Saffron Walden Crocus Early Years Centre

Saffron Walden Crocus Early Years Centrec/o Saffron Walden County High School, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4UH
An Enriching Nursery in Saffron Walden

Welcome to Saffron Walden Crocus Early Years Centre, where our team of dedicated and nurturing staff support children's development from 3 months to 5 years. Our Ofsted Good-rated nursery is situated on the grounds of Saffron Walden County High School, in a beautiful rural location, with lots of space to explore both indoors and out.

Inspiring Rooms to Learn and Play

Our lovely and cosy baby room is for little ones aged 3 months to 2 years and is the perfect space for our younger children to play, discover, and be nurtured. We follow your child's home routine as closely as possible to ensure the transition from home to nursery runs smoothly. This room also benefits from having its own sleep room for quiet naps.

In our toddler room, 2 to 3-year-olds start gaining their independence as they explore their bright and colourful room. Activities are planned around the children's interests, giving them lots of opportunities to have fun in their large and enriching room.

Our busy preschool room is where your little learner will discover all the skills they need to feel confident and prepared to start school.

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.

Outdoor Adventures

Our beautiful garden space is surrounded by an inspiring, rural environment. All of the rooms enjoy freeflow access to the garden, allowing your little one to explore the outdoors throughout the day.

The garden is divided into age-specific areas and includes a wide variety of exciting activities, from slides and trikes to tunnels and an allotment area.

All-Inclusive Care and Convenience

  • Nutritionally-balanced meals are prepared by our onsite chef. Our all-inclusive care extends to meals, snacks, nappies, wipes, formula and creams.
  • Onsite parking.
  • Set within its own self-contained building on the grounds of Saffron Walden County High School.
  • Rated Good at our last Ofsted inspection.
  • Enjoy earlier opening hours of 7:30am.
  • Limited funded-only places available.

Your Personal Tour

We're so excited to meet you and your little one. To learn more about our nursery in Saffron Walden, or to see us for yourself, please get in touch and we'll arrange a personal tour.

Alternative Female Manager Silhouette
Nursery Manager
c/o Saffron Walden County High School, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4UH
  • Monday7:30AM - 6:00PM
  • Tuesday7:30AM - 6:00PM
  • Wednesday7:30AM - 6:00PM
  • Thursday7:30AM - 6:00PM
  • Friday7:30AM - 6:00PM
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.
  • Alternative Female Manager Silhouette SarahNursery Manager
  • Crocus Saffron Walden Day Nursery and Preschool Deputy ManagerEmilyDeputy Manager
  • Saffron Walden Day Nursery and Preschool Deputy ManagerJulieThird in Charge
  • Crocus Saffron Walden Day Nursery and Preschool Third in ChargeSophieThird in Charge


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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