New all-girls' nursery opens near Gloucestershire

September 2022 sees leading independent girls’ school, Malvern St James, launch a brand-new nursery for pre-school girls — with registration for MSJ Minis now open.

By Annabel Lammas  |  Published

This month, Malvern St James Girls' School is celebrating the launch of MSJ Minis, an all-new independent nursery for girls aged three to four.

Opening for the 2022/23 academic term, MSJ Minis is based on the beautiful Malvern St James campus just over the Worcestershire border, providing a bespoke new learning environment for its nursery and reception classes.

With no all-girls' nurseries in Gloucestershire, MSJ Minis gives local parents the chance to start their daughters’ education journey in an all-girls' setting, where they are able to explore their interests in an environment that's free from stereotypes and specifically designed to help their learning thrive. 

Described as a 'purpose-built space with a home-from-home feel', the nursery has its own dedicated areas for role play, creative mark making and free play, while simultaneously benefiting from the senior school's state-of-the-art facilities including its swimming pool and sports facilities, food and nutrition block, STEM centre, and pottery and art block — as well as its expert teaching staff and award-winning pastoral care provision.

Pupils have the older girls at Malvern St James to look up to as role models, too.

Outdoor education is built into the daily curriculum and there's even a woodland school, where kids can have fun in the mud kitchen. Plus, pupils can look forward to regular days out and visits to parks and even the beach, while there's also the opportunity to take part in over 30 after school activities.

With flexible provisions for modern families, MSJ Minis accepts government-funded care — with all three- and four-year-olds eligible to claim at least 15 hours of Nursery Education Funding, and many families able to claim 30 hours — and offers wraparound care for busy parents.

Nursery Education Funding can be used for 'school days' at MSJ Minis, which start at 8am and finish at 3.30pm. However, children are welcome to stay until 6pm, with any unfunded hours charged at MSJ Minis' hourly rate of £4.72.

Families are able to access their 15 or 30 free hours and have the option to pay for additional time to suit their individual requirements.

Offering places to pupils from the September after their third birthday, MSJ Minis officially welcomed its first pupils on Monday 5 September 2022 — with registration for places now open.

For more information about MSJ Minis, visit or contact the admissions team at or (01684) 584625 to enquire about a place for your daughter.

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