Our Aims

Since 1975, the aim of Baslow Edge Nursery is simple one! 


To give your child the chance to grow and develop in a safe, fun, friendly, caring and nurturing environment and give them absolutely the best opportunities to learn during this hugely important time of their lives.

This means that when your children start school, they're not just ready to take that important first step into their next stage of education, but that they are fully prepared to make a 'Big Splash' 


Parent Information

Autumn Term 

2nd September-23rd October

2nd November-18th December

Spring Term
5th January-12th February
22nd February-1st April

Summer Term
19th April-28th May

7th June-22nd July

Could you offer an hour or two of your time?  Whether it is coming in to help with activities such as reading stories, baking, or helping in the garden, volunteers are always welcome at BEN. 

Volunteering is a great way to bridge home life and nursery.  Children love 'showing off' their family member, while family me...

We love to get mucky!

Please send your child in play clothes that are loose and comfortable.  As the children become more independent. it helps them if they have pull-on bottoms (without buttons or snaps).  We encourage the children to explore in all weathers, so please pack for the weather:


  • all-in-one suit


We have 5 key groups; red, yellow, blue, green and purple, with Key Workers who are responsible for children’s progress – observing, recording, planning, tracking and assessing.

Key workers are also there to provide support, encouragement, and most importantly, love.  Each child joins a 'little family' and regularly meets...

Our nursery is conveniently situated at Cliff College on the A623 between Calver and Baslow.

The site offers amazing outdoor experiences for the children, from the private orchard where we go apple rolling, the on-site woodland where we are beginning our Forest Schools journey, the many open fields we use for games and sp...

As well as being a fun, friendly, exciting place to learn, Baslow Edge Nursery always considers the health, development, safety, security, welfare and wellbeing of the children in our care to be of absolute paramount importance.

All policies and procedures are available to view in the nursery.

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Early Years Foundation Stage

We follow the current pre-school early years curriculum. In doing this, we place an emphasis on early literacy, basic maths skills and the development of personal and social skills which in turn, contributes to children's knowledge and understanding in other areas. In addition, at Baslow Edge Nursery, we also introduce children to basic French.

operate a "key-worker" system, which enables each child's progress to be monitored and assessed through regular observations and following the four principles of the EYFS.

We'll focus on the development of your child's imagination and their ability to communicate and express their ideas and feelings in creative ways.

Within this area of the Early Years Foundation Stage, we will focus on language development. Our team work closely with the children to grow their knowledge in this area, talking, listening, reading and writing.  We incorporate Letters and Sounds, a phonics programme used across primary schools, into our everyday routines. 

We'll work closely with children to develop their mathematical understanding and give them a foundation for basic adding and subtracting.

As part of this area of the Early Years Foundation Stage, we'll teach children how to work, play, co-operate with their peers and function in a group beyond their family. We aim to encourage the development of their personal values and have an understanding of themselves and others.

We aim to focus on your child's developing knowledge and understanding of the environment around them. As part of this development, we'll look at the features of the natural and man-made world and the people and animals who live in it. This wide and exciting area will provide a foundation for historical, geographical, scientific and technological learning.

The physical development of children is an important part of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Through a wide variety of activities, both indoor and out, we aim to develop physical control, mobility, awareness of space and manipulative skills.

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Forest School

Forest School is an amazing opportunity for child to grow and develop in a natural environment. The sessions are guided by child interest and often include the use of tools and fire. We would love you to join us on our adventures! Please phone 07568 604295‬ for more information


Our Team

At Baslow Edge Nursery we are lucky enough to have some of the best, most caring, skilled staff we could desire. The team here have a huge combined wealth of experience, but, most importantly a genuine desire to see your children grow in confidence and ability within a safe, nurturing environment.

Here's just a little introduction to each of them...

Jen Callard -


Qualified Teacher

Denise Riley -

Key Worker

Qualified Teacher

Laura Middleton -

Key Worker

Early Years Level 6

Lynn Bettney -

Key Worker

Early Years Level 3

Di Bradbury -

Key Worker

Early Years Level 2

Nina Wilkes -

Key Worker

Early Years Level 3

Kirsty Fish -


Working Towards Level 3

Helen Griffiths -

Assistant Volunteer

Working Towards Level 3


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Baslow Edge Nursery, Cliff College, Haddon Room, Calver, Derbyshire S32 3XG

Telephone 07568 604295‬

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