Find out about Abbotswood

Abbotswood Preschool and Day Nursery was established in 1995 to provide a service-led comprehensive all-day care facility for babies, toddlers and pre-school children.

Our Values

Our priority is to offer a balanced and well-rounded beginning for your child and we take this very seriously. We are proud to offer modern methods through traditional values.

Our History

The facility, opened in 1995, was converted from a 150 year old rural Victorian home which is surrounded by rustic outside play areas bordered by oak, beech and horse chestnut trees.


The Management

Lou Simmons is an experienced business woman who has recently taken over at the helm from her Mother, Jenny, the original founder of Abbotswood.

As a child, Lou (or Blue as the children know her) was brought up at Abbotswood alongside her 3 siblings and has her heart set on enabling the children to benefit from the wonderful gardens and facilities that Abbotswood is able to offer. 


The Staff and ethos

We are proud of our highly trained professional team - Check out our 'meet the team' page for qualifications, certificates, named persons and staff organisation. 

All staff are enhanced DBS checked, Paediatric First Aid trained . Our senior staff (Co-Ordinators and managers) hold Level 2 in Food and Hygiene as well as basic Health and Safety certificates.

Abbotswood’s experienced team employ a group approach. We value parents as the child’s first nurturers and educators and, in hand with approachable, professional staff give your child an all encompassing experience and a home from home environment.

Staff are qualified and experienced within the Early Years profession and regularly undertake training to extend and update their considerable knowledge.  Abbotswood values the individual commitment of the team to delivering optimum care. Staff embrace ‘positive behaviour’, encouraging your child to develop at his/her own rate, building confidence and self esteem to reach his/her fullest potential with caring guidance.

We find the most reward comes from watching the babies and children play, grow, learn and laugh!

We are OFSTED registered (EY448922) and National Day Nursery Association (NDNA) accredited. We offer an exciting and educational start to every child’s life and offer a modern service with traditional values.

We encourage children to ‘learn through play’ using the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.