Sycamore House Day Nursery & Pre-School, Bishop's Stortford

Partou Sycamore House is an excellent day nursery and pre-school which has a fantastic reputation throughout Bishop’s Stortford for the high-quality childcare and early years education that it provides.

Occupying a prime location, just a short distance from the town centre and railway station, the nursery can be easily reached via main transport links or car, with on-site parking making it safe and easy to drop off your little ones.

Facilities

Bright, spacious playrooms that are designed to awaken creativity within children

Fun-filled resources, from musical instruments to authentic toys, that children can use to develop key skills

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

A well-utilised outdoor area with space for children to grow their own flowers, plants, and vegetables

A highly qualified, experienced team of practitioners who put the needs of children first

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 – 6:00pm
Morning
7:30am – 1:00pm
Afternoon
1:00pm – 6:00pm
0 to 2 £432.90 £91.45 £54.00 £50.50
2+ £379.85 £84.85 £50.50 £47.05

 

Registration Fee: £75 (Non Refundable)
5% 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 £13.50 per morning session and £10.50 per afternoon session.

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Sycamore House
Day Nursery
& Pre-school

01279 465097

Open Mon - Fri, 7.30am to 6.30pm

36 Hadham Road, Bishop's Stortford, CM23 2QS

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What families say?

Overall rating

5 stars

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Z M

5 stars

02 May 2024

Our daughter has been with Sycamore since she was in the toddler room. She’s very quiet but has grown in confidence with the kindness and encouragement of her key workers and all the practitioners. She has also been supported very well with her nappy training, and it has been so impressive the pati...

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L D

5 stars

30 April 2024

Such a perfect and homely nursery setting and the staff are just brilliant. They are so caring and the communication on routines etc was so straightforward. Felt so at ease dropping my daughter off for the day knowing she was going to be looked after and cared for by such a wonderful team. You will a...

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Serena S

5 stars

22 February 2024

Sycamore House Day Nursery has an open-door policy which means whenever you arrive you can see just how happy and well cared for all the children are at all times. This is a warm and welcoming nursery, the staff all seem so happy within their roles which is obviously transferring down to the children...

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C D

5 stars

22 February 2024

Staff are caring and know their children well. My 2-year-old is happy to go into the nursery and speaks about his key workers and other children fondly at home. Communication between nursery and home is excellent and their policies are well thought through to ensure best practice throughout the nurse...

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A F

5 stars

24 January 2024

I found it very difficult to collect our child from Sycamore on her last days. I was very sad to be taking her away from a place where she felt so happy, safe and loved. Having a place like that where our child could go when we could not look after her has been a huge comfort for us over the past 2 y...

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E B

5 stars

31 October 2023

Everyone is so welcoming and personable at Sycamore House, given we only attend once a week I'm amazed how everyone still knows both our girls' names and makes a real effort with them, you can tell they really care about all of the children. The staff work really hard to make the nursery a nice envir...

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G R

5 stars

26 September 2023

My daughter has really enjoyed her time at Sycamore House. The team are so kind and approachable. The activities are creative and fun, allowing for free expression and lots of fun. I highly recommend this nursery.

Katy C

5 stars

07 August 2023

Our daughter has attended Sycamore since she was 10 months old. She quickly settled and made strong bonds with the team - as she was my first I felt like I was leaving my most precious possession in the hands of a stranger but they were so supportive. I straight away noticed the positive experience t...

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Holly C

5 stars

20 July 2023

Both my children attend the nursery. My older daughter started at nine months old and she'll be off to school in September after four years in the care of Sycamore House! We chose Sycamore because of the curiosity approach, the home-from-home, comforting feel of the house, the activities and, most of...

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Alexis O

4 stars

20 July 2023

Both our children have loved going to Scyamore House. The staff are very friendly and it feels like they know and understand our children. There is plenty there to keep them engaged and happy and, as a family, we have felt supported in our journey, from baby room up to preschool room.

Kirat C

5 stars

17 March 2023

Enrolling our son in Sycamore House is one of the best things we have ever done. He has gone from being a shy, nervous little boy to a confident, bubbly toddler, and I credit much of that change to the amazing staff at Sycamore House. I get the feeling that the staff here really care about him, and I...

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G D

5 stars

16 March 2023

My son has been in the nursery for the past two years now, and the support he had throughout this time was amazing! He’s heading to reception in September, and I believe he will be ready for this next transition! He created great friendships that hopefully will carry on in school, and we will defin...

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C W

5 stars

08 March 2023

You can tell from the very first tour of the nursery that the staff are very passionate about the children and their development. My daughter has been going for a year now, and although she still cries at drop-off, she soon calms down, and I receive regular pictures and videos of her having the bes...

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A C

5 stars

08 March 2023

The staff are so caring towards our daughter, and she loves going to Sycamore House. She settled really quickly in the baby room with lots of lovely support from her key worker. We’re really happy with the education she is receiving and couldn’t recommend the nursery more.

M P

5 stars

06 March 2023

My son has been in Sycamore House since he was one year old, and he progressed so well with the wonderful staff. He loves every activity, and he is cuddled when he needs it, and as a mom, I am so happy that he gets the affection he needs on a daily basis to help his emotional development. The tea...

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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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