Millswood Nursery School

Millswood Nursery School started in South Brent where it was part of a preparatory school, and moved to Ivybridge as a Nursery School in 1982.  The nursery was taken over by Rachel Nicholls in September 2008.

The nursery is housed within the grounds of the Catholic Church although it is a totally separate enterprise.   We are very lucky to have a lovely big woodland garden which has been developed to provide a huge amount of learning opportunities.  We are also fortunate to be able to use the grounds of the Church for nature walks.

We are open from 8am – 5pm term time only.  The day is split into a morning (9:15-12:15) and afternoon (1:15-3:45) session, as well as offering an earlier start (optional breakfast), a later finish and a lunch hour where the children bring their own packed lunch and can enjoy a sociable meal time with their friends.


The Nursery comprises of 2 rooms which are all light and airy with bright displays of the children’s work.


Just as the name suggests this is where the messy activities take place such as painting, gluing and sticking, junk modelling, playdough, clay, sand, water and so much more.  As well as adult led activities we have an area where children can freely access a wide range of materials of which they can use to be as creative as their imagination allows!


This is where we meet first thing in the morning and use for any large group times such as singing, music and movement and story times.  The room is divided into different areas including role-play, Small World (Such as trains, cars and a farm yard) & Construction, Book corner, Maths Area, Writing Table and computer.  Sometimes the role-play area is set up as a home corner and other times it may be a shop, a vets or something else stemmed from the children’s current interests.


The nursery is lucky to have a huge garden with a wide range of equipment including a built in sandpit with a kitchen area (all undercover), a gardening area, lots of grass, a builders yard complete with hard hats & high vis jackets, a willow house, a stage with music area and a water wall.  We believe that children thrive in the fresh air and see the garden as an extension to the inside learning environment.  We aim to go outside every day and will alter the activities and resources on offer depending on the weather.

We are registered with OFSTED on the Early Years Register.  Our unique reference number is  EY380701

Our most recent Ofsted inspection took place on 11th November 2013 and we were very pleased to achieve our second grade of OUTSTANDING.  Some of the things that the inspector said about our nursery were:

“There is a very happy and relaxed atmosphere in the setting.  Children’s emotional well-being is extremely well supported due to their individual needs being met and their feelings respected.”

“Children behave extremely well because they are purposefully occupied.”

“The quality of teaching is exemplary, based on practitioners having high expectations of themselves and the children.

“Staff have an excellent knowledge of how children learn.”

“Staff are extremely nurturing to all the children and care for them in an excellent way.  This helps the children to feel safe, self-assured and flourish in the setting.”

“Children are offered delightful learning opportunities in the outdoor area.”

“Staff are immensely thorough and resourceful as they strive towards meeting the highest standards.”

You can read our full report by clicking here.

Please click here for more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).


£2.70 or 1/2 hour funding (optional breakfast charged at £1)
£4.05 or 3/4 hour funding
£16.20 or 3 hours funding
£5.40 or 1 hour funding
£13.50 or 2 ½ hours funding
£4.05 or 3/4 hour funding
£2.70 or 1/2 hour funding
Our hourly rate is £5.40

Food and Drink

If your child is staying for lunch, please send them with a healthy lunchbox with an ice pack included.  In line with the local primary schools we do not allow chocolate bars, sweets or fizzy drinks.  Please note that we are a nut free zone so please bear this in mind when preparing packed lunches.  If you are stuck for ideas for lunches, please speak to a member of staff who will be happy to offer some suggestions.

Snack time

There is always a choice of fresh fruit available and often toast, crackers or breadsticks too. Snack is available for at least 1 hour during both the morning and afternoon sessions.  Our youngest children sit together to have snack with an adult and then as they become more confident, an adult supports them in accessing snack more independently, including pouring their own drink. 

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