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Our Nursery

For many children attending nursery is the first time they spend significant time away from home. For that reason it is vital that the setting they attend makes them feel happy, secure and valued. Furthermore it is such an important time for your child to develop learning characteristics that will set them up for their educational journey ahead. It is where it all begins and a time of limitless exploration and growth. These early years are fundamental to embed learning habits and develop confidence.

We are an independent nursery in Liphook situated in 175 acres of stunning grounds in the South Downs National Park on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex. Our vision is to teach children to collaborate, to be resourceful and to take charge of their own learning and to provide a welcoming environment in which to do so. We plan a curriculum that cultivates good habits and attitudes that will enable your child to become an eager and courageous learner. As your child progresses through the nursery years, they will develop into a tenacious, imaginative and logical child who is self-aware, collaborative and inquisitive. The foundations of all of these traits are put in place from the moment your child walks through the nursery door for the very first time. Above all, we aim to make your child’s time in nursery a joyous experience. During their time with us their imagination will grow, their thoughts will become more complex and their understanding of the world around will unfold. The aim of our nursery is to instil a love of learning that will set them up for the rest of their life.

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Core Education

Our nursery timetable is predominantly led by the children’s interests and is made up of mainly child-led learning time as well as Forest School. Our expert nursery practitioners curate a wide range of activities for your child to engage with to help them develop prime development areas:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

We pride ourselves on our impressive breadth of curriculum, supplying your child with plenty of new skills to discover. Alongside your child’s core education, they will be taught by our specialist subject teachers in Swimming, PE, Ballet, Music and Spanish.

Child-initiated

Here at Highfield and Brookham, we have a real passion for and belief in child-initiated learning based on extensive research on how young children learn best. Your child will make decisions about what they want to do, where they want to do it, and what resources they will need. Crucially, the teachers participate as play partners identifying learning opportunities and skilfully responding to children rather than leading all activities. This is all made possible because of our high staff-to-child ratios. It’s only when your child starts to apply independently what they have learnt that we know they have truly understood and engaged with what they have been taught.

We love the nursery and could not be happier that we chose it for our children.

Outdoor Learning

There is a plethora of evidence in support of outdoor learning and at Highfield and Brookham we see the proof of this every single day. Each of our nursery rooms has direct access to our wonderful nursery garden, which is fully equipped with a giant sandpit, mud kitchen and vegetable patch. Your child’s imagination will know no bounds as they explore and discover wonderful new things inside and out. Come rain or shine your child will be able to decide to go outdoors whenever they like, and we know that the lure of splashing in puddles or making mud pies means that children want to go outside whatever the weather. This is why waterproofs and wellington boots are staples in the nursery wardrobe. One of the most popular activities in the garden is growing vegetables. Your child will plant, water and care for a variety of vegetables in the nursery garden and, best of all, they will also get to harvest the produce and cook it in their very own kitchen.

With 175 acres of beautiful grounds, outdoor learning at Highfield and Brookham really has no limits. Your child will relish their time in their dedicated space at Forest School, which is just a stone’s throw from their classroom door. Here they are free to explore and roam in our wondrous woodland as they hunt for the most magical minibeasts, build the most extravagant dens and craft the most elaborate leaf crowns. We want to engender a love of wildlife and respect for the natural environment in your child.

Free Flow

Your child will enjoy the freedom of free flow across all three nursery rooms for a large proportion of the day. This is where all the children come together and are given the independence to explore their environment. During this time the younger children learn from their older peers, enhancing their language development and communication. Simultaneously, the older children learn valuable skills such as empathy as they take on the position of role models for their younger classmates. This combination of dedicated and shared space is a key factor in your child’s personal, emotional and educational growth.

Open-ended Resources

Our nursery is purposefully equipped with an exciting variety of open-ended resources for your child to discover. The classrooms are carefully kitted out with blocks, loose parts and modelling resources. A toy fire engine is always a fire engine, but a pile of bricks could be an aeroplane carrying an important guest, a rocket on the hunt for life on mars or even an underground tunnel leading to an undiscovered land. The only limitation is your child’s imagination.

Food

We take food very seriously at Highfield and Brookham and your child will quickly find out why. We hire a fantastic Catering Team who keep your child’s energy at the optimum level so they can fully engage with everything that nursery has to offer. At 10am, your child will enjoy a morning snack on the carpet with their friends. This usually consists of fruit or a slice of our delicious homemade, reduced-sugar banana loaf.

Lunchbreak for our nursery children is at 11.45am. The Tiny Bears, our youngest children, enjoy lunch in their room, The Den, before settling down for a much-needed lunchtime nap. Our Little Bears and Big Bears don their gingham smocks and head across the courtyard to the main Dining Hall. Your child’s lunch is freshly prepared on site by our in-house chefs. Children are served at the table and always have the option to ask for more if they want it.

