“First-class facilities with a
focus on outdoor learning”
Our nursery has been designed with our children in mind, with facilities and activities to meet all stages of development ensuring that the children are encouraged and allowed to develop at their own rate. We have a dedicated Baby Room for the under twos and a separate room for our toddlers and pre-schoolers.
We’re also passionate about outdoor play and make the most of our extensive grounds where the children can charge around, learn about Mother Nature, make dens, play hide and seek, climb trees and jump in muddy puddles.
Our Baby Room opened in September 2020, when for the first time in our 50-year history we expanded our provisions to provide care for babies from just six-months old.
Our Baby Room provides a safe and homely environment, designed specifically to suit the needs of our babies, including sensory play and a range of exploration-based activities to support a child’s early development.
We also have a separate outdoor area for our babies providing a secure and stimulating outdoor learning experience to encourage them to explore the great outdoors.
home from home
Set in a converted cottage, our nursery provides a real home-from home for the children in our care and has been specifically designed to provide stimulating, child-centred facilities.
As a small, intimate setting with a maximum of just 28 children, we are committed to providing a safe and nurturing learning environment.
With a free-flow indoor area, we encourage our children to explore the world around them and create the foundations of a love for learning.
The curiosity approach
We are advocates of the ‘curiosity approach’ to learning, which is a new approach to playing and learning that uses a child’s natural curiosity, giving them the freedom and confidence to develop their own theories about the world we live in.
In our nursery, you’ll find learning and playing areas with everyday household items from china teasets to dressing up hats, which aim to encourage our children to use their creativity and imagination.
We understand the importance of a healthy, balanced diet for young children, so not only do we promise to meet your child’s nutritional requirements we also strive to encourage good food habits.
Meal times include breakfast, dinner and tea if required, and our aim is to provide fresh, balanced meals to all children at every meal or snack time.
We also believe that meal times are a key part of the learning experience, from the fine motor development of using knives and forks, to awareness of good manners and politeness.
We use fresh fruit and vegetables every day and all allergies and dietary requirements are catered for.
The great outdoors
Set in the heart of a rural village and surrounded by fields, we’re passionate about making the most of the great outdoors and exploring the abundance of nature on our doorstep. Our large outdoor area is the perfect place for children to explore, socialise and exercise, and thanks to our shelters and covered activity area, our children can play outside whatever the weather.
From a mud kitchen and water tables, to tyre walls and tree stump stepping stones, our broad range of outdoor equipment encourages creativity and imaginative play alongside developing a child’s physical skills, both fine and gross motor, as well as climbing, balance and co-ordination.
Bug hunts and gardening are also a firm favourite with our children, who love to help digging, planting, sowing and watering the plants and watching them grow.
We also have a separate garden for the babies to play in, creating a safe environment and an outdoor learning area.
We are very lucky to have really strong partnerships with lots of local businesses and organisations to enable us to take the children on day-trips and outings to help enhance their learning journey.
Places we love to visit include nearby farms, High Legh Garden Centre, parks and the local primary school, and the children just love to ride on the ‘Spotty Bus’.
We also have regular visitors at nursery to talk to the children about different things, which has included the fire service and a farmer who brought along a baby lamb for the children to pet.
High Legh Pre-School Nursery takes the health and safety of our children, families and staff very seriously. Following the Coronavirus pandemic, we have implemented new measures and ways of working to ensure Covid-safe practices.
Thanks to grant support from Cheshire Community Foundation and High Legh Educational Trust, we’ve been able to purchase additional facilities and resources to help minimise the risk to our staff, children and families.
As a small setting, we are able to operate in one ‘bubble’ and we’ve created a new outdoor learning environment to keep our children outdoors as much as possible and put a range of new measures and safety practises in place, while still preserving a nurturing and happy learning environment for our children.
Further information about our Covid-safe practices can be found on our Policies page.