School Name

Wildground Federation

Learn and succeed together for the journey ahead

School Name

Wildground Nursery School


Welcome to Wildground Nursery


Wildground Nursery is an excellent Teacher Led Setting within an Outstanding Early Years Provision located at Wildground Infant School in Dibden Purlieu, just outside the village of Hythe in Southampton. The provision is led by Molly Mullen (Ba Hons) an experienced Early Years Teacher supported by early years practitioners. Molly works closely with the strong Early Years Team and SENCO within the infant school.


We are a fully inclusive setting offering a high quality, safe, nurturing environment where children learn through play. We support child development through the use of the foundation stage framework and our partnerships with parents, carers and the wider community. We use Makaton, cued articulation, small group times, language box and many other interventions and strategies to ensure all children are well supported within their development. We aim to build strong foundations for every child to achieve their potential and prepare your child for their continuing educational journey with our federation values "Learn and Succeed Together for the Journey Ahead" at the heart of all activities.


We offer preschool sessions to children from two years old between the hours of 8am and 4pm during term time with flexible start and finish times to accommodate our families childcare needs. Parents can access free government funding, this includes: 2 year funding, 15 hours funding, 30 hours funding and tax-free childcare. No registration fees and deposits required. 


When a child joins Wildground Nursery, they join a family group which consists of a small group of children. Click here to see our family group leaders. 


Click here to find out about the curriculum we are following.

What does Wildground Nursery have to offer? 


At Wildground Nursery our overall aim is to enable children to become independent, confident and resilient learners. We believe young children are capable researchers, collaborators, communicators, who can think critically and solve problems.


Our aim is to provide rich, engaging experiences that spark children’s love of learning. Children’s eagerness to learn is achieved through staff’s high expectations of what they can achieve. Wildground Nursery provides an adventurous start to each child's journey, giving them the skills they need to learn throughout their lives, and fostering strong positive relationships and an enthusiasm for learning.


We are passionate about teaching and learning and continuously reflect on our practice through a focus on both research and pedagogy. At the heart of our work with children is the relationship with families and we endeavour to support and develop wonderful, warm relationships with all our families. We understand children must be engaged in meaningful, first hand experiences as a powerful means to drive children's learning forward.


Welcome Booklet: Daily Routine

Indoor Learning Environment

Outdoor Learning Environment

“Outside is a natural environment for children and there is a freedom associated with the space which cannot be replicated inside. If children feel at home in a particular space it seems natural to teach them in that area; education should not be a burden but an enjoyable experience. Children playing and learning in an outdoor environment appear more active, absorbed, motivated and purposeful, and develop a more positive attitude to learning. The outdoors is the perfect place to learn through movement, which is one of the four vehicles through which children can learn (the others being play, talk and sensory experiences). All of these happen more naturally outside, and so it is important that children have lots of space and opportunities to move in different ways. In a school setting, activities suitable for young children include running, jumping, climbing, digging, crawling through and under things, using tricycles and bicycles as well as playing ball. The current emphasis on provision of good quality outdoor play for children in the Foundation Stage (EYFS) has increased awareness of the learning that takes place when children are physically active. Some of children’s most developed language emerges naturally when they are playing outdoors, and for many children the opportunity to run around being noisy is denied them in other contexts.”


Quoted from Acornhouse School: The importance of outdoor exploratory play in Early Years.

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