About Deerness Valley Nursery

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We believe every child is a unique individual with huge potential to learn and grow.


In our nursery we provide plenty of time and space for every child to explore their interests through play in a natural and inspiring setting.


Connection to nature and the local environment are developed through exploration in our large garden, and in the wilder space of the Deerness Valley Way woodland.


Our children and staff work together in mixed age groups because we believe that family groups are the most natural way to work together.


Our highly trained and skilled staff put children’s interests and needs first, and seek to foster self-confidence, critical thinking, perseverance, curiosity, discipline, exploration, cooperation, resilience, tolerance and respect.


We do all these things rooted in our Christian faith.


Who we are:

We are Valuable and Valued – all people of all kinds from all places have value and so are treated respectfully and with kindness and love.

We are Generous and Helpful – we share and take turns, we don’t take more than we need especially if it leaves another in lack, we do what other people want to do sometimes, we give our time to others.

We are Hard-working and Responsible – we try our best to do things well. We have a go at everything including doing things we don’t want to do, or we know need to be done.

We are Respectful – we listen to what other people say and want. We do as we are asked to do.


We are family, and as family:

We are Interdependent – we help others and allow others to help us. We can do good things together and more than we can do alone.

We are Forgiving – We say sorry when we’ve done things wrong, we try to do better next time and we forgive others when they’ve done something wrong. We recognise that mistakes are a part of learning.

We are Caring and Compassionate – we care about others and we try to help look after other people.


We are God’s children, and so:

We are Thankful – we live lives of gratitude to God and others, so we say please and thank-you, we say grace before meals, we spend time noticing things that are good

We are Hopeful – we seek the good things in the day and in each other. We focus on solutions instead of problems.

We are Wonder-filled – we take time to notice beauty and enjoy the place and time we are in.

We are Joyful – we find joy in the every-day and encourage enjoyment in all we do.

Our Staff


Staffed by Qualified Teachers, our Educators are patient and passionate about early years education. We lead learning through listening and observing, valuing and respecting what children think, say and feel. We have a wealth of experience caring for children in a variety of contexts and helping them to grow and develop to reach their potential.

Forest Path
Lead Educator, Manager

Qualified Teacher and Early Years Specialist.

Dry Woods
Lead Educator, Deputy Manager

Qualified Teacher and Early Years Specialist.

Tree Lined Park

Qualified Teacher and Early Years Specialist.