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: Kirsty Leech 01702 471235
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Exterior of Small Friends Day Nursery in Leigh-on-Sea
  • 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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    Local Facilities

    • 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.

    Opening times

    Full time
    8am to 6pm
    Half day
    8am to 1pm, 1pm to 6pm
    Early start & late finish
    7:30am to 8pm, 6pm to 6:30pm
  • Sample Menus

    Balanced, healthy meals during the day and throughout the week


    Cereals, toast and fresh fruit

    Mid-morning Snack

    Apple wedges and rice cakes


    Red lentil lasagne with garlic bread


    Seasonal fruit crumble and custard

    Afternoon Tea

    Ham and cream cheese sandwiches with tangerines


    Milk and water

    Download our sample menu
  • Baby Massage with nursery staff

    Baby Massage

    Nurturing, loving, and gentle

    Boogie Beats playtime at nursery

    Boogie Beat

    Jumping, bopping, singing - and giggling!

    Child playing with Cheeky Little Monkeys Music at nursery

    Cheeky Little Monkeys Music

    Sing, stamp, clap and giggle to the rhythm

    Forest School child playing at nursery

    Forest School

    Green fingers, muddy toes for a lifelong love of nature


    Le Club Francais

    French and Spanish fun for hungry little learners

    Child playing with Music Bugs at nursery

    Music Bugs

    Sing, wiggle, clap and play to the beats

    The Salt Box Music Company staff at nursery

    The Salt Box Music Company

    Musical journeys start here


    Tatty Bumpkin Yoga

    Bendy, giggly yoga for strong bodies and clever minds


    Rugby Tots

    Catch, run, play and pass - winning fun for all


    Rattle and Roll

    Musical mastery starts here

    Children playing Musical Minis at nursery

    Musical Minis

    Smiles of fun with sing-a-longs, nursery rhymes, and actions songs

    First Steps Musical Theatre

    First Steps Musical Theatre

    Creative dance and singing for little performers


    Simple and straight-forward

    As a guide, the average cost of sending a child under 2 to one of our nurseries is £150 per week (part-time) and £300 per week (full-time).

    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.

    Contact us for more information


    Helping pay for your childcare

    Understandably, the cost of day nursery can put many mums and dads off 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.


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.'

Kirsty Leech (Small Friends Day Nursery Manager)

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