Harpenden Central Day Nursery and Preschool

Harpenden Central Day Nursery and PreschoolPeel House, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4EL
Grow, Learn, and Thrive at our Harpenden Nursery

Set in a beautiful, listed building, Bright Horizons Harpenden Central Day Nursery and Preschool is situated in the town centre. We have excellent transport links, with Harpenden train station just a two-minute walk away, offering a 20-minute ride from London Kings Cross. Additionally, we are in the catchment of many local schools, including St Dominic, Roundwood Park, Crabtree, The Grove, High Beeches and more. Onsite facilities such as a buggy park ensures convenient pick-ups and drop-offs.

Our rooms are designed for each age group, filled with specially crafted wooden resources and furniture. From cosy reading and music corners to dedicated areas for arts and crafts, your child will be engaged in learning and having fun throughout the day. Our curriculum is thoughtfully designed to provide activities supporting each child’s development and helping them reach their full potential.

Each classroom has access to the garden. Where your child will cherish time in our colourful, age-specific gardens, featuring a climbing frame, bicycle track, construction area, and a mud kitchen for cooking up some tasty mud pies! Babies and younger children can also enjoy the separate baby garden. Your little learner will discover about healthy eating, how food grows, and even take part in a spot of planting in our vegetable garden.

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Claire Atkins Harpenden Central Nursery Manager
Nursery Manager
Peel House, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4EL
  • Monday7:30AM - 6:30PM
  • Tuesday7:30AM - 6:30PM
  • Wednesday7:30AM - 6:30PM
  • Thursday7:30AM - 6:30PM
  • Friday7:30AM - 6:30PM
Lines open: Mon - Fri 08:00 - 19:00

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What’s included & Funding options

Whether you’re looking for a full-time or flexible booking pattern, get in touch with us to discuss availability. We will accommodate government funding options wherever possible.

Discover more about what we can offer your family by downloading our easy to read set of guides. Explore our Bright Horizons nurseries and discover the funding options available - from funded childcare and tax free childcare, to childcare vouchers plus key dates. You can also find out what's included in our fees and how we support families from the beginning.

*Not all nurseries offer every component of the all-inclusive package. Please check with your nursery for details.

Included in your fees:

  • Unlimited hypoallergenic nappies*
  • Unlimited hypoallergenic wipes*
  • Three nutritious meals
  • A range of healthy snacks
  • Formula milk for babies under 1 year
  • Cows’ milk or dairy-free alternatives for older babies and children

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Bright Beginnings at Bright Horizons

Bright Beginnings Curriculum

We believe that every child deserves the best start in life. Bright Beginnings is a holistic curriculum, designed to acknowledge the individual voice and needs of every child promoting confidence, wellbeing and a genuine love for learning.

As well as nurturing a lifelong love of learning, Bright Beginnings helps set the foundations for emotional resilience to prepare children for the next stage in their learning journey.

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Meet the team

Our team are dedicated to making your child's experience safe and fun. We always go the extra mile.
  • Claire Atkins Harpenden Central Nursery ManagerClaireNursery Manager
  • Amnah Kaiser Harpenden Central Deputy ManagerAmnahDeputy Manager


Did you know that our nursery is on Facebook? 'Like' us to join in the fun! We share what we've been getting up to, as well as activities you can try at home with your little one. Learn about upcoming events happening at our nursery to pop in your calendar and enjoy meeting the team with posts about the amazing early years practitioners in our setting. We look forward to welcoming you to our Facebook community - just click 'like' and you're in!

Bright Horizons Family App

Our Family app offers a variety of features that give you the ability to get more information on your child's day, notify the nursery of any changes to your planned pick-up or absences and even book extra sessions if needed.

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