Our Nursery

Southover Nursery is renowned for its warmth, care and expertise.  We are characterised by our happy, relaxed and nurturing ethos and have a reputation for being a lovely place for children to be.  Our aim is to create an atmosphere in which all children feel secure and confident, and to provide a stimulating environment that enables them to thrive.

We recognise that all children are unique and welcome children of all cultures and backgrounds, as well as those with various specific needs. We continually use our knowledge of individual children’s interests, needs and stages of development to provide balanced and varied experiences that enable them to develop at their own pace. We place great emphasis on the need for praise and encouragement, with the aim of developing children’s self-esteem and confidence.

We encourage children to be considerate and kind towards each other and to develop good manners. We want our children to feel secure and confident, and have a strong sense of self-worth. Fundamental to this is a close relationship between home and nursery. We believe working in partnership with parents/carers is essential as together, we can ensure children’s needs are met and that they really can achieve their true potential.

We were inspected by Ofsted in July 2017 and were judged to be outstanding in all four areas – 1. effectiveness of the leadership and management, 2. quality of teaching, learning and assessment, 3. personal development, behaviour and welfare and 4. outcomes for children. VIEW OFSTED REPORT


We have a dedicated staff team of six, one of whom is a qualified teacher, and an additional two teachers on our bank team. All of us have a certificate in paediatric first aid. We also have two mature students who are currently studying for their level 3 childcare qualification with us. We are registered with OFSTED and are also registered to provide EYEE (Early Years Education Entitlement) funding.

Our staff team is highly qualified, enthusiastic and dedicated. We are professional in our approach and have high expectations of ourselves. The majority of our staff are mothers.

We believe our maturity and experience plays a fundamental part in the creation of the happy, welcoming and professional atmosphere that Southover is renowned for.

Manager & proprietor; nursery teacher; SENCO; paediatric first aid
1st class MA (honours); PGCE (primary) with distinction. All three of Sara's children attended Southover.

Deputy manager & nursery practitioner
NVQ level 3 in childcare; paediatric first aid; GCSEs, AS & A levels.

Nursery practitioner; paediatric first aid NVQ level 3 in childcare; previously a homestart volunteer. Angela's daughter attended Southover.

Nursery practitioner; paediatric first aid
Qualified Nursery Nurse; Certificate in the Montessori method (merit); Diploma in Practitioner Counselling.

Nursery Assistant; paediatric first aid
Experienced in early years settings & special educational needs.

Nursery practitioner
Level 3 childcare qualification; GCSEs; paediatric first aid; both of Sarah's children attended Southover.

Bank staff - Nursery teacher; paediatric first aid; qualified teacher (Bachelor of Education).

Bank staff - Nursery teacher & SENCO
Masters & doctorate degrees; PGCE (primary); studying for an MSc in Experimental Psychology; EYFS training