Manor Farm Nursery School is run by Mrs Cherida Daniel and a committed team of experienced teachers.

We are located in Netherhampton only one mile from the centre of Salisbury.

The Nursery has gained a very good reputation over the years with local families and primary schools.

The Nursery is rated as ‘Outstanding’ in all areas and is registered with OFSTED for children between the ages of 0-8 years old.

We cater for a wide range of children living either in the surrounding villages and countryside or in Salisbury.

We are open 5 days a week for 50 weeks of the year and take children from 0-5 years old and up to 8 years old for Tea Time and Holiday Club.

We have children from a variety of backgrounds and offer very good support to those with special needs.

We are situated in the former school buildings of the idyllic village of Netherhampton just off the ring road.

We are committed to outdoor learning and healthy living and we offer exceptional outdoor facilities.

OFSTED report

“Outcomes for children are outstanding” 

“Older children very confidently know letter sounds. They recognise them in songs and words and enthusiastically write their names.”

‘The children count very competently and determine the relative sizes and properties of shapes. Many children also know colours and numbers in French.” 

“Younger children excitedly discover how to use tools competently to move water or pasta.”

“Children learning English as an additional language make rapid progress, gaining confidence to talk in a few months.”

“Babies and toddlers very enthusiastically join in simple action songs and rapidly learn the names of animals.”

We are rated “Outstanding” in all areas by OFSTED

OFSTED (The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) inspect and regulate services that care for children and services providing education.


The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding.”  

“Staff plan very diverse and highly stimulating activities.”

“Staff plan specific and highly challenging next steps in learning each week.”

“Staff use their excellent knowledge of children’s development to continually extend children’s achievements.”

“Staff know each child particularly well and this is highly effective when babies and children are settling in, so that they are extremely secure.”

“Personal development, behaviour and welfare are outstanding”

“Children and staff have excellent, respectful relationships.”

“Children show great consideration for each other.”

“Leaders work very effectively with school staff so that children’s move to school is seamless.”

“Staff ensure that the children have very well-developed investigative skills.”


“The effectiveness of the leadership and management is outstanding.  Leaders assess children’s rapid progress very accurately and there are no gaps in learning.”


Our Opening Times & Term Times

Morning and afternoon sessions are held from Monday to Friday from 9am to 12 noon and 12 noon to 3pm with the option of an early morning start at 8 or 8.30am and a late finish from 3pm to 3:30pm or 5.30-6pm. The Tea Time Club runs from 3.30 to 5.30pm or can extend to 6pm.

Siblings and children up to 8 years old can also attend Tea Time and Holiday Club. The Holiday Club is open the same hours as during term time for children up to 8 years old.

All Children bring a packed lunch and the nursery provides a cooked tea for all the children attending. It is possible for children coming for the morning session to stay for lunch until 1pm or for children to arrive at 12 noon for lunch and the afternoon session

The Aims of the School

We aim to provide a happy, secure and stimulating environment, prepared to meet the varying needs of the individual children at the different stages of their development, where they can gain a love of learning, a broad understanding of the world around them, develop socially and emotionally through their interaction with others and grow as individuals to reach their full potential.

“Staff have the highest expectations of what each child can achieve, continually providing great challenge.”


Our Approach

We aim for children spend as much time as possible involved in outside play and learning using our all-weather playground, lovely garden, outdoor learning house and new covered outdoor learning area.

We introduce the children to a wide range of activities, stimulating their natural interest to learn facts and to acquire and perfect skills.  We encourage the children to be active and to choose equipment that interests them.

We have special sections for books, language,  number work, computers, puzzles, games, construction, practical life, a home corner with dressing-up, painting, drawing, cutting and sticking, modelling, nature and science, sensorial material, and sand and water.

The equipment has been chosen to aid development in specific areas, which include:  Concentration, Co-ordination, Sense of Order, Hand Dexterity, Independence, Play and Social skills.

The children also have plenty of opportunity to develop their creative, imaginative and investigative skills.  They always have a project to follow which includes many art and craft tasks, and opportunities to investigate aspects related to the topic.  When possible we have visitors or organisations, linked to the project, come to the school.  We try to respond to each child’s individual needs.


“Staff use excellent questions, for example, so that children can describe how they created a complex pattern or a picture of a flower from a basic shape. Children very confidently play musical instruments rhythmically, remembering their individual responsibilities for the sound effects for the song.”


The Staff

Manor Farm Nursery School is run by Mrs Cherida Daniel who has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Design, the International Montessori Teaching Diploma for children 2 1/2 to 6 years old and has obtained the Early Years Professional Status.  Cherida Daniel founded the very successful Bright Sparks Nursery School near Newbury and lives near Salisbury.  We have a very strong and stable team of qualified teachers and nursery practitioners. The staff build up strong relationships with the children and parent/carers through our key person system.

