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Springfield Lodge Dartford 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

Explore, discover and grown at our Dartford nursery

You'll find our bright and welcoming Dartford nursery is the perfect setting for your little one to start their journey and create an easy transition from home to nursery life. Families love our ICT Room, our all-weather outdoor classroom and our chickens!

Catering for children from 3 months to 5 years, younger children will feel secure and at ease in our dedicated baby room, and our cots ensure they can enjoy the same sleep routine as they have at home.

A Wealth of Resources

For preschoolers, we know how important it is to prepare them for that next big step - so our focus is on preparing them and ensuring a confident and smooth transition. Our Early Years team provide a wide range of educational resources to help their development and get them school ready. You'll also love our ICT room, where young inquiring minds can explore their own interests as well as develop computer skills.

A 'Bright Beginning' for Every Child

Designed by our Early Years specialists, your pre-schooler 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 development and progress – whether that's moving rooms or preparing them for school.

Delicious Meals Prepared Onsite

Your little one will love tucking into a wide variety of nutritionally-balanced meals - all prepared fresh by our own on-site chef. And they'll learn about healthy food choices, growing food, and early nutrition with our fun and engaging Creative Cooks activities.

Make Amazing Discoveries in the Natural Environment

Children's educational play using the environment is encouraged in our all-weather outdoor classroom. The nursery also has an all-weather outside art room, giving children lots of opportunities to discover imaginative and creative play.

The free flow access from classrooms into the garden and outside play areas also encourages children to interact with our top draw - our chickens - which they adore learning about and feeding.

All-Inclusive Care

All your child's meals, snacks, nappies, wipes, sun cream, and formula are included.

Accessible & Convenient Location

Handily situated for commuting parents, our Dartford day nursery and preschool is located close to the train station and has an onsite car park. Brooklands Lake and Dartford Central Park are also nearby.

Your Personal Tour

The long-standing team here at Dartford can't wait to meet you and your family. Book your personal tour today and we'll be happy to show you around and answer any questions you may have.

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Springfield Lodge Dartford Day Nursery and Preschool Manager
Stacey Dowsett
Nursery Manager

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.

*Terms and conditions apply to 30 hours funding. Click here for more information.

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Meet the Team

Springfield Lodge Dartford Day Nursery and Preschool Manager

Stacey Dowsett

I have worked for Springfield Lodge since 2006 and started off as a Nursery Nurse within our Tawny Owls Room. Prior to this, I worked in Australia for a year working within a very small nursery, very different in size to Springfield.

Within Springfield, I have worked my way up to a management position. I have seen the nursery go through several changes and two outstanding Ofsted inspections.

I hold a higher national diploma in Early Years Care and a BSc (Hons) degree in Health and Child Development.

From a very early age I have always wanted to work with children and follow the footsteps of family members who have also followed this career path bringing knowledge and experience to help and support not only the children but my team.

Springfield Lodge Dartford Day Nursery and Preschool Deputy Manager

Sian Bull

I have worked for Springfield Lodge now for 9 years. I completed my level 3 qualification in 2013 at the setting and worked my way up to become the Deputy Manager in January 2018, I am also the lead SEN at the nursery.

I enjoy organising fundraising events and at Christmas I give up my time to support Crisis.

Springfield Lodge Dartford Day Nursery and Preschool Deputy Manager

Sue Ayriss

I have been in a child care environment for around 27 years after having 2 children of my own. I began as a parent helper before being offered full time employment at a small playgroup.

I completed my Level 3 qualification in 2000 and I began working at Springfield Lodge in 2005 as a nursery nurse before working my way up to my current role as a Deputy Manager.

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, visiting various places of interest.

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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