Your child’s day

Your child can expect to experience a multitude of fun and educational activities throughout the day at Wivenhoe Park Day Nursery. Each of our rooms has dedicated staff that plan activities suited to the age and developmental needs of the children in their care. We are also sensitive and responsive to each child’s needs, feelings and interests and we will adapt planned activities to suit everyone

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Our menu

We are excited to announce that we are now working alongside The Professional Nursery Kitchen to bring your child healthy and balanced meals thoughout the day. This partnership gives Wivenhoe Park Day Nursery access to qualified chefs and nutritionists when creating a menu to meet the dietary requirements of children under 5 years old, with portions and food being size appropriate.

The food is prepared off site at The Professional Nursery Kitchen and is delivered fresh to the Nursery for our staff to cook and serve to the children. We are able to cater for all dietary requirements, including children who are vegetarian or vegan, those with food allergies or intolerances, or those children with religious requirements and special medical diets. Please discuss your child’s dietary needs with our nursery team. The menu will adjust each month and you can find a sample for May here.

We also work closely with our parents to decide when your baby is ready to start eating from our menu.

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What to bring to Nursery

We know it can be daunting leaving your child at a Nursery for the first time and being sure that they have everything they need. Our helpful chart below highlights what your child needs to bring for their time at the Nursery, taking one task off your mind.

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Trips onto campus

We take advantage of the beautiful surroundings the University of Essex has to offer by taking the children out on mini adventures. From the soaring towers, to the lively squares, to the peaceful lakes, the children get to experience a sense of nature and different cultures.

Past trips have seen our older children visit Wivenhoe House Hotel to cook alongside the in house chefs, the campus post office to post letters and the new Essex Business school. Our younger children venture out in their prams to the lakes to feed the ducks, to enjoy the parkland and the nature it provides, or to go on a treasure or Easter egg hunt. Our mini graduations in July also take place on the main campus along with our students.