Welcome to Egloskerry Nursery


Are you looking for a unique childcare setting?

We currently have limited spaces....

Call today for a guided tour of our fabulous setting, you can experience the great atmosphere and wonderful community.

Talk to our manager Rachel about your childcare needs on 01566 785684

or email egloskerry@eyalliance.org.uk 


We offer flexible affordable childcare, for all early years children, with government funded sessions, for 3 and 4 year olds and eligible 2 year olds.

We are open from 9am to 3pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday -Term time. 





Our nature-inspired eco-nursery, on the grounds of Egloskerry School, within the rural village of Egloskerry,

is managed and led by an Early Years Teacher and a primary school teacher. Both of whom are  Level 3  Forest School leaders.


                                                Please see our most latest Ofsted inspection report.

A nursery classroomWe are very proud of the 'Good' outcome.

Read our Ofsted report





Our Philosophy 

Egloskerry Nursery provides an early years care and education provision that encompasses Forest School and the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. Enhanced by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, which looks to educate the heart and hands as well as the head.


Our unique eco-nursery and natural outdoor approach to learning  fosters an appreciation, respect and care for nature, which will then be deeply embedded in our lives.This nature-inspired unhurried approach allows children to develop a deep love of learning and a care for the environment, which will continue throughout their lives.


We follow nature’s rhythms, which inspires a child led approach to play and development. Making meaningful decisions, throughout each phase of your child’s unique journey.

Our staff are reflective researchers, striving to gain a deep understanding of individual children. Through a loving, nurturing and language rich environment, children feel safe to play and develop important life skills. Such as persistence, resilience, curiosity, creativity and resourcefulness. Children in turn become empowered, exploratory learners with a very high emotional intelligence.

Sessions are child led, by enabling environments to suit individual leaning needs. By giving children the freedom to learn by following their own interests. .

The team are highly qualified, giving us the knowledge to facilitate individual lines of enquiry to support and extend play and learning, providing an approach that develops a community where collaborative learning takes place daily.

'Staff are kind and caring, and form strong bonds with children, supporting their emotional development well. They create a calm and nurturing atmosphere where children develop a firm sense of belonging and themselves' (Ofsted 2017).


Would you like to know more?

Download a Forest School Information Leaflet  


Download our prospectus here

For up to date information and events, check out our Facebook page
You are very welcome to come and get a feel for the place and find out more
You  can visit during our opening hours, please contact
Rachel Fasham, nursery manager on 01566 785684 
or by email on egloskerry@eyalliance.org.uk


This Terms Learning and Adventures.

As we enjoy the winter and look forward to approaching the beginning of spring, we will be exploring what happens in the natural world, with the new growth and buds developing outdoors. We have been taking part in the RSPB big bird watch and will continue feeding the birds and using our senses to observe the busy birds in our garden and at Forest School.

The children are also invited to bring show and tell contributions. They all love to bring in an aspect of their home life and talk about it with their friends, which is a valuable skill for school. 

We have been busy creating new home learning packs for the children to play with at home. We have carefully selected some activities and games to share and the teddy bears diaries will be starting again!! We have also added some wow moment cards for you to feedback and wow moments as we really need parents and children’s voices to be heard. 

For maths skills, the children will be drawing around themselves, measuring themselves on the height chart to see how much they have grown since September, plus having a go at self portraits, to support the development of their pencil control skills and learning about ourselves.

World Book Day: This year we will be taking part in World Book Day, on Friday the 8th  of  March. Children can wear there pajamas and bring a tedy and a favourite book, so we can settle down and read lost of  books. We will then be hosting a book and bake sale at 3pm.   

The children will also be given many opportunities to express themselves creatively through art and craft, sensory experiences , music and physical activities outdoors. As ever we will be extending the children’s interests thought meaningful interactions, within planning  and spontaneous experiences.

Forest School is an exciting opportunity for the children to access  a wide variety of experiences that they would not normally do. Such as; den building, carving, jewellery making, fire building, making favourite stories come to life, tresure hunts and natural crafts. Forest school is led by two qualified leaders. The children will be able to choose which activities they want to have ago at, they will be encouraged to work itogether to support each other.

We are always all looking forward to new seasonal adventures.

Please see Forest School leaflet  for more details.  

Forest School will be on Wednesday mornings this term, within our new Forest School space!! 



Transition To School.

We aim to make the transition process, form nursery to school, as smooth as possible. By providing support, guidance and rich leaning experience’s for our child and their families. .

