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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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.

Further advice and guidance can be found at

Feb 24 2021

Preschool Nursery At-Home Activities During Lockdown

Keep your Preschool Nursery children entertained using everyday items

The warmer weather brings hopes of freedom and fun. But with lockdown still upon us for the next few months, it can make freedom seem a long way off and life with a little one very challenging!

Thinking of continual ways to entertain our pre-school children without breaking the bank means we all need to get creative and make use of what we have indoors.

We all know that preschool nursery children are often far more entertained by the packaging than the content, so with everyday resources and a little imagination you can have hours of fun!

Top tips when planning for pre-school nursery activities:

  • The age and developmental stage of the child to ensure the activity is suitable
  • The child’s mood, a well fed and rested child will be more receptive to activities
  • Be mindful of how long you expect an activity to last, a child’s level of concentration is 1 minute per year of life

Activities are a chance to develop language and inspire imagination. By using descriptive age appropriate language we can introduce new words and excite young minds. Here are some great activities & games designed to do just that (as well as keeping your pre-school nursery children entertained whilst cooped up at home):

The Imagination Tree

Preschool nursery imagination tree
Resources needed:
Toilet/kitchen roll tubes
Colour recognition, hand and eye co-ordination

Shape Sorting

Preschool nursery shapes and colours
Resources needed:
Coloured card, sharpie, coloured shapes
Benefits: shape and colour recognition. Vocabulary development

Rainbow Rice

Preschool nursery rainbow rice
Resources needed:
Large container, rice, food colouring, scoops and funnels (sand toys)
Benefits: tactile development and fine manipulative skills

Serving Letter Cookies

Preschool nursery serving letters
Resources needed:
Plates, foam letters, baking tray and spoon
Benefits: letter recognition and fine manipulative skills

Arts & Crafts Busy Box

Preschool nursery busy box
Resources needed: paper, pens, and scissors
Benefits: mark making, fine manipulative skills and hand and eye co ordination

Balls in a Box/ Colour sorting

Preschool nursery balls box
Resources needed: box and coloured balls
Benefits: gross motor skills, colour recognition and hand and eye co ordination

Rainbow sticks/ Colour sorting

Preschool nursery rainbow sticks
Resources needed: coloured lolly sticks, box and coloured card
Benefits: colour recognition, fine manipulative skills and hand and eye co ordination

Shaving Cream Painting

Preschool nursery shaving cream
Resources needed: shaving foam and paint
Benefits: tactile development

Sensory Box Guessing Game

Preschool nursery sensory box guessing game
Resources needed: box, variety of toys/objects
Benefits: descriptive language, imagination and tactile development, memory recall

Animal Mix-up

Preschool nursery animal mixup
Resources needed: duplo, animal pictures
Benefits: hand and eye co ordination, language development, memory skills

Spider’s Web Discovery

Preschool nursery spiders wed
Resources needed: basket, string and toys
Benefits : problem solving

Cereal Stacking

Preschool nursery cheerios stacking
Resources needed: playdough, cheerios and  spaghetti
Benefits: hand and eye co ordination

Crunchy Box

Preschool nursery crunchy box
Resources needed: box, tools, cereal
Benefits: language development and gross motor skills.

Jelly Fishing

Preschool nursery jelly fishing
Resources needed: jelly, numbers, letters tweezers, bowls
Benefits: hand and eye co-ordination, letter and number recognition, fine manipulative skills

Animal Bath

Preschool nursery animal washing
Resources needed: bowls, water, brown paint, scrubbing brushes, animals, soapy water
Benefits: sensory development, self care, language development


The following websites offer a variety of inspirational activity ideas, designed to excite and engage preschool nursery children whatever your budget or time constraints: – search for activities for early years