Mid-afternoon, children gather back on the carpet with the other nursery children to enjoy a well-earned rest and snack. Cheese and crackers, sandwiches or breadsticks and humous are usually on offer to see them through to tea time.

Rooms

There are three specialist rooms in our nursery – The Den, Woodlands and Meadows. The Den is home to our youngest cohort, Tiny Bears. This dedicated area, designed especially for our youngest children, allows your child to undertake age-appropriate activities which help them to develop independence, imagination and communication at a pace that is just right for them. Importantly, there is a dedicated space for your child to have their valuable daytime nap if they need it to ensure they are rejuvenated and ready for their afternoon adventures.

At the age of three, and when they are developmentally ready, your child will move up to either Meadows or Woodlands. Both rooms have a managed mix of our Little Bears and Big Bears so they can grow and learn together.

Logistics

Our nursery is open for 35 weeks of the year. We welcome children from the age of two when they attend for a minimum of two mornings per week. As your child progresses into their final nursery year, they will attend a minimum of three mornings per week, with lunch. This extended week helps with their readiness for the transition to Reception.

The morning sessions in nursery run from 8.15am to 11.30am. You can choose for your child to stay for lunch, which the children take in our main Dining Hall at 11.45am. Collection is after lunch is at 1.00pm or 3.15pm if your child is staying for the full day.

Your child may attend on any days of the week where we have availability, and in any combination of morning, morning with lunch and full day sessions, up to full time, five days a week.

The Nursery Week

  • 7.30am Breakfast Club (Optional £)
  • 8am Before-School care
  • 8.15am Doors open
  • 11.45am Lunch break
  • 3.15pm School day ends
  • 3.15pm After-School care (Optional £)
  • 4.30pm Picnic Tea and Play (Optional £)
  • 6.30pm Last pick up

Drop off

The doors to our nursery are open for children at 8.15am. We know and completely understand that mornings can be busy for many families, with parents juggling school drop off, work and other commitments. It’s important that your child’s start to the day is calm and stress free to set them up for a successful say of learning. That’s why we offer an earlier 8am drop off option for those families who need it, at no extra charge.

Many of our families make use of our Breakfast Club, which opens for our nursery children at 7.30am. Breakfast Club takes place in the main Dining Hall and your child will be spoilt for choice for what to have for breakfast. There is always a hot option such as beans on toast as well cereal, porridge, yoghurt, toast and fresh fruit. A truly hearty breakfast to kickstart them for their busy day in Nursery.

After School

The nursery day draws to a close at 3.15pm. We have excellent after-school care provision that covers you if you need a later pick up.

As part of the after-school care programme, your child will have a fantastic choice of games and activities at their disposal. After-school care runs until 4.30pm.

For those families who need a later collection time we offer our ‘Picnic Tea and Play’ session. A high tea will be served at 5pm with a selection of sandwiches, crudités, fromage frais and fruit on offer. Your child will be looked after until as late as 6.30pm if required.

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What we’re up to

Rain? What rain? Our Year 7 girls made light work of the wet weather to put in some brilliant performances against our friends from @twyfordschool. Perhaps we’ve got the next @lj10, @bethmead_ or @alexgreenwood5 in our midst… #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #GirlsFootball

Green-fingered children in Year 5 have been busy with hoes, spades and trowels tending their vegetable patch. Gardening is incredibly therapeutic and growing vegetables helps the children understand where their food comes from. The pupils weeded the beds containing young runner bean plants before planting asparagus and onions, all of which will be harvested in due course and used in our kitchens. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #Gardening #VegetablePatch #GrowYourOwn

With Easter fast approaching, and with it the end of the spring term, preparations for the new cricket season are already well under way, with the grounds team busy getting our picturesque pitches ready for a busy summer. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #CricketSeason #Sport

Improved co-ordination, balance and posture are some of the wonderful benefits to our pre-prep children who take after-school ballet classes with the lovely Miss Johnston. The delightful sessions also help build the children’s confidence while boosting their mental strength and focus as they learn new routines and movements. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #Ballet #AfterSchoolClubs

Some of our Year 3 and 4 children are reaping the benefits of learning to play cards in our fun and popular lunchtime club. A pack of playing cards offers endless possibilities and with every shuffle and deal, the children are building confidence and skills such as maths, memory, teamwork and quick-thinking. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #AfterSchoolClubs #playmorecardsday

Question: What do you get if you mix colourful, flashing lights, the latest tunes and some nifty (and not so nifty!) moves in the sports hall? Answer: Bags of fun and laughter at the boarders’ superb roller disco! #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #ILoveBoarding #RollerDisco #SundayFun

Our young footballers have been working on their close ball control and dribbling skills ahead of a series of matches against our friends from Windlesham House School tomorrow. With the weather finally set fair, we’re looking forward to some excellent games. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #Sport #Football

