Shortlands Day Nursery and Preschool

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A place to grow

Our nursery setting is open Monday to Friday from 07:45 to 18:30, for children aged 3 months to 5 years. 


We offer a warm, welcoming environment supporting the transition from home to nursery, and we provide excellent nutritionally-balanced menus using fresh ingredients prepared by our own chef. 


Our highly qualified team helped us secure a Good rating in our latest Ofsted inspection.

Nursery Manager
Helen Dempsey
Nursery Manager
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Nutrition

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

A Day at Shortlands Day Nursery and Preschool

Below is an example of a typical day

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Breakfast

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Play & Activities

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Singing Time

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Free Play

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Story Time

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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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Helen Dempsey

I have been working within Bright Horizons for over nine years starting as a nursery nurse at Shortlands and then progressing to deputy manager. I then moved to our Caterham branch in 2016 gaining experience in a larger nursery before returning to Shortlands as the manager in January 2018. I have my degree in Early Childhood studies and feel this has given me the insight into child development. I have had experience in a nursery in Australia and continue to enjoy refreshing my knowledge and experiences in early years. My passion has always been to guide each child to reach their full potential and I feel blessed that I get to make an impact on their lives at the most important time of their development.

Kirsty Field

I started working for Bright Horizons in April 2011, and joined the Shortlands team May 2016. I started off as a nursery assistant and have worked my way up to a deputy manager position. I have a level 3 childcare qualification; I am always keen to gain more knowledge and experience.  I have a passion for providing children with the best starts in life. I support the team in continuously improving to be the best nursery it can possibly be. Once we reach one goal we will make sure we are reaching for another.  

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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