Canterbury Day Nursery and Preschool

An Inspiring Setting in Canterbury to Play and Learn

Welcome to Canterbury Day Nursery and Preschool, where our Ofsted Good-rated nursery provides the best care and education for children aged 3 months to 5 years.

State-of-the-Art Resources and Tailored Rooms

Our warm and welcoming baby unit is for children under 2 years of age. The unit has its very own sensory room, where babies and young toddlers enjoy sensory and heuristic play sessions that teach them about different sights, sounds and textures in the world around them.

Children aged 2 to 3 years old love spending their days in our bright and colourful nursery room. The children take part in a range of exciting activities to inspire young minds and work towards developmental goals.

In our toddler room, your little explorer will be encouraged to develop their independence and work towards skills they'll need when they start preschool.

Preschool is divided into two light and airy rooms, where children engage in a variety of activities to enhance their learning journey and prepare them for their next step. Preschoolers enjoy Forest School in their garden, helping them to learn about the natural world and develop new skills through nature.

Children also enjoy Boogie Mites music sessions where they can learn about the world through music and song.

A Bright Beginning for Every Child

Your little one will get the best start to their schooling life through our enriching and wellbeing-focused Bright Beginnings Curriculum, designed by our own Early Years specialists.

Building on the foundations of the government's EYFS curriculum, Bright Beginnings combines a wide range of activities to nurture and develop the skills your child needs to flourish and reach their full potential. This holistic yet personal approach supports each child's wellbeing, development, and progress – whether that's moving rooms or preparing them for school.

You can stay updated with your child's progress through our Bright Horizons Family app.

Getting Ready for Their Next Steps

To ensure your little learner is confident to start school, our older children take part in our Ready for School programme, which brings structure and focus to maths, reading, writing, and other essential skills they need to get ready for school.

Learning and Playing in the Garden

We're fortunate to have a large and stimulating garden area, with freeflow access from each of the classrooms. The garden is divided into age-specific sections, so every room has its own garden to discover.

The main garden features an outdoor classroom, a cycle track, two low-level treehouses, a climbing net, a water feature, digging and planting areas, and chalk and painting boards.

All-Inclusive Care and Convenience

  • Nutritionally balanced meals are prepared by our onsite chef. Our all-inclusive care extends to snacks, formula, nappies, wipes, and creams.
  • Onsite car park and buggy park.
  • Our nursery in Canterbury is close to Canterbury West train station.
  • Funded-only places are available.

Your Personal Tour

We're excited to welcome you and your child to our Canterbury nursery. Book a personal tour today and we'll show you everything our Outstanding nursery has to offer.

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Nursery Manager
Spring Lane, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1SW
  • Monday7:30AM - 6:30PM
  • Tuesday7:30AM - 6:30PM
  • Wednesday7:30AM - 6:30PM
  • Thursday7:30AM - 6:30PM
  • Friday7:30AM - 6:30PM
Lines open: Mon - Fri 08:00 - 19:00

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What’s included & Funding options

Whether you’re looking for a full-time or flexible booking pattern, get in touch with us to discuss availability. We will accommodate government funding options wherever possible.

Discover more about what we can offer your family by downloading our easy to read set of guides. Explore our Bright Horizons nurseries and discover the funding options available - from funded childcare and tax free childcare, to childcare vouchers plus key dates. You can also find out what's included in our fees and how we support families from the beginning.

*Not all nurseries offer every component of the all-inclusive package. Please check with your nursery for details.

Included in your fees:

  • Unlimited hypoallergenic nappies*
  • Unlimited hypoallergenic wipes*
  • Three nutritious meals
  • A range of healthy snacks
  • Formula milk for babies under 1 year
  • Cows’ milk or dairy-free alternatives for older babies and children

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Bright Beginnings at Bright Horizons

Bright Beginnings Curriculum

We believe that every child deserves the best start in life. Bright Beginnings is a holistic curriculum, designed to acknowledge the individual voice and needs of every child promoting confidence, wellbeing and a genuine love for learning.

As well as nurturing a lifelong love of learning, Bright Beginnings helps set the foundations for emotional resilience to prepare children for the next stage in their learning journey.

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Meet the team

Our team are dedicated to making your child's experience safe and fun. We always go the extra mile.
  • Headshot of the Manager of Bright Horizons Canterbury Day Nursery and PreschoolAmandaNursery Manager
  • Headshot of the Deputy Manager of Bright Horizons Canterbury Day Nursery and PreschoolClairDeputy Manager


Did you know that our nursery is on Facebook? 'Like' us to join in the fun! We share what we've been getting up to, as well as activities you can try at home with your little one. Learn about upcoming events happening at our nursery to pop in your calendar and enjoy meeting the team with posts about the amazing early years practitioners in our setting. We look forward to welcoming you to our Facebook community - just click 'like' and you're in!

Bright Horizons Family App

Our Family app offers a variety of features that give you the ability to get more information on your child's day, notify the nursery of any changes to your planned pick-up or absences and even book extra sessions if needed.

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