*** We are looking forward to re-opening our doors on Wednesday 1st July***

Please contact us at [email protected] for more information


We inspire and encourage young minds, through a safe, nurturing and inclusive environment, to develop creative, confident                and enthusiastic learners for          the next generation                    and beyond!

Thank you for your interest in Little Fishes Soft-PlaySkool, where we provide play-based care and education for birth to 5 years for families in the Braunton area. We constantly review and evaluate our practice to ensure we meet and exceed the needs of children and parents who join our friendly nursery and preschool

The nursery boasts a lovely soft-play centre, role play area, cosy book corners and sleep room, computer station, designated baby zone and sensory room. In addition the outdoor area provides all-weather play, sand and water opportunities, planting area and sensory herb garden. We also promote bird nesting and wildlife observation. Our provision also benefits from our very own allotment garden which is adjacent to the Great Field, 10/15min walk away. The 18m x 10m plot has a large Summer house, sand and mud-pit, as well as opportunities for den-building and many more natural play opportunities. Future additions include raised bed areas, living willow fedges and bowers and a firepit for outdoor cooking! All staff are undertaking Forest school training this year and the allotment garden will be developed to embrace the Forest school ethos 😊

Our open-plan facilities are designed to provide a home-from-home experience with free-flow providing time for children to interact with all age groups as well as within their own peer groups, and high staff-child ratios enable staff to plan and conduct activities designed with your child’s interests at the centre!

  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Understanding the World
  • Mathematics
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Planning and Ethos

Little Fishes follows the new Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework devised by the government to bring more emphasis to the 3 Prime Areas which underpin a child’s self-esteem and provide the building blocks for confident and successful growth. This is still based around our core ethos, which focuses on the importance of child-centred play carefully planned to maximise teaching opportunities, and staff planning is extended to meet the needs of each individual child.

All staff are mindful of the 4 overarching principles when planning opportunities and carrying out activities with the children

Little Fishes children can often be seen taking walks with staff in the local community; making use of the local facilities such as the library, post office and museums, feeding the ducks and exploring local woodland and beaches. Within the nursery, toys and equipment are used both traditionally and with a twist ~ for example sand & water play giving opportunities for weighing and measuring, may run alongside messy play with spaghetti and baked beans for more creative exploration!!

All opportunities, whether planned or spontaneous, are used to extend the children’s learning experience – with staff using careful questioning and explanation to teach and support the children’s natural curiosity.