Breamish Valley Community Nursery

Breamish Valley Community Nursery

The Breamish Valley Community Nursery shares Class 1 with Reception to form an EYFS class in the mornings and afternoons.  

We offer sessions five mornings a week, 9.00 am - 12.00 pm, and five afternoons a week running from 12.30 - 3.30 pm .  Wednesday afternoon is when our 2 year old session runs and our older nursery children are also welcome.  The cost of non funded 2 year old places is £7.50.  If there is demand we are happy to look at extending the sessions provided.  

All funded nursery children are also eligible to stay for school lunch which is from 12.00 to 12.30 each day at a cost of £2.20 per day, with morning only children being collected at 12.30pm. 

The classroom is made up of the main room, the conservatory and an outdoor area covered by a canopy to allow outdoor play all year round. In the main room we have a book area where the children can quietly enjoy a story or have a rest on the cushions or in the tent. We also have role play, small world, writing and computer areas.

Our creative area is in the conservatory. There are areas where the children can paint, draw on whiteboards and blackboards, play with malleable materials, construct, play musical instruments and use a wide range of other creative resources. We can also have the sand and water trays inside.

The Nursery have a small outdoor area with ride-on toys, big bricks, sand and water trays, plant pots for gardening, amongst other resources. The children also have use of the larger playground and the school field, which now includes a willow maze, mud pit, seating and play area.

The children enjoy a rich variety of activities to support their learning, including learning languages such as Spanish, cooking, singing and moving to music. From September 2015 they will aslo take part in Yoga Stories on a Tuesday morning!

AT Branton and Breamish we have a thriving Forest School, which our nursery children access all year round, with regular outdoor learning and also timetabled Forest School sessions. 

Nursery Sessions

Day Morning Lunch Afternoon
Monday Yes Yes Yes
Tuesday Yes Yes Yes
Wednesday Yes Yes Yes
Thursday Yes Yes Yes
Friday Yes Yes Yes


To apply for a place at Breamish Valley Nursery please contact Mrs Theresa McCann on 01665 578225

From September 2014 our Parent and Toddler Group, 'The Goslings', has run alongside our nursery on Thursday mornings at 9.30 - 11.00 am.  Babies and toddlers are able to join in with a variety of activities alongside our youngest children. 


Our School Curriculum- Early Years

From September 2014 our children in Reception and Nursery follow the new Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
The Overarching principles of the curriculum for our Early Years children are
- every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
- children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
- children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers;
- children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Our whole school curriculum information includes information about the seven areas of learning for the Early Years curriculum.  We use these areas to plan our whole school curriculum to enable all our pupils to share experiences and to work together.

The three main characteristics of effective teaching and learning from the Early Years Curriculum underpin our practice throughout our school.  They are

playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;

active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements; 

creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things