Hardingstone Day Nursery

We are an independent family run children’s day nursery founded in 1990, set in the rural village of Hardingstone near Northampton.

Our highly motivated staff team led by Michelle Shelswell (EYPS/BA Hons Early Childhood Studies), and Dale Ward (NVQ Level 3), have gained an excellent reputation with local families.

We care for babies from 6 months old to 5 years and offer a variety of sessions between 7.30am – 6.00 pm for 51 weeks of the year.

We firmly believe that all children deserve the very best experiences and opportunities in their early years and our dedicated staff team strive to offer this to all children and their families.

We would very much like to meet you and your child, to show you around our lovely nursery.  Please do contact us to arrange a visit.

Best wishes

Michelle and Dale


Personal development, behaviour and welfare are outstanding.
Children immerse themselves in the exciting and stimulating environment where they have access to an abundance of resources and play materials. They are actively encouraged to choose what they want to do and can extend their own learning by moving items around as they wish. Staff work exceptionally closely with parents, taking full account of information from home. This highly consistent approach ensures that children’s individual
needs are met extremely well. Children have very successful transitions in  the nursery because staff strongly promote their emotional well-being. Children rapidly learn about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, such as managing their own personal hygiene. They play outside in the fresh air and enjoy healthy food.

Ofsted 2018