A Message from Chestnut Nursery Schools

When starting our company way back in 2002, our aim was not only to provide high quality childcare but to provide support to all our families and be a hub in the community. We believe our schools are more than just childcare. They are a place where people meet up, socialise, support one another and ask for advice. Our intention is always to help people any way we can.

With this in mind, we are not expecting parents to pay fees (who are currently not attending) during this difficult time and therefore your direct debit will be automatically frozen until further notice. It will be a very tough time for our nurseries and the staff, like many other industries.

It is important that the school is here for you to return to when all this blows over and we are doing our best to ensure this. If anyone wishes to support us through this time then please contact us. It is important to remember that this isn’t forever, although things may seem like this at the moment, things will soon start to be normal again. When this happens we will be here to support you as usual.

We would like to say a massive thank you to every parent, past and present, and all our staff. Without you, there would be no Chestnut Nursery School. Lastly, all our key-worker parents attending our schools that are open, a very special thank you, for your hard work keeping the country running. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you and your children back very soon.

Best Wishes David, Steven, Karen & The Senior Management Team.

Looking For Exceptional Childcare?

Chestnut Nursery Schools is one of the UK’s leading providers of high-quality, pre-school education, with nurseries based in London, Norwich, and Cambridge. We’re committed to giving your child the best start in life by helping them develop their intellectual, emotional and personal skills through learning and play.

We balance traditional teaching methods with learning through play in a warm, nurturing environment. Our schools are very much at the heart of the communities they’re based in! Our staff are experienced and motivated childcare and teaching professionals. We recognise every child is unique, and our team work hard to build a trusting relationship with each child, to help them get the most out of their time with us.

Your child’s first experience of school is crucial to influencing their future education. We know Chestnut Children are happy children who thrive and engage with our curriculum, helping them onto the next stage of their school life!

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    Why Choose Us?

    Quality education in a stimulating environment

    Selecting a nursery for your child is one of the most important decisions a parent can make. At Chestnut Nursery Schools we provide high quality childcare and pre-school education to meet the most exacting standards. We pride ourselves on the level of care and attention your child will receive under our supervision.

    All activities are carefully planned from the Early Years Foundation Stage to meet every child’s individual needs. Activities are stimulating, challenging and progressive. At Chestnut Nursery Schools, your child’s development, both mentally and physically, is incredibly important to us. Your child will be carefully observed, and their progress recorded so that the next stage of activities can be planned for. Parents’ evenings are held three times a year for parents to look through work and discuss their child’s progress. With our very own curriculum, your child will receive the very best Early Years teaching, and you can be confident that they will obtain a fantastic start in life.

    Give Them A Fantastic Start!

    A safe and secure development for your child

    At Chestnut Nursery Schools, we really do believe that with your child in our care, they will gain a fantastic start in life. These early years of childhood will give them strong foundations of learning and curiosity, that can provide so many opportunities to excel in later life. In a Chestnut Nursery School environment, your child will be encouraged to grow and thrive. They will experience our Core Curriculum, our Forest School ethos, cooking classes, and so much more.

    We strive to offer your child as much as possible, in the hope that when they go on to higher levels of education, they are fully prepared for the experiences and challenges that lie ahead. They will enjoy a wealth of memorable activities within a safe and secure environment. You will also become a part of the Chestnut Nursery School community.

    Our Amazing Staff

    They provide your child with the best care

    Our staff at Chestnut Nursery Schools are a mixture of ages, sexes and cultures, but all pride themselves in creating a welcoming, secure and loving environment for the children. All staff undergo a rigorous selection process to ensure the highest calibre of care. Together, our managers and class leaders combine over 80 years of professional experience. Alongside this, we regularly review performance and offer opportunities for ongoing training and development. These frequent reviews keep the overall level of care at our nurseries extremely high.

