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Harpenden 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

Grow, learn, and thrive at our Harpenden nursery

Welcome to Ofsted Good rated Harpenden Central Day Nursery and Preschool. Your child will love spending their days in our beautiful nursery, set in a listed building, dedicated to nurturing children from 3 months to 5 years.

Excellent Resources for All Age Groups

Our rooms are designed for each age group and are filled with specially-made wooden resources and furniture.

From cosy corners for reading and music, to dedicated arts and crafts and mathematics areas to inspire their imagination, your little one will be busy learning and having fun all day.

Interactive whiteboards and touch-screen computers will help your child learn and develop key life skills.

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 wellbeing, development, and progress - whether that's moving rooms or preparing them for school.

Children also enjoy Boogie Mites music sessions where they can learn about the world through music and song.

Follow your child's progress via the Bright Horizons Family app and learn what keeps them engaged at nursery.

Making Exciting Discoveries Outdoors

Your little explorer will love spending time in our colourful, age-specific gardens, which also feature a climbing frame, bicycle track, construction area, water feature and a mud kitchen to cook up some tasty mud pies! Babies and younger children can also enjoy the separate baby garden.

Your little grower will learn about healthy eating, how food grows, and even take part in a spot of planting in our vegetable garden.

Each classroom enjoys direct access to the garden, offering freeflow enjoyment throughout the day.

All-Inclusive Care and Convenience

  • Nutritionally balanced meals are prepared daily by our onsite chef with all dietary and religious needs catered to. Our all-inclusive care extends to snacks, nappies, wipes, formula and creams.
  • An onsite car park and buggy park ensures easy pick-ups and drop-offs.
  • Our nursery in Harpenden is located in the town centre. We have excellent transport links with Harpenden train station just a two-minute walk away and a 20-minute ride from London Kings Cross.
  • Were in the catchment of many local schools including St Dominic, Roundwood Park, Crabtree, The Grove, High Beeches and many more.

Your Personal Tour

We can't wait to meet you and your little one. Book your own personal tour today and our long-standing team will show you everything our Harpenden nursery has to offer.

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Claire Atkins Harpenden Central Nursery Manager
Claire Atkins
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.

Food Hygiene Rating of 5

Supporting and Learning

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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

Claire Atkins Harpenden Central Nursery Manager

Claire Atkins

Claire joined Harpenden Central Nursery and Preschool in March 2021, Claire holds a BA Hons Degree in Applied Education Studies. Claire has worked in Early Years for over 20 year and has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge in the sector.

Claire strives to offer outstanding child care and education and supports the staff in the setting in order to achieve this. Claire and the team look forward to welcoming you to Harpenden Central.

Amnah Kaiser Harpenden Central Deputy Manager

Amnah Kaiser

Amnah joined Bright Horizons in January 2021 and transferred to Harpenden Central Nursery in May 2021. Amnah holds her Early Years Teacher Status which she uses to support the nursery team in delivering high quality care and education across all ages.

Amnah is extremely passionate about the children's learning and development and always strives to ensure the children are making progress in their development whilst at nursery. Amnah looks forward to welcoming you our nursery.

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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