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. 


We offer sessions five mornings a week, 9.00 am - 12.00 pm, and five afternoons a week running from 1.00 - 3.30 pm (or collection at 3.15 pm when school finishes). Wednesday afternoon is when our older nursery children are also welcome to take part in our whole school sports afternoon which is football, rugby or tennis.   


All funded nursery children are also eligible to stay for school lunch which is from 12.00 to 12.30 Monday, Tuesday Wednesday or Friday, and 11.30 - 12 on a Thursday, at a cost of £2.20 per day, with morning only children being collected at 12.30pm (12pm on a Thursday). 


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 Drama and Yogo/dance in our Friday morning sessions.


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 on a Thursday morning.


Nursery Sessions

Day Morning Lunch Afternoon
Monday Yes Yes Yes
Tuesday Yes Yes Yes
Wednesday Yes Yes Yes - Sports afternoon
Thursday Yes Yes Yes - Willowburn sports activity
Friday Yes Yes Yes



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


Branton Owlets
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


Morning session - £10.50    9am -12pm  includes early lunch for 3-4 year olds on Thursdays only due to rec-Y5 children swimming, with pick up at 12pm.

Morning session with lunch – £12.70   9 am – 12.30pm

Afternoon session -   £8.75   12.45 pm – 3.15 pm


Full day sessions

Full day - £21.00 (9am to 3.15 pm and includes lunch)


Lunch costs for children attending funded 2, 3 or 4 year old sessions

£2.20 per day,  payable in advance.


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


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 2019 - 20 our committee members are 
Mrs Abi Wilson (Parent Governor)
Mrs Elspeth Bone (School Team)
Miss Rachel Plunkett (School Team and Staff Governor)
Mrs Zoe Ryan (Headteacher)