The Mere Nature Kindergarten

A home away from home for your child to thrive.

Your Local Knutsford Nursery in Mere

The Mere Nature Kindergarten has been a well-established and trusted nursery on one of the busiest commuter routes in Cheshire. It is perfectly located for parents living locally or travelling to or from Manchester via the A556 or to Warrington via the A50.

With a reputation for providing high-quality childcare, we feel when visiting you can feel our nursery exudes our ethos and focus on children first. We pride ourselves on creating a secure, warm, home away from home atmosphere for children and parents to feel comfortable and confident in our setting.

We provide childcare for children from 3 months to 4 years and 11 months. With our lovingly restored and re-designed interior providing bright, airy spaces for play and learning as well as our fantastic, extensive outdoor space for all ages, we can offer families a secure and stimulating setting where children can thrive. We are open throughout the year from 7.30am to 6pm for morning, afternoon and full day sessions as well as working in partnership with Cheshire East Council to provide funding to eligible families. We also have ample car parking facilities for drop-offs and pick-ups.

Our Unique Features

Daily Forest School sessions for all ages

Awarded the Green Flag award for Eco School & Allotment space

Nursery Chef on site catering for allergies

Daily Mile (Preschool)


  • Monday 7:30 – 18:00
  • Tuesday 7:30 – 18:00
  • Wednesday 7:30 – 18:00
  • Thursday 7:30 – 18:00
  • Friday 7:30 – 18:00
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

 Meet Our Top Team

Stacy Kelsall-Light

Nursery Manager

Sarah Sanderson

Deputy Manager

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We will guide you through every step of your childcare journey and help you discover everything you need to know about our nursery.

Parent Reviews

Amy, Current Parent

My son loves it at The Mere. He waves goodbye to us and keeps on playing when we come to collect him. The food is all home-made and looks fabulous and the staff are so friendly.

Alan, Current Parent

They have a great size outdoor area which is used often. The staff look after the children as if they are their own, they are so caring. My son gives them lots of cuddles

Laura, Current Parent

My little boy loves the Mere nursery. He chats about what he’s done every day and has strong relationships with the staff who are all very caring. The building developments are great and the outdoor space is lovely.

Outdoors and Nature

We love to get outside at The Mere Nature Kindergarten!

We have a leafy private, secure large outdoor space with the use of the Cricket Pitch within the grounds, which is used for our daily mile. We offer forest school and playmakers, which is sports lessons, for toddlers to preschool at an additional charge but free for children that are full time with us.

As well as access to our fabulous outdoor play areas, children of all ages enjoy regular walks in the local area. We take children out in groups, come rain or shine, to take part in a variety of activities set up by our staff. Wherever possible we try to take our indoor learning outside. During our time outside we teach children how to assess risk, problem solve, share, gather and utilise from nature as we are committed to teach our children about their environment and the effect we have on it in our day to day lives.

We have been awarded the Green Flag award for Eco School and encourage our Eco Committee to grow fruit and veg in our allotment space, while making changes wherever we can to make the world a cleaner place too!

Our youngest children are often seen out in our buggies enjoying the fresh air, sights and sounds of the local community. We use high visibility vests to keep children safe when out on trips away from the nursery. We have a playground, bike track, large natural garden area and separate baby garden that is no mowed. All children leave wellington boots and waterproof clothing at nursery so they can be appropriately dressed for all seasons!

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Education at The Mere Nature Kindergarten

Our curriculum includes a Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage that offer hands-on approaches to encourage the skills your child will need in the nursery and beyond:

  • Mathematics: Integrating numbers into real-life routines
  • Schematic Play: Quality learning environment providing the potential for children’s creativity skills and allowing them to follow their own interests confidently
  • Listening, Attention and Speaking: Teaching children to express their ideas and feelings about their experiences using complete sentences
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Education
  • Phonic Sessions
  • Birth to 5 Matters Learning and Development Framework
  • STEM Activities: Building and problem solving using science, technology, engineering, and math
  • Art and Baking activities for Preschool children
  • Ensuring children are physically active from birth and meet the Chief Medical Officers (2019) guidelines of a minimum of 3 hours per day
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Our Nursery Fees and Funding

We can offer flexible booking patterns and a range of funding options, including government funded childcare. To find out more information on pricing and availability, please request a call back and we will be in touch shortly.

Our fees include:

  • Quality Early Years Care and Education
  • Healthy, well balanced menu for all children
  • Access to a wide range of quality resources and equipment
  • E-Learning Journals and Interactive App
  • Monthly newsletters and parent evenings
  • Free Settling in Sessions
  • Nappies, wipes, and a variety of milk
Fees and Funding
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Food and Nutrition

Here at The Mere Nature Kindergarten we have our very own qualified Nursery Chef who creates nutritionally balanced and tasty meals on site.

Our menus are designed to give your little one the very best start in life. We make this possible by supplying our children with home cooked nutritional food, bursting with fresh fruit and vegetables and all the essential ingredients necessary for healthy physical and mental development. Whenever possible we source our food locally and organically, including seasonal vegetables and fruit into our menus. Our children have a choice of milk or water to drink throughout the day.

Nutritious meals
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Cooking and Baking Activities

Our children have opportunities to work with our Nursery Chef through weekly cooking and baking activities.

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Vegetarian and Vegan

We are happy to cater for all preferences including Vegeterian and Vegan.

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Dairy Free Milk

We offer a variety of milk including animal and plant based milks. Speak to our Nursery Chef regarding your preference.

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Dietary Requirements

We are happy to cater for a whole range of dietary/religious/cultural requirements. Please speak to our Nursery Chef for more information.

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No Added Sugar or Salt

We do not add additional salt or sugar. Where possible we purchase products with reduced salt and lower sugar.

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Allergies and First Aid

Our staff are trained in First Aid and our Nursery Chef is experienced in catering for allergies. You are more than welcome to meet with our Chef to discuss your requirements.

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