The Avenue Nursery Petersfield
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The Avenue Pre-school at Steep -  ages 18 months to 5 years
8am to 3pm, Monday to Friday, Hampshire term time

Our village Pre-School is just 5 minutes from Petersfield centre, and is nestled in superb countryside. It is a homely and engaging learning environment with resources ever changing to suit the interests of the children. This wonderful "hidden gem" continues The Avenue Early Years vision, our 'playfully creating the foundations of learning' approach to care and education. 

Our space is beautifully furnished, and offers wonderful opportunities for a full range of outdoor learning in the formal garden, our wild garden, and out and about in the neighbouring woodlands and farmland. We have a dedicated discovery space for encouraging early STEM* enquiry and celebrate scientific and mathematical achievement; we have weekly sports coaching, cookery, French and music workshops ...and we venture out daily to play in our early learning wild garden and discover the beautiful countryside around us.                            
(*Science - Technology - Engineering & Maths)

We have a breakfast club from 8am every day for pre-school and primary school children and we walk older children to Steep Primary ready for registration at 8.45.

We are offering the additional Government childcare funding, giving up to 30 hours of free childcare per term time week. 

"A real gem... I'm so happy to have found you!"
- Parent, The Pre-School at Steep

“Our Pre-school is a bright, homely, loving, nurturing and fun place for children to be. We spend many mornings in the woods, exploring in our wild garden, and creating imaginative play days with the children.  We make & bake each week, provide opportunities for creative art & design daily, share topics/views & news during circle time and encourage confidence and uniqueness in our Pre-Schoolers.

We holistically develop languages, encourage messy play and expose our children to the wonder of music & movement. At the end of a busy day, we have a group of grown-ups, trying to persuade their children to leave Pre-School – which is a testament to how much they love being here! Steep has a magic about it, which makes it a haven for little ones, out in the countryside.”   - Tafflene, Pre-School Supervisor


30 Hours Free Childcare​ 
We offer up to 30 hours per week for eligible 3 & 4 year olds. 

Note for all families: you will need to apply for an eligibility code before 
April for summer term bookings of the 15 additional hours.


Learning is Child-led
Playing is Fun