Welcome to The Thorpe Explorers

Located in the grounds of Thorpe House School's Pre-Prep Department and recently beautifully refurbished, Thorpe Explorers is a nursery with a difference.

We combine the flexibility of wrap-a-round care with fun, engaging sessions that lay the foundations for a lifetime of learning. Morning 'school ready' sessions focus on academic preparation for starting school the following September and for this reason, boys can join us in the September following their 3rd birthday.


We believe we offer parents something other nurseries cannot; nursery provision with a strong academic foundation. However, we’re not just about preparing them for school in September; we strongly believe you also need to holistically develop the individual child in order to raise their self-esteem and nurture self-belief. A happy boy is after all, a happy learner.

The nursery day at Thorpe Explorers is carefully constructed to ensure that every Explorer has a full and well-paced day, with quiet time to ponder and reflect. Our ‘school ready’ morning sessions provide a strong academic foundation with preparation in number work, phonics, reading, handwriting, music, art / design technology, science and French, amidst free-flow, child-initiated learning opportunities. In the afternoon, Explorers enjoy twice weekly swimming lessons in the school pool; weekly music lessons with a specialist teacher; weekly French lessons with a specialist teacher; weekly cookery sessions in the Pre-Prep Food Room; and twice weekly Forest School sessions in the adjacent Austenwood Common (for more information about our Thorpe Explorers’ Forest School click here).

Following the morning ‘school ready’ sessions, Explorers can opt to remain for a freshly prepared, hot lunch cooked by the school chef. To foster independence, boys are encouraged to serve themselves and whilst they are sitting at the table, good table manners and remaining at the table until everyone is finished is encouraged. The boys also enjoy a fresh fruit and vegetable snack at break time which they prepare themselves.

The transition from nursery to reception can often be a big step which is why in addition to our ‘school ready ’ mornings, nursery and reception boys will regularly benefit from interacting with one another through free-flow activity. This will provide them with a smooth transition, as they will already be familiar with their surroundings, making moving to ‘big school’ much less challenging.

We currently practice an open door policy and are proud of the warm partnership we have with all our parents. Parents are actively involved in nursery life; invited in to talk to the boys about family life, cultures, customs, jobs they do and any other special interest and talents they might have.

Nursery hours are 07.30 – 18.00 during term time. Our Early Explorers’ breakfast club is available between 07.30 – 08.20 and our Explorers’ Cove after school club offers after-school care between 15.30 – 18.00. There is an additional charge for both of these.  From September 2019, it will be compulsory for Explorers to attend nursery full time, Monday to Friday, 08.20 – 15.30.  Our current nursery fees can be found here, but in September 2019 these will be amended to reflect the compulsory full time hours.

To find out what makes us special and our boys such happy learners, please visit us either at one of our upcoming open mornings or call 01753 882474 for an individual tour.

Mirela Treves, Thorpe Explorers’ nursery teacher

``We chose Thorpe House Nursery predominantly because we fell in love with Mrs Treves, the nursery teacher; she is so warm, welcoming and bubbly. The nursery facilities are great and our son always comes out beaming, having enjoyed the variety of activities he has participated in. He is looking forward to joining Reception in September and we’re confident that the preparation nursery has given him will make the transfer as seamless as possible.``

Nursery parent

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