
Please note we DO NOT keep spare clothing on site.
kit list checklist
*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.
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.
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.
During the pandemic we weren’t able to offer settle sessions with parents in attendance, and devised a couple of additional steps to help make settling in as smooth as possible. The plan which is highlighted below was an overwhelming success with very few tears or additional sessions needed. We have therefore decided to stick with our pandemic settle plan.
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
Parents are encouraged to become involved in every stage of their child’s development. We embrace partnership with parents/families and strive to build and maintain a sound and effective relationship with each parent/family. 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.
Learning At Home – we post weekly ideas on the 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.