We link with school to lead an all year round transition programme, with a wide range of experiences to give each child an inner confidence for their upcoming journey..

We support our families through the school application process. When the school place have been allocated we invite the class teachers to come to the nursery, where already know the children. The key person hands over the Learning Journeys with in-depth background knowledge that makes the move to school a small step.

Children gain the skills and attitudes necessary for moving on to school and future learning confidently. They are independent and manage tasks, such as dressing for outdoor play with skill and self-assurance. Children develop good early literacy skills. Older children recognise and write letters of the alphabet, and younger ones enjoy making marks with sticks and mud, and gain good manipulative and sensory skills. (Ofsted, 2017)


We offer:

  • Funded childcare for qualifying two year olds and all three and four year olds
  • All year round Forest School experiences
  • Safe, friendly and fun place for you and your child
  • Learning through indoor and outdoor play activities
  • A well-qualified, kind and caring team
  • A dedicated person to give focused support to your child
  • All year round Forest School programme


Recent newsletters


January/February 2019 Newsletter


September 2018 Newsletter

Term Dates 2018/2019

Egloskerry School

We work in partnership with Egloskerry School to provide a joined up service, empowering  our children with a love of learning and the confidence to grow and move onto the next stage.

Egloskerry School's website gives you just a taster of the 'Egloskerry Primary School Experience', it cannot replace a visit to soak up the wonderful atmosphere in our school.

If you are a prospective parent/carer, please look at our Prospectus for more information or alternatively please contact us to make an appointment to see the school in action.


Family Corner website for parents

About us


Egloskerry Nursery is a rural pre-school operating from a purpose built building on the site of Egloskerry School.  We provide childcare for children from 2 years to school age.  Our staff team work hard to ensure that each child has access to learning and development opportunities take into account the child's individual stage of development and their interests. Our play environment, both inside and outside, covers the areas of learning and development specified within the Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage. 

We offer a stimulating approach to early years development and learning for very young children. Within a safe, friendly and fun environment, children are supported by qualified, caring staff in developing a wide range of skills and interests. The children enjoy learning through play experiences in bright indoor and outdoor play areas with exciting outings planned regularly. 

We are managed by the Early Years Alliance, the largest voluntary sector provider of childcare in England with over 50 years experience delivering childcare and practical, professional support to early years practitioners.

Our nursery plans its activities in accordance with the EYFS with a strong focus on exploratory, imaginative play and healthy eating. We recognise and understand the huge benefits that free flow play has on the positive development of very young children. Every child in our care is supported by a key person who understands their individual needs and offers special care and support to them. 

Rigorous health & safety and safeguarding policies and procedures are in place to ensure that every child is protected and feels safe and happy with us. 


We offer:

Funded childcare for qualifying two year olds and all three and four year olds

  • Safe, friendly and fun place for you and your child
  • Learning through indoor and outdoor play activities
  • A well-qualified, kind and caring team
  • A dedicated key person to give focused support to your child


We provide a happy, relaxed and safe environment for children of any culture and/or ability to learn through play and structured activities.

Children are encouraged by example and teaching to care for and respect not only themselves, but also others and their environment.

We aim to increase their personal confidence and self-esteem. We actively promote positive behaviour. 

We aim to develop the concentration, communication and listening skills of the children, to broaden their range of experiences and to deepen their levels of understanding.

We aim to develop their physical abilities.

We actively promote creativity and imaginative play.

We actively promote healthy eating and healthy lifestyle. 

We actively promote independence in the setting including personal care and hygiene. 

We actively promote equality of opportunity for everyone.

The Nursery aims to provide a service to the local community.

We encourage the children to feel part of their community by having visitors, and by occasionally taking part in visits to local facilities and places of interest in the area.

We maintain a working partnership with parents, as we recognise this as being of major value and importance in a child’s education.

We encourage each individual child to progress through the Development Matters of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, as set out by the DfES.

To meet the requirements of these we plan extensively following the children’s interests and progression.

We record each child’s progress through observation which enables us to provide more closely for the needs each child. 

We support every child in their development, allowing them to progress at their own rate whilst offering plenty of encouragement and praise.

Activities are child led so sometimes plans change and staff are flexible.  

Confidentiality is maintained with the records we keep and child assessments are available for parents to read on request. 

We actively promote a smooth transition into school by offering joint activities and experiences each term.  

Our Team



Our well qualified, committed and experienced team work hard to create a caring and learning environment in the nursery. We know that every child develops differently and at different times. Every child has a key person who understands how their individual needs and interests. This helps us to ensure that every child feels involved, stimulated and happy in our care.

