Heatherton Co-Ed Nursery

Our nurturing and inspiring co-ed Nursery offers outstanding Early Years education for girls and boys from the term they turn three to the start of Reception.

Our aims

At Heatherton Nursery, it is our aim that every girl and boy develops a lively, enquiring mind and feels happy, safe and secure.

We ensure that every child fulfils their potential in all aspects of their progress and growth in a nurturing and inspiring environment.

We work in close partnership with parents to ensure that we give every child the highest quality of care and education, according to their individual needs.

“The Nursery at Heatherton is a very caring environment, where every child is known individually and their own interests nurtured and developed.”

— current Heatherton Nursery Parent

Building inspiring academic foundations

We understand that their early school experiences will shape your child’s attitude to learning for the rest of their life.

Children at Heatherton Nursery learn through planned, purposeful play, exploration and investigation.

We are in the enviable position of having two fully qualified teachers as part of our Nursery staff, and our extremely high staff to child ratio means we are able to respond to the individual learning needs and interests of your child and to tailor their education to suit them, at their own pace.

Via small, focussed, adult-led sessions, our Nursery children are introduced to and explore their knowledge of numbers, shapes, measuring, phonics and writing,

Our Nursery children also enjoy engaging lessons with our specialist teachers for Music, Modern Foreign Languages, IT, STEM, Art, PE, Forest School and Ballet.


Registering for Heatherton’s Nursery

If you would like to register your son or daughter for our Heatherton Nursery, we recommend early registration as places (especially for those joining in the term they turn three) are limited. Please click here to fill in our online registration form and our Admissions Assistant, Andrea Ventress, will be in touch.

Alternatively, if you would like to arrange an individual tour or join a Stay and Play event, please do contact Andrea on admissions@heatherton.com or call 01494 726433.


Priority entry to Heatherton’s Reception class

Places in Heatherton’s popular Reception class are first offered to pupils moving up from Heatherton’s Nursery, with any remaining places offered to those registered for Reception direct entrance in registration date order.

Heatherton is a girls’ school from Reception upwards.

We work closely with our Nursery boys’ destination schools to ensure a smooth and seamless transition to their chosen Reception environment.


Opening Hours

Heatherton’s Co-educational Nursery in Amersham is open Monday to Friday during term time. CLICK HERE for current term dates.

Flexible Sessions to suit you and your child

We welcome pupils three times a year, in September, January and April and children can join our Nursery as a ‘rising three’ (the term they turn three). Children joining at this point may start on the current minimum of three morning sessions per week.

Once a pupil is three years’ old, the minimum sessions required are currently either: four morning sessions; two full days or one full day and two morning sessions.

Sessions are usually increased term by term to meet a child’s needs in preparation for their transition into Reception and can be regularly discussed with our staff.

In preparation for the last term in Nursery and so that our students can benefit fully from the Nursery education at Heatherton, the minimum sessions for all pupils in the final term before Reception is six sessions.

We do ask that the sessions are consecutive as this helps with the settling-in process. The session timing can be seen below.

· Breakfast Club – 07:30 – 08:00 (for children aged 3 and over)

· Morning Session (before lunch, includes healthy snack break)* – 08:00 -12:00

· Full Day (includes delicious three-course hot lunch and two healthy snack breaks) – 08:00 – 15:30

· Wrap-around Care – 15:30-18:00 (for children aged 3 and over)

* Children in the Nursery enjoy a rolling start and can come in any time between 08:00 – 08:40.

Nursery Fees

Please click here to view Heatherton’s full fee information, including terms and conditions. Fees are reviewed each September.

The Heatherton Nursery accepts childcare vouchers as payment from accredited companies for school fees up to and including the term they turn five. We are not registered for the Early Years Government Funding.

Breakfast Club and After-School Club is booked and paid for separately.

Holiday Care

We are delighted to be partnering with Camp Beaumont who will be running holiday camps at Heatherton from April 2023 for children aged 3-11 years old.

Camp Beaumont have been running their award- winning multi-activity day camp experiences for over 40 years and we are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity for children at Heatherton and from the local area to enjoy exhilarating, confidence boosting adventures during the holidays.

Stay and Play Events

We are delighted to host Early Years Stay and Play events every term to invite current and prospective Nursery children to enjoy a morning of fun and exciting activities in our wonderful Nursery environment.

View our upcoming Stay and Play events.

We look forward to your children starting their exciting educational journey at Heatherton’s Nursery.

Please do contact our Admissions Assistant, Andrea Ventress, if you have any questions – admissions@heatherton.com – or call on 01494 726433.


Open Events

Leap into action and join us at one of our open events. Click the link below to view our open events and book your place now.
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Pupils achieve highly and exceed expectations across all areas, well above their commensurate ages.

Forward thinking and outward looking enough not to be a bubble, but there’s a lovely innocence about this small girls’ school nonetheless.

Teachers’ insistence on high expectations ensures that pupils strive from, and achieve, high standards in their learning and gain skills that enable them to make positive transitions within their school and to their senior schools.

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