Our New Pygmy Goats

We are really excited to welcome two little Pygmy Goats to Secret Garden.

Dickon and Colin arrived at the weekend and are already proving very popular with our “little farmers”!

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Easter Holiday Fun!

We’ve certainly had a busy time at Secret Garden over the Easter Holidays!

imageSpecial Easter themed activities have included: decorating bonnets, delicious baking and lots of Easter egg hunts!

imageWorking as a team to find eggs and Easter chicks


imageDecorating Easter bonnets

Tapestry – Online Learning Journals

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We are pleased to be using Tapestry Online Learning Journals at Secret Garden. Tapestry is a fantastic application for keeping parents updated on what their child is doing during the day whilst also providing a record of the child’s learning and development.

Parents will be provided with their own secure log in and will receive email notifications each time a new photo, observation or video of their child is uploaded. We encourage parents to share and discuss these observations with their child  – a brilliant opportunity to nurture home to nursery links.

There is the facility to add a comment in reply or give it a “Like” and if you have an iPhone you can download the Tapestry app which makes receiving and reading your child’s observations even easier.



An example of a Tapestry observation as viewed through the iPhone app

Our New Library

In support of two of our key aims: fostering a love of books and forging close links with home, we are pleased to open the Secret Garden Library.

Children are welcome to borrow a book from the Library to take home. The selection of books will be frequently updated to reflect the children’s interests and will feature a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts.

We look forward to hearing about the books you read at home and if you would like to share a photo, drawing or comment about the book we will pin it on the Library display for everyone to see.


The Secret Garden Woods

IMG_1332The Secret Garden Woods provide the perfect environment for keen den builders and nature enthusiasts.

Children are given the opportunity to create, explore and problem solve on a larger scale than can be accommodated indoors. This sense of space helps children to gain a greater perspective of the world and their place in it.


At Secret Garden we aim to provide an outdoor provision that excites and challenges children and is aligned to their interests and stages of development.


The garden

Secret Garden is a new ‘nursery at home’ setting in Slinfold, near Horsham in West Sussex.

The name ‘Secret Garden’ was inspired by a hidden orchard discovered within the grounds, echoing the discovery of the walled garden by Mary in the children’s classic by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Click here to find out more!