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Welcome to Buxton Nursery

Buxton Nursery was opened in 2002 on the premises of Buxton Infant School, we are a private nursery working in partnership with a state school. We have facilities for children aged from three months to five years. We have access to all of the school’s facilities and encourage our children to take an interest in school activities and to participate where appropriate. We have individual use of the playgrounds, gardens, and school hall.

We run standard nursery sessions which coincide with the school day as much as possible. The morning session runs from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm and the afternoon session runs from 1:00-4:00 pm. However, the nursery is open from 8 am until 6 pm and we can accommodate children for any period between those times. Wrap-around care is therefore 8:00-9:00 am and 4:00-6:00 pm. We can provide breakfast, lunch, and tea.

We are open for 50 weeks a year, the only closures being over Christmas / New Year and Bank Holidays. Children can attend nursery on a term time only basis or all year round. Before school, after school and during school holidays we can also care for the older brothers and sisters of nursery children (up to 7 years of age).

Government funding is available for pre-school children from the term after their 3rd birthday. This funds a child’s nursery place for up to 15 hours per week during the school term (38 weeks per year). The equivalent funding can also be stretched over 50 weeks of the year. Parents can pay for additional nursery care if required as well. An additional 15 hours funding is available for parents who are both working.


Our philosophy is to provide a warm, friendly and secure environment where all children in our care – and their parents – feel welcome and happy. It is our aim to provide the best for children, staff and parents.

We use the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage to underpin the care, development and learning of all the children in our nursery.

The four principles are:

A Unique Child

Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured

Positive Relationships

Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a Key Person.

Enabling Environments

The environment plays a key role in supporting children and extending children’s development and learning.

Learning and Development

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates, and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter- connected.

Our ethos is simple for the children in our care. We believe that attitudes cannot be taught: they have to be learnt by example. Rules are simple and introduced at an early age. Enthusiasm, acceptance of change, persistence, sharing, caring for others, courtesy and respect are all positively encouraged.

  • We offer high quality care and education for all.
  • We provide a safe indoor and outdoor environment that delivers a broad, balanced curriculum.
  • We have high standards and aim to surpass OFSTED requirements.
  • We provide fun, excitement and adventure for our children.
  • Our aim is for all children to develop to their full potential.

In order to meet the individual needs of a child the nursery may work with and seek advice from a number of external professionals such as a speech and language therapist or health colleagues to support the child. The nursery will use its knowledge of The Local Offer in order to find the best possible support for a child. Please see the following link for more details:

Derbyshire Local Offer

We take childcare very seriously and understand the trust parents place with us when we are asked to look after and educate their child.

Children in our nursery thrive in an atmosphere where they feel secure and happy and trust the adults that care for and educate them. Home and nursery work together to offer opportunities and life experiences, so the child can grow and develop as an individual.


Safeguarding is our highest priority you can find our safeguarding policy in the parent’s section of the website.


The nursery was established by Jane Wallis in 2002. In October 2022 we became a limited company. Laura Bowers is the managing director. The nursery employs a small team but maintains ratios of at least 1:3 in the nursery room, 1:4 for rising threes and 1:8 for over three’s in the preschool room.

We are very lucky to have a highly qualified and driven team of practitioners with qualifications ranging from level 3-5. We also have a small but super team of additional supporting practitioners who are non-qualified. Our SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) has a Level 3 SENCO qualification. ALL staff have up-to-date paediatric first aid training and complete regular Safeguarding training.

We are all very keen to improve our skills and teaching techniques and regularly undertake a variety of training opportunities.

The Curriculum

We follow the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ curriculum throughout the nursery. Each week a copy of the week’s plan is displayed on the board outside both rooms. This curriculum will be continued during your child’s Reception year at school. We aim to equip your child with the skills to begin Reception with confidence.

Find out more regarding activities and experiences by clicking on our Nursery or Pre-school room.