Smileys Day Nursery & Pre-School, Stafford

Situated on the site of Stafford General Hospital, Smileys Day Nursery and Pre-School specialises in providing high-quality childcare to NHS staff as well as families in the local community.

As a Partou nursery, we believe in giving children the best start possible their educational journey. That’s why our staff work incredibly hard to deliver fun, engaging learning activities which develop key skills and grow confidence.


A purpose-built setting with bright, spacious playrooms perfect for fun learning activities

Highly qualified, experienced staff who put the needs and interests of children first

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

Large outdoor area with dedicated spaces for each age group to play games and experiment

Excellent parent partnerships with regular chats and online journals providing regular progress updates

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

Full time
Weekly Rate
8:00am – 6:00pm
8:00am – 1:00pm
1:00pm – 6:00pm
£263.50 £62.00 £31.50 £30.00


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 £4.00 per morning session and £3.00 per afternoon session.

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Day Nursery
& Pre-school

01785 220720

Open Mon - Fri, 8.00am to 6.00pm

General Hospital, Weston Rd, Stafford ST16 3SA

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What families say?

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Sian M

5 stars

21 November 2023

My child seems to be getting along really well at nursery and is loving it. The staff are really lovely and welcoming.

Kerry F

5 stars

15 November 2023

My child really enjoys the nursery. The girls are brilliant and have been great with her allergy. Nursery is much better since refurb.

Sophie E

5 stars

15 November 2023

My little boy started here in September. He was a little unsettled at first, which was to be expected, but the girls in the baby room really made him feel welcome and helped him settle in really well. Would highly recommend this nursery. He now really enjoys coming and loves playing with all the toys...

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5 stars

15 November 2023

Smileys is a great nursery and I noticed my son has come on loads since he started with his speech. Staff are all friendly and great with helping my son when he has been overwhelmed.


5 stars

08 November 2023

My son is really happy at Smileys and has come on really well. We had concerns regarding the food changes but they were dealt with really well.

Hannah F

5 stars

08 November 2023

My son only started beginning of September and he absolutely loves it and we have had no issues.

Laura H

4 stars

08 November 2023

I feel very happy with bringing my son into the nursery, the girls in the baby room are always very smiley and he is always excited to come, I have no concerns and feel that I am always listened to.

Laura S

5 stars

05 July 2023

Really happy with our experience so far. It was really hard for me to leave my child, but the girls have really helped me, as well as my child. My child has settled in really well, thanks to the staff.

Ameta G

4 stars

05 July 2023

My son has been enjoying his stay at the nursery. I regularly receive feedback from his teachers about how his day has been, which is really helpful. My son seems to be getting on really well with his nursery staff and even talks about them while he is at home, eg my teacher did this it that, which i...

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Yasmin H

5 stars

05 July 2023

We are very happy with the care provided here, improvements have shown, and my daughter is very happy attending.


5 stars

01 July 2023

My child is really settled in the big room. She loves the new toys and set up of the room. She loves the staff, and they always let us know she has had a fantastic day.

Katie M

5 stars

28 April 2023

I feel the staff at Smileys are working really hard. They have been so supportive with potty training. The activities they do every day really help with development. The food is always enjoyed. I would like to thank the tweenie room for their care and for being so enthusiastic. It's so reassuring kno...

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Diana A

5 stars

22 September 2021

My daughter has been attending Smileys for almost a year. The staff are very experienced and friendly. They pay attention to each child’s needs and get to know them really well. They give regular feedback and keep parents in the loop. My daughter enjoys her time here and always goes in with a smile...

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Estell G

5 stars

23 August 2021

Two of my children currently attend this nursery and it is the best nursery any of my children have ever attended. I can honestly recommend this nursery 100%, it really is wonderful nursery and it’s been lovely to experience my children wanting to go to nursery!

Helen S

5 stars

20 August 2020

My 2 and 3-year-old attend nursery and love it here. Plenty of activities and separate outdoor play areas for different age children. I work changeable shifts and without the flexibility, the nursery offers I would be unable to do my job. Staff all know the children and its lovely that they have seen...

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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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