16.02.22 Please take the time to read the latest guidance for parents and carers on childhood immunisations.

Up and coming events

This years childrens parade is on Saturday the 26th of May – we hope you can join us.
Children’s Parade Poster 2022

Parents evening
Thursday 17th of March

Carols, crafts and winter BBQ
Thursday 25th of November 4.30pm – 6pm

Oral Health Toothbrushing challenge.

Izzy’s Dad is a dental nurse and has provided us with some literature and stickers to promote healthy snacks and drinks and teeth cleaning. All the children will receive a ‘My toothbrushing chart’, I will be talking this through with them and doing the toothbrush challenge too 🙂

For more info and some fun videos have a look at the colgate for kids website.

We are absolutely loving our newly completed outside classroom. Many thanks to Nick Jones for designing it, Will Power for the first stage build. Clive from The Budding Foundation for his donation, the Taylor family for the donation of the decking, Coop for our community funding and for Jamie’s Gardens for putting together our vision.

02.11.20 Plans in place for the opening and running of nursery during this period
Covid incident management plan+

Southdown Nursery is open currently to all children 🙂

Southdown Nursery is open currently to all children 🙂

Due to staff shortage nursery is only open to key worker and vulnerable children until further notice.

In the event of nursery closure due to government restrictions enforcing schools and Early Years settings to close we will open for vulnerable children and children of key workers only (upon receipt of written evidence).

In the event of restricted opening due to government advice or staff shortage children will be allocated places using the following priority structure:-

1) Children who have been awarded inclusion support or 2yr funding by West Sussex and Children of key workers (upon receipt of written evidence).
2) School leavers born in the summer term – April 1st – August 31st.
3) School leavers born in the Spring term – January1st – March 31st.
4) School leavers born in the Autumn term – September 1st – December 31st.
5) Non school leaving 3yr olds awarded 15 hours of government funded places.
6) Children who have self funded places – sessions missed will be credited to the following terms invoice.

Thank you for a wonderful term……. we made it together 🙂 Have a wonderful Christmas break and we will see you next year.

Thank you everyone for all your support. We look forward to seeing you all in September 2020 🙂

Welcome Bubble A!

Welcome back Bubble B!

Nursery looks a little different – lots of fun and smiles today on our first day back 🙂

11.05.2020 Update
Following government guidelines regarding unlocking I am gearing up to opening the week of June the 1st for school leavers and children of keyworkers only. I will be contact these families individually with their child’s allocated sessions taking in to consideration staff availability and ensuring the safety of all. The sessions will have the maximum of 12 children. Details to follow as things become clearer.

Thank you all for your support at this time. I will be in touch as soon as I have news. xx

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Here’s a short video of me making a smoothie!!!! If you decide to this activity with your children please assist them throughout 🙂


HOME AND FAM Activity Sheet FRE
Home and family newsletter – Colour
Los lingos SEA Newsletter BW FRE[69898]


These books have been forwarded to me by my West Sussex Advisor.
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Hello my name is conornavirus book


Tiny Happy people, and Five small things
For den making –
Making dens and junk modelling is a great way for your children to use their creative side, their imagination and their critical thinking skills – your old cardboard box and sheet will make a fantastic pirate ship!
Cooking is a fantastic way to use mathematical language (more, less, behind, under etc), listening and attention skills and it gives an opportunity to talk about healthy eating 🙂

Don’t forget to send some pictures of activities so we can keep in touch. XX

George making his smoothie and keeping busy.


Aubrey and Ziggy making smoothies (separately in their own homes!)

Tommy doing activities

Niall and his chicken and Harper 🙂

Freya and her sister Sophia keeping busy

Jessica enjoying the outdoors

Coralie’s been busy inside and outside

Finley’s been keeping busy

Aubrey being busy

Dolton enjoying the fresh air

Betty enjoying some activities

Isaac busy working from home

S 26.03.20 some bits and bobs to keep you busy. Getting ready for school checklists and guidance, French activity sheets and a minibeast hunt. I miss you all! x/strong>
FRENCH Cold Newsletter Colour spring 2020

FRENCH Activity sheet spring 2020

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trong>Easter Activities
Children love to collect things – you could decorate an egg box or a shoe box together and set items to collect such as a feather, a leaf, a flower, a stone, blades of grass, a bug, a worm (!) For inside:- a button, a rubber band, a ball, a crayon, a coin, a biscuit cutter, a sock,


