Abbey Wood Grange Nursery
South Croydon’s Premier Nursery School

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Preschool Private Day Nursery South Croydon

Located in South Croydon, Abbey Wood Grange is a private Day Nursery offering superior quality care for babies and children aged between 3 months and 5 years. Check out our brief 40 second YouTube video showcasing our outstanding facilities and personalised playrooms and facilites on You Tube.

Abbey Wood Grange Day Nursery operates from a largely extended 3 storey house situated on a private road within tree lined grounds. The local area is well served by public transport,with Kenley train station just a few minutes walk away.

Abbey Wood Grange benefits from large light rooms, substantial well resourced gardens, indoor soft play and a long serving highly motivated staff team who work closley with children and parents to ensure every individual thrives and develops within a safe and enjoyable learning environment.

Abbey Wood Grange is a unique nursery, established in 1990 we have a reputation built on trust, care, professionalism and mutual respect.

The Management Team have a combined service of over 65 years, their decades of experience and passion along with the entire staff team are committed to nurturing young minds.

Our friendly team and homely environment means Abbey Wood Grange really can be an extension of the family home.

The Best Nursery covering South Croydon, Purley and surrounding areas – Abbey Wood Grange

Ensuring the best environment for your child…

  • Family friendly atmosphere
  • Quiet residential surroundings
  • Large indoor Soft Play area
  • Large enclosed fully equipped outdoor play areas
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • All staff Paediatric First Aid Trained
  • Fully inclusive
  • Nutritious snacks/menus provided by our in house chef
  • Early Years Government funded spaces available


Early Years Funding Childcare Support from the UK Government

Apply for 30 hours free childcare all you’ll need your details (and your partner’s, if you have one), including your National Insurance number and Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR), if you’re self-employed.

You’ll get a childcare account if your application is successful. You can use it to get your code for 30 hours free childcare. If you pay for childcare and want to use Tax-Free Childcare to get help with costs, you can also
apply using this service. It usually takes 20 minutes to apply. You may find out if you’re eligible straight away, but it can take up to 7 days. Apply now.

15 and 30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds

All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get free early education or childcare. Some 2-year-olds are also eligible for 15 hours free childcare, for example if you get certain benefits.

The free early education and childcare: Must be with an approved childcare provider (Abbeywood Grange have been approved since 2005). 
When your child starts in reception class (or reaches compulsory school age, if
later), this is when the childcare support stops.

15 Hours Free Childcare Per Week

All children in England get 570 free hours per year. It’s usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year, but you can choose to take fewer hours over more weeks, for example. 

You can get it from the term after
your child’s 3rd birthday. Contact us find out more.

30 Hours Free Childcare Per Week

You may be able to get up to 30 hours free childcare (1,140 hours per year, which you can choose how you take). If you’re eligible for the extra hours, you sign up online to get a code to give to your childcare provider to
reserve your place. You’ll get the extra hours once the next term starts. If you’ve already registered, you can sign in to your childcare account.

Check Your Early Years Funding Childcare Eligibility

You can usually get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are in work – or getting parental leave, sick leave or annual leave, or each earning at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage
for 16 hours a week (this is £120 if you’re over 25).

Please note: This earnings limit doesn’t apply if you’re self-employed and started your business less than 12 months ago. You’re not eligible if  your child doesn’t usually live with you, the child is your foster child,
or either you / your partner has a taxable income over £100,000 per annum.

You can get 30 hours free childcare at the same time as claiming Universal Credit, tax credits or childcare vouchers.

If you can’t work you may still be eligible if your partner is working, and you get Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance, Carer’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance.
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May 25 2021

Preschool Nursery Childcare – The importance of Water

Preschool Nursery Childcare and the importance of Water

The benefits of healthy eating are continuously promoted and discussed but what about healthy drinking? Practitioners are very conscious about the need to support and encourage healthy eating in pre-school nursery childcare. Whether it be through a nutritionally balanced menu, cooking activities or role play. However some research suggests that ‘drinking and the impact of fluid intake’ is often the forgotten part of ‘food and diet’.

Although not as widely discussed or advertised here are some reasons as to why adequate hydration is essential for children;

  • To gain good bladder control
  • Avoid constipation
  • To promote concentration levels

Research suggests that pre-school nursery children do not always recognise the signs of thirst and how to understand and manage thirst reactions.

Young children have a higher proportion of body water than adults. They are also less heat tolerant and may be more likely to get dehydrated. Especially when being physically active and in hot climates. Encouraging children to drink fluids regularly is important as children may not remember to have a drink by themselves. At Preschool Nursery Abbey Wood Grange all children have access to water throughout the day and are encouraged by practitioners to keep hydrated.

A healthy hydration guide is that children aside from the water consumed within food should aim to drink 6-8 glasses a day. This is an average and the amount of fluids a child needs depends on many factors including their age, their gender, the weather and how much physical activity they do.

Water is the best drink to consume throughout the day as it hydrates without the risk of harming teeth. Other drinks such as fruit juices may provide additional minerals and vitamins. They also contain a lot of sugar therefore these should be limited to one small glass (150ml) a day and kept to meal times.

Symptoms of dehydration in children can include the following;

  • Dark yellow and strong smelling urine
  • Feeling tired
  • Dry mouth and lips
  • Urinating little and fewer than four times a day.

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Apr 21 2021

Pre-school Nursery Baby Reflux

Pre-school Nursery Baby Reflux

What is baby reflux?

