At Chestnut Nursery School the Maples we strive for excellence in the approach to education, which influences the daily life within our nursery. Our vision is to develop a thriving community which recognises each child as a unique individual offering a safe, happy place where everyone is known and valued, and where differing needs are acknowledged accepted and met. Central to all our work we believe that children and families need to feel secure in their relationships with us. They need to feel emotionally attached and have opportunities to make secure attachments.

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Our Location

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80A Gascoigne Road, Barking, Essex, IG11 7LQ

Contact Number

02087 248383

Email Address

Bus Routes

62, 173, 287, 386, 687

Nearest Station


Opening Times

Find out when our nursery opens and closes

Monday 08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 18:00
Thursday 08:00 - 18:00
Friday 08:00 - 18:00

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Ofsted Outstanding at The Maples!

Fantastic News

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6th May 2019

The Maples' November!

It's been a busy month

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12th Nov 2018

Carnival Celebrations

Maples Carnival!

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27th Aug 2018

Manager & Deputy Manager


Nicola Ashton

Manager, Chestnut Nursery Schools The Maples

As a nursery manager, I just love what I get to do for a living. I’ve been working with children for most of my life. I’ve graduated with my BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies along with my Foundation Degree, NVQ 4 and Diploma in Child Development and Early Childhood Education. One thing I love most is children are naturally curious, they have a sense of wonder and enthusiasm for play and learning, which has a positive effect on all those who work with them. I love working with children because their playful energy is contagious! They are always exploring and learning new things, and I love being part of that process of learning. Knowing that my job is to help children achieve their full potential and to help them feel happier and better about themselves, brings a huge smile to my face.


Kalah Stanley-Strike

Deputy Manager, Chestnut Nursery Schools The Maples

As a special educational needs practitioner, I love what I do for a living - supporting children to develop and working closely with parents. I have been a working with children since 2009 and have completed many courses, including level 3 in childcare, level 2 in team leading and a diploma in SEND. Early years is an important time for children and I am honoured to be a part of so many young people’s lives to watch them develop, grow and succeed.