Best Nursery or Pre-School


Play is a vital part of your child’s life. When your child starts pre-school he/she will be doing a lot of “playing”. This is how young children learn and come to terms with the world around them. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) seven areas of learning which are: Personal social & emotional, Communication and language, Physical, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world, and Expressive arts and design.

We are very fortunate to have an outside area which we use as often as possible (and in all weathers!). We have our water, soil and sand play in the garden, along with physical and creative projects. The children also take part in planting and scientific experiments.

We have a different role play area every week which includes dressing up. Creative activities include painting, gluing, play dough, foam, chalks and modelling. We also encourage the children to do cooking.
Incorporated into our sessions are music, ring games, story time, poetry and rhyme.

Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a local woodland environment. Forest school may have added benefits that learning indoors doesn’t provide. It endorses children’s physical well being by getting them more active and enjoying the fresh air. Similarly it gives children a greater wealth of experiences the outdoors can offer thus instilling a healthier lifestyle. Forest school can increase a child’s confidence and self esteem through exploration, problem solving , and being encouraged to learn how to assess and take appropriate risks depending on their environment.

Highly Recommended: Buttercup Montessori

Buttercup Montessori has been established since 2001 providing high quality childcare from both our Galleywood and Springfield settings. Both kindergartens welcome babies from birth to 5 years of age, offering full and sessional day care with our fully qualified and dedicated Early Years Practitioners. Our aim is to provide a stimulating, happy, caring and structured environment where your child will be free to learn and play, enabling them to discover and grow. Both of our Buttercup Nurseries, based in Chelmsford, incorporate the Montessori philosophy alongside traditional play and learning activities giving an independent education
and start in life for each child.

Highly Recommended: Seymour House
Seymour House was formed in 1988, and from the outset we chose to make the quality of care and education the factor that would set us apart. It is a policy that children, parents, employers and partner schools all value and this has enabled the Seymour House to re-invest and fund over 20 years of growth and development. We now operate ten Day Nursery Schools across Essex and Hertfordshire making us the County’s leading independent provider of funded nursery education.

Highly Recommended: Abbs Cross Nursery

Abbs Cross and Chadwell St Mary Day Nurseries is a privately owned, family company established in 1996, currently operating four nurseries. We are open from 7:30 to 18:30 Monday to Friday, 52 weeks a year and each nursery is committed to providing outstanding care and education for your child from birth to 5 years. Our highly qualified practitioners and early years teachers provide a nurturing and educationally stimulating environment that supports each child’s individual needs and interests. All of the nurseries follow the standards, policies and procedures of the company, but all are unique.

2021 Winner: Buttercup Montessori

2020 Winner: Munchkins Nursery

2019 Winner: Busy Bees

2018 Winner: Busy Bees

2017 Winner: Busy Bees

2016: Twizzle Tops Day Nursery
2015 Winner: Dizzy Ducks
2014 Winner: Busy Bees

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