Day Nursery & Pre-school Provision in Derby

At Thornhill, we look after children between the ages of six weeks to five years. Each room in our nursery has been designed to tailor to each age group.

Baby Room
(6 weeks to 12 months)

Our Baby Room has been designed to allow children to tap into their senses and embark on a pathway to discovery. Babies can pull up a cushion at our heuristic play table, where they can get hands on with a range of natural materials. Or they can crawl over to our messy play area to have a splash in our water tray or brush up on some mark making. When they’re ready to rest, our separate sleep room provides babies with a soothing environment in which to relax and unwind after a busy morning or afternoon of play and excitement.

First Steps Room
(12 months to 2 years)

We have a First Steps Room to support children who are transitioning from the Baby Room into the next stage of their development. Babies grow very rapidly in the first year, so there is a big difference between a baby who is one month old and twelve months old. Our First Steps Room allows children to tap into their senses and embrace a world of discovery. Children in our First Steps Room can pull up a cushion at our heuristic play table, where they can get hands on with a range of natural materials.

Toddler Room
(2 to 3 years)

As children become more mobile, they inevitably become more curious about the things around them. Toddlers often like to be that little bit more independent and daring, which is why our Toddler Room is designed to encourage children to embrace their newly discovered skills.

At this age in your child’s life, it’s important that they are given access to a wide range of activities that will give them the opportunity to learn how to interact with other children and begin to develop skills such as sharing and being kind to others.

Pre-school Room
(3 to 5 years)

From creative constructions to wide-ranging interests, there’s always something unique and exciting happening our Pre-school Room. The Pre-school Room is the last step in your child’s early years education. As children approach primary school age, our staff will help to prepare them for school and ensure they are ready for their next big step. Many of the other activities that take place in the Pre-school Room are based on what your child has shown a keen interest in.

The Garden

All children need time to stretch those little legs. Our garden gives all the children at Thornhill the chance to do this regularly. The great outdoors provides children with unique learning opportunities that just can’t be replicated indoors, that’s why we are committed to letting children roam around our garden every day- come rain or shine. Whether children feel the need to burn off some energy by running around or riding a trike, go on a hunt for insects, or explore whatever may take their fancy, there is always an adventure to be had in our garden at Thornhill.

Book a Visit Today

The best way to find out if Thornhill is the right nursery for your child is to experience it for yourself. We’re always happy to welcome parents to explore our nursery, so please get in touch to arrange to come and see us.

Contact Us

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Give us a call or drop us an email and a member of our friendly team will be in touch as soon as possible.


10 Thornhill Road (Off Albany Road)
DE22 3LX

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