About our
Bricket Wood

Our Bricket Wood nursery in St Albans, is a cosy setting with a warm, caring and friendly atmosphere. The areas within our nursery are dedicated areas for the different age ranges to ensure we offer appropriate learning and experiences tailored to that age. We have a cosy baby room, and a 2-5 age pre-school room. All the rooms within our nursery and the outside areas build up on the children’s interests and aim to stimulate their curiosity. We are also very lucky to have a fantastic garden area for our children.

Our children are served seasonal, healthy lunches and snacks daily and we can cater for any dietary requirements as well as support the weaning process for babies.

At our nursery in Bricket Wood we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, supporting all areas of your child’s development from three months until they are ready to go to school. Our early years practitioners monitor each child’s progress and plan a variety of enrichment experiences to support individual development in all areas of learning.

Baby Room

Our Baby room caters for babies from 6 months, as they learn to explore and understand the world around them. We have lots of activities for them to learn through play.

We also offer a separate sleep room so our babies can have a quiet nap when needed.

PreSchool Room

Our pre school room is designed for children over 2 years until they are ready to start school. We use a curiosity approach to support children with their education, social skills, and preparation for school.

We use a curiosity approach to encourage the children and aim to minimise the use of plastic and focus on natural resources.


We have a large beautiful outside space with a range of soft surfaces, a small woodland, and a mud kitchen.

We have access to a large field where the children take part in a range of outdoor activities such as bug hunting, Easter egg hunts and sports days.

This includes a mud kitchen and a construction area for our children.

What makes our Bricket Wood nursery special

  • Large spacious rooms within a stimulating environment
  • Dedicated floor designed for younger children and babies
  • All-inclusive fee package with food, nappies, wipes and milk included in the price
  • Vegetable Patch where the children can plant and grow their own vegetables, to harvest, pick and eat for snack
  • Enclosed outside space with opportunities for children to explore a range of experiences freely
  • Sparking imagination through our curiosity inspired rooms
  • All staff undertaking paediatric first aid training
  • Flexible sessions available
  • Minimum of two sessions for each child

Below is an example of how we spend our day at Ashbourne Day Nurseries, please note nurseries and the dedicated rooms within them may differ


7:30 – 9:00amBreakfast – A substantial meal to start the day
9:00amMorning opportunities and garden exploration
10:00 – 10:30amSnack time – A healthy snack
10:30amFree flow into garden and more opportunities
11:30 – 12:30pmLunch time – A nutritious meal to fuel play
12:30 – 14:00pmPlay time for all
14:00 – 14:30pmSnack time – A healthy snack
14:30 – 15:00pmTidy-up Time
15:00 – 15:30pmAfternoon opportunities and garden exploration
16:00pmTea – Sending their tummies home full
16:30 – 18:00pmCalm activities – Story time, Drawings etc.

Below is an example menu at Ashbourne Day Nurseries, please note nurseries and the dedicated rooms within them may differ​

Breakfast is an option of Rice Krispies, Weetabix, Toast or Multigrain Cereals and fruit. Purees can be made to suit your child’s stages of weaning. Alternative options will be created to suit dietary requirements.

Snacks are served AM and PM with an option of Rice Cakes, Breadsticks / Crudites and Dips, Crumpets, Crackers with Cheese Spread and Tomatoes, a Selection of Fruit.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • We do a variety of activities to keep our children engaged and exposed to a variety of scenarios. We have mud kitchens, sensory areas, story time and a lot more crammed into their everyday play. Make sure to find out more about these and other activities which are packed full of educational and developmental goodness.

  • We use a communication system to keep you updated, you download an app and get updates about your little ones day, from when they have been to the toilet, to what activities they have done that day and everything in-between. Their educational plan will also sit on this system for you to view. Giving you the confidence and clarity that your childs well cared for and having an amazing day!

  • We venture out into the big wide world of the local community to immerse our children into the everyday life of the local community, this will give them sense of achievement, inclusion and hopefully set them on the road to independence. The nursery can give more specific details as it varies depending on where the nursery is situated.

  • Keeping all of our children safe is our top priority! We aim for every single staff member to be fully trained in pediatric first aid, meaning they are confident to act when needed.

  • Children get poorly, it’s a fact! Whenever this happens we will be in touch with you to discuss what we can do or if you need to come in and pick them up. Please ask to see our policy if needed.

  • Food is the most important part of the day for any child. We have Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer menus which are packed full of nutritious and delicious meals. We support any dietary requirements, please make sure to inform our team before your start date.

  • We will do everything we can with our expert knowledge to ensure your child has a stress free transition to nursery. Every child is different, so we make our settling in periods tailored to them, please discuss this with our team.

  • At our nurseries we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, supporting all areas of your child’s development from three months until they are ready to go to school.

Contact our Bricket Wood nursery

  • New parents contact: 0800 699 00 44
  • Ashbourne Day Nurseries,St Stephens Parish Centre, Station Road, Bricket Wood, St Albans, AL2 3PJ
  • Monday-Friday: 7.30am-6pm
  • Open 51 weeks of the year
  • Closed on Bank Holidays and over Christmas
  • Enrolled parents contact: 01923 279 999

Ashbourne Day Nurseries In Bricket Wood