Sports relief 2020
A big thank you to Gary Dicker who took a break in playing with his usual team mates to spend the morning at Southdown 🙂

World Book Day
Thank you all for making such a wonderful effort:)

Updated Public Health England Advise 04.03.20

Letter to parents coronavirus 3.3.2020 (1)

Latest government guidelines for Coronavirus in educational settings


Coronavirus guidelines for preschools from the Health and Safety Executive< Advice for schools preschool settings and parents v2.3

A big thank you to Clive who visited us on Monday the 3rd of Feb with compost, pots and lots of seeds, these were supplied jointly by The Budding Foundation, a local charity supporting young people & Tates of Sussex, Old Barn Garden Centre, Dial Post. All are to be used for our end of term plant sale.

This half term in French we are learning about ‘the cold’ with Tonia from Los Lingos. Here are the activity sheets and newsletter to compliment your child’s learning.

FRENCH Activity sheet spring 2020

FRE Cold newsletter – BW spring 2020

Spring Term Supper Club

Thank you to everyone who came along to the nativities. The following images were taken by the Photographer Nicky Allen.

Little Lingos
This term we are having French lessons with Tonia. We are learning about our family and home.
Here are the worksheets and information to compliment the activity.
Home and family newsletter – ColourHOME AND FAM Activity Sheet FRE

A very big thank you to everyone who came along to our termly fix it community day. So much got done, including the re roofing of our shed and a mass tidy up of the garden. 🙂

The ploughing match at Applesham Farm Saturday 21st of September
We made some lovely wooden disc necklaces

Well done to Jessica Passmore for her marvellous lamb showing.

It was lovely to see some of our old nursery friends.

Sports Day June 27th of June 2019

Wow!!!! What a wonderful day, thank you so much to all the adults that came and supported the fabulous children and especially to the volunteers that came along too. Thank you for your support we raised £81 🙂


Summer Fayre

Thank you so much to everyone who came and supported us in the sunshine and the rain. We raised a wonderful £750 towards a permanent all weather shade 🙂

Steyning primary school visit 2019

Easter Hunt
Thank you to everyone who came along to our Easter Hunt. What a fab morning. We raised a marvellous £88.36 through coffee and cake sales and £11 from tomato plants the children grew. I have bought lots of new small world figures and some new gardening equipment for the children.


New Trustees
I’m delighted to welcome Jodie Bryan, Kaiya Parks and Laurel Donker onto our board of Trustees who are headed by newly appointed Mia Marshall along with Daisy Cooper (secretary) Sara Passmore (Finance) Nick Jones(maintenance) Nicky Allen (photographer and media) what a fab team 🙂

Thank you to everyone who dressed up on World Book Day

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Chinese New Year
We enjoyed a visit from some amazing guys who live in the boarding house of Steyning grammar. They acted out the ancient story of the Chinese New Year and then let us experiment with the instruments and mask 🙂

Forest School visit from the Sussex Wildlife Trust
We had a great morning with these guys. They showed us some new skills. Thank you Renzo, Katie and Ryan.

Forest school update
Congratulations to Mandy for achieving her Level 2 Forest School Support certificate.
Lots more of this to come :-


Coop cheque 24th Nov 2018
We picked up our cheque from Coop – we were one of their chosen community projects. All the money given went towards building the new nursery steps.
We are so thankful for their support.

Autumn Term Paint and Play 2018
Thank you so much to everyone who came along on Saturday the 24th of November to our fix it day – you are all amazing X

New Steps
We have had a very busy summer repairing and improving the nursery’s entrance. This could not have happened without the hard work, dedication and support of the whole Southdown Nursery community. Thankyou to Trustees past and present, parents and staff for running and attending fundraising events, local professionals who have donated their skills and time. A very special thank you to Wilson Memorial Trust and Coop Community Fund.w id=”59b4078n8t”]

Summer Fayre
Thank you so much to everyone who came along and supported our Summer Fayre. We raised an absolutely marvellous £901!

Visit from Riverford fruit and Veg
On Friday the 15th of June the lovely ladies from Riveford came along and made fruit kebabs and yogurt dip with the children.

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