About Us

Forest Academy Nursery

At Forest Academy Nursery we are committed to offering a rich curriculum that engages, inspires and challenges all children. We provide them with the opportunity to develop to their full potential in a setting where they feel safe, valued and happy, and where learning is fun. Each child will experience the best possible start to their education with secure foundations and skills on which their future learning can be built. They will have the opportunity to learn and play in a language rich environment that promotes diversity and inclusion and encourages children to feel confident to take risks and become independent life-long learners. Our aim is that every child will journey through our Nursery, building a memory bank of learning experiences that positively impact on them for the rest of their lives.

In the setting there are two interconnecting classrooms and an outside garden where a wealth of exciting and engaging resources are available for the children to access. We provide a variety of different activities and resources for the children to choose from daily. The staff carefully plan the environment to meet the needs of the children and promote learning through the children’s interests. Staff play alongside the children and develop their activities into learning opportunities.

The nursery follows the development matters guidance, which is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/development-matters--2

We focus on the prime areas of learning and begin introducing the specific areas of learning.

The prime areas are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

The specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Children start nursery in the September after their third birthday.  

Our nursery can offer provision for 15hr and 30hr entitlement.  Our sessions run

Morning 8.40-11.40am

Afternoons 12.20-3.20pm

Lunch cover 11.40am -12.20pm (children will need to bring their own packed lunch)


30hr entitlement covers nine nursery sessions and five lunch sessions.  Additional sessions can also be pre-booked at the following costs, subject to availability.

Lunch session £4.00 per day

Additional nursery session £13.50 per session.

We are able to provide a more flexible approach to the hours we can offer.  Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

We openly encourage and welcome prospective children and their parents to come and see our Nursery in action, so they can see for themselves the engaging and supportive environment we offer.

If you are interested in your child having the opportunity to join us then please contact the school office.


Our Facilities

The children in Willow class are benefiting from our fantastic new outdoor space. Our large area allows children to explore a range of activities covering all areas of the curriculum.  Children free flow inside and outside and can follow their own ideas in their learning, supported by the adults.  We are constantly developing our areas and the activities we offer including our mark making area with painting easel.      Adding to the very popular mud kitchen where children can cook a range of different mud mixtures, thinking about what ingredients they are going to add.  Children can be active using our physical development resources or spend some time quietly focused on their choice of activity.  We have out outdoor classroom which means that we will be outside in all weather.  In Willow class the children lead their learning and now this is made even more exciting by the expansion of our environment.

We believe that the children at Forest Academy have the very best start to their early educations.  Carefully tailored individual next steps allow all children to make fantastic progress.  All the children that attended our nursery last year have confidently continued their learning journey into reception, aided by smooth transitions, facilitated by our caring and nurturing team.

Nursery has had a very busy final few weeks of the year.  We have enjoyed our ‘Pirates Ahoy!’ topic and the children have enjoyed learning the story ‘Pirates Love Underpants’.  We have had some visits from the pirates who set us a challenge to make them some new underpants using different patterns.  Luckily we all did this so well that none of us needed to walk the plank.  We have also been using maps to find shapes around the classroom.

We had a fantastic time at our sports day and the children all showed the skills that they had been practicing.  Nursery cheered each other on and it was great to see everyone supporting their friends.

We ended the term with a very successful move up day where the children have all shown they are ready to face the new challenges of Reception.  We also held our Pirate day, where the children dressed as pirates, completed the treasure challenge and walked the plank.

We have had a fun filled year and have been very impressed with the progress that each child has made.