West Exe Nursery School
(or the “Special School” as the children have named it!)

 As one of only two maintained Nursery Schools in Devon we have remained open throughout the lockdown period for all those children that met the government criteria.

 From the beginning we were very aware that we needed to start planning for re-opening but in a different way. We are lucky to have an outstanding outdoor provision and quickly made the decision that it made most sense to move the entire School outside where research says the risk is very low.

We looked at our existing space outside and re-purposed some of it to make base camps for our children, whilst acknowledging that 2-4 year olds would not manage social distancing. The children have group, snack and lunch in the base camps with their keyworkers but move around outside play zones throughout the day with more regular cleaning as we go. Our prority has been to ensure we have done everything that is practical to keep everybody safe, so we now have outside sinks installed for lots of hand washing and a policy of children not being able to attend if ill in anyway.

Over half our children are now happily back in School and we are expecting three quarters to be back before the end of term. Parents have been overwhelmingly positive about our plan and the feedback has been fantastic.

Please click on the link below to read our latest guidelines.

Re-opening Guidelines

If you are looking for a place for your child in September please phone us on 01392 279361 for an application form, please note if your child is or will be entitled to the 30 hours funding you can still apply or renew for this at https://www.gov.uk/30-hours-free-childcare

For all new applications we will continue the process as normal but will keep you updated (via email) on any changes due to the current situation.

Caring for your children all year round.


We have been awarded an ‘Outstanding‘ Ofsted grading for the second time.

Our Nursery School is based in a wonderful setting, with a third of an acre of beautiful gardens.

Climbing Frame in the grounds of the nursery


View our current Ofsted report here.