Opening Hours
Opening hours are 7.30am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, all year round, excluding all public holidays, and a Christmas closure.

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A Home-From-Home

Rocking Horse Nursery is a converted farm house and stable block within the grounds of Saint Nicholas School. It offers a wonderful home-from-home environment as well as plenty of green space, including a large designated play area and acres of grounds for children to explore with our highly trained and dedicated team of nursery staff. We are located just outside the pretty village of Churchgate Street, Old Harlow and there is designated on site parking for customers.

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Key Persons | Building Relationships

Every child at Rocking Horse will have a key person, their role is to help ensure that every child's care is tailored to meet their individual needs. We offer a settling in programme prior to starting to help the child become familiar with the setting and allow time to build up a relationship with their parents. During their pre-visits if the child demonstrates a particular bond with a practitioner that person will be their Key Person. The nursery also has a buddy system for when a key person is absent. A child's Key Person will change as they progress through the nursery.

Our Rocking Horse Team

All staff are qualified or working towards a childcare approved qualification. 
All our staff are Paediatric First Aid Trained.
Staff receive an extensive induction programme which includes Safeguarding, Food hygiene, allergy and intolerance training and many more.
All staff hold an Enhanced DBS and are required to meet all safe recruitment checks prior to enrolment.


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Keep Up To Date with Blossom

We use Blossom in the nursery, which is an app that allows parents to see and celebrate your child’s achievements, developmental progress and milestones, including new skills they’ve learned, special projects they’ve completed, and social interactions they’ve had with their peers. The app also allows you to take photos and feed back to the nursery about progress achieved at home, which is a great way to keep us up-to-date too.  We use the diary feature for the children in Foals, and ad-hoc sessions can be booked via the app when we have the availability.


There is also an instant message feature which can be useful if you need to let the nursery know something about your child, or find out how they have settled.

The app also allows you to view and pay invoices from within the app and keep track of your payment receipts. This makes it easy to manage your childcare payments and keep track of your finances.

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Rooms At Rocking Horse Nursery

Rocking Horse Nursery is comprised of three rooms and our outdoor and garden areas.

Moving rooms

As your child approaches a milestone where they will be looking to moving up to the next age group your child's Key Person will speak to you about your child’s pending move. You will be given a small document explaining a few things and a guide to what to expect, all transitions will be arranged within their nursery hours.

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We use the Development Matters guidance to plan age and developmentally appropriate activities and to help ensure all children are making progress from their starting point.  This is a non-statutory curriculum guidance for the early years foundation stage. 

Development Matters - GOV.UK

We will identify children's starting points through conversations with parents at the initial personal documentation meeting, during pre-visits and settling sessions and by planning individual next steps of learning. 


Session Times

All Full Day8.30am-5.30pm
Half Day8.30am-1.00pm or 1.00pm to 5.30pm
School Day9am-3pm
Breakfast Club7.30am - 8.30am
Late Stay5.30-6pm


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Nursery Fees

Fees are inclusive of the following:

  • Bio-degradable nappies and reusable wipes
  • Snacks and cow’s milk/or milk alternative
  • Lunch and tea
  • Suncream
  • Nursery bag

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Committed to Sustainability

The nursery is committed to supporting the school in their drive to be as  environmentally friendly as possible and some of the ways we do this is by providing Kit and Kin nappies and by using Cheeky Wipes.

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Setting Name - Rocking Horse Nursery
Postal address - Rocking Horse Nursery, Hobbs Cross Road, Harlow, Essex, CM17 0NJ
Contact Number - 01279 215965
Head of Nursery and Pre-school - Sophie Jackson
Nursery Manager - Corinna Cobb
3rd in Charge - Leanne Smith
SENCo - Roxanne Leather and Carla Scott
Misson Statement

Ofsted Reg Number - 2714760

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