About Toad Hall

About Toad Hall Day Nursery Essex

Are you looking for childcare in Rayleigh, with top facilities, competitive rates and incredible practitioners? Does your child love playing in the garden and splashing around in the rain? Do they love stories and singing? Do they love dressing up and imaginative play? Or do they love paint and play doh? Maybe they enjoy cooking......... we have so much going on and to do to keep your child entertained and engaged, all day, every day!! What is even better - your child comes FIRST! We make sure they have a great day, every day! 

Toad Hall Day Nursery is a purpose built Nursery School set within the beautiful grounds of Wyburns Primary School in Rayleigh, Essex.  It has been designed to provide a safe and secure environment for your child, making sure your child safe is paramount.  We are within close distance of Rayleigh Town Centre and can easily be reached by car, bus or on foot.

Toad Hall are passionate about raising the standards of childcare. We provide opportunities so that each child develops at their own pace in a fun and loving environment, yes thats right, we offer lots of cuddles!  Every child is an individual with their own routine and needs and we work closely with our parents to ensure these are met so that every child feels secure and at home. 

We aim to offer the highest quality of childcare with a stimulating educational programme.

We deliver a play-based curriculum where the children develop creativity, self-confidence and curiosty that is both adult and child led. Activities are made to be fun where the children can explore, experiment and make friends in an empowering environment.

We look at every experience as an opportunity for learning and we surround our children with interesting and stimulating materials. We focus on Learning through Purposeful Play as children learn most effectively when they are having fun. We guide, prompt, use open-ended questions and encourage the children throughout the day. 

Each child has a designated Key Person who will identify each stage of their development and support them through every new experience and adventure. 

We are an all inclusive childcare facility that caters for age groups 0-5 years, from babies and toddlers, through to preschool.  We are open from 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday for 52 weeks of the year. We have many sessions available, offering you the flexibility of full or part-time sessions. Our price brackets are 0-2 years, 2-3 years and 3-5 years and changes are applied the month following your child's birthday. We also offer 2 year old funding (should your child be eligible) and the 3 & 4 year old funding.

When you sign up with Toad Hall your child's place and sessions are secured until 31st August of the year that they are due to start school. Children start school from the September following their fourth birthday. 

 Quality and Award Winning Childcare

OFSTED Outstanding

In our most recent inspection OFSTED graded our nursery as Outstanding. (March 2020)

"All children, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), are extremely confident. They show through their special relationships with staff and each other that they are safe and secure. Children are extremely keen to engage with adults, even those they have not met before. They explore their surroundings, finding fascination and enjoyment in everything, including the simplest of resources.Children's behaviour is exemplary. They wait patiently for their turn and share resources easily. Staff provide an excellent range of activities and experiences that capitative and excite all children."

External Quality Assurance Schemes

Accredited as an Investor In People

Platinum Accredited with the National Day Nurseries Association NDNA e-Quality Counts in 2019

"The environment of the setting is homely and calm, with lots of resources and opportunities for children to access and explore. The independence and confidence of the children is evident, they are engaged in learning that motivates the individual and this is nurtured with skilful practitioners enhancing moments of learning. The relational environment speaks volumes in the setting, as they are so enthusiastic and passionate in their roles, whether that is the manager, deputy, founder or apprentice. All the staff team values the ethos of the nursery, and this is communicated to everyone that attends through their exemplary practice. The children are confident and happy."

External audit is important to our nursery as we have to constantly check our systems, methods and standards, and in return it is confirmation that our nursery is of a high standard that we expect it to be as professionals. It gives parents confidence in the quality of service that we are providing.

Top Marks for Food and Hygiene

Achieved the highest '5' Food Hygiene grading by Rochford District Council Environmental Health.

Food preparation and hygiene are of the upmost importance and year on year we have achieved a grade '5'.

National Nursery Awards

Toad Hall has been recognised for the high quality childcare we provide as you can see here. Our entire team works exceptionally hard to deliver purposeful learning so that each child grows and learns in a safe and inspiring environment. However, we are not complacent. We are committed to ensuring that the childcare we provide continues to benefit you and your children and we are always striving to better ourselves and set standards in childcare.

2007  Finalist   NMT Awards    Nursery Design Award

2008  Winner   NMT Awards    Nursery Student of the Year

2008  Finalist   NMT Awards    Lifetime Achievement Award

2009  Finalist   NMT Awards    Nursery Manager of the Year

2010  Winner   NMT Awards    Individual Nursery of the Year

2013  Finalist   NMT Awards    Training & Development

2014  Finalist   NMT Awards    Training & Development

2016  Finalist   NMT Awards    Indoor Learning Environment

2016  Finalist   NMT Awards    Outdoor Learning Environment  

2018  Finalist   NMT Awards    Indoor Learning Environment

2021  Finalist   NMT Awards    Nursery Team Award   (awaiting result)

2021  Finalist   NMT Awards    SENCo Award (awaiting result)

The NMT Nursery Awards are without doubt the sector's premier annual event, promoting excellence right across the spectrum of the UK nursery sector and we are thrilled to have been finalists and winners, nationally.


Good Beginnings Autism Friendly Setting  - Level 1  Bronze Award

Many practitioners in mainstream preschool settings are working with young children who have either been diagnosed as having autism or who have similar needs as yet undiagnosed. Even if there are no such children in the setting, there is an ‘anticipatory duty’ which requires all practitioners to have at least a basic understanding of conditions such as autism and how to meet the needs of young children with autism through high-quality, inclusive early years practice.

At Toad Hall we are delighted to have taken this a step further and have achieved our Bronze Award. 


Come and join our award winning nursery!!!





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