Bumpkins Day Nursery & Pre-School, Whaddon

Situated in a beautiful rural area of Whaddon, Partou Bumpkins Day Nursery is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for the exceptional levels of childcare and early years education that it provides to families throughout Royston.

There’s a reason why inspectors recognise our nursery as a setting where children ‘thrive and succeed’. Our team of highly skilled practitioners are experts in early years development, providing the best possible environment for children to take their first steps in education.


Age-specific playrooms, creating the perfect environment for children to receive the care and attention they need

A long-standing nursery team that boasts strong relationships with parents and children throughout the local community

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

Large outdoor facilities, fully equipped for children to enjoy come rain or shine

An exciting experience that reflects the individual needs and interests of the children we care for

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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Our Nursery Manager

Amy Chipperfield
Nursery Manager

Hi I'm Amy and I am the Nursery Manager at Partou Bumpkins.

I began my journey at Bumpkins nearly 12 years ago as an unqualified practitioner and completed my Level 2 and 3 whilst working at the nursery. Since then, I have progressed across several roles, becoming a room leader before eventually Nursery Manager.

At Bumpkins, we are passionate about delivering outstanding care to our children and their families. We believe that children should have endless opportunities to explore and learn whilst being in a safe and happy environment.

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful nursery.

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 3 £399.00 £79.80 £47.30 £47.30
3+ £381.25 £76.25 £44.70 £44.70


Registration Fee: £75 (Non Refundable)

  • 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 £19.00 per morning session and £19.00 per afternoon session.

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Day Nursery
& Pre-school

01223 208777

Open Mon - Fri, 7.30am to 6.00pm

Bridge Street, Whaddon, Royston SG8 5SQ

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What families say?

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4 stars

15 May 2024

My son has attended this nursery since August 2023 and we have had a really positive experience. It was clear from the outset that Bumpkins are completely child-focused with the opportunity to have several settling-in sessions for my baby. From then communication has been great, with staff who are k...

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Lexie H

5 stars

02 May 2024

My daughter started nursery at the end of February and is having a fabulous time. The team are wonderful and thanks to their care and support, she’s settled very quickly. My daughter isn’t the best sleeper but miraculously, the team manage to get her to nap most days, which is very impressive. ...

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Nikki K

5 stars

02 April 2024

Our daughter has been going to Bumpkins for almost two years and is now 4. We could not have wished for a better start for her - the staff are caring, sensible, and extremely thoughtful about the children's activities; they have worked on numbers and letters with the children and it really feels like...

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5 stars

11 January 2024

My daughter has been going to Bumpkins Day Nursery since she was 6 months old. She is now 2 years old. She has been in the baby room/under 2s unit and now in the Butterfly room. The care and support they provide for the children as well as myself as a parent is outstanding. Cannot recommend Bumpkins ...

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5 stars

10 January 2024

My little girl has been attending Bumpkins since she was 8 months old and I cannot fault them in any way. She is currently 18 months and her speech and understanding have come on so much! She walks in happily each morning and goes for a cuddle with each staff member. As soon as we get into the car sh...

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Laura P

5 stars

08 January 2024

My son has some gross motor delays and the staff at Bumpkins go above and beyond, not only to enhance his day-to-day inclusion in activities but also to further develop his movement and independence. The staff submit frequent updates and photos on the app, showing me just what my son has been up to. ...

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Katie O

4 stars

08 January 2024

Bumpkins were so helpful when we urgently needed a nursery after our previous setting closed suddenly and we needed childcare. Staff were understanding and the process of visiting and applying for a place was very easy and efficient. Our child has settled in so well and we are pleased she is in such ...

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Clare B

5 stars

09 May 2023

Our two boys (18 months and 3 years) attend Bumpkins and we couldn’t be happier sending them there. The staff are wonderful: professional and knowledgeable but equally attentive and caring. Our eldest is so much happier here than at his previous nursery; so much so that we have pulled him out of hi...

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Ciara D

5 stars

20 April 2023

I started my son at Bumpkins Nursery when he was just 5 months old. I had many fears about this but the team at Bumpkins were wonderful. They kept in constant contact through their app with photos, videos and updates. I would ring them to check in as well and they were always very patient and accommo...

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5 stars

01 March 2023

My child has been attending Bumpkins nursery since she was 8 months old and she has recently transitioned to preschool. My child is extremely happy at nursery, she runs straight in the morning hardly looking back. She’s greeted by a familiar face every day who makes her feel safe. Her use of langua...

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Claire D

5 stars

15 February 2023

All the staff are so welcoming and caring. It’s so nice going to work knowing I don’t have to worry about my boys as they always have a great time. I always enjoy seeing what they get up too with updates on the app! Sending a child to nursery isn’t the cheapest form of childcare but Bumpkins is...

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5 stars

31 October 2022

Both our children attended Bumpkins Nursery from the age of one until they started school. We are hugely impressed with the way that staff and management handled various changes over the past five years and of course how they coped during the pandemic. A level of familiarity and consistency has been ...

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Amanda H

5 stars

26 October 2022

Due to my job, we've had to move through various different nurseries and knowing the importance of early years care and education, I have always strived to put my son with the best providers. I was pleasantly taken aback with Bumpkins from the start, from the intimate communication between the nurser...

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Charlie M

5 stars

05 September 2022

Bumpkins are brilliant! Both our girls went there over a period of 6 years - with the youngest having just 'graduated' from preschool. It's the end of an era for our family and we're indebted to the staff there for all the love, care and attention they showed the girls during that time - especially d...

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5 stars

12 August 2022

Amazing, helped my daughter settle in so well, worked through her behaviours linked to anxieties. The first time I saw her hug one of the ladies in dragonflies I knew we had made the right choice and she felt safe, this made us as a family feel safe in the knowledge that she was happy. They also mana...

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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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