We follow rigorous staff recruitment, selection and supervision procedures to ensure that anyone joining our team undertake relevant security checks including Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure, references and qualification checks. Parents are reassured knowing that child protection and safeguarding underpins every aspect of our practice and will continue to remain a priority for us.

Your child's 'key person'

Every child who joins the nursery receives support from an experienced member of the team. They are responsible for your child’s individual needs and known as the ‘key person’. The key person is your main point of contact however all nursery staff are happy to feedback on your child’s developmental progress on a daily basis or discuss any concerns with you. They will also keep records of your child’s progress and achievement, which are always available for you to see and contribute towards.

Your child’s key person will make time to find out from you about your child’s interests, likes, dislikes and special requirements. Please share any important or useful information when you register your child and throughout their time with us. This helps us to give your child the most appropriate care and learning to suit their developmental, emotional and physical needs. You can access and contribute your views to your child's progress and achievements in their records.

Ofsted reported that 'The manager and staff are well qualified, which has a positive impact on children's learning. They strive to improve their skills even further'.

We at Egloskerry Nursery are immensely proud of our staff for their passion, dedication and tireless efforts in providing a quality childcare service second to none. We believe it is vital to provide staff with an environment that encourages self-learning, promotes self-assessment and provides continual challenges to enable the person to grow.


The Team


Rachel Fasham, Nursery Manager - Forest School Leader and Safeguarding Lead

Rachel has worked at Egloskerry Nursery since 2014. Rachel is a qualified EarlyYears Teacher with a first degree in Early Childhood Studies and a level three in early childhood studies. Also with a level three Forest School leader qualification. Rachel has over 20 years’ experience working in the early years sector and has a real passion and enthusiasm for outdoor education and nurturing childrens curiousity.  

Rachel says: "It is always a privilege to be part of the Egloskerry Nursery community, supporting the children to grow and develop and to be a part of their families’ lives. I really enjoyed working with parents and leading a team. It is my passion to provide exceptional care for children in an inspiring, warming, loving environment. "



Vicki Bluett Deputy, Manager - Forest School Leader and SENCo

Vicky is a qualified teacher and level 3  Forest School practitioner. Vicki is ker pserson to the older children, before they go upto school.  "It is so rewarding to be part of the formative development of young children as they blossom and grow into confident and knowledgeable 4 year olds. I thoroughly enjoy seeing the children learn developed through their play - both indoors and out. I love collecting new ideas for our planning and watching how the children explore each new experience"

About the Early Years Alliance

The Early Years Alliance provides flexible, affordable and quality childcare across England.

Egloskerry Nursery is an Alliance childcare service located in Egloskerry, Cornwall. We offer twenty Ofsted-registered places and is assessed as 'not yet graded' by Ofsted. Our committed, friendly and well-qualified nursery team provides high quality care and learning opportunities for children aged between 2-4 years. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with a focus on learning through play and actively encourage parents to become involved in the life of the nursery. 

Day Nurseries Id: 



What are the prices and opening times?



We are open on:

Monday                             -                          9.00 am – 3.00 p


Wednesday                         -                          9.00 am – 3.00 pm7


Friday                              -                        9.00 am – 3.00 pm

Term Time



Children aged 2 years - £14.50 per 3 hour session. You may be able to claim funded hours if your child is eligible for the 2 year old funding.  

Children aged 3 and 4 - 15 Hours are funded!



2 year olds

3 and 4 years olds

Morning Session

9.00am - 12.00noon




12.00 noon- 1.00pm



All Day

9.00am - 3.00pm




Term dates 2018-19

Autumn term 2018

7th  September - 20 December

(Half term 22 – 26 October )

Spring term 2019 

7 January – 5 April

(Half term 18 - 22 February)

Summer term 2019 

23 April - 25 July

(Half term 27 - 31 May)


INSET days 2018/19

Monday 22nd July 2019

Wednesday 24 July 2019

Do you currently have any places available?

Yes we do, please call us to discuss you and child’s your needs.

How do I secure a place at Egloskerry Nursery for my child?

To apply for a place you will need to complete a registration form for your child. Get in touch and come for an initl visit, we will be ahppy ot show you our lovely purpose built eco-building in action. There is no registration fee.

Do you offer funded entitlement for 3 year olds?

Children are eligible for the funding in the term following their third birthday. The funding is available for 15 to 30 hours per weeek.  

Do you offer funded entitlement for 2 year olds?

