Do you remember your first day at nursery?
Were you tearful, emotional, not wanting to let go of your Mum or Dad or did you jump straight in excited at the new surroundings without a backwards glance? In truth, whether baby or toddler, we are all different and however we reacted most of us can remember this event. That's why at Merry Poppets® we make this transition as simple and as natural as possible for both child and parent. From that moment on we aim to make Merry Poppets a positive experience for all.
Merry Poppets has been supporting parents within Central Bedfordshire for over 17 years, our settings are located at Ampthill, Flitwick, Henlow and Westoning. Our individual approach to child care has allowed each setting to develop differently for the benefit of the children and their parents, each setting is uniquely different and as you would expect from Merry Poppets handled with the same high standards of care and professionalism.
The Merry Poppets Advantage
Our nursery prospectus is available for download, please see here. If you are interested in booking a place for your child or would like to make an appointment to visit Ampthill, Flitwick, Henlow and Westoning nurseries please call us from 8.30am to 5pm on 01462 850242 / 812470 or if you prefer, just go to the contact us page of this web site and we will respond.
Values and aims
We will provide a safe, stimulating and caring environment that provides children with the skills to become independent learners enabling them to reach their full potential well prepared for the move to full time education.
What The Parents Say
My son absolutely loves merry poppets. Ever since he started there I have seen a growth in my son academically & emotionally. The staff there are so caring & loving. Even if there is an issue they make sure to take their time to explain things through in a respectful manner. Honestly I wouldn't want my son anywhere else.
My son attended Merry Poppets nursery from around 18 months until the summer of 2022 and we could not fault the care and support he received throughout his time there. As a September baby, I was always worried because all his friends started school the year before he did, but the staff (Steph in particular), did a fantastic job at getting him school ready and he ended up acting as a mentor/role model to the younger children in the room. As a result of this, he has completely thrived at school, excelling in most of his subjects (a year or two above his peers) and we couldn't be more proud. Communication was always good from the staff and would highly recommend this setting for babies/children of any age.
Our son loved attending this nursery built strong relationships with other children and has learnt so much from the adults supporting his development. Although we were sad to leave Merry Poppets I truly believe our son has had the best possible start to his early years education.
My son's left this summer after over 3 years at Merry Poppets Westoning. The staff here are incredible from being greeted at the door each day to collection, all of the team are friendly and personable. Supportive with any change to his routine working closely with us during things like potty training.
- Register your child with the nursery administration department by calling 01462 850242 or 812470, complete and return the registration form, together with the fee and a COPY of your child's birth certificate. Please DO NOT send the original certificate.
- Book your visit to the nursery(s) of your choice
- Pre Book your settling in sessions
- If you are using vouchers to pay for your child care, start the registration process with the voucher company and nursery. It can often take up to 8 weeks to process the required paperwork.
Ofsted 'Good Provider' Rating
Merry Poppets are proud to have achieved 'Good Provider' Ofsted rating and continue to maintain and improve our high standards of childcare.
Healthy Diet for Our Poppets
Merry Poppets meals are freshly prepared to promote a healthy balanced diet with all the nutritional requirements for young children .All meals are freshly prepared at the Merry Poppets kitchen by our own Professional Cooks.
Early Years Foundation Framework (EYFS)
Merry Poppets actively follows the EYFS framework that sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well.
Funded & Coupon Supported Childcare Sessions
Merry Poppets are pleased to offer up to 30 hours* free childcare and funded childcare sessions. Find out more by getting in touch with us.
3 Individual Rooms For 3 Age Groups
Merry Poppets provide 3 separate age group rooms specifically designed to encourage children to learn, play and grow to their full potential.
Child Online Journey Connection
Merry Poppets provides parents online access to instant updates about their child's day and help support their learning and next steps.