Welcome to Nursery!

Haley Callahan- Nursery Manager

Nursery Assistants - Lisa Hall, Lou Robinson, Tina Salvage and Sarah Crisp

A warm and engaging environment where children learn and grow.

In our Nursery, we believe passionately in providing high quality education and care in a safe, secure and healthy environment. Our children thrive through stimulating, challenging and creative play opportunities that build their self-esteem and foster independence. We value a child centred approach that promotes positive attitudes to learning and believe that every child deserves the very best start in life.

Sharing our love of stories

Exploring using our senses

Climbing in the woodland taking-risks

Term 1 - What is our journey?

Our journey this term is starting off welcoming all of our returning children to Nursery as well as some new faces! We are exploring the story "All Are Welcome" by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman. We will be busy making new friends and learning our new Nursery routines. We are drawing some self-portraits thinking about what makes us special. Once we are all settled into Nursery we will be exploring our topic and reading the stories "The Naughty Bus" by Jan and Jerry Oke as well as "Train" Created by Mike Vago and illustrated by Matt Rockefeller. We will be thinking of a time we might have seen a bus or a train, or even rode on one! We will be creating our own vehicles and constructing our very own roads for the Naughty Bus to drive through. At the end of term the Nursery will children will Harvest our vegetables from our first ever vegetable garden!

Monday - Woodland Days (rain or shine!)

Tuesday - Outdoor PE (please bring trainers)

Friday - Indoor PE (please bring trainers)

All Are Welcome

Alexandra Penfold

Suzanne Kaufman

Naughty Bus

Jan and Joey Oke


Mike Vago

Matt Rockefeller

Term 2 - To improve is to change

During our learning journey this term we are going to think about all the wonderful things our brain can do! We will read the story Your Fantastic Elastic Brain by JoAnn Deak to explore the idea of Growth Mindset. We will investigate what our brain already knows and what new things it might learn. We will talk about how if our tummy rumbles our brain knows that it means we're hungry! In the second half of the term in the lead up to Christmas we will read Snowflakes by Carrie Burnell and Laura Ellen Anderson to think about how we are all unique and special just like a snowflake.

Tuesday- Woodland Days (rain or shine!)

Friday - Indoor PE (please bring trainers)

Your Fantastic Elastic Brain

JoAnn Deak


Carrie Burnell

Laura Ellen Anderson

Term 3 - Does where you are determine who you are?

During the term we are going to learn about lots of different places around the world! We are going to read the story Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers and think about how the penguin and the little boy came from different places but became best friends! We will then explore the story The Wall In The Middle of the Book by Jon Agee and think about how the boy thought the other side of the wall was bad without ever going there... was he right to think that way? Finally we will celebrate Lunar New Year and think about what's different and what's the same from when we celebrated our New Year only a few weeks ago!

Tuesday- Woodland Days (rain or shine!)

Friday - Indoor PE (please bring trainers)

Lost and Found

Oliver Jeffers

The Wall In the Middle of the Book

Jon Agee

Lunar New Year

Hannah Eliot

Term 4 - How can we measure impact?

This term we are going to be exploring the impact of gardens. We will be planning out our vegetable patch in Nursery too! We'll decide what we want to plant and where will be best to plant it! Then we will be looking at healthy food and what impact this has on our bodies. We will be trying lots of new food at snack time like, melon, pineapple, cucumber, peppers and more!

In the last week of term we are going to learn about all different types of families. We are going to think about how our families are different and special but that all families have love no matter what they look like!

Tuesday- Woodland Days (rain or shine!)

Friday - Indoor PE (please bring trainers)

The Secret Sky Garden

Linda Sarah and Fiona Lumbers

The Wall In the Middle of the Book

Gillian Hibbs

The Great Big Book of Famlies

Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith

Term 5 - What comes around goes around

This term we are going to be exploring different cycles! First we will look at the life-cycle of a frog and will read the story Growing Frogs whilst watching our very own tadpoles grow. We will look at what the tadpoles eat and what we need to do to help them grow. Next we will read the story of the very hungry caterpillar and we will have our very own caterpillars too! We will talk about how the days of the week go in a cycle too.

Tuesday- Woodland Days (rain or shine!)

Friday - Indoor PE (please bring trainers)

Growing Frogs

Vivian French and Alison Bartlett

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle

Term 6 - Is power the answer?

This term we are exploring space! First we will think about how could we get to space? We will read the story Whatever Next! and use cardboard boxes to construct our very own rocket to see how we might get there. We'll think about the picnic on the moon and what we might want to bring with us. We will have a planetarium come and visit us at school so we can look at the stars and planets! We will then read the story Look Up! and make some planets of our very own!

We will be doing a lot of transition work with the children who will be moving up to reception. We'll be free-flowing with the current Reception children as well as having some staff members come and visit with us.

Tuesday- Woodland Days (rain or shine!)

Friday - Indoor PE (please bring trainers)


Thursday 21st July - Nursery Graduation Celebration for rising 5's (see separate email)

Whatever Next!

Jill Murphy

Look up!

Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola

Speech and language support - how can you help your child?

Communication is a key building block for all children to thrive in every aspect of their life. Your support at home with this is not only much appreciated, but also an essential element of their development. For tips and ideas about how you can do this, have a look at the Speech and Language Link parent Portal:

Look at me go!

We have matching coats.

Water play!

Want to join our Nursery?

Email to schedule a tour of the school or click here to request a place!

Settling in

Above all, we want children to feel safe and happy at nursery. We also want parents to feel welcome and involved from the beginning. We believe that children cannot play or learn successfully if they are anxious, so we always do our best to ensure the settling in period goes smoothly. Our settling in procedures have been devised to help parents and children feel calm, comfortable and reassured.

After you completely your application for a place at Nursery we will get in contact confirming your hours. Before your first full session we will invite you to a Google Meet so we can learn all about your child! We will then invite you and your child to come into nursery for a 'stay and play'. This will give you all an opportunity to meet their teachers and some of their new friends. They get to explore both the inside and outside environment. Due to COVID-19 restrictions parents need to stay in the Nursery garden but this will give your child the reassurance of having you near as they begin to take this next big step in their educational journey. Following the first 'stay and play' session we will then decide collaboratively how we will start their first session as either a half day or a full day depending on how confident they are feeling at their new setting. During this process we will follow your child's lead to ensure a smooth transition into Ringmer Nursery.

Nursery fees, Sunrise and Sunset clubs

Nursery fees hourly rate £5.20/hour


MORNING SESSION: 8.45 – 12.00 (3.25 hrs.)

LUNCH SESSION: 12.00 – 1.00 (not included in funded hours) £5.20

School dinner can be purchased for £2.15 via Parent Pay/Pack lunch

AFTERNOON SESSION: 1.00 – 3.30 (2.5 hrs.)


NURSERY SUNRISE (with breakfast) 7.45 – 8.45 (£4.95)

NURSERY SUNRISE (after breakfast) 8.20 – 8.45 (£2.95)

SUNSET CLUB (without tea) 3.30-4.00/4.30 (£3.95)

SUNSET CLUB (with tea) 3.30-5.00/5.30 (£10.95)

Sunset and sunrise sessions must be booked through the Parent Gateway.

Click here for the Nursery Fees and Funding letter