Ashby Day Nursery

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28 North Street, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 1HS

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01530 416622

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Ashby Day Nursery provides high quality Day Care for children from 3 months old

Ashby Day Nursery is situated in the centre of the Old Market Town of Ashby-de-La-Zouch, close to 4 local primary schools for which we are able to provide wrap around care for in our Ashby Hill Top after school club. We pride ourselves in providing a home-from-home environment for children, ensuring each child’s care and learning is tailored to suit their individual needs. The simple philosophy of providing the best possible childcare for every child is embedded within the setting’s ethos. We ensure we employ a highly qualified and motivated staff team that are passionate about childcare and committed to continuous professional development.

We have an open-door policy and value our relationships with parents. We believe these relationships are the foundation to a child being happy, settled and secure, ensuring the foundations for learning are supported together.

Beccy Winfield, Nursery Manager

Beccy Winfield, Nursery Manager

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  • Weekly Forest School sessions with Pre-schoolers
  • Safe outdoor area for daily adventures
  • Nutritious homemade meals and snacks prepared by a qualified Nursery Cook
  • Priority Admissions to Ashby Pre-school Academy
  • Online learning journals to encourage parent engagement with their child’s learning and development
  • Free Early Years Education Entitlement for 2 year olds (15 Hours)

Age groups

Our nursery is split into 4 rooms, with each room to room designed to cater to a specific age range. The children transition between these rooms when they are developmentally ready, not based on their age.

Staff create opportunities for all children to take part in creative, physical and imaginative play, cooking, gardening and basic computer literacy sessions and lots more. They also have free flow access to the outdoors and benefit from weekly music and movement sessions.

Ashby Day Nursery

Early Years Room 1

(6 weeks –  18 months)

The Early Years 1 room is bright and spacious, and staff ensure that providing a homely feel helps children to quickly feel safe and secure. Staff pride themselves on creating strong bonds with the children and ensure they meet every child’s individual needs providing a smooth transition from home to nursery life.

Early Years Room 2

(18 – 24 months)

Our Early Years 2 room is a fun place to be where the children can freely access resources and immerse themselves into a land of exploration and learning. The children love to sing, learn rhymes and share a story.

Pre-school Rooms 1 & 2

(24 – 36 months & 36 – 60 months)

The children’s personalities and independence are clearly showing through in Pre-school 1, they access the resources independently and love to be creative, explore messy and malleable materials. The children love to take their activities outside and investigate the natural environment.

The Pre-school 2 room is a hive of activity with staff preparing the children to spread their wings and fly off to school. Children spend their time with self-chosen activities alongside adult led activities. They learn letters and sounds, phonics, problem solving skills and have read at home books to share with their parents.

Our Pre-school children also enjoy regular sessions at Forest school. Forest School is a holistic approach that is child centred and activities are child led. The children are able to explore the forest area and use natural materials to create outcomes they set through their own imaginative play.


Our nursery and pre-school is open 7:30 am – 6:00 pm, for 51 weeks of the year. We are closed on bank holidays and for a week between Christmas and New Year.

  • Full Day Session 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
  • Morning Session: 7:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Afternoon Session: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Please contact us for a full list of our sessions.

It really does feel like a family there and when I drop off my child in the morning, I know he’ll have a great day and be well-cared for.

Carly W

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Help with Fees

Ashby Day Nursery is pleased to offer Free Early Years Education Entitlement for 2-year-olds subject to eligibility, as well as for 3-4-year-olds (15 and 30 hours).

The Childcare Choices website provides a straightforward explanation of all Government Childcare Support in one place, providing a simple way of seeing which schemes are available, with easy next steps to where you can find out more.

Using the Childcare Calculator you can quickly find out which of the offers are available to you and choose what works best for your family.

For further questions on fees and funding, please contact us.

Refer a Friend

If you have a friend or family member who is looking for a place for their child at Ashby Day Nursery, please ask them to complete the Get in Touch form, stating “Referral + Your Name” in the comments box. If a place is available and they do register their child, both you and your friend could receive £25 off one month’s fees!

Terms and conditions apply.


We believe it’s very important to encourage our children to love eating healthy and nutritious food. These healthy habits remain with them through their entire lives and can be the foundation of a healthy lifestyle ahead.

We have a 5-star Food Hygiene Rating and are able to cater for all dietary requirements.

Fresh homemade food

Our dedicated on-site chef prepares healthy balanced meals on a daily basis and ensures our children are offered their 5-a-day

Varied seasonal menus

Menus are constantly varied to encourage curiosity whilst taking into account dietary and nutritional needs.


We teach our children about different types of food and how it helps them grow, encouraging good habits for the future.