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Welcome to Little Birds

Magical outdoor nurseries in the heart of the South Downs


Inspired by nature
Learning through play
Truly Exceptional Childcare

Welcome to Little Birds! We're so pleased you're here.

Our Approach

We are an award winning, Ofsted Outstanding Provider with your children at the heart of everything we do.


Children at Little Birds grow and are encouraged to lead the way to become happy, healthy, creative and critical thinkers who are resilient, feel valued, and develop a foundation for a lifelong love of learning.

We see all children as powerful, competent and creative children, who are all individuals, who deserve high quality early years provsion, and a slow, magical childhood. 

We foster and model a deep, long lasting connection with nature, and offer children time and space to develop their relationship with their natural world, with all the health and well being benefits that brings.

The rhythm of our day is gentle, with lots of time for deep play and learning, connections with ourselves, each other and our world.

Read our Ofsted report here:

Our Spaces

Immersed in nature all year long in our little settings at Amberley Museum and Fittleworth, our local environments of ancient woodland,  meadow, beach and garden become our Little Bird's third teacher.

Our indoor spaces provide curious, playful learning and enriching places to rest, dream, create and explore, with a cosy home feel indoor space at the Museum and an inspirational stunning environment in our barn.


Our award winning philosophy and pedagogy  is inspired by the world renowned Reggio Emilia pedagogy, combined with the Scandinavian nature nurseries to create a truly exceptional childcare provision.

Our Community - Your family and ours

Our nursery is like the roots of a tree - connected to and working symbiotically with our families, our communities, our landscapes and our pedagogy.

We aim to work as part of a village that helps raise your child, working closely and supportively  with you and your children.

We follow your families rhythm, celebrate your families culture and offer you some of the most affordable yet outstanding childcare.

We are passionate that finance should never be a barrier for a child accessing high quality early years education, and can offer fully funded places and the pattern of delivery for funded hours is open, accessible and easy to understand.,

Our team are all thoughtful, caring educators who work closely together in reflective approach to support your child's learning in early years and beyond, working closely with schools to help your children enjoy starting school and are ready and have a deep love of learning and self awareness, ready for all the adventures to come,.

Our team are led by incredibly qualified and experienced leadership team, and our educators include artists, musicians, farmers, cooks, story tellers, bushcraft enthusiasts, woodworking experts, gardeners, as well as qualified early years teachers, forest school leaders, special educational leaders, and all round lovely people!

Our fees and joining information

If you would like more information on our nursery or to arrange a visit we would love to hear from you. 

Our current fees are £64 for a 8am - 6pm day,  with flexible drop off and collection times, and we are open 52 weeks per year to support your family, but can also offer term time places. We have no restrictions on the number of funded hour places.

We can't wait to meet you.

Sam Lovegrove, Director & Founder

Contact Us

We welcome visitors, parents and educators. If you have any questions about our pedagogy or would like to come and visit us, please get in contact by emailing or fill in the form below.

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