    The staff at Chestnut Nursery Schools truly love what they do, and each gain a great sense of satisfaction in knowing they are providing great memories and experiences for your child. They each focus closely on a set number of children, providing vital observations at a key stage in your child’s life. All our staff are friendly, welcoming and highly qualified, and they are always happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. You can leave one of our nurseries at ease, and trust that your child is experiencing a safe, happy, and nurturing time, growing and developing into a fantastic individual.

    Fees & Funding

    See what we have on offer to you

    Chestnut Nursery Schools offers competitive fees, structured according to the age of your child and whether you choose full or part time care. We provide value for money, offering affordable childcare at an outstanding level. You can be confident that the investment in your child is a foundation for their great future.

    If your child is aged between 2 and 5 years, you may be entitled to Government funding. This funding covers a number of childcare hours at Chestnut Nursery Schools, per week. If you’d like to learn more about the options available, and to find out if you or your child is eligible, you can check out our “Family Zone” or speak to one of our Nursery Managers.

    Our Story

    How did it all begin?

    Chestnut Nursery Schools Ltd. was set up in August 2002 by Steven Davies and David Saunders. David was a Deputy Head Teacher for many years and Steven was a College Lecturer. They opened their first nursery in a large Victorian house in Newham, on Chestnut Avenue, and that is where Chestnut Nursery Schools Ltd. began.

    David and Steven’s vision was to always provide the highest quality childcare and education in an environment that inspires young minds, as well as being a safe and secure place that promotes the welfare of all children in their care. They now have 3 nurseries across Newham, 8 in Barking & Dagenham, 1 in Lambeth,1 in Redbridge, 2 in Cambridge, and 2 in Norwich. All nurseries are delivering the vision that started in 2002.

What Do Parents Have to Say?

  • “My 2 year old son has been coming here since I started full time work in October. After having a very bad experience with another local nursery I was so worried about leaving him again - my trust levels were at their worst. My first impressions of Chestnut - very clean, bright and cheerful, well structured and professional. The staff at Chestnut have been wonderful. They are always friendly and genuinely love working with the children. Would highly recommend!”

  • “Thank you to you and the team, especially Miss Arielle, for helping Margot to settle in at nursery this week. She has had a great time and you have all been so kind in helping with the transition. It will make going back to work much easier for me knowing Margot is somewhere she is happy. Please pass on my thanks to all the ladies in the baby room.”

  • “My daughter is a very active, inquisitive 1 year old who requires a lot more variety and stimulation in her day than hanging out at home with Mum. Chestnut Nursery in Taverham has been a great start for her. She started with Chestnut at 8 months old and loves going each morning. She enjoys engaging and playing with the other children not only in the baby room but also with the older children in other rooms. The staff are attentive and are always cheery upon pick up and arrival. We just love watching our daughter blossom and grow, thank you Chestnut for your part in it.”

  • “Thank you so much to each and every staff member for all the care, love and support you have shown over the last 3 years. Anika has really enjoyed her time with you all and I’m sure she will miss you all very much. I have watched her develop during her time at the nursery and would like to thank you all for giving her such a great start in life.”

  • “As a single parent, letting go of my youngest child was very difficult for me. My son has never been left with anyone on his own, so this was a very big deal for both of us. The staff helped reassure me and settled him in fantastically. They are always polite, friendly and approachable, and the setting itself is very welcoming and clean. I would strongly recommend this nursery to any parent.”

  • “I can not recall a time when I have entered the nursery and I have not been greeted in a friendly manner. Even staff who I do not have regular contact with, greet me good morning or good afternoon. Rio wanders into the nursery every morning and I can see how safe and content he feels, again providing me with so much reassurance. Sending your child to a nursery from a small age really gives parents anxiety and concern, but I am comforted by the fact that Rio attends your nursery and is excelling in his personality and independance.”

  • “Chestnut Nursery is a great nursery, staff members are friendly, polite, understanding and approachable. Before my daughter started chestnut she was very shy, Chestnut nusery has helped boost my daughter’s confidence, it’s prepared her physically and mentally for reception. She’s excited about school!”

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