Nature Kindergarten

As part of our statutory duty, we follow the core EYFS (early years foundation stage) in our daily practice and each day our children have opportunity to develop skills in the 7 areas of development.

At Saplings, our children play. In the early years deep learning occurs through meaningful, freely chosen and engaged play, not through a series of adult planned and guided tasks. A rush to start reading and writing with too much focus on academic skills during the early years has little impact on later ability or achievement and in some cases can be damaging.

Our nursery is intentionally small, most sessions will have only 12 or 13 children. We believe children thrive in smaller groups with a higher ratio of adults than in a traditional early years setting, much as they would experience in a close knit extended family. By keeping our group small, we can provide more individualised care and attention.


Fees & Funding

We are open from 8am -5pm Monday – Friday during County Durham School term times.

Our hourly rates are £5.60/hour for children of all ages. Children are expected to attend for a minimum of 2 days per week.