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Sherfield School’s popular and stimulating nursery school is open to children from the age of three months.

Our recent Independent Schools Inspectorate report praised our outstanding Early Years and Nursery classrooms, excellent outdoor play areas and tailored teaching and support for each child. The Nursery has been rated outstanding by ISI in the last three inspections - 2017, 2014 and 2010.

We place real emphasis on helping each child develop their academic, physical and social skills. All Nursery and Pre-Reception children have a designated person to help them settle in and liaise with parents.

Our youngest children enjoy a nurturing and caring learning environment with our encouraging nursery school staff. As Sherfield School children, they play each day in the beautiful grounds of our Victorian manor house.

You are welcome to visit the nursery to see the children learn and play, and to take in the stunning grounds and buildings.

Contact us on to arrange a visit.

"Best nursery in the area, great teachers, fantastic grounds."

Nursery Parent, August 2020

Nursery school structure

Caterpillars and Ladybirds

Children between the ages of three to 24 and 26 months enjoy a welcoming family setting. They revel in a wealth of stimulating activities as they learn through play and develop their social skills. With frequent walks and outdoor activities, the children experience nature and enjoy wildlife in Sherfield’s beautiful surroundings.


Two to three year olds develop their independence and confidence.

Our outstanding staff encourage children as their learning develops and they become used to structure. Children have regular visits to the school library. They enjoy music and movement sessions in the dance studio. Sherfield’s young children also love our outdoor spaces. The Nursery garden has a superb range of outdoor equipment. There are areas to dig and play, and trails to explore.

Throughout their time in Butterflies, children learn independence as they prepare for Pre-Reception.

They are given chances to make more choices which increases confidence and communication. Regular visits to the school library and hands-on sessions with our Clever Touch Smart Boards ensure that children learn through play in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.


Sherfield Pre-reception gives children an introduction to school routine. They have timetabled and age-appropriate activities such as library visits and choosing a book to take home.

Children also enjoy PE lessons, yoga, Clever Touch boards, outdoor play and regular walks. They also put on a Christmas and summer performance.

Pre-reception staff work very closely with Reception teachers to ensure a smooth transition for the children as they move on to the next step of their education.

Excellent inspection results

Sherfield School’s Early Years and Nursery were inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in October 2014.

Our provision was judged outstanding in all areas. Read the full report here

Nursery Admissions

If you would like to register your interest for admissions please click here.

Please note that Sherfield School does not offer the EYE grant funded sessions (i.e. 15 free hours or 30 free hours funding).

Click here to view the fees.

"Sherfield’s nursery is a relaxed, friendly facility in the school’s former boarding house...The carer to child ratio is high, and it was nice to see some little ones simply being cuddled. The outdoor area is well-equipped, with a mud kitchen and lots of toys. Children spend a lot of time outdoors and use a good deal of the grounds for supervised nature walks (when I arrived, they were walking hand-in-hand through the daffodils). Children have regular visits to the school library and enjoy music and movement sessions in the dance studio. Pre-reception children have timetabled activities including PE lessons and yoga."

Maya Boyd, Muddy Stilettos Reviewer, May 2020

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