Nutkins and Squirrels

Nutkins (16 months – 2 years)

We can accommodate 16 children between 18 months and 2.5 years in the Nutkins room, with a 1:3 staffing ratio. The children have free-flow access to the outdoor zone of their main playroom. There they can explore the garden, play on bikes, paint, enjoy waterplay, or just sit quietly on the AstroTurf and look at books.

Squirrels (2 years – 3 years)

We can accommodate up to 20 children in the Squirrels room, where staff work on a 1:4 ratio. Staff provide a variety of stimulating activities both indoors and outdoors to help your child learn reach his or her developmental potential.

The children have access to a child-friendly toilet area for when they are ready to start potty training. If your child still needs an afternoon nap, he or she is welcome to join other children who sleep in the Nutkin room, which is transformed into a sleep area from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

Highwood nursery workers


We realise that children develop and learn in different ways. The Early Years Foundation Stage framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities. A variety of activities will be provided through our continuous provision each day, which will encourage your child to learn and develop. These activities will be planned, purposeful play opportunities, both adult-led and child-initiated.


Play opportunities will be offered that are enjoyable and age and stage appropriate. These opportunities promote personal, social and emotional development. They also promote physical development, communication, literacy and mathematics, plus an understanding of the world and the expressive arts.

Staff will be guided by the different ways in which children learn as they participate in following types of activity:

  • Playing and exploring – children investigate and explore things.
  • Active learning – children enjoy achievements and learn to persevere.
  • Creating and thinking critically – children develop their own ideas and make links between ideas while developing strategies for doing things.

Nursery teacher playing with children

Other age groups

Please click on the images below to find out more about each age group.

Highwood Nursery

Brockenhurst College
Lyndhurst Road
SO42 7ZE

Contact Details

01590 625332