We have a few spaces remaining for 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds for September 2024, so please apply quickly to secure a place.


Welcome to Squirrels! On our room page, you can find key information about this room, such as the room’s team, information about your child’s key person, and more.

We believe every child is unique and special, and we are committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment where your child can learn, grow and thrive.

We are excited to share news from our room with you on this page. You can find updates on our latest activities, events, and projects. We hope that you will find this page informative and engaging.

Thank you for choosing Hartcliffe Nursery School. We look forward to getting to know you and your child in Squirrels.

Nursery Classes

Our Nursery School is made up of 2 classes from September every year with a 3rd class from January.

Each class is led by a qualified teacher. They work with at least two Level 3 qualified Early Years Practitioners in each class. This means that there is an adult for every ten children.

Children join Nursery School usually the term after they turn 3.

If your child is three between April and August, they will start in September.

If your child is three between September and December, they will start in January.

If your child is three between January and March, they will start in April.

We offer

2.5 days a week: Monday and Tuesday (8:30am - 2:30pm) and Wednesday am (8:30am - 11:30am) or Wednesday pm (12:30pm - 3:30pm), and Thursday and Friday (8:30am - 2:30pm).

We offer a limited number of 30-hour and Paid Daycare places.

Did You Know?...

The smallest squirrel is the African pygmy squirrel. It is only 5 inches long, including its tail. The largest squirrel is the Indian giant squirrel, which grows 3 feet long. That’s as big as your little brother! Squirrels’ sharp teeth never stop growing.

More Facts

News and Updates from Squirrels

Squirrels Update – December 2023 (Playdough)

Squirrels Update – December 2023 (Playdough)

This term in squirrel class, there has been a big interest in playdough, so we have provided extra challenges by teaching children how to make their own playdough. We now have a playdough station daily in the environment for children to choose the equipment and...

Squirrels Update – June 2023

Squirrels Update – June 2023

Squirrels class have been so busy this term, it has flown by for us all! We have been making the most of the warmer weather and spending time focused on outdoor learning. Being outside is of enormous benefit for children (and us adults, too) and gives opportunities...

Squirrels and Butterflies Cooking

Squirrels and Butterflies Cooking

Squirrels and Butterflies have been cooking today, getting hands-on with natural ingredients and preparing sweetcorn frittatas. Learning how to cook and prepare food is a valuable skill for young children. It can help them develop maths, science, reading, and cultural...

Squirrels (3 and 4 year-olds) Room Team



Early Years Practitioner



Enhanced Provision SEND Support



Early Years Practitioner



Early Years Practitioner

Wednesday - Friday







Key Information



Your Key Person

Your child will have a special person to link with when they come to nursery called a key person.

This member of staff will work very closely with you and your child to make sure your child settles well and that we meet their needs.

They will plan carefully for your child’s development and learning and will communicate with you as much as possible.

A lovely learning diary will be made for you and your child to look at regularly and which you will be invited to contribute to with photos, pictures and comments.

We will invite you to come and share this diary at least 3 times a year.

What to Bring

We do lots of messy things at nursery so please don’t send your child in their best clothes!

We do use aprons wherever possible and you can buy centre sweatshirts and polo shirts from us.

  • A spare set of clothes in a bag for your child to be changed into in case of an accident is very helpful and also nappies and wipes as needed.
  • Shoes that are comfortable and that your child can run and jump around in are important.
  • On hot days, please bring a sun hat and put sun lotion on before your child comes to nursery.

Please don’t bring your child to nursery if:

  • They are unwell with a cold, infection or bug
  • They have been physically sick or had diarrhoea (they must stay home at least 48 hours after the last occurrence).

Please ring us if your child is ill so we can note it down in our records.

We will phone you if your child becomes unwell during the nursery session and ask you or the person you have given as an emergency contact to collect as soon as possible.


Please tell us about any prescribed medicines, drugs, health, diet or allergies that your child may have.

We can only give medicines to children if they are prescribed.

Trips and Visits Out of Nursery

We aim to offer the children the opportunity to visit interesting places in the local area throughout the year and especially when the weather is better in Spring and Summer.

We will ask you to accompany on these visits as it really helps us but also supports you and your children learning together.

Meals and Snacks

All children will have a snack time with their key person where they will be offered fruit and milk or water.

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