Muddy Puddles Day Nursery and Preschool

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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

Muddy Puddles children's day nursery in Hertfordshire is committed to providing the best possible Early Years environment for your child. 


Our dedicated staff will cherish and nurture your child, encouraging them to develop friendships, independence, curiosity and, most importantly of all, to have fun! Children attending Muddy Puddles are cared for in one of four rooms, moving between these as they achieve developmental milestones, loosely reached in line with their age. Resources and activities within each room are aimed at encouraging further development within the seven key areas of learning and development. Additional equipment and resources within the four rooms are aimed at extending and supporting the key areas defined in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Messy play, painting, gluing, mark-making, baking, stories, construction, threading, imaginative play and dressing up are amongst the indoor activities which are all enjoyed across the nursery on a regular basis. Our extra-curricular activities include Boogie Mites and myHappymind, encouraging a healthy lifestyle from a young age.


Uniquely situated in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, we endeavour to make the most of our rural surroundings to enhance your child’s development through outdoor play and learning, be it joining together for a nursery picnic, discovering creepy crawlies on a woodland walk or watching awestruck as an incubated chick emerges from its shell, our aim is to fill your child’s nursery days with exciting experiences and challenges. 


Mealtimes at Muddy Puddles are a happy, social occasion for children and staff alike. All our food is prepared and cooked daily on site by our chef and we offer a healthy, balanced diet as well as meeting individual needs and preferences

Muddy Puddles Day Nursery and Preschool Manager
Jenny Beal
Nursery Manager


25 Jan 2020

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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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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

Muddy Puddles Day Nursery and Preschool Manager

Jenny Beal

I have been working in the Early Years Workforce for over ten years, this has included working for both the private and charity sector, and this has provided me a wealth of knowledge and experience.  I have worked in a wide variety of roles which has enabled me to gain valuable experience with a wide age range of children (0 – 12 years of age) and their families.

I initially went to college to gain my Level 3 in Childcare and Development and then used this knowledge to go into the workforce and continued to develop my skills by working directly with children and also studying many short courses including first aid and safeguarding, as well as achieving my Level 3 in Management in 2016.

I have had a variety roles and became successful in the role of Nursery Manger in 2016 which I have now enjoyed doing for nearly three years, within two different nurseries.  I am excited to now be continuing with my journey by joining the Bright Horizons Family and I am looking forward to expanding my personal development and working with the children, families and staff at Muddy Puddles.

My aim is to provide an enabling environment where children are given the opportunities to reach their full potential, and to build secure partnerships with families to ensure the children are given the best possible care.  I am keen to continue to develop the nursery by using the unique skill set of each individual and working on some new projects. 

Muddy Puddles Day Nursery and Preschool Deputy Manager

Craig Stimpson

Craig is an experienced member of the management team, working in childcare for 22 years he brings plenty for skills and knowledge to the Muddy Puddles Team. He holds an NVQ level 3 in early year’s childcare and education. 

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Sian Ellis

I’ve been working in childcare and education for eight years, currently holds a level 3 diploma in childcare and I’m working towards my level 3 in SENCO, I’m really enjoying this. I love working with children,meeting the needs of our children and supporting families.

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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