Staff and pupils from The Buchan School regularly interact with the nursery pupils so they become familiar with the people and surroundings as they move through the school. We also feature regular joint sessions with the Pre-Prep Department in preparation for a later transition to Pre-Prep 1 (Reception). Within their class children are helped and encouraged to take part in both child and adult-led individual and group activities which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.


The Early Years Foundation Stage applies to children from birth to the end of Pre-Prep 1 (Reception). It is based upon four principles:

1. A UNIQUE CHILD At the Buchan Nursery we recognise that every child is a competent learner and we endeavour to support children in becoming resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. We value the diversity of individuals and recognise that children develop in individual ways and at varying rates.

2. ENABLING ENVIRONMENTS We understand that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development. Our learning areas are organised to allow children to explore and learn, and to locate equipment and resources independently. We have an enclosed outdoor area which is designed to have a positive effect on children’s development.

3. POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS We recognise children learn to be strong and independent from secure relationships. We aim to develop caring, respectful and professional relationships with children and their families. We recognise the role that parents play in educating children and we value the contribution you make.

4. LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT This is divided into the 7 areas of learning following the EYFS:

Prime Areas: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication, Language and Literacy and Physical Development

Specific Areas: Understanding the World, Mathematics, Literacy, Expressive Arts and Design


Play is not only fun, it gives the children the opportunity to develop strategies for future learning. But there is more to play than meets the eye. We provide secure indoor and outdoor environments and the adult support for your child to learn through play. Playing and learning at The Buchan Nursery enables your child to:

  • Explore, develop and represent learning experiences that can help them make sense of the world.
  • Practice and build ideas, concepts and skills.
  • Learn how to control impulses and understand the need for rules.
  • Be alone, be alongside others or cooperate as they talk or rehearse their feelings.
  • Take risks and make mistakes.
  • Think creatively and imaginatively.
  • Communicate with others as they investigate or solve problems.
  • Express fears or relive anxious experiences in controlled and safe situations.



The Little Seeds are situated in their very own ‘home from home’ setting. This is located within the Nursery. For most Little Seeds this is the first time away from home. Our dedicated staff create a very nurturing yet stimulating atmosphere for little ones to meet and play with others.


(AGE 2 TO 3)

The Seedlings environment is prepared to provide a wide range of activities for personal, social and emotional development. We incorporate a wide range of activities following the 3 Prime Areas of the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) to create opportunities for stimulating little minds and keeping little bodies active. We work together with you to support our seedlings to grow into Sunflowers.



Through exploration and play we use a balance of child-initiated and adult-led activities for the children to discover a wide range of topics and ideas. We encourage active learning and critical thinking in play and discovery. With our dedicated, experienced and well qualified Pre-School practitioners we will help to prepare the children for their next step of Pre-Prep or Reception. All of our activities are prepared to cover all 7 Areas of Learning within the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage).

Hear from a parent

“We’ve been consistently impressed with the level of care and engagement from everyone at The Buchan Nursery. Everyday we’re extremely pleased with the positive development of our little one. The teachers have the great ability to make learning fun. Tight friendships are being made all the time. The nursery offers a friendly nurturing environment, giving us peace of mind when our child is there. The level of communication and interaction with all staff is second to none. Our child very much makes themselves at home there and we would recommend The Buchan Nursery to anyone. It’s a joy to see your child run into nursery without hesitation. They have the magic touch.”

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