Our Nursery - Ducklings

Meet the Team 

Nursery Manager

  Deputy Manager

Mrs Jo Hiscock
Deputy Safeguarding Lead 


Mrs Jo Whitehead



Early Years Educator/PANCo


Early Years Educator


Miss Robyn Walder


Mrs Tina Webster


Welcome to our nursery

St Margaret’s Nursery opened in 2008 as a purpose built 36 place nursery. The nursery is owned by the school's governing body and is registered to take children from the age of three years old. As of June 2017, the nursery along with the two reception classes will be inspected by OFSTED under the 'Early Years' of St Margaret's School. The last OFSTED report, dated May 2015 can be found here

Due to the restrictions on visiting nursery at this time, we have recorded a virtual tour of the nursery to share with you. Please press play below. 


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The nursery comes under the leadership of Mrs Jill Hine (Headteacher) and Mrs Jo Hiscock (Nursery Manager). The day to day running of the nursery is managed by Mrs Jo Whitehead (Deputy Nursery Manager). Both are supported by Early Years Educators who have a full and relevant level 3 or 6 qualification. The nursery is run on a staff: child ratio of 1:4 or 1:8 depending on the age of children within the nursery environment.


We have three goldfish (Bob, Nemo and Dory) and the resident ducks that the children feed and observe daily.

Opening Times

The nursery is open 50 weeks of the year from 8.30am – 4.30pm , five days a week. Children can access sessional, full day, term time or 50 weeks a year spaces.

The free entitlement sessions are from: 8.30am-11.30am and 1.00pm-4.00pm for 15 FE hours or 8.30am-2.30pm for 30 FE hours.

The Nursery Environment

Our aim is to provide a nursery in which young children can feel confident, happy, secure and content as they learn through play. We will achieve this by creating an attractive and stimulating environment where members of staff are approachable and welcoming, where parents and their views are valued, where the best possible early years provision will be made available, and where children of all needs and abilities are welcomed and given complete access to the full provision of the nursery.

Outside Environment 

We have a well-established outside environment that consists of:

All weathered covered area, mud kitchen, sand and gravel pit, water area, raised vegetable and plant area and Acorn corner where children can access mathematical and language and literacy activities.

The children can access tyres and planks of wood for balancing and building. Climbing wall, climbing frame and slide as well as well-loved bikes and cars.

We are able to access a wonderful wildlife area, this includes a classroom and 3 large ponds where the children can explore pond life as well as caring for our resident ducks. This area is totally secured by fencing and locked gates. We are lucky enough to be able to view this from the nursery garden.

As part of our curriculum the children have the opportunity to attend Forest School for a five week period one afternoon a week.


We would be pleased to add your child to our waiting list. Please return a completed application form, with a copy of your child`s birth certificate to:

Address: Mrs J Hiscock,
St Margaret`s Nursery,
The Mardens,
West Sussex,
RH11 0AQ. 
Email Address:  jo.hiscock@stmagsifield.co.uk
Telephone Number: 01293 421080

Applications need to be received by the 31st January, to be considered for a place in the following September intake. The Nursery application forms can be found at the bottom of this screen. 


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Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator (PANCo) 

Miss Walder is our PANCo. She is responsible for promoting the health and wellbeing for the children, families and staff in the nursery. In our entrance hall you will find a board displaying helpful tips, hints and advice from Miss Walder.



Part of Miss Walder’s role is to share best practice in providing an enjoyable range of health-promoting activities within the setting. Please see the website links below. Both these websites are full of useful hints and tips in relation to healthy choices we can make for our families.



Contact Us

The Primary School, The Mardens, Ifield, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 0AQ

Mr Steve Chambers
01293 521077

Contact Us

The Nursery, The Mardens, Ifield, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 0AQ

Mrs Hiscock
01293 421080