Nursery and Reception (ages 3+)

Our exceptional Nursery starts from 3 years old and inspires active learning in an unparalleled environment. Our children are creative, independent, curious and explore the world around them with confidence. Our Nursery is the first step on a learning adventure that leads to our Reception, the Junior School and beyond.

If you are considering applying for a place in our Nursery from September 2024 through 2025 we would encourage you to apply as places are becoming limited.  Please contact Debbie Webber, Junior School Registrar, for further information on the availability of places at

Teaching & Learning

Our extensive learning environment, led by our dedicated and fully qualified teachers, combines spacious and stimulating classrooms and amazing outdoor opportunities. These daily opportunities create a fully free flowing holistic experience between the indoor and outdoor environments. This provision ensures that children are challenged and readily make connections in their learning, inspiring high levels of creative and critical thinking. There is a joy to learning in the Nursery. Our Ducklings are encouraged to take risks and experiment in order to learn intellectually, socially, physically and emotionally in the security of a warm and nurturing surrounding.


Our enabling environments help all children develop self-confidence through positive relationships and enduring friendships. Our Nursery Ducklings build on this secure foundation developing resilience and the important characteristics of our Moral Compass: kindness, generosity, honesty and integrity. 

Specialist Teaching

Subject experts from across the School work alongside our dedicated Nursery team to create a myriad of rich and varied learning in Drama, Art, Music, Computing, Dance, Forest School, Spanish, Swimming and PE. This adds to the already vibrant experience. The latest technology integrates seamlessly with the children's learning experience

Firm Foundations

Our small group learning successfully underpins secure development in essential skills in phonics, literacy and numeracy. This promotes early independence in many areas of learning and is continually assessed and communicated. Parents and family share their child's learning adventure


Our youngest learners are part of the whole Royal Russell family and experience everything that we have to offer, participating in whole school events. Our Ducklings join us for assemblies, use the library, gym, swimming pool, forest school and more.

Wrap around care

Our morning and evening wrap around care supports families and children. Our children benefit from our extensive facilities, clubs and our 110 acre site. We offer a variety of delicious, healthy and varied meals. We offer holiday club during half term and longer holidays so that children are cared for in a familiar setting whilst still being part of our Royal Russell family.

Transition to Reception - Your child’s next steps

Our dedicated team support the Nursery children with the move to their Reception classes.  The children will already be familiar with Reception teaching staff and the environment that awaits them and children are encouraged to explore all areas of learning through the free-flowing shared learning environments.

We are Royal Russell Junior School