Our nursery experience is designed to bring out the best in every child. Our motto be what you are reflects the whole school ethos, with children encouraged to develop in a way that suits their own individual interests and skills.
Children aged 2-3 join our ‘Duckling’ class, which nurtures the first steps in their developmental journey with us. During the academic year that the children turn 4 years old, they advance into our ‘Cygnet’ class, which prepares them for ‘Big School’ by gradually immersing them in a play-based classroom environment with a subtle introduction to phonics and numbers alongside creative and physical activities.
Our range of music, drama, movement and play activities inspires children to grow emotionally, socially and intellectually. Your child will leave our nursery confident, independent and resilient, motivated to take on the next challenges in their developmental journey.
Our extensive nursery facilities are thoughtfully designed to encourage your child’s creativity, development and natural passion for learning. We have distinct learning areas: a home corner, a reading space, an area for creative activities such as sand and water play, and a large carpeted area for construction play.
Outside, we have a self-contained play area with grass and hard play safety surfaces so your child can explore the outdoors, enjoying climbing, balancing, ride-on toys and more, all within a safe environment where we encourage appropriate levels of risk-taking to expand their comfort zone. Children enjoy our themed days, such as Welly Wednesday and Fitness Friday. Activities are child-centred and often child-initiated facilitated by our enabling environment, allowing our children to be resourceful and imaginative in choosing their play.
Our nursery is located in the heart of Wells Cathedral School, allowing us to take advantage of the full range of facilities, including the sports and drama halls, music rooms, dining hall, nature area within the beautiful school grounds, and additional play facilities.
Alongside our child-led environment, we have a team of specialist teachers who work with many of our age groups in Wells Cathedral School to inspire the children in Dance, Drama, Forest School, Sport and Music!
Wells wouldn’t be Wells without Music, and you’ll find that is true for even our youngest pupils! Jill Edmonds, our Junior School Director of Music brings music, song and laughter to Little Wellies! Mrs Edmonds is a firm believer that our littlest children are like sponges; they start music theory, in a play-based way, alongside many practical activities and singing, too.
Music returns to Little Wellies during our Dance lessons! The children love to move and groove, exploring a variety of dances, focusing on developing their gross motor control and coordination as well as focusing on prerequisites of the ISTD Modern Theatre Dance syllabus. This continues into our Pre-Prep, where our children continue their Dance education as part of our creative curriculum.
Claire Stone, one of our Early Years Educators, is our Forest School expert. The children enjoy outdoor adventures in our beautiful environments where they learn risk-taking in a safe and controlled environment. With everything from fire safety to using tools, to exploring the wider world on nature walks, and making, creating and interacting with nature, our ‘Little Wellies’ can’t help but love Welly Wednesdays! We also believe that by nurturing a love of nature at this young age, our pupils begin to see the awe and wonder in nature and thus both value and want to protect our precious planet.
Our Junior School sports teachers, Steve Bratt and Laura Bain, get the children moving with an engaging Games and Fitness session where the children enjoy developing useful gross fundamental movement skills, from jumping, hopping, running, throwing and catching, and much more! Our Games teachers have a gift of making these skills based activities so fun and imaginative, whilst setting the foundations for a lifelong love of movement and fostering an active and healthy lifestyle!
Last but not least, Neil Johnson, our Head of Performing Arts in the Junior School, brings stories to life during his Drama lessons, which focus on raising confidence and developing prerequisite Literacy and Language skills.
We recognise that toddlers need good nutritious food to give them the energy they need to learn and play throughout the day! We provide healthy & varied meals and snacks with each of our sessions so you don’t need to worry about factoring in food as part of your hectic day.
Depending on your choice of sessions, your child can enjoy breakfast, a morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack and a light tea with us. Meals are served in the school dining room, which is an ideal opportunity for them to learn the culinary skills they need for lunches at school.
8.00am – 6.00pm care with breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack and tea
9.00am – 4.30pm with morning snack, lunch
and afternoon snack
9.00am – 1.00pm with morning snack and
1.00pm – 4.30pm with afternoon snack
8.00am – 9.00am with breakfast
4.30pm – 6.00pm with tea
At Little Wellies we accept both the Universal 15 hours EYE and the Additional 15 hours EYE. All parents of 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to the Universal 15 hours EYE, however you will need to meet a certain criteria to receive the additional 15 hours. Click here for more information.
Please note that EYE only covers hours attended for the delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage, it does not cover the cost of consumable items or additional services such as specialist music, drama, physical education, access to facilities, and snacks and meals. Funding applies to core sessions and is not applied to breakfast and tea. These are charged as an additional fee/session:
If you have any further questions or need clarification of anything in relation to the EYE please do not hesitate to get in touch.
When you register your child at Little Wellies, a £50 fee is charged to secure your child’s place, which includes a Little Wellies sweatshirt. This is refundable should a place not be available.
We will provide a uniform list for you upon registration with the options available for you to purchase.
We would be happy to arrange a ‘virtual visit’ or a chat! Please call us on 01749 834441 or email [email protected] and we will be happy to share more about how we can offer your child a brilliant foundation for life.