We have recently added a yurt to our outdoor area, giving the children another learning and relaxing space to enjoy.   So far the yurt has been used for speech and language intervention groups, Spanish lessons and as a relaxation zone for well earned naps.  We are looking forward to developing the space over the summer term.

As lockdown restrictions start to ease we are now able to offer face to face tours of the nursery.  In accordance with government guidelines we ask that you pre-book an appointment, wear a face covering whilst inside the nursery and observe social distancing at all times.

If you would like to book a tour of our Ofsted outstanding, award winning nursery please give us a call on 01303 273298, email admin@playboxdaynursery.com or for more information on our admissions process please click here.

At Playbox Nursery we are proud to have a 100% female staff team.  The team is made up of 10 fantastic women from all over the world who teach and inspire the next generation every day.  Whilst it isn’t uncommon for nurseries to be staffed exclusively by women, in the wider workplace it is rare.  Did you know that in 2020, only 5% of FTSE 100 CEOs were women?  We are proud to be an example to all of the children of what women can achieve when they work together.

Don’t let lock down stop you booking your nursery place.

We are offering virtual tours of the nursery at a time to suit you via zoom.  The tour will give you an opportunity to view the nursery and ask any questions that you may have.

If you would like to book a tour please give us a call on 01303 273298.

This week the children have been taking part in the RSPB’s Great Garden Bird Watch.

The children have been watching the birds that visit our garden and made their own bird feeders, using pipe cleaners and cheerios, to attract even more wildlife to the area.   The bird feeders have proved a particular hit with the squirrels! 

On 4 January 2021 we celebrated Nikki who has been working at Playbox for 17 years!  Nikki holds the crown as Playbox’s longest standing member of staff and during her 17 years with us she has worked with hundreds of children and their families and kept us all entertained with her singing voice (and iconic laugh!).  Congratulations Nikki, and here’s to another 17 years!



Elvis the Elf made his return to Playbox on 1 December and has been spreading Christmas cheer and getting up to mischief ever since.


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The children have also had a busy December, practicing their nativity and Christmas songs for their Zoom performance and doing lots of Christmas themed creative activities.  

The nursery will be open as normal from Monday 2 November.  Parents should check their email and Babysdays accounts for the latest Covid Lockdown news and changes that may affect them.

It is no exaggeration to say that life as we knew it changed in March 2020 when the country was plunged into a national lockdown and Playbox Nursery, like so many other places, closed it’s doors without knowing when they could re-open again.

Whilst the children and their families initially stayed at home and used Babysdays to share with us their lockdown adventures, the Playbox Nursery staff we are busy as ever recording virtual song and story times, creating story stone trails and planning a safe return for the children.

And it wasn’t long before the children of our key worker parents were back in the nursery doing what they do best, learning and having fun!  The children adapted to the new social distancing measures and stayed in bubbles to keep safe whilst taking part in a belated Easter egg hunt, VE day celebrations and celebrated international nurses day.

We said goodbye to our 2020 leavers in a different way to normal this year but were immensely proud of children and how well they coped throughout the lockdown period. 

Now that all of the children have returned and the new term has started we are looking forward to seeing what this school year has to bring!


Outstanding Inspection

We are proud to announce that we have been graded OUTSTANDING by Ofsted in our latest inspection.

The report recognises that the children at Playbox Nursery are curious and develop a sense of awe and wonder about the world.

Please read our report:


The inspector acknowledged the calm atmosphere in the nursery and the impeccable behaviour of the children.

The inspector also reported: Staff are incredibly skilled at ensuring that the curriculum offers children a superb range of first-hand experiences linked to their emerging interests and next steps.

Children are extremely inquisitive and benefit from an extensive range of high quality natural resources

Staff have consistently high expectations for children’s learning

The manager and staff are extremely dedicated and passionate about providing high-quality care and learning for children.

The manager is meticulously organised and has implemented a very effective training programme to make sure all staff receive in-depth safeguarding tuition