What Makes Us Special

We are an all-year-round teaching Nursery that prepares children for school in a totally caring, thoroughly stimulating environment. The curriculum we deliver is exceptional and incomparable to daycare nurseries. 

For example, children have twice weekly swimming lessons in our heated indoor pool, specialist ICT, music, PE and French lessons. Literacy and numeracy are taught in small group sessions and individually to ensure each child has the attention, time and support they need to master the building blocks at their own pace.

The woodland and fields in our beautiful grounds is where we explore the great outdoors during regular welly walks which the children love. Our enclosed outdoor playground with newly laid synthetic grass and lots of play equipment is the cause of great delight at break times and after lunch. 

A smart and practical Nursery uniform of school-branded jogging bottoms and polo shirt ensures the youngest children look and feel part of the wider Barlborough Hall and Mount St Mary’s family. Plus, it makes the busy morning routine a little simpler for parents. 

Formal reports are sent home in June and Nursery parent consultations take place several times during the year where all aspects of progress are discussed. On a more informal level, the team is available every day at drop-off and collection time to speak to parents.

Being part of the Prep School means the Nursery children come into contact with the older pupils at points during the day. This interaction helps build their confidence with others and the older children are excellent role models. The Nursery children team up with Pre Prep III (Reception class) for day trips and to perform the nativity story in the Prep School theatre at Christmas.

Throughout the year there are family events to mark special occasions, such as an Easter bonnet parade, firework display and country fair. Barlborough Hall Parents’ Association coordinate much of these and is a welcoming, very friendly group of Nursery and Prep School parents who make a massive contribution to the community spirit of the school.

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