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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Jan 20 2021

Pre-school Nursery Home Learning

Pre-school Nursery Home Learning

Pre-school Nursery Home Learning – I think the majority of parents will agree that children thrive within a structured learning environment. Whether it be a private day nursery like Abbey Wood Grange or a school, the Covid 19 pandemic has put an enormous pressure on parents to try and replicate this, due to home schooling, closures or self-isolating.

One of the most important things to realise when home-schooling is that it is not the same as mainstream and shouldn’t try to be. Both have things the other can’t offer and children will learn and embrace different positives from both situations.

Never underestimate the power of you.

You know your child like no one else. They look up to you, love to please and more importantly love to be praised. You may not have a qualification but have confidence in your ability. You are your child’s first and most important teacher. You already know what motivates and excites them so tailor your approach accordingly.

Not all learning has to take place indoors and home-schooling means we can be flexible on how we deliver activities. Embrace the fresh air with lots of outdoor play and experiences just like we have here at Abbey Wood Grange pre-school Nursery. Fresh air and exercise is vital in maintaining health and positive wellbeing for both children and parents.

The increased amount of one to one time can be a great advantage and allow you to concentrate on an area of development, such as potty training, shapes numbers or letters.

Establish a timetable that suits you and not someone else. Similar to your child’s pre-school Nursery or School, routines will help children to feel secure. They can help to maintain good eating, sleeping and behavioural habits. Set the ground rules early on. Whilst it may be tempting to have a somewhat free spirited approach with lapse rules around screen time, bedtime, structure etc, it is important to understand the long term effects of this and the impact it may have when trying to re – establish a routine further down the line.

It is important that you work within your resources and abilities, there are many websites available that offer creative ways to stimulate young minds.

Home learning resources available:


These are very strange times indeed and children’s education and routines have changed in many ways. None of us are experts and some days if it all gets too much, curl up on the settee and read a book together, tomorrow is another day. The most important thing is that you and your child are safe and well.

There is no such thing as a perfect parent so just be a real one.


Dec 09 2020

Pre-school Nursery Coping with Covid

Pre-school Nursery Coping with Covid

When we closed our Pre-school Nursery South Croydon doors on the 24th March 2020 we didn’t know what the future would look like, turning out the lights and shutting the door was like leaving a part of us behind.

In the days before we closed we discussed how we could continue to support the development of all the pre-school children during this time of uncertainty. Key Workers compiled home learning packs with next steps, activity suggestions, topical work and website links.

Over the coming months we followed the news and had regular meetings to discuss the ever changing situation, what changes would need to be made and how. What would pre-school nursery life look like? Would our families come back? How would our staff feel? So many questions and no definite answers. Our priority was always to support and reassure all our families and staff with whom we had spent many months and years building relations with.

We were given a reopening date of the 1st June and it was full steam ahead to ensure all the safety measures were in place. The Management team along with the Directors wrote policies, purchased PPE and adapted the environment.

We emailed all our parents about the re-opening outlining the changes, informing them of new procedures and asking them about their intended return. We then compiled a Q & A from all the responses. We spoke with the wider staff team to inform them of the changes, practices and procedures, to reassure and to answer any questions they had.

Re opening the Abbey Wood pre-school Nursery doors for the first time was filled with emotion, would the children remember us? Would the parents trust us? How many children would come back?

We really didn’t need to worry, the children came running back in and we couldn’t believe how much they had grown and developed. It was so wonderful to see the parents too, I think they had missed us as much as we had missed them!

Over the weeks and months that followed, word spread and confidence grew, those that were initially worried happily came back and to our surprise we even had lots of enquiries from new parents. We have now been open over 5 months and the nursery is busier than ever.

We really couldn’t have anticipated the level of support and the out pouring of kindness we have received from our families, we truly believe this is testament to the wonderful relations we have worked so hard building.

If Covid has taught us anything it’s that mutual respect, passion, dedication and a commitment to always doing your best will always win even over a global pandemic.

More information can be found here.

Oct 22 2020

Nursery near me – A first-time Mum’s experience

Nursery near me – A first-time Mum’s experience finding a Nursery

As a first-time mum Iooking for childcare, I naively searched nurseries near me and was immediately overwhelmed by the many, many choices.

Not only did I now face the daunting prospect of leaving my baby, but now I faced the enormity of making the right decision.

My nurseries near me search had listed some nurseries and Pre-schools that weren’t near me at all but out of those listed I made a short list of ones within my search area (Nurseries near me in South Croydon).

Nurseries near me in South Croydon Google map
Nurseries near me in South Croydon Google map


After looking at their websites and researching what makes a good nursery, I decided that I wanted a nursery near me that could offer me a professional service but my child a fun learning experience, one that was well established and with a long-standing staff team.

I was advised by my mummy friends to go with my gut instinct and that I would get a feeling and would just know when I had found the right nursery near me.

I didn’t want to feel like I was entering a contract, I wanted my preschool nursery to feel like an extension of my family, my home. After all I was leaving a part of me in a new environment and it had to feel right.

From the moment my husband and I were welcomed into Abbey Wood Grange we were shown compassion, all our questions were answered and nothing was too much trouble. I left feeling like I already had a connection and was confident that my child and I would be happy at Abbey Wood Grange.

Nurseries near me happy family

Nurseries near me, Abbey Wood Grange family photo.


We have now been at Abbey Wood Grange for a few months and it has definitely been the right decision for us. I never thought I would feel so happy or confident leaving my baby with someone else but I can honestly say it feels like I’m leaving her with family happy in the knowledge that she is receiving exceptional care, learning and having lots of fun. Nothing has been too much trouble and all the daily information and updates ensures I feel like a part of my baby’s nursery day.

I have and will continue to recommend Abbey Wood Grange, the nursery near me to all!