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Ofsted 'Outstanding' and the first yurt-based outdoor nursery school, Farley Sparsholt really is a nursery like no other.

What makes us special

A few highlights
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Stunning yurts

We are the first unique yurt-based nursery in the UK where children have yurts as classrooms.

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An Ofsted Outstanding nursery

Our nursery has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted which means we excel in the education and care of children.

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Time with animals

With the agricultural college at Sparsholt next door, children can visit the livestock and observe and sometimes handle all sorts of animals, from meerkats to a red panda, at the Animal Management Centre.

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We’re proud to be rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, which means we excel in the care and education of children.

At Farley Sparsholt we use outdoor learning to make the most of our beautiful setting, ensuring children experience the joy and wonder of learning through nature and its changing seasons.

We’ve taken inspiration from the pioneers of early learning and blended the Early Years Foundation Stage framework with our own Storal programmes. Our hybrid approach allows children to reach their full potential at their own pace and in their own time.

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Mealtimes at Farley Sparsholt are a time for children to refuel, be sociable and learn about nutrition.

Our healthy snacks and delicious fresh food are cooked every day by our onsite chef using seasonal and local produce when we can. Children experience new flavours and look forward to their favourite dishes while older children help in our kitchen.

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Hello and welcome to our Farley Sparsholt.

Our nursery school is a very special place to learn and play. We’re the UK’s first yurt-based outdoor nursery school with our two-acre site surrounded by the fields and animals of Sparsholt College. Even though they spend so much of their time outside, our yurts provide a mellow and memorable space for children with their acoustics, sensory atmosphere and cosy sheep’s wool coverings in the winter.

Every day at Farley we encourage children to be curious and imaginative in our wonderful outdoor learning environment. In doing so, they soon develop a real love of learning and a curious mind.

Our experienced team come with a wealth of early years learning insight. We know that every child is different with their own story to tell, so we make sure that your child learns in a way and at a pace that’s right for them.

Seeing is believing at Farley Sparsholt so do come along and say hello. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to our magical setting.

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Michelle Overton
Nursery Manager
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Farley Sparsolt

Our yurt classrooms provide a special haven for your child, offering outstanding care and learning for children aged 6 months to 5 years old.

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Offering so many opportunities for sensory discovery, Farley’s outdoor setting is incorporated in our play for this age group, helping babies learn and develop new skills, from walking to talking.

After a busy morning of exploring and learning, there’s time to recharge. We know how important naps are, and make sure that when they need it, they can.

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As their story begins to take shape growing toddlers are given the time and space to be more independent, discover and learn. Children learn to play alongside each other and become more aware of the world around them. Our experienced educators encourage language development too, starting with simple sounds and building to sentences.

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With growing confidence and ability, we prepare our pre-school children for the learning journey ahead with a focus on phonics, numbers and social skills. We’ll also work with you to help your child with toilet training, giving them lots of support and encouragement along the way.

Children spend their final year at Farley preparing for primary school. By this time, they are starting to form firm friendships and have experienced the outdoor learning environment in full throughout the year. With their voices heard in our very own council, they leave us as independent, curious and confident learners, ready for the next chapter of their own story.

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Out Of School Clubs

We know that balancing all your commitments can be a challenge. Our Breakfast (from 7:30 am) and After School Club (until 6:00 pm) are here to make the daily juggle easier.

Amidst all that learning, there’s plenty of time for play with games, creative activities and outdoor fun.


If children prefer some time away from the hustle and bustle, our quiet area is equipped with reading books and spaces to complete homework.


Whether it’s breakfast to start the day or a hearty meal after school, all of our nutritious food is freshly prepared daily.

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Farley Sparsholt Outdoor Nursery School
Farley Sparsholt Outdoor Nursery School
Farley Sparsholt Outdoor Nursery School
Farley Sparsholt Outdoor Nursery School
Farley Sparsholt Outdoor Nursery School
Farley Sparsholt Outdoor Nursery School
Photography by Fred Howarth, Delve Architects and Alexandra Tandy

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