The history of Margaret McMillan Nursery School, Plymouth.

Our Founder

Lady Nancy Astor
Lady Nancy Astor
Margaret McMillan
Margaret McMillan

Nancy Lady Astor opened the nursery in 1935 after being inspired by the pioneers of nursery education, Rachel and Margaret McMillan.

She was so taken with their aspirations for the environment in which pre-school children should learn and gain experience that she purchased 24 Hoe Street in Plymouth and had the property converted for this purpose.


Apart from some modernisation, many of the original features remain the same today.

Rachel McMillan
Rachel McMillan

Our Ethos

We operate as a non-profit making charitable trust with a board of trustees who meet regularly to support staff.  We strive to provide a happy, secure and caring environment.Not only are the children’s practical and learning skills developed but also their social skills, their self-confidence, independence and individuality.


By establishing relationships with other children, and with adults, they learn consideration for others and good manners.

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    Margaret McMillan Nursery School
    24 Hoe Street,
    PL1 2JA

    01752 664884

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