Columbus Courtyard | Day Nurseries & Pre-School | Canary Wharf, London

Columbus Courtyard Day Nursery and Preschool

Why Children Love Us

A place to grow

Columbus Courtyard provides care and education for children aged 3 months to 5 years and is located on the South Colonnade end of Canary Wharf, ideal for commuting parents.

The nursery features bright, spacious rooms with floor to ceiling windows maximising natural light. Each room is tailored to the individual age groups of our children and in addition to our impressively-sized separate play room, we have an ‘Inspiration Room ‘and a ‘Soft Play’ room where little ones can explore their surroundings safely and at their own pace.

Bright Horizons nurseries have a wide range of play and learning activities designed to encourage happy, confident children who are ready to enjoy a lifelong journey of learning, including our Growing Programmes, a unique set of enhancements which focus on reading, writing, science, maths, physical activity and art. In addition to our Growing Programmes, Columbus Courtyard children enjoy Cookery Club, visits from our Sports Coach and Bilingual Beats sessions.

Columbus Courtyard children are often seen out and about on the Wharf– we love to make the most of our fantastic location and explore local attractions like the Docklands Museum, Roof Top Garden, watching the Clipper Boats on the riverside, and playing in the secured Courtyard.

Marufa Anwari
Nursery Manager

Nutrition

Our excellent nutritionally balanced menu is changed regularly to encourage a varied diet and is approved by the Childrens Food Trust. Here is an example of a typical menu.

Supporting and Learning


A day at Columbus Courtyard Day Nursery and Preschool

Below is an example of a typical day

  • Morning

    Drop Off

  • Morning

    Breakfast

  • Morning

    Free Play

  • Morning

    Growing Programmes

  • Morning

    Organised Activities

  • Morning

    Organised Activities

  • Midday

    Lunch

  • Afternoon

    Sleep Time

  • Afternoon

    Sleep Time

  • Afternoon

    Free Play

  • Afternoon

    Outdoor Play

  • Afternoon

    Growing Programmes

  • Afternoon

    Organised Activities

  • Afternoon

    Tea / Dinner Time

  • Afternoon

    Outdoor Play

  • Afternoon

    Free Play

  • Afternoon

    Free Play

  • Afternoon

    Pick Up

Fees & Availability

Where possible we look to offer flexible booking patterns, including everything your child needs. To request pricing and availability, please request a call back by clicking the button below.

Meet the Team

Marufa Anwari

I  first joined Columbus Courtyard  working as summer cover while at University and  I returned each year during the summer months.  I joined permanently in 2009 after graduating. I have a Level 3 Diploma for Children and Young People’s Workforce and have worked my way up from Practitioner to Nursery Manager. I have most experience with three to five year olds and enjoy getting them ready to start school. I look forward to continuing my childcare journey with Bright Horizons.

Louisa Stokes

I have been working with Bright Horizons for over a year. I first started as a practitioner for the previous childcare provider and worked for them for 4 years until they were acquired by Bright Horizons. I was then promoted to Deputy Manager at Columbus Courtyard. My journey in childcare first started in 2010 where I completed my CACHE Level 3 diploma in Childcare and Education. I have had many different jobs roles such as Nursery Practitioner, Nanny and EYFS Coordinator. I really enjoy working with children of all ages. One of my passions is ensuring that the children have a fun, safe environment for them to grow and learn every day. There are so many wonderful things I love about my job but one of my favourite things is working with my team to ensure that the children are getting the best care and are happy.

Candy Floss

Hi, my name is Candy Floss, I joined Bright Horizons in March 2010 as the ‘Super Safety Hero’ to help nursery children stay safe and manage risks. My role as a Health and Safety Super Hero is unique to Bright Horizons and I’m in every nursery, 365 days a year.

Back in 2010, I saw a job advert for a Zebra Super Safety Hero – I was very excited, applied and was invited for an interview with several other zebras. We were interviewed by all the children who then voted on which of us would be their Super Safety Hero. It was hoof biting but I was thrilled when they told me I was the most voted for by the children who all loved me because of my cape and bag. My bag is very special, if something fits inside, it’s a choking hazard. You might be wondering how I got my name. The children in our nurseries chose five names and voted for their favourite. I love it as it’s unique, I mean have you ever heard of a zebra called Candy Floss? Exactly!

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Why Bright Horizons

The Bright Horizons passion and enthusiasm for providing high-quality care isn’t just common knowledge within our own business – we’ve also gained some impressive accolades from external sources for excellence as both a childcare provider, and as an employer. We are the only childcare company to have been listed for the last 11 years as one of the country’s top 50 “Great Places to Work” by the Great Place to Work Institute.

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