Welcome!

Imagine a world in which children are free to roam fields, groom ponies, feed sheep, collect eggs, dabble in ponds, clamber over logs and ditches and hitch a ride home for lunch in a tractor. A world of good old-fashioned fresh air and exercise, and – in winter at least – probably quite a lot of mud!

Why Mini Explorers?

Set on our own 260 acre farm near Bedale, on the edge of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, Mini Explorers Nursery is a unique concept in early years childcare. As far as we are aware, we are the first and only Farm School in the country!

Our days are shaped by the seasons on the farm and the natural world around us. We believe passionately that children should be given every opportunity to immerse themselves in the great outdoors and be offered unrestricted, carefree access to the open countryside.

A World of Adventure

Whilst our outdoor environment is sculpted by the farming calendar, many of our activities are entirely child-led. If our babies are enjoying watching a combine harvester cut corn, or our toddlers want to stop and turn a fallen tree into a spaceship, or our pre-schoolers want to build a fairy castle in the paddock, then this is what we’ll do. We know their hungry little tummies will tell them when

it’s time to head back to Crabtree Hall for a home-cooked lunch (or, when it’s time to unpack our picnic baskets in the summer). You’ll hear your children talk of animals and machinery, paddocks and polytunnels, mud kitchens, ponds and fields...we could go on. And then there’s our enormous sandpit – more like a mini beach in fact - where so many of our Mini Explorer adventures begin!

The UK's first Farm School Nursery
"Never work with children or animals they told us. You know what, we love working with both!"