Weston Way Nursery School was built in 1942 to care for the children, babies and toddlers of the mothers who worked long hours in the local factories helping with the war effort. This factory is now TESCO. In the war the building was camouflaged with sludgy paint to protect it against aerial attacks.
The land was sold to Hertfordshire County Council by the Bondor Company under a covenant on the understanding that it would be used for educational purpose only. The Hawser Hut building was established on the site nestled between mature trees to provide care and security for the young children.
The nursery was originally managed by the Health Authority and governed by a Matron. It was open long hours providing meals, breakfast through to tea. Rules were strict like hospitals, towels folded, each child with a comb, flannel and toothbrush. Children were put to bed every afternoon, in the summer beneath the horse chestnut tree which dominated the garden.
The Education Authority took over in 1946 and the hours were reduced in line with schools.