We have two members of the nursery team that have obtained The Early Years Professional Status which is aimed at providing well-skilled and highly motivated graduate practitioners with the expertise to lead high quality practice.

Cherida Daniel


“The very highly trained staff continually improve teaching by checking that they provide extremely stimulating activities.”
“The manager selects staff astutely to maintain the ethos of the nursery and the seamless teamwork.”


Manor Farm Nursery is located in the idyllic rural village of Netherhampton only a mile west out of Salisbury just off the Harnham road.  It is easily accessible with plenty of parking. It is in a beautiful setting, the old school buildings provide three light, attractive classrooms for the children which all lead out onto an all weather playground beyond this lies an attractive grassed play area with outdoor learning house.  At the far end of the garden is our new outdoor covered learning area where children can play and learn all the year round. 

The Caterpillar Room

This class room caters for babies and toddlers up to 24 months old.


This class room caters for babies and toddlers up to 24 months old. It is well designed to cater for this age group with a lovely bright play area, cosy sleep area and a space for eating/table top activities. The children have lots of opportunities to learn in a sensorial way and are introduced to a wide variety of materials which vary in size, weight, colour, texture, sound and smell. The children also love the messy play which includes gloop, paint, foam, sand and water. Circle time is introduced with the children learning each other’s names and simple activities to help develop their listening and speaking skills. They also enjoy taking part in group activities, which also helps them develop social skills and learn to share. The children have plenty of fresh air the classroom leads out into the all-weather playground and the garden beyond. The room has very large windows allowing the children to observe the rest of the busy nursery life going on including activities in the playground. The experienced teachers running this classroom keep detailed daily records of the children and have close relationships with the parents and carers.

The Ladybird Room

This class room caters for children from 20 months up to 36 months.


This class room caters for children from 20 months up to 36 months. It is a bright and stimulating room carefully organised with a wide variety of resources in easy reach of the children. The children enjoy a combination of free play and adult led calmer activities. The children are encouraged and supported at all times to be active, inquisitive and independent learners. They have many opportunities to solve problems and knowledge and skills learnt of the world around them are often demonstrated through their play.  Materials designed to encourage exploration and practical life skills are introduced to encourage independence and confidence. The classroom leads directly into the all-weather playground allowing children plenty of time for outdoor leaning and play. The children in this class take part in a simple assembly designed to further develop their listening, speaking and social/turn taking skills. Circle times include singing, percussion, turn taking games, and stories/puppets. The very knowledgeable staff running this class use individual books for each child to communicate with parents and carers.

The Butterfly Room

This class room caters for children from 2 ½ years old and 3 and 4 year olds.


This class room caters for children from 2 ½ years old and 3 and 4 year olds. It is a light, attractive and spacious environment. The layout of equipment is carefully arranged, everything being in its place within easy reach of the children, allowing lots of child-initiated play. Also there is an assembly area used for group adult-led activities. The space is big enough to allow rainy day activities such as assault courses, music and movement, drama and parachute games and it has the bonus of a piano. Outside the main classroom is a playground which allows the free flow children giving them choice of being inside or out. We have a balance of child led and adult led activities, through these children learn to develop their positive self-image, natural curiosity, the ability to think creatively and communicate with independence and confidence.  An increased interest in joint play such as make-believe, construction and games helps children to learn the important social skills of sharing and co-operation during our sessions. We have specialist teachers that deliver enhanced activities in French, Music, Dance, Football, and Forest school. Through the process of enjoying and achieving we are continually supporting children to become independent and confident learners.


Manor Farm Nursery has amazing outdoor facilities.


All three classrooms lead out into an all weather playground in which children enjoy a wide range of activities including riding the balance bikes, playing in our huge sand pit, making tunes on our sound wall, building on the construction wall, driving cars down the ramp wall or mark making and drawing on our chalk wall. We have a lovely grassed garden with a wide variety of resources including climbing frames, a tyre stack, bug hotel and natural world investigation area, water play, den making, slides and balance equipment. In our garden we have a large sheltered learning house ideal for group activities, story time, snack time and it is also used as a quiet area for looking at books. We also have a very large covered outdoor learning area. This area forms another classroom that we use all the year round. In this area we have mud kitchens, a drawing wall, a painting wall, weaving, posting, letter and sounds wall, numbers and maths area and craft area. We have a range of zones for small world play including elves and fairies, african and jungle animals, farm yard play, dinosaurs, tipper trucks and stones and knights and castle play. We have sensory activities using resources like lentils, rice, spaghetti/pasta, modelling materials, natural objects and materials. We also do lots of messy play activities using materials like foam, gloop, cornflour, snow powder and jelly.


