About Our Nursery

We are a happy, friendly and stimulating Nursery, which takes full advantage of being a part of Liden Academy. We welcome children from two years old up to four years. At Liden Academy Nursery we nurture and care for your child to ensure that their transition from the familiarity of home into our environment allows both you and your child to feel confident in our care. We recognise and celebrate that all children are individuals and we encourage them to become confident, independent and to develop their sense of self.

We have a number of scheduled open days throughout the year should you like to take a look around our nursery. You do not need to pre-book. Just come along at the times specified below:

Scheduled Open Days

Saturday 20th January 2024 – 10am to midday – no appointment necessary

Nursery Admissions

Our next nursery admission date is April 2024 and applications should be sent to the school office by 31st January 2024 (application packs are available for collection from our school reception area)

Should you be unable to attend any of our open days, but would like to have a look around our nursery and/or school, please call the school office on 01793 531025 or email  [email protected] to arrange your visit – Every day is an Open Day!

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Key Workers and Learning Journeys

At Liden Academy Nursery, we operate a key person system where children are assigned to the member of staff who will see them the most. During their settling in time, should they develop a stronger bond with a different member of staff, then we would look to change their key person as we would rather the bond is one of natural choosing. The key person is primarily responsible for building a relationship with you as a parent, gathering information about your child and their home life through the course of the settling sessions, and from then on they will support your child’s growth and development through close observation, careful planning and the sharing of learning through our online platform called Tapestry. Login details will be provided by the Nursery team, when your child starts.

Resources and activities

Throughout the nursery, children are offered the opportunity to participate in a variety of learning experiences. These experiences are devised following careful observations of your children whilst taking into consideration individual likes and particular interests of the moment. All experiences follow our philosophy of a ‘hands on’ approach, which ensures children learn through play and exploration, as children learn at their highest level in their play. A variety of activities are provided throughout the day with children choosing which ones they wish to access. The nursery operates a free flow, indoor-outdoor approach to children’s learning. Children have the opportunity to access a range of activities, either indoors or out, on a daily basis, regardless of the weather. The focus of all experiences is on the importance of the process involved for the children rather than the end product.

Our Team

At Liden Academy Nursery, we have taken great care in choosing a committed, enthusiastic and professional team of staff, ensuring that experience, professionalism and qualifications are matched to each area of the nursery. With a good understanding of children’s individual needs, the staff can plan the next steps for your child’s play, learning and development. We have a qualified teacher who oversees provision in Foxes and Squirrels as well as teaching daily in Squirrel class. This means that we can plan and deliver a wide range of activities to develop confidence in skills required within their first year of school.

Suzanne Taylor – Leader of Early Years Learning

Mrs Taylor is Deputy Principal of Liden Academy and designated safeguarding lead.

Jessica Bishop  – Nursery Room Leader

Mrs Bishop is the Nursery Room Leader in the Bumble Bee pre-school class, with our 3-4 year old children.

Jade Schofield – Nursery Assistant

Miss Schofield works in the Bumblebee pre-school class, with our 3-4 year old children.


Sharon John – Nursery Assistant

Mrs John works in the Bumblebee pre-school class, with our 3-4 year old children.


Jackie Wright-Neville – Nursery Assistant

Mrs Wright-Neville works in the Bumblebee pre-school class, with our 3-4 year old children.


Kate Griffin – Nursery Room Leader

Mrs Griffin is the Nursery Room Leader in Fox and Squirrel nursery classes, for our 2-3 year old children.

Rebekah Reid – Nursery Assistant

Mrs Reid works with in the Foxes and Squirrels nursery class, for our 2 – 3 year old children.

Miss Haywood

Lucy Haywood – Nursery Assistant

Miss Haywood works in the Foxes and Squirrels nursery classes, for our 2 – 3 year old children.

Mrs Harper-Evans

Zoe Harper-Evans – Nursery MDSA

Mrs Harper-Evans works in the Bumblebees pre-school room.

Sharon Baker

Sharon Baker – Nursery MDSA

Mrs Baker takes works in the Foxes and Squirrels nursery classes.

Tracey Booth – Admin Officer

Mrs Booth takes care of administration for the Nursery.

Looking for a New Primary School or Nursery place?

We are located on the outskirts of East Swindon and set in beautiful grounds with lots of outdoor space.

Every day is an Open Day – We welcome you to visit us any weekday by calling us on 01793 5231025 to arrange a visit

OR come along to one of our Weekend Open Days – Next scheduled date Saturday 20th January 2024 – 10:00 until midday.

Apply now to join Liden Academy – 2 to 11 year olds

Primary School Applications – for September 2024, complete online – closing date 15th Jan 2024.

New Nursery Applications and Session Changes now accepted for April 2024 – closing date 31st January 2024

(Upcoming Early Years Funding changes starting April 2024 – latest news on Childcare Choices)