City Child Nursery and Preschool

An Inspiring Setting in the Heart of the City

Welcome to City Child Nursery and Preschool. At our bright and spacious nursery in Barbican, children aged 3 months to 5 years are provided with the best early years education and care to help them reach their developmental milestones in an inspiring environment.

Dedicated Rooms for Every Age Group

Each of our airy rooms has full-length windows looking out into wildlife areas.

Your tiny one will love our cosy baby room, where we follow your child's individual routine from home as closely as possible, making the transition to nursery life easier. This room also has its own separate sleep room, allowing your child to enjoy peaceful naps.

We have two bright toddler rooms, where your little one is encouraged to explore and start learning independence. There are lots of fun resources to discover as they begin to develop key skills and choose activities that interest them.

In our preschool room, your little learner will start being prepared for school. This room is run by our qualified preschool teacher.

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 day 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.

Garden Time in the City

We're very lucky to have a spacious outdoor garden (a real bonus in a city centre). The large garden is divided into age-appropriate areas and is filled with a wide range of exciting resources and toys to extend your child's opportunity to learn and play in the fresh air. From sandpits and climbing frames to trikes and musical instruments, there is always something new to discover.

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 buggy park.
  • Our nursery in Barbican is located just a few minutes' walk from Liverpool Street station and Barbican tube.
  • Longer opening times from 7:30am to 6:30pm.
  • Rated Good at our latest Ofsted inspection.

Your Personal Tour

Our devoted and long-standing staff are excited to welcome you and your family to our nursery in Barbican. Book a personal tour today and come see everything our beautiful nursery has to offer.

Abby Cranfield, Deputy Manager - Tabbard Square Day Nursery and Preschool
Nursery Manager
1 Bridgewater Square, Barbican, London, EC2Y 8AH
  • 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.
  • Abby Cranfield, Deputy Manager - Tabbard Square Day Nursery and PreschoolAbbyNursery Manager
  • Issachar cover for City ChildIssacharDeputy 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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Bright Horizons Family App
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