Lancaster Avenue Day Nursery & Pre-School, Dulwich

Located five minutes from Tulse Hill and West Dulwich Railway Stations, Partou Lancaster Avenue provides high-quality childcare and early years education to families throughout Dulwich.

Combining a fantastic setting with a dedicated team of Early Years practitioners, our nursery is designed to support young children as they develop into confident little learners.

Facilities

Large, spacious playrooms that are filled with natural light to stimulate children and spark creativity

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

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

Large garden area complete with sandpits, vegetable patches, mud kitchens and more to explore

Strong parent partnership with regular updates keeping you informed on your child’s progress

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
Daily
7:30am – 6:30pm
0 to 2 £547.25 £124.55
2+ £453.25 £102.85

 

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

  • 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 £10.80 per morning session and £10.80 per afternoon session.

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Lancaster Avenue
Day Nursery
& Pre-school

0208 761 0770

Open Mon - Fri, 7.30am to 6.30pm

43 Lancaster Ave, Norwood, London SE27 9EL

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What families say?

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Vicki M

5 stars

17 May 2024

We've been so pleased with the way three staff members in particular and the team have settled my child in over the past 3 weeks. One of these staff members makes so much effort to put us at ease, she is so welcoming at the start of the day, greets us with a big smile and my child has really taken to...

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Joanne N

5 stars

25 March 2024

My daughter has been in Nelly's Nursery full-time for approximately eight months. She loves it there, and there's even been a couple of evenings where she's been having such a good time that she's reluctant to come home! The staff in the baby room, in particular, are generally fantastic, getting exci...

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G R

5 stars

25 March 2024

Our little one has been so happy at Nelly’s Lancaster after finding settling in quite difficult. But the baby room staff look after him so well, and he has formed a close attachment with all the adults. He feels really at home and has gained confidence. We’re assured that he is really well looked...

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E A

5 stars

25 March 2024

Absolute beautiful setting, with plenty of space for children to play and enjoy daily activities. The staff are very polite, always smiling and engaging with children. My young child has been here for five months and enjoys it; he has settled in really, really well. (Sooner than I had imagined). ...

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J W

5 stars

12 December 2023

My compliments to the staff, they are amazing. As a first-time parent, I am more than comfortable and content to leave my child in an environment that has that home away from home feel. They catered to me and my child's needs during the settling-in period and accommodated any changes without hesitati...

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Akosua B

5 stars

03 April 2023

My daughter has been attending Nelly's Nursery for almost a year now. She is very happy going in every morning and even on days that she is off, it feels like her second home. The staff and managers are nurturing and supportive and they provide her with so much attention and positivity. I have been g...

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C W

5 stars

30 March 2023

Warm and friendly atmosphere, it’s very much a big Nellys family! Our toddler loves the garden and looking forward to our daughter starting in the baby room soon. In particular, we have liked and been impressed by: - quality (and retention) of staff! - range of activities (including some extras ...

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Katie P

5 stars

30 March 2023

Our son loves Nelly’s and runs in eagerly every morning to see his friends and carers. The staff are fantastic, there is a very good longevity of key carers and so care feels consistent and dependable. The children are occupied with a variety of activities and are outside as much as possible when t...

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Jennifer F

5 stars

20 March 2023

The environment at Nelly's Nursery is that of a second home, my child grins when we reach the doors and is sad to leave at the end of the day. There is every and any activity to do, especially in the excellent outdoor space. We sent our eldest to Nelly's too and they flew through potty training and t...

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L M

5 stars

13 March 2023

Current nursery management are amazing as are the brilliant staff that care for the children day to day, there is a true sense that all of the staff truly care for the wellbeing and development of the children. In addition to the amazing staff, the activities that the children are able to partake in ...

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Alice H

5 stars

10 March 2023

I couldn’t be happier with Nelly’s Nursery. All the staff are friendly, kind and caring. My daughter settled in so well and thoroughly enjoys going, she seems to have lots of fun! I would highly recommend Nelly’s Lancaster Avenue to anyone considering it.

Jennie N

5 stars

08 March 2023

Nelly's Nursery - Lancaster Avenue is an incredible nursery. The building and the outside space is beautiful. I can't imagine a nursery with a better garden, with so much space, a mud kitchen, slide, summer house and huge sandpit. However it is not the excellent building and the facilities but the...

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C R

5 stars

25 February 2023

My daughter has been at Nelly's for two months now and she absolutely loves it there. She settled so quickly into life in the baby room and is very happy to attend each day. All the staff are so friendly and caring and I feel like they know my daughter well, she particularly loves her key person! The...

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Simone D

5 stars

31 January 2022

My personal experience has been amazing so far, from the location to the professionalism of all staff. When searching for a suitable nursery for my child I had concerns. We visited numerous nurseries in our local area and by far Nelly's was most suitable for us. We booked a tour and had the best expe...

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Sonya S

5 stars

23 September 2021

Our little girl joined Nelly’s at 9 months and stayed until she started school this month. She emerged as a confident, secure and very happy child with a love of learning. She developed great social skills at nursery and has left with a wonderful friendship circle. The staff are caring, supportive ...

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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

Care

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.

Compassion

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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What is an Early Years Practitioner?

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