Baby reflux is when a baby brings milk back up during, or just after, a feed.

Reflux is very common and it effects around 4 out of 10 preschool nursery babies under a year old. It usually starts before the baby is 8 weeks old and usually no test or treatment is needed.

What are the causes of reflux?

Reflux is caused when the ring of muscle between the oesophagus and stomach is not fully developed, resulting in food or milk traveling back up the food pipe.

Other potential causes for reflux can include an intolerance to milk protein or allergies.

Reflux usually gets better on its own and often by the time a pre-school nursery baby is one years old. That’s because over a baby’s first 12 months their digestive system naturally develops and they spend more time upright as they start to sit up.

Signs and symptoms of reflux in preschool nursery babies

While there are some recognisable signs of baby reflux, it isn’t always easy to decipher as many of the common signs tend to mimic those that show your child may be distressed for any number of other reasons; for example, they’re hungry, tired, need a cuddle or they’re cold.

Signs can include:

  • Arching their back, turning their head and being unsettled during feeding
  • Crying for long periods and becoming irritable during and after feeds.
  • Choking or coughing during a feed or seeming to have a sore throat.
  • Bringing up milk or being sick during or shortly after feeding
  • Persistent hiccups.
  • Fighting feeding or refusing to feed.
  • Poor weight gain.

Sometimes babies may have signs of reflux, but will not bring up milk or be sick. This is known as silent reflux.

What to do if you suspect your baby has Reflux

You do not usually need to see a doctor if your child has reflux, as long as they’re happy healthy and gaining weight.

To do ……

  • Ask your health visitor for advice and support
  • Hold your baby upright during feeding and for as long as possible after feeding
  • Formula fed babies should have smaller feeds more often
  • Encourage your baby to sleep flat on their back

Don’t ……

  • Do not change your diet if you’re breastfeeding
  • Do not raise the head of their cot or Moses basket

See a GP if ……

  • There is no improvement after 2 weeks
  • Your baby experiences reflux for the first time after 6 months old
  • They are older than one year and still have reflux
  • Your baby is not gaining weight or is losing weight


Further advice and support can be found at

Mar 19 2021

Pre-school Nursery Children’s Oral Health  

Pre-school Nursery Children’s Oral Health   

Preschool Nursery Children’s teeth are vulnerable to decay as soon as they appear. Therefore it is imperative that good dental care and regular dental checks begin early.

The first 2 -4 years after eruption is when teeth are most susceptible to decay. This is the time before the enamel hardens.

The timings around which teeth appear varies greatly with at least one child in every 6000 born with teeth or begin to get teeth within the first 4 weeks of life. However the first of the primary teeth (baby teeth) usually appear at around 6 months and all baby teeth should be present by the time a child is 2-3 years.

As a preschool nursery child grows, sufficient space becomes available within the mouth for gaps to develop making space for the permanent (adult teeth)  to replace them. The primary teeth are gradually lost between the age of 6 and 12 Years in the same order they arrived. All the adult teeth are usually in place by the time a child reaches 14 years old, except for the wisdom teeth which appear between 17-21 years and complete the full set of 32 adult teeth.

As soon as a child’s diet starts to include more than just milk the risk of decay increases. The main cause of tooth decay is Sugar, ideally no more than 5% of energy consumed should come from free sugars, such as juices, syrups and baking this does not include those found naturally in whole fresh fruits and vegetables.

Parents should:

  • Avoid adding sugar to food and drinks
  • Reduce the amount and frequency of food and drinks that contain sugar, try to limit these to meal times only.
  • Swap sugary drinks for milk or water
  • Limit fruit juice and smoothies to a maximum of 150ml per day and restrict to mealtimes
  • Choose fruit canned in juice not syrup

After eating sugar, oral bacteria coverts this to acid which then attacks the enamel resulting in softening and decay. Saliva helps to neutralise the acid and repair the damage but this may take 30-40minutes. If the sugar consumption is too frequent there will not be enough time for effective repair. If the acid challenge is too great, damage continues, the enamel becomes more porous and finally a cavity will form.

By limiting the amount of sugar pre-school nursery children intake and the timings around these you help to manage the amount of time the teeth are under attack. For example if you offer a sugary desert after dinner with a glass of water you limit the attack time to just meal times, the water will also help to neutralise acids and allows sufficient enough time for repair before the next ‘attack’ meal time. However if you frequently offer sugary juice throughout the day the teeth will continuously be under attack, resulting in softened enamel and cavities.


Fluoride helps to reduce the solubility of the enamel and increases the resistance of the teeth and the protection following an acid attack. It is naturally present in drinking water and some foods and is also added to many toothpastes.

  • For children up to 3 years old , use only a smear of toothpaste with at least 1000ppmF
  • For children aged between 3 and 6 years use only a pea sized amount of toothpaste with at least 1350-1500ppmF

Toothpaste containing >1500 ppmF (parts per million fluoride) should not be used for young children.

Brushing teeth before bed is advised as this allows the fluoride to remain on the teeth overnight. Teeth should be brushed at one other time each day. The most effective way to brush teeth is with a dry brush to avoid diluting the fluoride. Excessive toothpaste should be spat out and not rinsed out as rinsing may wash away the fluoride and reduce protection. Brush gently with a simple scrubby motion for 2 minutes, making sure not to brush too hard.

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