Play 2 Learn Day Nursery in Grays, West Thurrock

Our nursery is an oasis of calm just off London Road in the thriving town of Grays. We are a purpose-built nursery taking up the entire first floor of the St Clements Centre. Our days are filled with happiness, laughter, exploration, and lots of play! 

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We are ready to educate and inspire your child from birth until they start school 

 
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Our Team

Our nursery manager, Keeley, has more than 15 years’ experience in the sector and leads a dynamic team who look after each other like family and go above and beyond to look after you and your child. Together, they strive to provide a creative environment that inspires children to learn through play. 

“I believe that supporting, caring for and teaching children is a great privilege. If I can make a difference to one child’s life, then I have done my job.”

Keeley, Nursery Manager

Play 2 Learn Day Nursery - Grays

Nursery Life – A Hive of Activity

The great thing about nursery is that the possibilities for learning are endless. Your child’s experiences through free play, physical activity and guided learning combine to shape their development as a whole person having a positive lifelong impact. 

Our classrooms are arranged by age group from babies to pre-schoolers (0-5 years). 

Each classroom is kitted out with fantastic learning resources and is supported by our experienced and passionate team.

Unstructured play enables your child to nurture their curiosity and encourages creative and inventive thought. By observing what your child likes to do, we can tailor activities to suit their interests. We want to really understand your child as an individual.

We support play by setting the stage and following your child’s interests. Our enhanced curriculum and extra-curricular activities then allow us to introduce your child to new concepts and experiences. We provide the framework from which your child can grow and explore. 

Outdoor play helps develop healthy minds and bodies. Being outside and expending energy provides endless opportunities for creativity and improves fitness and physical development.

We believe children should learn from a young age the importance of helping their fellow citizens. We participate in charitable events that raise awareness through fun and creative activities. We do our best to support the causes that are close to your hearts and those of our team. 

A child’s diet in the early years builds the foundations for their ability to grow, learn and thrive. Healthy eating habits in the years before school influence a range of health and development outcomes in later life. We provide healthy meals that are perfectly balanced to ensure your child obtains the right amount of energy, nutrients, and variety of food. We cater for vegetarians, vegans and children with allergies or religious and cultural requirements. 

We believe uniforms build a sense of community and help children prepare for school. Your child will arrive looking forward to their day, ready to interact, have fun and learn. You will love how the uniform helps speed up your morning routine, giving you one less thing to worry about! Uniforms are compulsory for our pre-schoolers and optional for toddlers.  

Thank you to all our wonderful parents who joined us at our parent event last night! 💫

We had such an amazing turnout and it was so lovely for us to have so many of you join us for the evening.

We loved showing you how we set up our rooms ready for the children each morning, and talking to you about how we plan and implement our activities based on the children’s interests and their stage of development.

We hope you found Victoria’s talk on Communication and Language in the Early Years insightful, and can see the strategies we use day to day to help your little ones develop in this area of the EYFS Curriculum.

For parents that were unable to make this event, please do get in touch if you would like a copy of the handout on C+L. We hope you can make the next event.

Here is a little clip of the evening! 🥰

Thank you to all our wonderful parents who joined us at our parent event last night! 💫

We had such an amazing turnout and it was so lovely for us to have so many of you join us for the evening.

We loved showing you how we set up our rooms ready for the children each morning, and talking to you about how we plan and implement our activities based on the children’s interests and their stage of development.

We hope you found Victoria’s talk on Communication and Language in the Early Years insightful, and can see the strategies we use day to day to help your little ones develop in this area of the EYFS Curriculum.

For parents that were unable to make this event, please do get in touch if you would like a copy of the handout on C+L. We hope you can make the next event.

Here is a little clip of the evening! 🥰
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Fridays are for food tastings! 🍛🍲

Here is an example of some of our children’s favourite dishes served at P2L! 

We have Cheesy Leek Pasta Bake, Fruity Moroccan Lamb Stew, Paneer and Pea Curry, Sweet Potato Shepherdless Pie and more! 😋 

We always make sure the quality of the dishes served to our children is healthy, varied and most importantly, delicious! 😋 

Our menu is specially designed by nutritionists to ensure our children receive all the right nutrients and have well-balanced meals 🍱 

You may find your child eats more at nursery than they do at home. This is completely normal 🥰. At nursery, the children watch their friends tucking into meals and encourage each other to try new things. 

We speak to the children about the food we eat, where our ingredients come from and what we can taste. We love introducing them to new flavours, textures and ingredients 💚

Fridays are for food tastings! 🍛🍲

Here is an example of some of our children’s favourite dishes served at P2L!

We have Cheesy Leek Pasta Bake, Fruity Moroccan Lamb Stew, Paneer and Pea Curry, Sweet Potato Shepherdless Pie and more! 😋

We always make sure the quality of the dishes served to our children is healthy, varied and most importantly, delicious! 😋

Our menu is specially designed by nutritionists to ensure our children receive all the right nutrients and have well-balanced meals 🍱

You may find your child eats more at nursery than they do at home. This is completely normal 🥰. At nursery, the children watch their friends tucking into meals and encourage each other to try new things.

We speak to the children about the food we eat, where our ingredients come from and what we can taste. We love introducing them to new flavours, textures and ingredients 💚
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Children love Play 2 Learn because they explore, get messy and have fun whilst learning in a supportive and loving environment.

Our Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) forms the foundation of our curriculum. We enhance the EYFS by adding our magical mix of love, care and attentiveness to everything we do. Our Programme provides exceptional care, support and structure, while also being adaptable to suit the individual needs of each child. Your child will develop a sense of self, making them a well-rounded individual who is ready to step into the wider world.

Communication and language
Physical development
Personal, social and emotional development
Maths and Literacy
Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design

Communication and language

Physical development

Personal, social and emotional development

Maths and Literacy

Understanding the world

Expressive arts and design

As part of our enhanced curriculum, we offer an exciting range of extra-curricular clubs and events that play an important part in helping children to develop practical life skills. We believe all children should have equal learning opportunities, so we incorporate these activities as part of our fees:  

Information

Please get in touch with us to organise a nursery visit. That way, you can see our nursery, get a feel for our culture, and decide if we are a good fit. 

Please view our fees by clicking here.

Minimum attendance: Our minimum attendance depends on your child’s age and eligibility for Government funding.  Please get in touch for our latest fees and Government funding options.

Fees include 
  • Meals and snacks
  • Cow’s milk
  • Sun cream
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Early Childhood Platform


Please provide 
  • Nappies, wipes and creams
  • Appropriate clothing for your child to learn, play and get messy in! 
  • Uniform (for pre-schoolers) [purchase here]

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Opening hours

We are open Monday to Friday, 52 weeks of the year. We are closed on all public and bank holidays. We close at 1pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Normal hours

8am to 6pm

Early birds

7.30am start

Night owls

6.30pm collect

Join Play 2 Learn Day Nursery in Grays

We would love to meet you and your child and take you on a tour of our nursery. Our experienced staff will be delighted to answer any questions you have about enrolling your child in our nursery. 

How to find us

The nursery is situated on London Road near West Thurrock Way and Lakeside Shopping Centre.  The M25 and A13 are within a 5-minute drive.  Closest stations: Chafford Hundred and Grays

We occupy the entire first floor of the St Clements Health & Community Centre

Step-free access is available via the entrance off London Road and via the carpark entrance, just off Manor Road. The carpark is shared with the public. Please drive carefully and watch out for pedestrians, prams and children

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