Tel: 01538 306278


About Us

Based in picturesque open countryside, conveniently located between Leek, Biddulph and Congleton, our popular governor-run Nursery for children aged 3+ opened in September 2016. As of Spring Term 2021, we have a cohort of 13 Nursery children who have a variety of attendance patterns during the week, ranging from 2.5 to 32.5 hours. We are registered to offer the Government’s 15 ‘universal’ funded hours of childcare and, subject to eligibility, the 15 ‘additional’ funded hours of childcare, as well as privately paid hours.  We are open term-time (equivalent to 38 weeks per year) from 8.45am to 3.10pm, in line with the school day. For 4 year olds attending our Nursery, we also have wrap-around care provided on site by our Kipling Club (subject to separate charge).

Why choose us?

*Experience nursery in an Ofsted “outstanding” school (2012-13)

*Access to qualified & experienced teachers & teaching assistants

*Child-centred with emphasis on a positive learning experience

*Follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

*Learning journey recorded on "LearningBook" (accessible to parents too)

*Delicious home-cooked meals freshly prepared daily in our kitchen

*Outdoor play & activities in a magical countryside setting

*Very active & successful Parents Association (parents have fun too!)

*Friendly, caring, professional & forward-thinking staff throughout

*Home from home/family atmosphere

*Excellent choice of play equipment & learning resources

*In-year admissions, subject to availability

*A variety of attendance patterns from 2.5 to 32.5 hours per week

*Wrap-around care for children from the age of 4 years

What our parents say:

"A calm, settled environment for education, with an innovative approach to learning ......

The school has a lovely family feel. The children are focused, up out of their seats actively learning, and the child-led approach to education is visible in the teaching.  The school environment and surroundings are beautiful, with space for children to explore and learn beyond the boundaries of a classroom.  Children are greeted with a smile from staff who take time to get to know them, who are always friendly and approachable. The Head is visible and active within school which is really lovely to see.   As a parent, I love the ethos of the school, and the quiet, calm way that children learn. The school is always peaceful, the children settled and busy. The staff encourage independence and build self-esteem by providing a safe and secure environment for children to learn. Horton is a home from home for Ivy, who wakes each morning asking to come to school. We couldn’t wish for a better place for Ivy to start her journey into education. It really is an all-round brilliant school." (Kayleigh K, Ivy's mum - October 2020)

"My son has loved his nursery class from day one. Very  welcoming and very helpful staff. Couldn't be happier as a parent." (Rachel C, May 2019)

"My son Harvey started in Nursery in September 2017 and has loved each and every day he has spent there. Harvey is quite a quiet boy, however, when he gets home he  talks non-stop about his day and all the fun things they've done. I really do think it has helped his confidence and knowledge and he now enjoys playing in groups too. He really likes all the teachers and assistants; he says they are very kind and help him. I'm amazed as to the huge variety of activities they do in Nursery and this is evidenced via the Learning Books. Every time I walk into Nursery there just seems to be such a warm welcome and atmosphere and Harvey settles in straight away. I cannot recommend the Nursery at Horton enough and feel it is a fantastic way for children to get used to the school environment before they start full-time.  I can't wait for my daughter Lily to start Nursery in October this year, I'm sure she will love it as much as Harvey does." (Liz M, May 2019)

For more information or to arrange a visit, please call us on 01538 306278 or email us at

If you're considering our Nursery for your child and would like to register your interest please complete an Expression of Interest form (click on the link below) and return it by email to We will be in touch in due course.
If you have any questions or would like to check availability please do get in touch on 01538 306278 or by email.


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