Play Areas

The Cubby

This room is home to our youngest children, many of whom begin the nursery life with us at 2 years of age. These children will stay in “The Cubby” until after their third birthday. There is no age restriction on the room, children move up to “The Den” when the room practitioners deem that they are ready to move on (this is also dependent on spaces available in the rooms).

“The Cubby” has a homely family atmosphere for our youngest children, with a spacious enclosed garden designed specifically for their use. Whilst in “The Cubby” we concentrate on developing the children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and their Communication and Language Development (prime areas).

The Den

This room is our main preschool room and caters for our older children. Whilst in this room we continue with the support which has been given to the children from “The Cubby”, however we start to implement the other areas of the curriculum more fully.

There is a strong emphasis on developing each child’s self esteem and their independence skills. The children are encouraged to choose activities independently, prepare their own snack and even wash up! The Den is a large and spacious room with free-flow access to our large garden.


At Saffron Walden Nursery School we are passionate about getting children outside throughout the year, in all weathers. We have a large garden which wraps wraps around our building, designed to meet the needs of all of our children.

All rooms have access immediately into the garden and we operate a free-flow policy, whereby the children are able to use the outdoors whenever they want to. We have many features within our garden including dens, a sensory garden, an allotment, digging pit and even a boat!

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Children's Nursery