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Hello, I'm Maria. I joined LEYF in 2003 and Bessborough Community Nursery in January 2017. Bessborough Nursery has a bright and spacious indoor environment with a well-resourced outdoor area, enabling children to be confident learners and make independent choices. The nursery is well established in the community and has strong links with local schools and children’s centres. The team at Bessborough is very committed to fulfilling the children’s potential as they build strong relationships with parents and families. As a team, we are very proud of our achievements in delivering good practice. A real memorable moment in my career is when parents comment that their children see us as their best friend. We're very proud of our nursery and would love to show you around! Please get in touch to arrange a visit.
We're located in Westminster, providing care for children from birth to 5 years. We're open 8am to 6pm, 51 weeks a year.
"The staff are kind and genuinely care about every single child. My little girl likes going to nursery, which means she feels safe and has fun there." Bessborough parent
"We are beyond happy with everyone at Bessborough. My daughter is so happy there and we all feel well supported." Bessborough parent
"A wonderful, welcoming nursery with friendly staff. My daughter was extremely anxious to start nursery and settling in was an emotional challenge for us both. Our keyworker was extremely supportive and caring and now my daughter loves going to nursery!." Shaikha, parent at Bessborough
"I liked the feel of it and the outdoor space is great, and it is right outside Pimlico tube station." Bessborough parent
"We love the nursery and how caring the staff are." Bessborough parent
"All the staff are very friendly and attentive to the children. I'm really grateful as they understand that all children are different and need a different approach. The nursery is always clean and the standard of food is excellent." Emily, parent at Bessborough
"Absolutely fantastic staff...So caring and they keep you in the loop as parents. It is well managed and has good policies. The staff shared a great 'parenting' style - I looked to them for tips. And it has a lovely outdoor space." Bessborough parent
"Staff are very friendly and support parents and children, giving feedback at the end of the day and ideas on how to continue your child's development at home. They have great values, provide nutritious meals are are flexible to children's needs." Julie, parent at Bessborough
"Our son is always very happy to go to nursery and walks in with a smile. The carers make him feel at home, the environment (especially the large garden) is very welcoming and the lunches always get a thumbs up." Karin, parent at Bessborough
"Wonderful nursery: I would highly recommend it. Great staff, including a lovely on-site chef and supportive, available management. They also have a lovely outside space for the children to play and run, including a dedicated outside area for under 2s." Melanie, parent at Bessborough
" All staff are very friendly and attentive to the children. I am very thankful to them for what they do as all children are different and require a different approach. The nursery is always clean and the standard of food that they get is excellent." Emily, parent at Bessborough
"The staff are amazing, always smiley and friendly. I really like how well they communicate. My daughter doesn't like being away from me, but she runs into nursery every morning so excited to be there and learns new things every day ." Debbie, parent at Bessborough
"My 3 year old absolutely loves it, and all the staff there are great. I highly recommend it and fully trust them to look after her and help her grow in to a confident little lady." Grainne, parent at Bessborough
"Bessborough is a fantastic environment for children to grow and learn." Richard, parent at Bessborough
"Both myself and my child have had a fantastic time at the nursery." Bessborough parent
"Very friendly staff who truly enjoy working with children. The new cook is amazing and serves delicious meals which are also nutritious." Lola, parent at Bessborough
"My daughter is very happy to go to nursery every day. She is developing constantly and keeps surprising us with all the skills she learns from nursery. I find the staff very professional and feel involved in her care." Kersti, parent at Bessborough
We were most recently inspected by Ofsted in December 2013 and were rated as 'Outstanding'.
"Children's needs are outstandingly well met through highly effective partnerships between the nursery, parents, family support workers and other outside agencies."
"Children are very stimulated, constantly busy in active and meaningful play. They have a wealth of resources to use and excellent guidance and teaching from dedicated staff."
"A highly experienced staff team are headed by inspirational leaders who involve parents, children and other agencies in their continuous drive for improvement."