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Waverley Preparatory School and Day Nursery

Foundation - Rising 4 Yr Olds

Our separate Nursery website contains much more information specifically about our Nursery. Please click here to be redirected. 

Waverley Foundation offers excellent childcare for children moving up to their 4th year of age in a warm, welcoming and nurturing environment. We offer highly flexible childcare provision with a choice of drop-off and collection times. Care is available 07:30hrs - 18:00hrs, either 51 weeks a year or just term-time only. The Nursery has a range of pick up and collections times to enable working and busy families to match their childcare needs to their family schedule.

Waverley Nursery is an educational Nursery providing not only childcare but educating the children through their Early Year’s development. Our goal is to ensure that Waverley children get the best possible start in life and can read, write and spell basic works before they “graduate” onto “Big School” at the age of 4. In addition, our 3- and 4-year olds are very gradually introduced to key events in the main Preparatory School next door in order to prepare then for their next step in their education. Our goal is to make the transition from Nursery to Prep or primary school as seamless as possible.

There are a wide range of additional activities that take place through the week – some of which such as Woodland School, ‘Kickers’ and French are included free of charge and others such as Ballet and Speech & Drama are paid for extras.

Foundation children also benefit from being part of the wider Waverley community and the facilities that this offers. Children eat in our school hall / dining room (alongside our youngest school children, Reception class) and enjoy our library, playgrounds and sports and gym equipment. 

Waverley has an on-site kitchen where all food is cooked fresh each day by our own chefs, including daily freshly baked bread, home-made salads and fruit bowls, and desserts and cakes. If your child is in our care for breakfast, lunch or tea then they will be provided a meal.


Extra-Curricular Activities

We offer a number of extra-curricular activities (some incur an additional charge).


Our extra-curricular activities include:

Monday - Ballet 

Wednesday - Speech and Drama

Thursday – Waverley Kickers 

Wednesday and Thursday – French

Monday – Thursday – Woodland School

Library sessions  – children bring books home weekly


Fees and What's Included

To view our fees, please view our Admissions and Fees page or click here


What's Included

Foundation Stage 1 provides a modern self contained environment where children are encouraged to explore and discover their world for themselves.

  • We provide opportunities to engage with mathematical materials, small world play, ICT with an interactive whiteboard and programmable toy as well as magnets and magnifying glasses.
  • The children can interact with open ended materials to develop their creative and critical thinking. We value and respect the children's theories and allow them the opportunity to test their ideas.
  • There is also an enclosed garden where children can build constructively with natural materials, dig and plant as well as enjoy a range of wheeled toys. We see the indoor and outside areas as one learning environment and respect both places equally. We also visit the local woodland every week for a "forest school" experience.

We value the children as capable and competent learners and aim to provide a balance of adult led and child initiated experiences to introduce them to key learning opportunities based around the 7 areas of learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage. These include:

3 Prime Areas

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal Social and Emotional Development

4 Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design