outdoor nursery


WE ARE NOW RECRUITING: For more information, see work with us.

Frequently asked questions


What if it rains?

Great! The children love to experience the rain, jumping in puddles and catching water in saucepans for cooking in the 'mud kitchen'. The children are appropriately dressed in waterproofs and boots (see kit list). The trees provide a natural canopy and we use tarpaulins to create more shelter to play under if necessary.


Do we go out in all weathers?

Well most. It’s only high winds that will stop us going out into the woods because of the danger of falling branches. In very cold weather the children will be dressed up warmly and remain active. We do have the option of going indoors, with plenty of space to play and learn. But yes, mostly we will be outdoors.


What if the children need a rest?

We know that it’s important for the children to have periods of proper rest during the day. There are natural breaks in the day when the children sit and talk or just relax. We have a pop-up tent with sleeping bags for cold weather and hammocks for warmer weather.


What is the ratio of adults to children?

At least 1 adult for every 4 children.


Are the children provided with lunch?

Yes — either a hot lunch in The Queens Wood Cafe or a picnic in the woods.


Do the children need to be toilet-trained?

No. We have a toilet tent and facilities to change children if needed.


Can my child attend part-time?

Of course. We ask for a minimum of two sessions for continuity for the children, but we aim to accommodate parent’s requests as far as possible. It could be five mornings or two whole days or any combination that we can make work with the number of places. It can also be fitted round other part-time nursery places your child may have.


What clothes do I need to buy?

See our Kit list page.


How can I register?

To book a place for your child or to register an interest, please get in touch via our online form.


Do you accept the early years nursery entitlement ?

We are trialling accessing the 15 hours funding for 3–4 year olds, from Summer 2016 onwards, for a limited number of places. See fees page for more information.


Do you accept childcare vouchers from employers ?





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