Breamish Valley Community Nursery

Breamish Valley Community Nursery


The Breamish Valley Community Nursery shares Owl Class with Reception to form an EYFS class.  We admit children who are funded for 15 or 30 hours, and through our Community Powers we can also offer paid for sessions in addition to the funded sessions or until your child reaches the age when they are eligible for funding. 


Our nursery is currently open Monday to Friday each week, five mornings running from  9.00 am - 12.00 pm, and five afternoons running from 12.30 - 3.00 pm. 


All funded 3-4 year old nursery children are also eligible to stay for school lunch which is from 12.00 to 12.30 each day. 

Children staying for a full day will have lunch between 12 - 12.30 each day.


We offer three morning sessions for 2 year olds, on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning from 9.00 am to 12.00. 


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 usually 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 an 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. Nursery children also have the opportunity to join in with sporting activities currently happening on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon. 


At Branton and Breamish we have a thriving Forest School, which our nursery children access all year round, with regular outdoor learning. Our nursery children join our older children on a Tuesday afternoon for Forest School. 


Nursery Sessions

Day Morning Lunch Afternoon
Monday Yes Yes Yes - Sports afternoon
Tuesday Yes Yes Yes - Forest School
Wednesday Yes Yes Yes - Sports afternoon
Thursdays Yes Yes Yes
Friday Yes Yes Yes - Music afternoon



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


Branton Owlets - Planned to restart in the year 2022-23
Our Parent and Toddler Group, 'The Owlets', runs 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 under the supervision of their parent/carer.  Mrs Ryan and Mrs McCann are always on hand for a chat!


Our School Curriculum- Early Years


Our children in Reception and Nursery follow the new Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (Reviewed Sept 2014).


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


Prospective parents are welcome to make an appointment to visit our school and nursery,  just telephone 01665 578225 or email



Nursery Costs for children not eligible for funding or in addition to funded hours 


Half day sessions

(Our hourly rate is now £5.00 for 3-4 year olds and £6.00 for 2 year olds) 

    • morning session is £15.00 for 3-4 year olds /£18.00 for 2 year olds


Full day sessions


From 9.00 am to 3.00 pm, our full day sessions cost £27.50 for 3-4 year olds and £33.00 for 2 year olds.


We have different rates for 3-4 year olds and 2 year olds due to the different staffing ratios necessary for the age of the children.  


All sessions need to be booked and paid for in advance.  


Lunch costs for children attending funded 2, 3 or 4 year old sessions (in addition to any session costs) 

£2.20 per day,  payable in advance.

If you wish to use child care vouchers, please speak to Mrs McCann.


Admissions are via the school contact 01665 578225 or email


Please note that if you wish to transfer your child from our setting to another we ask for a 4 week notice period as recommended in the Northumberland Early Years Provider Code of Practice. 




Nursery Committee
We have a nursery committee who oversee the organisation and running of our maintained and Community Powers Nursery.   This committee is made up of members of the school team, members of our Governing body and parent representatives. 
For the year 2022 - 23 our committee members are 
Mrs Abi Wilson (Parent Governor)
Miss Rachel Plunkett (School Team and Staff Governor)
Mrs Zoe Ryan (Headteacher)
Mrs Jenny Dickson