Clanfield Nursery School has been established for over 40 years, caring for generations of village children.  Parents, who themselves attended the pre-school, are now bringing their own children to this trusted and much-loved nursery school.

In January 2018, Mrs Joann Baker became the new owner of Clanfield Nursery School.  Joann, who is a fully qualified teacher with 15 years of experience, worked as the deputy manager at CNS for 2 years prior to becoming owner. Apart from extensive early years and management skills, Joann specialises in working with children with Special Educational Needs.

Based in St James Church Hall on the edge of the South Downs National Park, Clanfield Nursery School is ideally located in Old Clanfield with easy access and parking nearby.

We take a maximum of 24 children per session from the age of 2 years to 4 years and 11 months, term time only.  We offer indoor and outdoor provision in a safe environment. We provide snacks twice a day, which are healthy and yummy. Children bring their own lunch.

We are registered with Ofsted and at our last inspection we were rated “good”.

Our primary aim at Clanfield Nursery School is to help children take their first steps away from home and family, to learn to trust adults other than their parents and relatives, and to share experiences in a larger group.

We pride ourselves on our personal approach and the close relationships we build up with both children and parents.

Our dedicated staff, are passionate in ensuring that every child can learn and develop in a fun, safe environment.

We are always happy to talk to parents and can be contacted on 023 9264 5805 during term time.

Clanfield Nursery School is proud to care for your children at the heart of our village.

Meet Our Staff



BA (Hons) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), University College of Chichester, 2000. Worked for 11 years with Years 3,4 & 5. Worked for 4 years in a Specialist Provision Unit, as a Supply Teacher for 2 Years covering Early Years & then for 2 years with Years 3 & 4. Holds a Paediatric First Aid qualification.


Deputy Manager

Gained NNEB Certificate in 1990. Worked as a nanny for several years. Joined CNS in 2007. NVQ level 3 in Childcare – summer 2009.  Holds a Paediatric First Aid qualification. Designated Safeguarding Officer.


Pre-School Assistant

BA (Hons) Hospitality Management, Bournemouth University. Deputy Head Butler (Conference & Banqueting Supervisor) for 9 years. Joined Churt Village Nursery School in 2009 and gained NVQ Level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning & Development in 2011. Holds a Paediatric First Aid qualification.


Pre-School Assistant

Joined Clanfield Nursery School in September 2017 as a volunteer, whilst completing her NVQ Level 2 in Childcare. From September 2018, Mrs Randall is undertaking Level 3 in Childcare and will be studying alongside her job here at CNS. Prior to this Mrs Randall was a nurse at Southampton General Hospital. She also has a wealth of knowledge in autism and the issues surrounding this topic.


Pre-School Assistant

Joined Clanfield Nursery School in September 2020. She previously worked at Clanfield Community Preschool so has a wealth of experience of working with young children this age. Kathryn also worked with adults with learning difficulties and has a particular interest in SEN and sensory play.