Little Upton Nursery is an academically excellent independent Pre-Nursery and Nursery for children aged 2-4, now open 48 weeks a year.

Our stimulating environment will develop a love of learning in your child that they will take with them through the rest of their time at Upton House School through to Form 6 and beyond. The Early Years Department at Upton House acts as a bridge between home and school working in partnership with parents and laying firm foundations for the future.

Our staff

At Little Upton, our caring and professional staff are fully qualified and engage with the children to develop their love of learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS). Our staff encourage and support pupils in all aspects of their development. We operate a key worker system with a maximum ratio of 1 to 4 for 2 year olds in Pre-Nursery and 1 to 8 for 3 year olds in Nursery. 

Our learning environment

Little Upton provides a warm, nurturing environment for children, which is crucial as they embark on their first experiences of education outside the home. Our light airy classrooms and open spaces are well-equipped and the children thrive in a fun and busy environment with plenty of space for quiet time too. Outdoor learning in our fabulous nursery gardens and extended school grounds promotes independence. It also supports their well-being and need to explore and discover the world around them.

Children learn through self-discovery, following their own interests and building on what they already know and enjoy. 


Nursery within a whole school

Little Upton benefits from being a vibrant nursery within a whole school setting.  Our children are cherished members of a whole school community in which each child plays a part. Benefits of this include:

  • Making use of the wider school facilities such as gymnasium, dance studio, music room and wonderful school grounds.
  • Specialist subject teachers for PE, music, mandarin and ballet.
  • Children taking part in wider school activities such as Science Week, school productions and assemblies.
  • Children watching and learning from older children who love to interact and support them. Children are pulled forward educationally and socially by the older children around them who are outstanding role models.
  • Children staying for lunch benefit from healthy school meals freshly prepared on site and served in the school dining room.

Daily life in Little Upton

During the day activities are balanced between child-led play and focused activities. These are planned both inside and outside to support the children’s own initiatives, well-being and learning. There is so much to discover from cooking in the mud kitchen, to planting seeds or constructing castles. There are daily ‘show and tell’ discussions, story sharing and quiet reading as well as creative, messy activities to indulge in.

Nursery children engage in daily phonics and literacy activities. Mathematical understanding is encouraged through practical activities and through games, rhymes and counting, sand and water play, modelling and construction.

Educational trips are planned each term to expand the children’s experience and enhance topic work. Regular Forest School outings allow the children opportunities to explore new areas beyond the school grounds, build dens in woods and experience new exciting adventures on our annual Teddy Bears' Picnic.


A mid-morning snack of bread, fruit and milk is offered at break times in the morning and afternoon sessions. Children staying for lunch are served a hot nutritious meal cooked on the premises.

Recording progress

Working with parents is key and we encourage involvement from home so that together we can build on what your child has learnt in school and home. This is done through an individual online learning journey which allows the sharing of your child’s experiences through Tapestry (link)

Independent Schools Inspection (ISI) of Upton House School (2017) found the school to be outstanding in all areas.

The most recent report states that:

Children make rapid progress relative to their starting point in this safe, secure, caring, learning environment. 

For a copy of the report please click ISI Inspection

Most of our children move on together from Little Upton to our reception class, Transition. Children at this stage are well prepared and ready to leave Little Upton for ‘big school’. The move is a seamless transition as children will have met their new teachers on many occasions and spent time in their new classroom.

Little Upton term time hours:

  • 2 year olds:  8.30am - 3.30pm with option to extend from 8 am and to 4pm
  • 3 and 4 year olds:  8.30am - 3.30pm with option to extend from 7.45am and to 4pm. Once toilet trained all children can stay for tea up to 5.45pm.

Little Upton Holiday Hours (from February ’19 half term):

In addition to regular term time sessions, parents are able to select up to a further 14 weeks of their choice during school holiday periods, up to a maximum of 48 weeks of the year.

  • 2 year olds: 8am - 4pm
  • 3 years+: 8am - 4pm with option to extend to 6pm with In-2-Sport holiday club (once toilet trained)

Little Upton will be closed for one week at Christmas, one week at Easter and two weeks at the end of the summer holidays. It will also be closed for bank holidays and two days before the start of the Autumn term for staff training.

In addition to the closed periods, for those parents opting for the full year attendance, a further two flexible weeks of holiday may be taken including during term time, with no charge. Full year attendance means signing up in advance to all available holiday weeks.

Further information can be found here

To register your child at Little Upton Nursery please complete our online registration form.

If your child is already registered with us and you wish to book their attendance during holiday periods please complete the following:

Little Upton Extended Weeks booking form

Place your child on a journey to something special at Little Upton.  We would love to hear from you and chat further.  To book a visit please contact us and we will be in touch shortly.

Little Upton fees during extended holiday weeks

Day rates for Little Upton during the extended holiday weeks selected will be £68 a day or £34 per half day (8am-12noon or noon-4pm)

Those children in receipt of the government 15hr free entitlement will pay a discounted rate of £54.30 per day for up to five days at Easter, five days at Christmas and fifteen days in the summer holidays. The half day free entitlement rate will be £20.30 for each morning session attended.


Transition is the term used for Upton House School’s Reception year which commences in the September following a child’s fourth birthday. Moving up from Little Upton into the main school is a smooth transition for children. The children stay full time and are divided into pastoral care groups. Transition is led by a fully qualified teacher and full time qualified educational assistants. In addition, children are taught by specialist teachers for Drama, French, Mandarin, PE and music. There is a varied and stimulating timetable which includes daily reading, writing and mathematical activities.

Children in Transition follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. They build on their learning in Little Upton Nursery and begin to work towards National Curriculum Key Stage 1. A firm foundation in life is fundamental to the development of a love of learning and we encourage children to socialise and form friendships, to solve problems and challenges, to have a go, to persevere, to co-operate with others and be creative.