NEXT STEPS Early Years Ages 3-5

Why the Gatehouse?

With unlimited use of the whole school facilities and mature staff who understand and appreciate the needs of two year olds through their own time and experience as parents, the children simply could not be better provided for or looked after.

How to apply

Welcome to the Gatehouse Nursery

Welcome to the Gatehouse Nursery; a purpose built stand-alone facility for two year olds where your child can learn, explore and investigate in a secure and nurturing environment. Our dedicated and mature staff work in close partnership with you to understand and enhance the development of your child as an individual learner. Nursery children are very much a part of the wider Gateways community, sharing facilities and interacting with other pupils easing transitions up the school. We warmly invite you to visit the Gatehouse Nursery and see for yourself what we can offer your little one.

Mrs Carol Bartle - Head of Early Years

Head of Early Years

Mrs Carol Bartle - Head of Early Years

A Day in the life of ...

Isabella in Nursery


Daddy drops me off at the Gatehouse Nursery where I am greeted with a big smile and a warm welcome by my Key Practitioner, Mrs Roth. I hang up my coat and bag. Mrs Roth helps me if I ask her to.


This is outdoor fun time. We use our paintbrushes to make magic marks on the ground. We also enjoy playing on the tricycles, digging in the sand tray, splashing in the water tray and playing football.


My favourite time of day - lunch time! We put our aprons on and sit at the table with our friends. To help us remember good manners we sing a little song.


After lunch, we carry out calm activities whilst our friends have a little sleep. Colour sorting, matching and jigsaw puzzles keep our minds and hands busy until our friends wake up.


It is time to have some more fun and explore our nursery and the school grounds, we often go outside for a walk but today we are sowing some beans. We have been learning about Jack and the Beanstalk and hope our beans grow just as tall as Jack’s did!


We have story time before daddy comes to pick me up. Mrs Drake always tells him what I have done, what I have eaten and how good I have been!

What's happening in the Gatehouse Nursery?


15th December 2023

Cherryvine – Autumn 2023

Below is a link to our Autumn term issue of Cherryvine.  In this issue, we focus on ‘growth’ as well as a round up of this term’s trips and events which included...

Read more

10th July 2023

Cherryvine – Summer 23

Below is a link to our Summer term issue of Cherryvine.  In this issue, we focus on wellbeing as well as a round up of this term’s trips and events which included...

Read more

18th April 2023

Cherryvine – Spring 23

In our Spring 2023 issue, we focus on PSHE as well as the usual round up of trip and events. Click here or the image below to download the pdf.

Read more