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Nursery classes

Lower Nursery – 2 year olds
The youngest children at Stonar begin their education within our Lower Nursery class, situated in our purpose built nursery setting. Each child's unique qualities are nurtured as they begin to experience a sense of belonging within a group.

Upper Nursery – 3 and 4 year olds
Lower Nursery children progress to Upper Nursery when they turn 3 years old. Upper Nursery children may wear a school uniform. They enjoy some time in the Outdoor Classroom together with Reception class. During the summer term, the Upper Nursery children eat lunch in the school dining hall and mix with the Prep children during morning break in order to provide a smooth transition between Nursery and Prep School.

Stonar Nursery

Our Nursery children discover a happy and gentle first step into the world of education, where we build warm and trusting relationships with each child. Our experienced staff, led by a qualified Early Years teacher, gently encourage the children to grow emotionally, socially and intellectually.

The daily routine gives children time to play and learn, developing their independence and self-confidence.

Based in a wonderful and secure location within the beautiful Stonar site, our colourful nursery has easy access to an outdoor playground and gardens. This means that the children can enjoy plenty of time outdoors – playing, exploring and structured activities. Additional provision for Nursery classes includes swimming, sports, PE, yoga, ballet, modern dance, cookery, forest school, art, and music.

There are flexible sessions with before and after school care from 8am-6pm, which provide a range of options for working parents. 

The Nursery is currently transitioning to be for 3+ only. We currently accept children from the age of 2 provided they will be 3 by January 2019. From January 2019, children will be able to join on the day following their third birthday. 

Meet the team

Meet the Early Years team: 

Ms Maria Urbieta EYFS Nursery Manager, QTS Maria Urbieta

Hola! Me llamo Maria. As you can tell I am Spanish but my mother tongue is Basque. I came to the UK 6 years ago to improve my English and I worked as an au pair before starting at Snapdragons in Bath.

What I love about working with children: Working with children is what I love most. I chose this career as I want to help and develop the most important years of someone's life. I believe that getting the early years right will unlock the true potential in any child.




Miss Sian Davies, Deputy Manager and EYFS SENCO, Level 6 Dip


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Hello! My name is Siân and I am the Deputy Manager and EYFS SENCO at Stonar Nursery. I am currently studying for a BA Honours Degree in Childhood and Youth Studies at the Open University. I started my career in childcare by hosting children's birthday parties and working in holiday clubs before moving into nurseries.

What I love about working with children: These first few years in life are vital for children to develop new skills that will help them to progress in the future. I find working with children in Early Years such a rewarding job as I get to help create opportunities for them to grow and to support them as they develop in this stage of life. It has been found that children learn a lot through general play. I love to observe children as they learn things through trial and error and see their developing confidence and the pride they feel in themselves when they achieve something.

What attracted you to Stonar? The facilities at Stonar are incredible and allow children to explore and reach their full potential whilst in a safe environment. The setting and views around Stonar make it a lovely place to work.


Miss Ella Fiducia-Brookes, EYFS Assistant, Level 4Ella F-B

I am currently studying part time for a foundation degree in Childhood Studies at Winchester University. Before coming to Stonar, I worked at Sixpenny Nursery in Devizes.Prior to this I worked at a girls' boarding school in Winnipeg, Canada, helping with the younger years and in the boarding house.

What I love about working with children: It has been proven that the support and care given to children during the first five years of life is fundamental for their future adult lives. I feel privileged to be part of this early development and love seeing the children grow.

What attracted you to Stonar?: As an ex-student of Stonar I have always loved the school! I think that the staff are hugely supportive of the pupils and of each other. The facilities and grounds at Stonar offer great scope for children's development.




 Miss Jessica Tyler, EYFS Assistant, BA Hons


Hello! My name is Jess. I am a former Stonar School Pupil and since leaving I have gained a BA honours in Early Years Education. I work within the Nursery as the EYFS assistant.

What I love about working with children: I love how no two days are the same. I believe that the first few years of a child’s life are most important, and I enjoy contributing to their learning and development at this crucial stage. I love to support the children and enable them to reach their optimum potential in all of the prime areas.

What attracted you to Stonar? There is an emphasis on building strong, positive relationships with the children so that they have the tools and support to take risks and learn through their experiences. 





Mrs J Redsull NNEB  Forest School Leader (Level 3 Forest School Leaders Award) stonar nursery JRedsull

I have always loved working with children; I worked at Longscroft Nursery for around 11 years before joining Stonar. I enjoy being part of the Stonar team; the staff are dedicated and the children are lovely. We are very privileged in our job to be able to be part of the children’s lives and to watch them grow and develop.

What I love about working with children - Being the Forest School leader I work with the Early Years and also Prep School children. The staff are very welcoming and the children are great to be with. Our Forest School is an opportunity for the children to learn and have fun in a different and sometimes new environment. The philosophy of the Forest School is to encourage and inspire individuals through positive outdoor experiences.

What I enjoy about working at Stonar - I love coming down the drive into Stonar; the views are fantastic and it is such an amazing, lovely place to be. 



Mrs Sandra Crouch, NNEB, EYFS Reception Class Teaching Assistant, Level 3   Sandra Crouch

I initially trained at the Princess Christian College of Nursery Nursing in Manchester and then worked as a nanny for several years which took me around the world. I then settled in Bristol, working in social services in the family centres. After having my own children, we moved to Holt and my daughters began attending nursery at Stonar.

I began working at Stonar almost 10 years ago and I love it here, Every day is different. It's lovely to see the children progress and grow in confidence as they go up through the school.                                         























































As an ex-student of Stonar I have always loved the school! I think that the staff are hugely supportive of the pupils and of each other. The facilities and grounds at Stonar offer great scope for children's development. 













































Routine & Opening Hours

Parents can choose between either morning sessions or whole days:

  • Morning Session: 8.00am – 1.00pm (This session includes a cooked lunch)
  • Whole Day: 8.00am – 3.30pm
  • After-care Session: 3.30 – 6.00pm (The children will be given tea)

The week is timetabled to make use of the specialist facilities and experienced teachers available at the school with afternoon activties including Swimming, Forest School, Spanish and Ballet.

The Nursery aims to be as flexible as possible to fit in with parents, family and work requirements. Holiday Clubs are available for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils during school holidays.

How to Join & Fees


Stonar Nursery welcomes enquiries at any time of the year and prospective parents are warmly invited to visit the Nursery with their children to discuss any individual needs. Visits are arranged through the Registrar.

The Nursery is currently transitioning to be for 3+ only. We currently accept children from the age of 2 provided they will be 3 by January 2019. From January 2019, children will be able to join on the day following their third birthday. They can continue their Nursery education until the beginning of September following their fourth birthday when they progress into Reception.


It is possible to reserve set session times on a term time basis. Bookings are secured upon receipt of a registration fee and deposit. Fees are paid termly in advance. The school is a registered provider of the Government Funding and a range of childcare vouchers are also accepted.

Details of our fees along with a session request booking form can be downloaded below.

pdfStonar Nursery Fee Sheet

docxNursery Session Request Booking Form

Please note that there is an initial non-refundable Registration Fee of £75.

For more information please contact the Registrar.

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