Yes we do. If your child is two-years old, your child may be eligible to attend the 2 year old funded childcare programme. The funding is available for 15 hours per week. Please follow this link for further information.

What sessions do you offer?

          We are open on:

Monday       9.00 am – 3.00 pm

Wednesday  9.00 am – 3.00 pm         

Friday          9.00 am – 3.00 pm

Term time only

What qualifications do your staff have?

All members of staff are level three qualified.

The nursery manager is an Early Years tachers and holds a BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies and is a Forest Schol leader.

The deputy manager is a qulifiied Primary teacher and forest School leader.

How many staff will be looking after my child? 

There is always a minimum of three members of staff looking after the children at all times

How quickly can my child start?

As soon as we have met and talked about your needs and made the booking.

How do we support children to settle?

It is vitally important that your child feels comfortable, safe and secure in Nursery. When your child begins to attend you are welcome to stay with them for as long as this takes. Some children settle more quickly with a parent or carer present and some when they are absent. Each child is different, and so each settling in arrangement is tailored to the needs of each individual child. Please feel free to discuss such arrangements with the Nursery manager, along with any concerns or questions you may have. Appointments can be made if more time is needed. Staff are also available for discussion before and after each session and during parent consultations.

What is a key person?

A key person is a staff member of the preschool who will work with your child to understand him or her as an individual with unique traits, characteristics, strengths and learning opportunities. This person will work with you to ensure your child gets the most out of preschool with tailored learning and care.

Ofsted satated that 'Partnerships with parents are good. Staff facilitate an effective two-way flow of information to successfully involve parents in their children's learning. Children benefit from a consistent approach to their care and learning'.

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)?

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a set of:

  • statutory standards - all early years providers like Polstead Preschool must meet these standards in order to enable young children to make the most of their talents and abilities.
  • non-statutory guidance - the EYFS provides guidance to early years providers on how to ensure a quality early years provision.



Contact Us

Looking for high quality affordable childcare for 2019?

You are invited to a tour of our purpose built eco nursery in Egloskerry, to find out more about our fabulous early years care and education. You will be given a tour of the nursery, our state-of-the-art facilities and new Forest School space, as well as the opportunity to talk with the team, get a feal for the place and learn about the unique service we offer. 

We are aware that choosing childcare for your little one can be a difficult and sometimes confusing process for young families and would like to provide information and opportunities to help you with your decision making.

Please book your place for a tour soon, as places are limited, by emailing Egloskerry@eyalliance.org.uk or by calling 01566 785684

Rachel Fasham, Nursery Manager

Egloskerry Nursery,
PL15 8RT

T:  01566 785684

E: egloskerry@eyalliance.org.uk


Egloskerry Nursery
PL15 8RT
United Kingdom
Tel: 01566 785684
Fantastic Nursey. My daughter started when she was 2 and they went above and beyond to help her settle in. She really loves going. Friendly helpful staff. Lovely environment. Lots of activity for the children, my daughter especially loves Forest school. Really good communication between staff and parents. You can see the staff really care for the children and with the Learning Journey books, you can see your child's progress.

"The day we decided to send our daughter to Egloskerry Nursery was the best decision we ever made. Our daughter has learnt so many new skills, grown in confidence, loves the staff, the environment and looks forward to going every day! Both myself and my family are very impressed with her progress and how she is developing and we have nothing but praise to all the staff for all their hard work and dedication".

"My child has loved her time at Egloskerry Nursery, coming from a different nursery and asking to attend Egloskerry full time. The staff are friendly and the building and facilities are great.Lots of activities done on day to day basis which my child has really enjoyed, for example, forest school and baking. All in all, a great nursery and would recommend."

"We have had such a positive experience with Egloskerry Nursery. It has provided a warm, nurturing environment for our child to develop in. The staff are friendly and the activities are well thought through. We particularly love the encouragement of outdoor learning through the 'Forest School', mud kitchen and outdoor play. 

We have no hesitation in sending our next child there in a couple of years."

"I feel my child has really developed her social skills by attending the nursery. She has loved going to each session and looks forward to going next time. The forest school sessions have been particularly enjoyable. It is a safe, fun space to explore with new play set ups. I will be sending my second child there in September."

"My son absolutely loves going to nursery, it has significantly increased his social and development skills. Staff are very good with the children. They take the children for walks in the fresh air to visit the park and have a great outdoor play area. He loves Forest School Fridays. Very pleased with the service."

"A very friendly environment for my little one. He really enjoys going to nursery. Spacious room and lots of activities for the children. Great outdoor space and garden. Staff are hands-on and know the children well."