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Dorking Day Nursery and Preschool

Day Nurseries
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30 Hours Funded Childcare
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In a Mumsnet survey of 131 users of Bright Horizons Nurseries: 82% would buy again and 85% would recommend

A happy and stimulating nursery in Dorking

Our Nursery and Preschool is set in a charming character building, providing a happy and stimulating environment for 3 month to 5-year-olds. Your little one will love exploring areas such as the art studio, sensory room and our large, landscaped garden.  

A ‘Bright Beginning’ for Every Child 

Designed by our Early Years specialists, your little one will get the best start to their schooling life through our enriching and wellbeing focused Bright Beginnings Curriculum.

Building on the foundations of the government’s EYFS curriculum, it 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 development and progress – whether that’s moving rooms or preparing them for school.

Exploring the Outdoors

Children really enjoy playing in our sand pit, writing on the large chalk boards and getting messy in the mud kitchen. There’s even room for tricycles. Our nursery is also within walking distance to a park, so the children can explore and learn from the experience of group outings.

Dedicated Environment

A separate sleep room ensures a quiet and peaceful space for your little one to recharge. We also have a fully-functioning children’s kitchen that inspires your little chefs to learn about making healthy, delicious food.

Preschoolers have the opportunity to enjoy swimming lessons.

All-Inclusive Care 

An onsite chef holds a 5* EHO rating for food safety and hygiene and is dedicated to preparing healthy meals and snacks to keep your little one re-fueled for fun. 

Wipes, formula, nappies and creams are also provided, so there’s even less to pack in the morning!


Handy onsite parking facilities and a designated buggy park allow for easy and convenient drop-off and  pick-ups.

Your Personal Tour

Our team of long-standing staff are excited to welcome you and your family to Dorking Day Nursery and Preschool. Book your personal tour today and come see everything our beautiful nursery has to offer and let us answer any questions you may have.




28 May 2022

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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.

Food Hygiene Rating of 5

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Bright Horizons Family App

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the NEW Bright Horizons Family App. The app will offer a variety of features that will give you the ability to get more information on your child's day than ever before, as well as being able to notify the nursery of any changes to your planned pick-up or absences, as well as booking extra sessions.

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Fees & Availability

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.

*Terms and conditions apply to 30 hours funding. Click here for more information.

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Meet the Team

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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