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Finchley Central Day Nursery and Preschool

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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 place to grow in Finchley Central

Right in the heart of Finchley Central just minutes’ walk from the tube, the nursery aims to offer every child a rich and stimulating nursery experience while working in close partnership with parents. Providing high-quality care and education for children aged 3 months to 5 year with longer opening times from 7.30am – 6.30pm. 

The nursery includes a diverse range of inclusive classes and trips, which every child can attend regardless of whether they take place on days the children attends or not. Before starting with the nursery there will be an opportunity for the child to make two pre-start visits and to discuss his/her individual needs. They operate an inclusive approach whereby all families and children are welcome.

The nursery has been awarded an Ofsted rating of ‘Good’ for their commitment to high quality childcare and education.

The team would love to meet you and your little one, so book a visit today and they will show you all the nursery has to offer during your own personal tour.

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Bernadette Mealy
Nursery Manager


28 May 2022

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Food Hygiene Rating of 5

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.

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Meet the Team

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Bernadette Mealy

Having worked in the Early Years sector for the past 29 years, I have a wealth of knowledge and experience.

My experience extends from working on the children's ward at Barnet General Hospital, working with the Local Authority as an Early Years advisor, working as a Group Manager and Manager in Day Nurseries.

I am a mother of three grown up children and as a mother myself, I am passionate about providing the best possible Care and Education.

I have a passion for making a difference to every child's life and delivering quality.

I am lucky enough to have successfully led previous teams in achieving four consecutive outstanding Ofsted inspections.

I am looking forward to joining and leading the team at Finchley Central, meeting and building relationships with the parents, carers and of course the children!

Khushbu Patel

I am Khushbu Patel, have been working with Bright horizons since 2009.I started my professional journey at Bright Horizons North Finchley branch as unqualified nursery nurse .I have made my way up to become a Deputy manager in 2019 in one of the Magic Nurseries at Whetstone which has become part of Bright Horizons. I was a Deputy manager for one of our biggest settings at West Hampstead station during the pandemic where I enjoyed working and supporting their team.

I am a hardworking, confident, fun and creative minded individual. I enjoy providing life essential skills and care as a qualified childcare professional. During my childcare career I have continually developed core childcare, operational and business development skills by accepting new challenges within my own nursey unit as well as trouble shooting for various regional nursery units owned by my employer.

I am a proud Mother of two gorgeous boys . I am a qualified Bollywood and Indian classical dancer.

Headshot of Bright Horizons Finchley Central's Third in Charge.

Catherine Doyle

I am Third in charge for our Finchley Central nursery as well as being 2-3s senior room leader. I have been working for Bright Horizons since 2019 and have had childcare experience for over 10 years. I hold my diploma in childcare level 3 qualification and I am the nursery’s SENCO. I am excitedly starting my Inspiring Leaders level 3 too!

 I adore children of all ages and have been lucky enough to support all age groups from 0-5. I work closely with my team to build on the children’s learning and development and adore observing amazing learning outcomes that the children achieve. I support the management team and work aside them to build on our nursery vision and I really like being a role model for my team. I am passionate about the children’s learning and development and provide continuous high standard provision by observing, planning and reviewing the impact it is on the children to push them further so they can grow and achieve their next steps. My strengths are being a positive role model, enthusiastic and passionate practitioner and a strong team player.

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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