In Music Theory and Composition Club, Year 2 children are working toward composing their own pieces in GarageBand; getting used to the playback controls and adding Apple loops before adding their own ideas on the keyboards. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #Music #AfterSchoolClubs

Join us for Our Open Morning on 15th March! Discover why Highfield and Brookham School was declared the ‘best prep school’ by an educational agent during their recent visit. Explore our fantastic grounds, superb facilities and nurturing environment for children aged 2-13. Don’t miss this opportunity to see first-hand what makes our school so special. Head to our website to book. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #OpenMorning

As part of their enrichment programme, which offers a broad range of opportunities to learn and develop outside the classroom, our Year 8 children are working toward a rookie lifesaving certificate awarded by the Royal Life Saving Society UK – RLSS UK. The children spend six weeks learning key techniques to keep themselves and others safe in the water, including treading water, swimming at least 50m in clothing, demonstrating a reach rescue, sculling head and feet first, and demonstrating a ‘shout and signal’ rescue. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #Lifesaving

THROWBACK THURSDAY: 2018. The magic that exists between our prep and pre-prep pupils has truly stood the test of time. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #Nostalgia #ThrowbackThursday

Our strong extra-curricular offering is the perfect opportunity for our children to try something new. Of course, with our Brilliant Bricks Club in pre-prep, there’s also the opportunity to use your imagination and make something new – over and over again! #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #ExtraCurricularClubs

Drama is a much-loved element of school life and today, while focusing on hit film and musical Matilda with Head of Drama Mrs Baird, Year 3 got to try something new as they used a hotseating technique to dig a bit deeper into the key characters in the story. The children picked one of four key characters and were quizzed as they took turns in the ‘hotseat’ to answer questions about their chosen character. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #Drama

Join us for Our Open Morning on 15th March! Discover why Highfield and Brookham School was recently declared the ‘best prep school’ by an educational agent during their visit. Explore our fantastic grounds, superb facilities and nurturing environment for children aged 2-13. Don’t miss this opportunity to see first-hand what makes our school special. Reserve your place today➡️bit.ly/3wB8kPB

Regular cushion concerts not only give our young musicians the chance to build their confidence by performing in front of a small and select audience but also demonstrate how much progress they have made with their chosen instruments. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #Music

Re-energised by the half-term break, our eager young pre-prep martial artists were keen to pick up where they left off, honing their self-defence techniques and building their confidence under the expert eye of Sensei Harry from Petersfield Karate Club. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #Karate #MartialArts #ExtraCurricularClubs

The monumental inter-school cross-country event that we hosted just before the half-term holiday, involving 1,200 children from 20 schools, was a mammoth undertaking, no matter which angle you look at it from… #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #CrossCountry #Athletics

There’s nothing quite like our holiday activity clubs for enabling children to learn something new, express themselves and, of course, have lots of fun. Check out our website (the link’s in the bio) to see what exciting courses we’ve got coming up at Easter! #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #MusicalTheatre #HolidayClubs

Whether they were in the kitchen having a flipping good time on Pancake Day, making beautiful cards on Valentine’s Day or simply having fun exploring our wonderful grounds come rain or shine, it’s safe to say our Mini Marvels have had a superb half-term holiday! #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #HolidayActivities

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Our art studio was a veritable hive of activity today as the excellent Jo and Hannah of @feltybee_crafts hosted a wonderful day of creative crafting, engaging the children in the wonderful world of needle felt, marbling and printing. And the best of it? There’s a second day of colourful creativity still to come! #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #CreativeCrafts #ArtsAndCrafts

Not only does our half-term holiday bushcraft course arm our adventurous children with brilliant survival skills such as shelter building, fire lighting and whittling, it also provides an opportunity for young people to disconnect from the stress of daily life and connect with nature. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #Bushcraft #Environment

While the benefits to our children of having big grounds in which to work, rest and play are there for all to see, maintaining those grounds is a mighty task. Each year Kai Timmermann, our dedicated Estate Manager, surveys the woodland with a local contractor to determine what, if any, action is necessary to ensure that the trees are healthy and safe. This week, Wallace Timber Services are working on our oaks to remove any overhanging branches that they feel could pose a risk if limbs were to fall. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #EstateManagement #Trees

Young chefs on our half-term holiday senior cookery course have taken a generous helping of Shrove Tuesday and added a pinch of Valentine’s to create some culinary masterpieces in the kitchen. Cheesecake, fresh and healthy salsa, savoury pancakes and Valentine shortbread were the order the day as the boys and girls chopped, sliced, mixed and grated to their heart’s content. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #Cookery #HalfTermHolidayActivities

Instead of merely describing what is taking place, our specialist science teachers guide our children through an inquiry process by asking pertinent, open-ended questions and by encouraging investigative processes through demonstration, hands-on opportunities and experiments. This teachers the children to evaluate evidence, think analytically and make informed decisions. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #Science

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