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An evening with Sarah Ockwell-Smith

We are delighted to be hosting childcare author and parenting expert Sarah Ockwell-Smith at Saffron Walden Nursery School for a special Q&A evening raising funds for the nursery ahead of the launch of her new book, Beginnings.

Take the opportunity to have your questions about anything from tricky behaviour, to picky eating or sleep issues answered while relaxing with friends and enjoying a drink or a a delicious deli box from Café Cou Cou.


Wednesday 24th August from 8-10pm.


Saffron Walden Nursery School, Shire Hill Industrial Estate, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 3AQ


General Admission: £20
General Admission + a glass of fizz: £24
General Admission + Café Cou Cou Deli box: £28

All tickets include a signed copy of Sarah's new book, Beginnings.

Book your tickets now via Eventbrite.

If you have any questions, please email the management committee on:

Announcement of Annual General Meeting 2022

Please join us on Wednesday 13 July at 8pm for our Annual General Meeting (AGM), hosted at the nursery. 

The AGM is open to everyone with links to the nursery and gives you a chance to catch up on the news from the past 12 months, and our plans for next academic year. It is also an opportunity for parents to join our management committee and to view the nursery and meet our staff.

We look forward to seeing you there.  

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations
The nursery was full of chatter, game-playing and red, white and blue as we welcomed parents with their children for a Jubilee themed tea party on Friday 27 May.

With plenty of bunting decorating the building we also created London themed cardboard vehicles in the gardens. Royal activities included pin the tail on the corgi, red white and blue sensory rice and crown designing. There were also sandwiches and cakes for everyone to enjoy in the sunshine. 


It was the first time parents have come into the Nursery for an event since the pandemic - and the first time for many that they had stepped inside at all. 

Barbs James, nursery co-manager said: "It's been over two years since we last welcomed parents into the nursery for a celebration, and what better occasion than the Queen's Jubilee? It was wonderful to see our garden full of children with their families playing royal games and enjoying cakes together."


cakes-donated-by-just-baked-by-sophieCaroline Clark, nursery co-manager added: "Such a big thank you from us to all the staff for their help in organising and coming up with these brilliant games and to everyone who donated cakes and food for the party. We loved seeing so many parents and carers having fun. It was a happy afternoon."

There was a charity collection generating around £100 in donations, thank you to everyone who gave. 

Thank you to Marina Jacklin for the beautiful photos. 




Sandemonium! Tonne of sand donated by Huws Gray

Our popular giant sandpit received a much-needed top up this week, thanks to a generous donation from building merchants, Ridgeons.

When the branch manager of Ridgeons in Saffron Walden, Chris Gavin, heard the sandpit was in need of a refill, he offered to donate a tonne of sand and had it delivered the same day.

“We were blown away by the generosity of Ridgeons and how quickly they responded - within hours a pallet of sand arrived,” said Barbs James, Nursery Co-Manager.

As a not-for-profit, we aim to keep fees affordable and hours flexible for local families.

“As a charity that is really important to us, but this does put pressure on us financially,” said Caroline Clark, Nursery Co-Manager. “Generous gifts like this from Ridgeons allow us to focus our spending as efficiently as possible. We are so grateful to them.”

The sandpit is a key feature of our large garden, which includes a mud kitchen and woodland area. With children using it every day for imaginative play, sand is regularly dispersed around the garden and it needs an annual refill.

“It is important to us to inspire a love of the outdoors, and the sandpit is an area all our children enjoy all year round,” said Barbs. “They couldn’t wait to jump in as soon as we filled it up - they are delighted!”

Win a Mother's Day Hamper in our special raffle

Be in with a chance to win a luxurious hamper filled with everything mum needs to relax, unwind and pamper herself.

**£1 per raffle ticket or a strip of 5 tickets for £4**

The perfect mother's day gift!

Hampers include:

  • Face masks
  • Candles
  • Chocolates 
  • Eye masks 
  • Body lotions
  • Hand creams
  • Sweet goodies from the lovely Just Baked by Sophie 
  • And much more... 

Support our wonderful nursery and treat your amazing mum. 

Buy your tickets on drop off or pick up. Raffle will be drawn on Friday 25th March, prizes can be delivered. 

Could you join our committee?
Calling all Saffron Walden Nursery parents, Grandparents and carers!

We’re looking for passionate and motivated members of our nursery community to join the management committee. Our monthly zoom meetings give us the opportunity to discuss and develop fundraising opportunities, assist with recruitment into the nursery and offer support to the nursery managers. As members of the the committee, you would have a voice and a platform from which to share ideas and thoughts on the future of the nursery. As well as being a fantastic addition to your CV, being part of the management committee allows you to use your skills to support this wonderful nursery.

We’d love to hear from you if you are interested or if you have any further questions. Please email us on

Many thanks
The Management Committee
Latest Covid-19 safety information

In light of the changing guidance on Covid-19, we have updated our risk assessment for you to understand everything we are doing to keep your children, their families and our staff as safe as possible during the pandemic. Read the latest Covid-19 risk assessment. 

What we will continue to do:

  • Keep following government guidelines and legislation.
  • Follow our normal policies and Covid-19 risk assessment.
  • Maintain our ethos of putting the children first, providing support for both their
    emotional and physical development.
  • Keep you updated with any plans we make as soon as possible.
  • Manage the setting in a way that aims to minimise risk as much as possible.
  • Continue to support children who can't attend, via face book and Tapestry.
  • Continue our extensive daily cleaning schedule.
  • Constantly review how we are working to ensure best practice.

Saffron Walden Nursery School staff will also be:

  • Informing the Management if they or any of their household develop any symptoms.
  • Adhering to strict hand washing and cleaning policies as set out in our current Covid-19 risk
  • Using aprons, changing clothing and PPE as per the Government guidance,
  • Following Government advice as far as is practicable.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding how we are staying safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, please get in touch