We are

The Old School House Nursery

at Sancton

An Outstanding Rated Nursery in the East Riding of Yorkshire


Welcome to Our Nursery

The Old School House Nursery opened in August 2000 in the old village school in Sancton after its owner and Director Sally had searched endlessly for a place to set down roots for her Business.

We are the first private day nursery to start providing childcare in the Market Weighton area and so our journey began......

We are a family-run business that reacts quickly to local needs, but more importantly, can respond personally to the families that we serve. Sally, our owner and manager, has over 34 years childcare experience and leads and supports her team so they can be the very best they can be . 

Many of our team have worked with us since we opened offering Outstanding continuity to the care we give.

We are continuing to lead the way in both education and employment and are so proud of all we have achieved over the years. We have cared and educated hundred's of children, many of which still pop back to visit years later and have made many special friendships with the families who join us.

These Early Years at The Old School House Nursery really are the best!

We are part of a delightful community and have developed an excellent local reputation, gaining two consecutive Outstanding ratings with Ofsted in 2010 and 2016.

We genuinely want our nursery to be the best and we want nursery experiences to be memorable and fun. Over many years here at The Old School House, managers and practitioners have been working together to embed an inspiring approach to supporting young children’s learning and development.  

We are inspired by a number of educational approaches that enable us to enrich our daily experiences with the children in our nursery.  The team strive towards these same principles, connecting with their philosophy in planning and the organising the environment. We encourage the development of their confidence and independence alongside care and respect for others. 

We welcome and value all children at The Old School House irrespective of their ability, religion, race, gender or cultural heritage, and encourage them all to fulfil their potential physically, mentally, academically and socially.

Here at The Old School House Nursery we recognise that a professional and committed team of parents and staff are the essential for happy children; therefore we value the skills and ideas that each person brings to us.Together we can nurture happy and confident children who enjoy living in a culture that values the importance of a happy childhood and gives children the opportunity to maximise their full potential.

So take a browse around our website and then call us to arrange a visit  - We are waiting to show your around!

Sally X


About our Ethos


Play Based Learning

"We listen to the children and make their ideas happen!"

At The Old School House Nursery we do things a little differently. If you haven’t already visited the nursery we’d really recommend that you come and see for yourself our nursery and environment.

We allow children the opportunity to test their theories through carefully planned experiences because we believe that's the way they learn. (We are passionate to talk about this forever if you'll let us).

​We make a point of listening to the children’s ideas each and every day and we think creativity is as important as literacy and mathematics.

Our nursery is set in the peaceful wolds village of Sancton in the old village primary school which dates back to 1834.

We have inviting indoor area's to discover and play spaces, lots of light and wonderful outdoor area's. We think the outdoors is especially important to children’s learning and development and we have the most wonderful outdoor spaces to discover and explore.  

Each day we make the nursery environment inspiring by offering lots of open-ended, natural and reclaimed resources for the children to explore and they add their imaginations and creativity to make their days filled with learning and memories.

So contact us today for further information , we cannot wait to show you around.....


"The only thing that stops us going outside is our clothes - not the weather!"

Outdoor Explorers

Our children spend as much time outdoors as they do in, We have our very own Gruffalo Den, Edible Garden, Gardening Club and all the Nature Resources you need for discovering and exploring right on our doorstep. All we ask is that they are dressed appropriatly for the weather !

Nature Walks

Each week Sally our owner sets off on her Nature Walk with a small group of children...... check out Sally's blog for further details.

Woodland Sessions

We deliver woodland sessions between 3 locations: a  woodland site in Sancton, Black Beard Forest School and our very own Nursery garden. Having access to these locations enables our children to experience outdoor play, nature walks, den and shelter building, hunting for mini beasts, mud sculptures, alongside lots of bush craft activities. 

Woodland sessions take place all year round enabling children to experience seasonal changes.

During each session leaders set attainable tasks on a range of levels to help children achieve goals whilst progressing at their own rate.


Reggio Emilia

We are a Reggio Emilia
Inspired Nursery

At The Old School House Day Nursery we have been inspired by the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy for many years.

We focus on your child’s style of learning. All children are unique and so are their learning styles. It is our job to make sure that the best opportunities for learning are as individual as the children in our care.  

Adopting the Reggio Emilia approach means we build firm relationships with you, the parents, as well as your child.

We know that each family unit is unique, so we adapt our environment according to the needs of the families in our care. This creates, healthy, confident little children who are happy to take risks, in a safe and challenging environment.

We encourage and support our parents with the day to day challenges that they face when trying to juggle work and home life.

We consider ourselves to be ‘Your extended family’.


A Real Sense of Belonging

The Community plays such an important part in our every day and we very much like to spread the word when it comes to supporting local and small businesses.

We have a community page  where parents can share their business cards or information about local events that are taking place. They can buy and sell clothes and resources and also ask each other questions.

We run an Open Day once a year for the local community to come into the nursery and take a look at the environment, talk about the school's history and the part it played in Sancton life and of course have a cuppa!

At nursery we’re very passionate about supporting our local community, we involved the local community in so many ways, whether it be Singing to Sancton at Christmas or getting involved in Community based projects. The children learn about the strength of the community and what it means to us as a childcare setting.


Exceptional Achievement - Rated 5 for Food Hygiene

Sam our Nursery chef is not only passionate about food but also encouraging healthy eating. She supports all of our Nursery Projects by providing the children with new and exciting things to taste and eat.

Sam makes everything from scratch. We do not use processed food and everything is prepared fresh daily, meaning the children receive all the lovely vitamins and minerals needed within their meals.

The children are very involved and hands-on with growing their own vegetables in the Edible Garden and they also love picking apples from our apple tree which make the lovliest apple pies!

Our baby food is also freshly prepared each day, pureed, whizzed or mushed to the correct consistency using fresh vegetables and protien.


OSH Nursery Fees

We only charge you for the days we are open

No Hidden Fees

Your Nursery Place is fully inclusive of all meals and drinks throughout the day.

We have a transparent fee structure which is easy to follow. We do not charge for Christmas Week when we are closed.

There are also many ways to assist with paying for childcare such as childcare vouchers (operated by your employer), tax credits (that offer extra financial support to help with everyday costs) and tax free childcare. We also offer Early Education Funding for 15 Universal Hours and 15 Extended Hours which can be stretched over the year to make childcare more affordable.

At The Old School House we offer free settling in sessions with parents and a 5% sibling discount to make sure that you have the best value for money possible.

Fees are reviewed annually .


Ofsted rate us Outstanding

We are so very proud of our two consecutive Outstanding ratings in 2010 and again in 2016. 

"The provider is an inspirational leader. Her depth of knowledge about how children develop and learn is evident across the nursery provision. She drives and nurtures a culture of success that is shared by all staff" Ofsted 2016.


01430 828154

2 King St, Sancton, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO43 4QP, UK

©2018 by The Old School House Day Nursery.