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.

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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 ...

Dale in Nursery


Mummy drops me off at the Gatehouse Nursery where I am greeted by my Key Practitioner Mrs Drake. I hang up my coat and bag, Mrs Drake helps me if I ask her to. I post the hand with my name on it in the postbox to let everyone know that I have arrived.


This is creative time. At the moment we are making Father's Day cards. We use our hands and the paint to make a crab shape for the front of the card.


My favourite time of day - lunch time! We put our aprons on and then hold onto the rings on the walkerdile, ready to walk to lunch. We eat our lunch in the main school Dining Room.


After lunch, most days I have a nap. I take Black Sheep and Brown Monkey with me as I always sleep with them.


Every day we go for a Toddle Waddle around the grounds. We explore nature and look at how the seasons change. Today we are looking for creepy crawlies.


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

What's happening in the Gatehouse Nursery?


22nd February 2021

Gateways Early Years lands...

Our Early Years department recently made it into the National Finals for ‘Best Early Years In School’ in the annual Nursery World Awards for the second year running. This means that Gateways...

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16th December 2020

Autumn term Cherryvine

Catch up with the latest news and developments at Gateways in our termly round up –  Cherryvine. Download the pdf of our Autumn Term 2020 issue here  

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9th November 2020

Finalists once again for...

Gateways School Early Years Provision has once again made it to the finals of the prestigious Nursery World Awards Last year we were finalists in the “Best Early Years Provision in a...

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