A superb pre-school for children aged 2 to 5, in an idyllic village setting.

Telephone 01438 871166

Welcome to St Paul's Walden Nursery

We are a friendly village nursery located in the village of Whitwell, in the parish of St Paul’s Walden, near Hitchin. The children attending are aged between 2 and 5 years and come from the village of Whitwell, other surrounding villages and hamlets and the towns of Hitchin and Luton. From here the children go to a variety of schools in the area.

It is a private, community-run nursery, open 5 days a week and based in our own self-contained premises adjoining St Paul’s Walden Primary School. We are lucky enough to be able to use the school hall, playing field and garden areas for some of our activities, and enjoy well-established links with the children and staff of the school.

We are proud and delighted to have received "Good" from Ofsted in October 2015 under the new inspection framework introduced in September 2015.
Some quotes from our report:
"Partnerships with parents are effective and parents speak fondly of the well established staff team."
"Children enjoy a range of interesting and enjoyable activities across all areas of learning."
"Children`s physical  development is good because staff provide daily opportunities for them to enjoy fresh air and exercise."

See our Ofsted report here.

We are also a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance.

Our setting aims to:

  • provide high quality care and education for children below statutory school age;
  • work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop;
  • add to the life and well-being of the local community;
  • offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity.

We provide a rich and varied programme of activities and experiences that are appropriate to the children's age and stage of development. At nursery, we continually observe, listen to and assess the children in our care. This enables us to record their achievements in each of the seven areas of learning as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Each child has their own 'Learning Journey' folder in which we record their progress; the observations and assessments that we do enable us to plan activities and provide resources that will extend each individual child's learning and development.

Early Years Offer
A new SEN Code of Practice has reformed from 1st September 2014.
Please view our Early Years Offer policy and SEN report.
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