The Gateway Nursery School opened in 1992. It began as a department affiliated with the Gateway Christian School which was opened in 1989. This was an independent, mixed, Christian primary school, founded by the Parochial Church Council of the Parish of Stanton-by-Dale with Dale Abbey.
The nursery now continues, teaching children from ’rising’ 3’s until they reach school age. The Primary department closed in summer 2013.
In April 1997, a Parent/Carer and Toddler group called See and Know was started. This group meets once a week, usually during term time only, at the Old School, Stanton-by-Dale. The nursery is managed by a Board of Governors, the current Chairman being the Rev’d Glyn Lucas. The nursery enjoys close links with the churches within its parish.