Manor House Pre-School

_DSC5156Manor House Pre-School is for children who are rising 3 years and rising 4 years. Situated on the first floor of Clowns Day Nursery Manor House offers the continuity of a two year cycle within a nursery school environment, the criteria being that the children must attend five sessions a week being morning sessions, school day sessions or full day sessions.

Manor House offers parents a class teacher from 8-3.30pm within a day nursery environment which is open all year round as opposed to just term-time.

Parents would choose this section of the nursery when deciding on sitting their children for the 4+ assessments for the independent schools. Some parents choose this section as they would like the continuity of the same children every day. It is the parent’s choice at Clowns as to which section they feel best meets their requirements.

The classes are led by qualified teachers. The children attend 5 days a week which creates a nursery class environment. The rising threes attend 5 short mornings a week and the rising fours attend 5 school days. The children have extracurricular activities with specialist music, PE and drama teachers. Each child meets their own learning potential. We follow Development Matters and work in line with the E.Y.F.S. curriculum. The environment within the Manor House classes is set out so that when the children make the transition on to the next school it is a stepping stone as we work with a similar ethos.

Children are under the supervision of well-qualified early years practitioners who are trained to recognise the development needs of your child and create a safe challenging and stimulating environment.

We provide the following staff ratios:

  • One staff for every 4 children aged 2-3 years
  • One staff for every 8 children aged 3-6 years

We have an excellent record for entry of our children into the area’s top selective schools.  We pride ourselves in helping to find the right environment for your child with local schools.

The staff are fully trained, holding B Ed (specialising in early years), NNEB, BTEC, PLA and NVQ levels 2, and 4.  We also offer in-service training for staff to keep them up to date with current practice and provide students with training facilities in conjunction with local schools and colleges.

Children from age 2½ attend our nursery school and each child is given the opportunity to work in an environment dedicated to his/her individual needs and to socialise in an atmosphere of warmth and trust.

Through the carefully planned timetable of activities children learn to direct their natural curiosity.

The nursery pre-school caters for children from 2½-5 years of age and is then broken down  into separate classrooms which vary in terms of age provision but are naturally graded accordingly.

We have been OFSTED approved and have been commended in all areas of learning.

Our aims are for children to learn and develop at an individual pace together with a wide and varied range of activities to ensure that each child will leave our nursery at the end of every day happy, confident and eager to return.


Clowns Nursery follows the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Click here to view more details.

We provide a whole range of learning opportunities to help children reach their full potential.  Each class’ curriculum is carefully planned and implemented.  The day is structured, but allows plenty of time for free expression and play.  We believe that nursery should be a happy fun relaxing experience and free from pressure or stress.