The Curriculum is carefully planned to cover the main areas of learning, as set out below, providing a firm foundation for the children’s overall development.   We believe that learning should be fun and provide an interesting and broad approach to:
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development   (confidence, relationships, concentration, independence, sensitivity and expression)
  • Communication and Language (expression, listening and vocabulary)
  • Mathematics (colour, shape, pattern, language, numbers, practical problems, number rhymes and songs)
  • Understanding of the World (awareness of family, home, living things, objects, events, materials, technology)
  • Expressive Arts and Design (imagination, music, art & craft, senses)
  • Literacy (sharing books, letter shapes and sounds)
  • Physical Development (co-ordination, small and large motor movements, spatial awareness)

We carefully observe and keep detailed records of each child, a summary of which is passed on to their next school.  We have contact with the local state and independent schools to help ease the transition between nursery and school.

We aim for the children to be able to move on to the next stage of their education, confident in their own abilities, interested in the world about them and aware of the needs of others.

‘Staff continually extend children’s critical thinking so that children continue to be highly successful at school.’  OFSTED

Enhanced Activities



French songs, games, numbers, colours, animals and books are part of a wide range of activities covered during these sessions.



Basic soccer skills including dribbling, passing and shooting are learnt. The children have a huge amount of fun during these professionally run sessions.



Learning to sing really well and to use percussion instruments form the basis of these sessions. The children take great delight in sharing some of what they have learnt with their parents during the Christmas Plays and Easter Concerts.



Free expression is combined with simple sequences and learnt movements like learning to skip.

Our Catchment Area

We are located in Netherhampton only one mile from the centre of Salisbury and have children attending from the following areas:

  • Salisbury
  • Wilton
  • Netherhampton
  • Chilhampton
  • Alderbury
  • Little Durnford
  • South Newton
  • Great Wishford
  • Old Sarum
  • Netton
  • Stapleford
  • Little Langford
  • Laverstock
  • Milford
  • Ugford
  • Charlton All Saints
  • Farley
  • Pitton
  • Firsdown
  • Winterbourne Earls
  • Middle Woodford
  • Quidhampton
  • Bemerton
  • Stratford Sub Castle
  • Paul’s Dean
  • Harnham
  • Coombe Bisset
  • Homington
  • Odstock
  • Britford
  • Stratford Tony
  • Bishopstone
  • Stoke Farthing
  • West Grimstead
  • Broad Chalke
  • Compton Chamberlayne
  • Baverstock
  • Burcombe
  • Barford St Martin
  • Fovant
  • Dinton
  • Lower Woodford


All children need to bring a coat and boots (hats and gloves if cold and sun hats and cream if hot) to nursery everyday. 

Water proof clothing needs to be provided for Forest Fun, which takes place in all weather conditions.


Policies and Procedures

We have policies and procedures to cover all areas including Safeguarding, Special Needs, Equal Opportunities, Complaints and Confidentiality.  These are available for parents to read and are displayed on our parents’ notice board.

Minor injuries are recorded on accident sheets. When the child is collected the parents are notified and asked to sign the sheet. In the case of a more serious accident every effort will be made to contact the parents. In an emergency a doctor or an ambulance will be called. The main team of  staff have taken first aid courses.

A child with sickness or diarrhoea should be kept away from the School for at least 24 hours after the last occurrence.  In case of infectious disease, a child should only return to the School when the doctors say it is safe to do so.  Any allergies or health problems should be reported to the staff.  Please tell the staff of any changes in family circumstances as this may affect the child’s behavior and emotional state.  If a child is unwell at school the parents will be contacted.

The Nursery has a no smoking policy. Fire Drill is regularly practised. The procedure is displayed on the notice board.

Parents are required to fill in a collection consent form.  Children can only be collected by someone other than their parent with their parents consent.

“Safeguarding is effective. All staff are very vigilant and know to report any concerns to the manager.” 


The staff value the daily contact with the parents and carers and welcome them into the school to see what the children are doing. 

We have induction mornings and find out detailed information concerning each new child. 

We conduct two year old checks and discuss in detail each child’s development at Parent’s Evenings. 

We are also available on an ongoing basis to discuss the progress of each child. 

We appreciate any contribution that the parents would like to make to the school’s activities, especially with the project work.

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The manager and staff cultivate a highly productive partnership with parents. Parents say the activities are a fundamental part of their children’s lives” 

Parents are highly confident in the staff to provide excellent care for younger babies.”


Holiday Club (Open for all children)

  • We are open during the holidays for holiday club
  • All children are welcome (not just children attending Manor Farm Nursery)
  • We are by registered with OFSTED to take children from 0-8years old.
  • We offer amazing indoor and outdoor facilities including our new large covered outdoor area, lovely garden and well-equipped playground
  • We are situated just off the ring road, one mile from the city centre

Autumn 2020

  • 22nd October 2020 – 30th October 2020
  • 8am – 6 pm
  • £6 per hour (£6.75 for under 2 years old)
  • For more information please phone 01722 743 978

Christmas 2020

  • 21, 22, 23, 29 and 30 December 2020
  • 8am – 6 pm
  • £6 per hour (£6.75 for under 2 years old)
  • For more information please phone 01722 743 978
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