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Small Friends Day Nursery

Outstanding childcare in the heart of the busy and vibrant seaside town of Leigh-on-Sea

Full-time and part-time care for 2 - 5 year olds
Manager: Julie Rayner
01702 471 235
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  • Who we are

    A light, spacious setting for children to play, learn and explore

    A calm and natural learning environment for all children to flourish.

    Small Friends Day Nursery is the perfect setting for parents looking for a local nursery bursting with opportunities to help their children flourish.

    The ethos at Small Friends is around the child’s happiness and wellbeing. Inside our light, spacious nursery, we promote a calm and natural learning environment. Our four large nursery rooms are complimented by our nursery garden and beach house, which is dedicated to investigation and creativity through small parts play.

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    Additional Information

    • Conveniently located near Leigh Broadway
    • Registered for 60 children aged from 22 months to 5 years
    • Nutritious meals prepared on the premises by the nursery cook
    • Highly qualified staff, dedicated to the child’s emotional wellbeing and needs
    • Four large play rooms, a garden and beach house for the children to play and explore

    Getting here

    Directions, parking & opening times

    Directions & Parking

    You will find us just off the Broadway, close to Library Gardens. We are conveniently located on Rectory Grove which is the alleyway by Ugos and Wish.

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    Opening times

    Full day
    8am to 6pm
    Early start & late finish
    7:30am / 8am or 6pm / 6:30pm
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    Leaving feedback

    We love hearing about the experiences that families have had at our nursery! Your feedback helps us to continually improve and provide the best possible care for your child.

    If you've had a positive experience with us, we'd be thrilled if you took a moment to leave a review and help other families make an informed decision. Your feedback is important to us and we appreciate your support! Click the logos below to leave a review.


    Read reviews about the nursery

    We know that choosing the right childcare provider for your little ones is an important decision, and that's why we encourage families to read our reviews. Read about real family's experiences to get a feel for what makes our nursery special and how we can support your child's growth and development.

    "My little one has grown in confidence since attending Small Friends"

    "My little one has grown in confidence since attending Small Friends. She has bonded very well with her key worker, and I am confident in the care they provide. She always comes out smiling when I collect her, and I enjoy the feedback provided at the end of the day."

    "The kids wellbeing comes first and she loves going there"

    "I have three children and over the years they have been to various nurserys in the local area. My youngest goes to small friends in leigh and i wish the others had gone there. The staff are great and it is run like a nursery more than a business which cant be said for the other ones you get a real feeling the kids wellbeing comes first and she loves going there and that says it all."

    "The staff go above and beyond with the children"

    Wonderful nursery. My daughter settled very quickly and loves her sessions. The staff go above and beyond with the children, and it's great to see all the learning they do on the app! Food is of a great standard, and my daughter is really fond of the onsite cook!

    Simple and straight-forward

    Our nurseries have many outstanding and unique qualities that you’ll want to see and experience for yourself.

    Because of this, we prefer to discuss individual day nursery costs with you during your visit to the nursery you’re interested in.

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    Helping pay for your childcare

    Understandably, the cost of day nursery can put many familiesoff choosing it as an option. But there are a range of Government schemes open to parents that can make nursery affordable and we will do everything we can to help you understand the choices and access the funding that you might be eligible for.

    Tax-Free Childcare  – For working families earning under £100k and at least £131 per week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage) each who aren’t receiving Tax Credits, Universal Credit or childcare vouchers.

    15 hours and 30 hours Funded Childcare  – For many working parents of 2 year olds, and 3 – 4 year olds for 38 weeks each year.

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Providing bright beginnings for every child.

'Small Friends is a wonderful nursery in the heart of Leigh-on-Sea with a highly qualified, dedicated, and caring staff. Our friendly team will support and encourage your child to learn, develop and flourish whilst in our care.'

Julie Rayner (Small Friends Day Nursery Manager)
Julie Rayner - Headshot of Small Friends Nursery Manager

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