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Great Cornard Day Nursery and Preschool

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In a Mumsnet survey of 131 users of Bright Horizons Nurseries: 82% would buy again and 85% would recommend

A place to grow

Great Cornard Day Nursery and Preschool provides care and early education for children aged 3 months to 5 years. 


We offer a warm, welcoming environment supporting the transition from home to nursery, and we provide excellent nutritionally-balanced menus using fresh ingredients prepared by our own chef. To help children's development we have a dedicated sensory room. We're also attached to a children's centre allowing us direct access to health visitors. We have been rated Outstanding by Ofsted in our previous three inspections. 

Our unique Healthy Hearts and Minds activities provide inspirational and engaging learning experiences using the innovative Boogie Mites and myHappymind programmes. 

Crocus Great Cornard Nursery and Preschool Manager
Jo Bullock
Nursery Manager


Our excellent nutritionally balanced menu is changed regularly to encourage a varied diet and is approved by Action for Children. Here is an example of a typical menu.

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Where possible we look to offer flexible booking patterns and a range of funding options, including the government's 30 hours funded childcare* provision. To request pricing and availability, please request a call back by clicking the button below.

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Meet the Team

Crocus Great Cornard Nursery and Preschool Manager

Jo Bullock

I am the nursery manager for Crocus Early Years Centre and I have been working in childcare for 18 years. 

My career started as a nursery nurse working in a baby room. I was promoted to baby room manager and then became the nursery manager after having my second child. I have been working at Crocus Early Years Centre since 2003, becoming manager in 2008.  I have a Level 4 Qualification in Early Years Practice and have just completed my Customer Services NVQ 2 qualification.

Crocus Great Cornard Nursery and Preschool Deputy Manager

Samantha Walker

I have been working at Crocus Great Cornard since 2006 and I was promoted to Deputy Manager in 2015. I started here as a nursery nurse before becoming the Preschool Room Leader, which I did for 5 years. I have 2 children, one 9 year old and one 6 year old. I have a Level 4 qualification in Early Years Practice.

Candy Floss

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!

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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