Bourne Explorers Day Nursery & Pre-School, Hemel Hempstead

Having created a caring environment for all children, Partou Bourne Explorers provides high-quality childcare and early years education from an excellently maintained setting.

Our location in Hemel Hempstead, just a few hundred yards from the A41, makes us a convenient choice for parents who commute from Berkhamsted and further afield.


A ‘home from home’ atmosphere where children can settle quickly and begin their educational journey

An exciting curriculum that reflects the needs and interests of each child

Healthy and delicious meals from our seasonal menu, freshly prepared at the nursery

A large garden environment, perfect for developing physical skills through outdoor play

A highly qualified team of practitioners who are experts in early years care and education

Funded childcare places available

The Partou experience

At Partou, the children lead the way. They explore their surroundings and learn about the world they live in, by choosing for themselves which activity they want to join in with next.

Our team are there to care for them and keep them safe. To nurture their emerging abilities and encourage them to seize each fun-packed day. But not to tell them what to do next.

Why? Because when children are allowed to choose their own activities, rather than being told what to do, they naturally choose the activities they’re most interested in. And scientific research has shown that being interested in what they’re doing is the easiest and best way for children to learn.

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Food & nutrition

Creating healthy eating habits for young children stretches far beyond their time with us. It encourages a lifelong positive relationship with food whilst building healthy bodies and healthy minds. Here’s how we encourage healthy eating habits:

  • Rotating menus: Evidence shows regular exposure to foods helps children to develop their taste for them, yet we still want to offer variety. So, we rotate our menus on a three-to-four-week basis, offering the perfect balance between exposing children to new foods yet allowing them to become familiar with flavours.
  • A lunchtime focus: We prioritise lunch as a time where children can enjoy their food. There is a social aspect to all lunches and, where possible, children are encouraged to take an active interest in the food they eat.
  • Fresh food everyday: We serve children fresh food every day and accommodate many different dietary requirements. We have procedures in place to protect children with food allergies and offer different meal options too. If your child has a dietary requirement, simply let us know as part of our registration process and we’ll make sure we meet the needs of your child.

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Nursery fees

Age Full Time
Weekly Rate
7:30am – 6:00pm
7:30am – 1:00pm
1:00pm – 6:00pm
0 to 2 £337.00 £70.75 £40.40 £40.40
2+ £326.75 £68.80 £38.25 £38.25


Registration Fee: £75 (Non Refundable)
10% discount off eldest child’s fees for siblings

Additional Options: Early Start: £7.50

  • Universal 15 hours free childcare entitlement is available to all 3 and 4 year olds, extending to 30 hours for eligible working families*.
  • 15 hour free childcare entitlement is also available to 2-year-olds subject to availability.

For the latest childcare funding information, please visit our dedicated resource page.

* Please note that free childcare entitlement from the government is only applied to the ‘care’ element of your invoice and does not cover meals which are charged at £5.50 per morning session and £4.45 per afternoon session.

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Bourne Explorers
Day Nursery
& Pre-school

01442 879762

Open Mon - Fri, 7.30am to 6.00pm

Bourne End Day Nursery, London Rd, Bourne End, Hemel Hempstead HP1 2RQ

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What families say?

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5 stars

14 June 2024

My little boy has come on so much since joining the nursery last year. He is so happy here and adores his teachers and friends. He always comes home so excited. His speech has come along wonderfully and he's definitely a big fan of the yummy meals he has every day. Couldn't be happier that he is here...

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5 stars

20 November 2023

My children have been at Bourne End for over two years now. My eldest is in the toddler class and the youngest in the baby unit. I have always felt like the nursery was a safe and welcoming place to leave my children and still do. The staff are friendly and caring and they know my children well. They...

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Sacha L

5 stars

15 August 2023

A wonderful nursery that I couldn't recommend more! My son started in the Baby Unit in January 2023 and I was so impressed with how quickly he settled in, which is all thanks to the fantastic, caring and supportive staff. The facilities are great, both indoors and outdoors, and it's been lovely to s...

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5 stars

20 June 2023

Great nursery with an amazing outdoor space and lots of fun activities. My son absolutely loves it there, he started in September 2022, settled in really quickly, became much more independent and made lots of friends. The staff is amazing and very caring - I couldn't recommend this nursery more.


4 stars

20 June 2023

A lovely nursery in a wonderful setting with a huge garden. Both my daughters have attended this nursery for some time. The staff are lovely and caring and I have always felt safe leaving them in their care. The nursery needed investment which happened as was bought by new owners in the last year. Be...

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Amy W

5 stars

11 June 2023

Our daughter absolutely loves attending Bourne End Day Nursery. We have never seen her as happy in a nursery setting as Bourne End. The staff are fantastic, they treat our daughter wonderfully. She loves every single staff member. She comes home very happy every day and bounces into nursery every mo...

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4 stars

28 February 2023

My son loves attending Bourne End Day Nursery. The staff are lovely and caring, and the facilities are excellent with a large garden. His development has been excellent since he started there at age one and always attends nursery with a smile.


5 stars

22 February 2023

Fantastic nursery and great facilities. Can’t speak highly enough of the staff either - friendly, informative and very accommodating. My son has been attending for over a year and always has lovely stories to tell me about his day.

Katie W

5 stars

22 February 2023

Such a fantastic nursery, I couldn’t be happier. My son started here in September 2022 and has loved it ever since. The staff are so approachable, caring and friendly and have such fantastic relationships with all the children. The learning environment is great and the outdoor space is fantastic. I...

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5 stars

22 February 2023

An absolutely amazing nursery. So impressed with the care and dedication in looking after my daughter. My daughter started last year as a shy and independent child, she is leaving this month as a confident, bubbly and very vocal team player. She has built lots of friendships and become very close w...

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Sian F

5 stars

09 January 2023

Our son thoroughly enjoys Bourne End Day Nursery and has been going since he was 10 months old. The staff are so kind and caring and it's like going from home to home. The outdoor space is fantastic. Would definitely recommend to friends/family.

Simon M

5 stars

27 February 2023

My nephew is currently attending the Pre-School and the changes I have seen since the last time I visited have been phenomenal. The new toys and cleanliness is amazing, it is like a new nursery. Well done all!

David L

5 stars

14 June 2024

A fantastic nursery and a real gem of a find. Very supportive and attentive staff and the large garden is a real plus. We're thrilled with the nursery and the dedication of the staff. Our two children attend in the baby and the pre-school room.

Gus Q

5 stars

23 February 2023

My daughter found it hard to settle at nursery initially and was very anxious about being away from us. The team at the nursery were brilliant at helping to reassure and encourage her, in particular, her key workers, now and when she was in the baby room. They have shown great patience and she now lo...

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Why Partou?

For us at Partou, childcare isn’t just a job, it’s a journey – one where every child leads us in a unique new direction.

As part of the Netherlands’ largest childcare group, we’ve access to world-leading expertise in learning and development, so you can be confident your child will benefit from an experience as unique as they are.

Of course, care is as much about empathy as education, and ours is a child-led approach that emphasises building confidence and curiosity – so that every child in our care has the freedom to flourish.

Reassurance for you and your little one


We’re more than just a team; we’re a close community driven by our passion for childcare, and our commitment to each individual child’s development. We know that by working together, we’re stronger.


In our community, compassion isn’t just a word; it’s our way of life. By embracing our differences, we make our community more diverse and vibrant. We build strong, supportive relationships with the children and each other, based on trust and understanding.

Continuous learning

We believe strongly in development, for the children in our care and for ourselves. Through continuous learning, we help our team and our children reach their full potential. Together, we make a positive impact, in our communities and across wider society.

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