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Welcome to Little Darwins Nursery


At Little Darwins Day Nursery we aim to provide excellence in childcare facilities for children from 3 months old through to school transition. We achieve this by providing a safe and stimulating environment where children are set off on a journey of discovery that secures inquisitive learning, building friendships and developing a healthy self-esteem.

We plan an Early Years curriculum that is broad and balanced ensuring children are challenged and supported through every step of their learning experiences. By working closely with the school, the learning path is fully integrated with the over 5’s curriculum ensuring progression to school is seamless.  

We encourage emotional security for your child through a ‘key worker’ system ensuring your child always feels secure during personal times such as feeding, sleeping and changing.   It also ensures your child will have the emotional support they need to develop and grow in their learning.

We understand that selecting a nursery for your child will be one of the most emotional decisions you have to make as parents.  We know you will want peace of mind and assurance that your child is happy, socialising, learning and discovering during their time at nursery.  By working closely with you to personalise your child’s journey with us you can be assured your child will thrive and develop to their full potential here at Little Darwins.

Little Darwins Nursery

Main Road - Rettendon - Chelmsford - CM3 8DW

Tel: 01268 769599


Term Dates 2016 - 2017

Term Dates 2017 - 2018

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Latest Diary Events

World Photo Day19Aug2017

World Photo Day

Summer Bank Holiday28Aug2017

Summer Bank Holiday

Food Tasting31Aug2017

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm @ Little Darwins

Please come along to try some of our delicious new food which is supplied by The Professional Nursery Kitchen. Pleae let us know you would like to come by emailing We hope to see you there.

Term time children return to Nursery for the Autumn term04Sep2017

7:00 am - 7:00 pm @ Nursery

We welcome back to Nursery all of our Term time children, we hope you have all had a lovely summer holiday.

Free Early Education Entitlement Parent Agreement Forms08Sep2017

Please ensure all 2, 3 and 4 year old funding forms are returned to the office by today to ensure you are allocated Autumn Term funded hours

Calendars page(s): Diary >>

Buy a Brick Fundraiser

We are raising funds for a play loft and sensory room

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Latest Newsletters

  • 30 Mar 2017
    March 2017

    Please read our newsletter which contains important information about 30 hours and much more

Nursery Blog

Teaching and Learning at Little Darwins Nursery

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At little Darwins we believe that to support your child's learning and development we need to be working in partnership with you. Families have great knowledge and understanding of how their child likes to learn and play; what their interests and experiences are, what motivates them and who and what is important to them. Sharing all this knowledge with your child's key person will create an holistic approach to planning for and preparing an environment where your child can move their learning forward. Please have a look at our new display board in the corridor which has lots of information about what teaching and learning looks like for us at Little Darwins. We welcome your input about how we can enhance our provision and we want to share the learning experiences you have with your child.

Grandparents afternoon

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Thank you so much to those grandparents who were able to join us at the nursery on Tuesday afternoon. This was the first time we have formally invited these very important people into our setting and it was very well attended. We hoped that it would be an opportunity to see your grandchildren in a different environment and for you to gain an understanding of how we care for and support the children in their play, learning and development.

We are always looking for ways to include families in and welcome your input into what your child likes to do, how they like to learn, the things they enjoy playing, songs they like singing and experiences they have had. All this information helps us to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment for the children at Little Darwins.


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This term the children are spending time with a qualified yoga teacher. The aim is for them to further develop their physical strength, body awareness and positive well-being. The children and practitioners are all finding benefit and enjoyment from working with Rachel. Please feel free to talk to the practitioners about your child and their yoga experiences.

You can also contact Rachel at

Health visitor

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Today we have Phil Emery with us for the morning. Phil is a health visitor working for Provide. Our aim is for Phil to work with you and us in ensuring your child is meeting their developmental milestones appropriately and getting any extra support he/she may need. Phil will be here every month and will observe and play with your child with your permission.

If you feel this is a service you would like to be included in then please see Stephanie for more information and to book a place.

We are very excited that we are able to offer this service from Provide and look forward a positive relationship building for all of us.

Roald Dahl's birthday at Little Darwins

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To celebrate Roald Dahl's 100th birthday all the children will be learning and playing through the story of Geroge's Marvellous Medicine. They will have opportunities to experiment with creating different potions, using weights and measures, playing with size and shapes and having fun with role play and cooking. We will also be talking to them about staying safe around medicine. 

On Tuesday 13th September we would like the children to take part in a whole nursery dressing-up day. They can come to nursery dressed as a character from the story, a doctor or nurse or as a lab technitian.

Please talk to the practitioners in your child's room for more information and for ideas about how you can share these learning experiences at home.