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Dorking 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

Located in close proximity to Dorking train station, Bright Horizons Dorking is perfect for commuting parents. 

With a large garden and in walking distance to a park, the outdoor learning opportunities are plentiful. Inside the nursery, children can take advantage of a variety of resources including an Art Studio and a sensory room for younger children. We also offer swimming lessons for our preschool children. Our unique Healthy Hearts and Minds activities provide inspirational and engaging learning experiences using the innovative Boogie Mites and myHappymind programmes. 

All meals are nutritionally balanced, prepared using fresh ingredients by our own chef.

Join our Art Teacher for ‘Arts and Me’ sessions on the last Wednesday of every month which is entirely free and encourages children to be creative also supporting our Growing Artists initiative.

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Active Learning Dorking Manager
Becka Pinnells
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

Active Learning Dorking Manager

Becka Pinnells

I began my career in childcare in 2000.

I studied at Godalming College for 3 years and gained my CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education and NVQ Level 3.

I have been working for Bright Horizons for the past 12 years starting as a nursery nurse in the baby room before being promoted to Baby Room Manager

I then went on to study and gain my Foundation Degree in Early Years at Guildford College

After a couple of years I was promoted to Third in Charge and then to Deputy Manager and became the Nursery Manager of Starfish Nursery, Guildford in 2014.

After 10 years at Guildford Boxgrove I was asked to transfer to Active Learning Dorking to broaden my managerial skills and use my knowledge to support a new team in a different nursery.

Since I was of a young age I knew I wanted to work with children. I love being here and enjoy watching the children come in with a beaming smile and watching them learn something new each day.

Active Learning Dorking Deputy Manager

Lauren Dawes

I'm the Deputy Manager at Active Learning Dorking, and have worked at the Nursery since 2012 when I joined the team as Third in Charge.

Whilst in the role of Third in Charge I spent time leading each of the rooms, building on my experience with all age groups from Babies and Toddlers, 2-3s to Preschool, I also supported the management team with the running of the Nursery as a whole.

 I was promoted to Deputy Manager in January 2015, where I enjoy helping to lead our Nursery team and developing practice within the setting.

Before joining Active Learning I worked in a range of different Childcare settings in a variety of roles. I qualified as a Nursery Nurse in 2006 with an NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education alongside a Progression Award.

Every day is different at Nursery and I love to watch the children grow, develop and learn in our care.

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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