Headteacher’s Welcome

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome to Guildford Nursery School and Family Centre.  We are delighted that you have chosen our nursery school and look forward to welcoming your family.

Our nursery school is based on two different sites: York Road in Guildford opposite Waitrose, and Hazel Avenue on Bellfields, just a short distance from the centre of Guildford.

Our nursery school is a maintained (state-funded) school, which means that we have qualified teachers leading the teaching and learning. 

We are a fully inclusive nursery school and welcome all children and families, working in partnership to enable each child to grow and develop to become confident, independent and ready for the next stage in their education.

At Guildford Nursery School we use the principles of Friedrich Froebel to guide our work. This means that:

  • Children are able to spend as much time as they like outside and they choose whether they spend time indoors or outdoors.
  • Experiences such as gardening, cooking, woodwork, sewing, climbing trees, lighting a fire, using clay are all features of our curriculum.
  • Children are given the freedom to make choices with adults present to guide them when necessary.
  • We accept each child exactly as they are and build on their strengths, providing the right support at the right time.
  • The resources offered for children provide them with opportunities to really think and use their imagination, are often reusable and recycled, and are always beautifully presented.
  • Children are given plenty of time and space to play and communicate.
  • Staff look for the good intentions behind every child’s actions.
  • Adults observe each child carefully so that they can respond to their interests. They teach the skills and knowledge that the children need.
  • Relationships between staff and children are always warm and respectful; together they share in the joy and delight that is discovery and learning.

Froebel wanted to “educate people to be free, to think, to take action for themselves.”  We would love every child everywhere to be educated so that they too can have the freedom to make choices; to think creatively and critically; and to be able to make their dreams a reality.  Froebel knew that you are never too young or too old to start.

We offer all eligible children their funded hours of nursery school entitlement free of charge. We do not charge top-up fees. 

We are here for you, your family and your children. If you have any comments or queries please do ask us.

Sally Cave
Head Teacher

Guildford Nursery School and Family Centre
01483 566589