Nursery (ages 3 to 4)
Welcome to The Nursery at Exeter Cathedral School: a nurturing haven for young minds in the heart of Exeter.
We recognise that choosing a Nursery is a decision that takes careful thought and time. After all, it is the place where your child will spend up to two formative years developing their social, physical and communication skills – skills that will help them on their unique journey to becoming a well-rounded individual.
And because there is nothing that brings a parent greater joy than witnessing their child flourish, we recognise that finding a Nursery that aligns seamlessly with your family’s needs is paramount.
As you consider Exeter Cathedral School as a potential Nursery, our friendly admissions team would be very happy to answer any questions you may have, or arrange a tour of our Nursery at a time that suits you.
Discover our Nursery
Purpose-built, light and modern
Families love our modern, purpose-built Nursery – a perfectly stimulating and nurturing environment in which every child can learn and grow. Cushions, rugs, soft lighting and a calm atmosphere ensure the space remains a homely environment for children to enjoy each day.
The Nursery is located alongside our Pre-Prep department in the Cathedral Close, offering a seamless transition to the next stage of your child’s education.
Spacious Woodland Garden
Our Nursery has a woodland garden that provides children with the opportunity to explore the outdoors and experience the natural world. The garden features stunning trees, calming shrubbery, and a variety of plants and flowers that will spark your child’s curiosity.
“Little ones can play outside under awning in an area that leads to the shared playground at one end and the Woodland Garden at the other. Centred around a large oak tree, there’s a mud kitchen, bug hotel and The Hide – a shed to bird watch, play games or make dens. Beyond this there are allotments for each class and the gardening club.” – The Good Schools Guide
Inviting rubber-crumb outdoor playground
In addition to our Woodland Garden, we also have an inviting rubber-crumb outdoor playground where children can run, play and socialise with their friends. The playground is designed to be safe and engaging for all ages, and it is the perfect place for your child to release energy and have fun.
A dedicated Nursery team passionate about their work
Our Nursery is led by our specialist Head of Nursery and a team of experienced and caring staff who are dedicated to providing your child with a first-rate education. We believe that every child is unique and has their own potential, and we strive to create a learning environment that is stimulating, nurturing and supportive.
We understand that good nutrition is essential for a child’s development, so we provide a fresh, healthy, hot lunch daily for all of our Nursery children. Our lunch is prepared by our School’s catering team, Thomas Franks, using fresh, seasonal ingredients, designed to be nutritious and delicious.
Early Years Funding accepted
At Exeter Cathedral School we accept the universal 15 hours EYE (Early Years Entitlement) contribution for eligible pupils for core Nursery sessions (08h30-15h15). Please see more info in the FAQ section below.
At Exeter Cathedral School we accept the universal 15 hours EYE (Early Years Entitlement) contribution for eligible pupils for core Nursery sessions (08h30-15h15). EYE covers hours attended for the delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage; it does not cover the cost of consumable items or additional specialist provision.
These additional provisions are charged as an additional fee per sessions (contained within the published ECS Nursery fees). These are applicable to all our Nursery children, and a breakdown is available on the fees section of our website.
Please note that it is not possible to swap sessions not attended for another day.
Parents and guardians will receive termly invoices for fees due less any Early Years Entitlement.
If you are unsure as to when your child will be eligible for funding, or if you have any financial questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch with our Finance Team: [email protected]
Yes, there is a hot school lunch and a fresh fruit morning snack provided each day, which is included in the school fees.
We provide wrap-around care for children in Nursery upwards. This care takes place in the Nursery building, before school from 08h00-08h30 and after school care from 15h15-17h00.
The School also offers Early Club (07h30 – 08h00) and Late Stay (17h00 – 18h30). These are charged optional extras available to all pupils from Nursery to Year 8 and take place in The Chantry (the Prep School).
For more details on wrap-around care fees, please contact the finance department on: [email protected]