Harpers Nursery and Forest School

Station Road, Blunham, Bedford MK44 3NX

Harpers Nursery and Forest School in Blunham has been rated 'Outstanding' for the third time running by Ofsted.

The team offers a 'Unique Learning Experience' for children aged 6 wks-5yrs.

The provision is set in acres of grounds offering hands-on learning experiences that are meaningful.

A taste of what the nursery does;

Forest School children (aged 3-5 yrs) - Children build dens, make fires, create perfume from roses and use real tools to extend learning and encourage curiosity.

Caterpillar group (aged 2-3yrs) - Make discoveries, explore and play with the interaction of highly qualified staff who expand their interests and build on their communication and language skills.

Babies have a beautiful room and garden area with a sensory area, there is also a sand pit, and caring and nurturing staff are on hand who have many many years of experience.

Harpers ensures a home from home nurturing environment where every child is valued as an individual. Activities are planned and also child initiated and these are resourced with high-quality materials.

Partnership with parents is vital in establishing a consistent and exciting environment where children's confidence and self-esteem can be built upon so they become active learners.

Open 7.30am to 6.30pm Mon-Fri, there is a chef who prepares home-cooked meals from locally sourced fruit, meat, fish and vegetables.

The nursery is now able to offer a limited number of places for the 30 hours of free childcare which is stretched over 50 weeks offering 22 hrs per week to meet the needs of working parents.

Owner: Harpers Nursery School Ltd

Person in charge: Helen Harper (Managing Director)

Local Authority / Social Services: Central Bedfordshire Council

Number of Staff: 20

Service Offered: Day Nursery (Privately Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care

Total Places for Children: 66

Age Range: from 0 years 2 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays, 1 week in August & 1 week at Christmas


They are one mile from the A1 Blunham junction. The nursery is situated one mile from Sandy and three miles from Biggleswade and eight miles form Bedford.


To arrange a visit please email or call the nursery.


There is a large car park area at the front of the nursery.


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