Shepherds Spring Pre-School Nursery

SHEPHERDS SPRING PRE-SCHOOL NURSERY is a charitable organisation located in the Spring Meadows Children Centre in Smannell Road, Andover Hampshire.

Our qualified and experienced staff provide a caring atmosphere for young children, from 3 months to 5 years, to learn and develop through play. We know how important your child is and aim to deliver the highest quality of care and education to help them achieve their best.

Operating as usual


Shared with parents permission:

At lunch on Wednesday:
Alessia: Rory will you be my husband?
Rory: Yes! I said yes!
And so the story began....

On Thursday, Rory arrived at the setting with his wedding outfit and wedding cake. Alessia had her bouquet of roses. Staff received personal invitations, the wedding dress was arranged and bows were decided by Alessia.

At 1:30 Rory ran into the office and asked for their rings. Pipe cleaners did the trick. After the wedding celebration- a snack of wedding cake, cheese, cucumber and crackers- was shared with the group of friends, the happy couple went back to the woodlands to dig for worms, play with sticks and roll a car tyre in the mud!

This is why we love our time at work!!!


The Shepherds Spring team were extremely grateful to be the chosen charity for an unexpected donation from Dawn Breakers!
Your generosity is appreciated and will help with the project: IT update!!
Thank you!!

Thank you Emma Andrews for nominating us!!


The staff have been very busy tonight creating beautiful table centres to help raise funds for the setting!
They will be available from tomorrow morning.
Thank you for your continued support.


Thank you to our very own Knitting Nanny for supplying the Burrows with hats and mittens! It is greatly appreciated.


We will be drawing our monthly cake raffle today and two lucky people will go home with one of these!


Today we had fun doing all things Pudsey!


Our children have been busy experimenting with different resources to create their own sparklers.


All day party day!!
Thank you to parents for the donations and support and to the staff for going the extra mile!! The children have had a lovely day!!


We are ready for a fun filled day!!


Our Burrows and Holiday children made a tradition Ujeqe steamed bread. We steamed ours in a carrier bag!!
This bread is made by the Zulu people of South Africa on an open fire. It is normally eaten with soup, stew or curry.
Then, as it was nice weather today, we ended with toasted marshmallow on biscuits!


Pre School children have been busy with different Halloween activities this week. They went on a Halloween themed hunt and are busy today with their pumpkin carving!


Butterfly Room had fun mark making on the pumpkin for an adult to carve!
It was even more fun removing all the pips.


Thank you Burford Stoves and Flue Installation for responding so quickly to our call for help! Excellent service!


The Butterfly children had fun threading leaves and mark making in the Burrows today.
The Burrows children enjoyed taking their log dogs for a walk!!! After the puppy training session I was shown how well Bob the log dog sat on command!
Just another day at Shepherds Spring!


The Butterfly children are not getting muddy - they are getting gloopy!!


Our Burrows children have been busy working as a team to create a giant spiderweb. They used wool and string, passing it under,over and around their frame while singing ‘incy winsy spider’. Can you spot Sydney the spider??


Our very first indoor log fire in The Burrows!!

[09/21/20]   The Burrows, Norwegian Woodlands 3-4 years.

[09/21/20]   The covid situation has been the cause of us not being able to give parents a personal insight to our amazing setting. We are truly grateful to Justin for helping us to create three short virtual tours of what we have to offer!
We currently have limited spaces available!!


We are so excited to share this with you! Limited spaces available!!

[06/28/20]   Recieved from a parent. Not a dry eye in the nursery! ❤️


So proud of the teams achievement. Not only are we the first setting in Hampshire to achieve this accreditation - we were awarded the highest possible grading -Platinum!!

[03/22/20]   Good evening parents and carers

As we watch the impact that the corona virus is having on the entire world, I would like to urge you to please keep your children at home; socially distancing yourself and your family to keep everyone safe and healthy.

We will be open to attend to the childcare needs of our front line workers - while we can maintain our own staffing levels.

I do not have to stress the seriousness of what we face at the moment. Please consider the NHS and other critical workers when making your decisions.

Thank you for your support. We will keep you updated as we can.


Thank you Rebecca's Delights for our delicious Monday surprise! We are happily surprised to be chosen to receive one of your delicious creations!!


THANK YOU to all our families who supported us in our fundraising efforts! We made a whopping £377.55!!!! Thank you to the parents who played along with our lack of mathematical skills and we even had donations of £10.00 per bauble!

Parents: your children have a special Christmas bauble waiting for you in reception!!! Funds raised are going towards our next project.


Parents: your children have a special Christmas bauble waiting for you in reception!!! Funds raised are going towards our next project.


How lucky are we!
We have been donated two double and two single, brand new buggies from Britax!
Our younger children can now go out and about in our community.
This is community spirit at it's best.
Thank you Britax!!


Photo's of our PJ / Children in Need day!
A special thanks to Emma's Crafty Cakes for the lovely cupcakes that she donated to the Butterfly Room today!


Parents- we are thrilled to share our great news with you! We have Miss Millie visiting us on a monthly basis!
The children were excited to meet her this afternoon!


What an outstanding achievement for a four year old. Everyone at Shepherds Spring Pre School Nursery are extremely proud of you Jude!

Halloween 2019 28/10/2019

Halloween 2019

Thank you to everyone who joined in with our Halloween Party on Friday night.
We hope you all enjoyed yourselves as much as the staff did.
Here are a few photos of our evening. 22/10/2019

Help raise £300 to buy new toys & supplies for Shepherd Spring Pre-school and Nursery

Please follow the link below to donate and help Jude raise funds for our Nursery!

You began with the goal of running The Great North Run and raising £100.00. You smashed that so you increased your goal to £300.00 and The Great South Run. You have smashed that too!!!

We are all so proud of you Jude! Weʼre raising money to buy new toys & supplies for Shepherd Spring Pre-school and Nursery. Support this JustGiving Crowdfunding Page.

We come from humble beginnings...

"I moved from London to Andover in November 1966. I was married with one child and another on the way. I soon found lots of families who did not have childcare support - and those children and families were soon filling my house on a daily basis. Not long afterwards, health visitors would use my home to support families in need.

It soon became apparent that my house was not fit for purpose and that a proper playgroup in a larger facility was of the utmost importance to continue to care for the families in Andover."

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@Spring Meadow Childrens Centre, Smannell Road
SP11 6JP

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 6pm
Tuesday 8am - 6pm
Wednesday 8am - 6pm
Thursday 8am - 6pm
Friday 8am - 6pm
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