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Harpenden Central Day Nursery and Preschool

Day Nurseries
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30 Hours Funded Childcare
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

An Outstanding Nursery in Harpenden

At our day nursery for children three months to 5 years we pride ourselves in our welcoming, friendly staff team. We provide a home from home environment, which offers a truly positive experience for all our children and parents. 

We have a highly trained and knowledgeable staff team that are always available to talk to and willing to support all our children. Harpenden Central Day Nursery and Preschool is located in Harpenden town centre, just a two-minute walk from the train station and only a 20-minute train ride into London Kings Cross, which is great for commuting parents. Set in a stunning listed building, originally the town's police station. Each room is filled with specially made wooden resources and furniture to encourage children to learn and develop. Interactive whiteboards and touch-screen computers help children to grow in confidence as they discover the world around them.

Our garden includes a climbing frame, water feature, mud kitchen area and a separate cosy and safe baby garden.  We take the children outdoors on a daily basis. Our nursery and preschool rooms have the added benefit of being able to have direct access to garden space, so we can offer free-flow access to the children. 

Our delicious, healthy and nutritious food, sourced from trusted suppliers is prepared and cooked by our very own chef. Menus change seasonally and cater for all dietary and religious needs. Our kitchen holds a 5* EHO rating for food safety and hygiene. Please see the menus tab above for our current menu. We are located within the catchment of many infant schools which include St Dominic’s, Roundwood Park, Crabtree, The Grove, St Nicholas’, High Beeches, Lea Primary, Manland, Sauncey Wood and Wood End.  

Our friendly, experienced and highly qualified staff are on hand to conduct a personal nursery tour at a time to suit you.

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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

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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.

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Meet the Team

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Claire Atkins

Hayley Fraser Deputy Harpendan

Hayley Fraser

Hello, my name is Hayley I have worked at Harpenden Central Nursery for over 6 years now. I first joined the nursery as a Nursery Nurse after working at a primary school and another local nursery and completing my level 3 in childcare & education.

Since I first started at the Nursery with support and guidance I have achieved more than I ever thought was possible! I have recently been promoted to Deputy manager, after being a third in charge for over 2 years and room leader for 4 years. I have worked across all of the 4 rooms at the Nursery with all ages of children, which I have thoroughly enjoyed experiencing. I am excited for my new role as Deputy Manager to learn and grow even more.

I am also currently studying, to achieve my Level 5 in leadership and management which will be a huge achievement once I can complete my studies. I really enjoy studying and I have completed a variety of other courses such as: principles of customer service and understanding autism.

I am IOSH trained which means I have a deep understanding of all the health & safety aspects at the nursery, to ensure I can support Hollie the Nursery Manager and the team in keeping everyone safe, which is something I am passionate about. What I find most rewarding from this job is being a part of a child's development and watching them grow and develop.

In my spare time I enjoy reading and being crafty making cards or dreamcatchers.

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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