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Welcome to Little Darwins Nursery


Our Vision

At Little Darwin’s we celebrate each child’s individuality and uniqueness by providing opportunities to be noise conductors, messy creators and active movers. We offer an accessible indoor and outdoor environment harnessed by a curriculum which intrigues and fascinates learners. Skilful educators enable memorable and purposeful experiences for all children to set them off on the right course together.


At Little Darwins 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

Nursery Blog

Joe Wicks P.E session

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A great start to the day for all children and staff today taking part in Joe Wicks P.E Lesson!


Please click the link below to see a short clip of some of the skills our children are developing in  the P.E session.

Children enjoying our P.E session

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World Book Day 2019

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Thank you to all who took part in world book day, all costumes were fantastic. Children enjoyed all of our book themed activities especially our food tasting items from Handa's surprise, our interactive story telling of Jack and the beanstalk and our Rainbow fish dance. Children made special memories to treasure.

A huge thank you to the Little Darwins team for all your hard work and well done to Laura, Millie and Sam for winning prizes for best costumes.


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Diwali 2018

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We have had an amazing week celebrating Diwali. Children have been commemorating the Hindu festival of lights by making Diva lamps, painting Rangoli patterns, dancing to music with bright textured materials, finger lights and bells. We had a special visitor come to Little Darwins this week, Ash shared Mehndi (henna) with the children. Children were excited to show their designs to staff, peers and their families. Thank you to all the children and families for sharing this topic with us. 



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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.

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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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