Marks Gate Nursery and Pre‑School

Ages taken: Birth to 5 years

Spring Open Days 

Wednesday 24th April

Spaces available for under 2-year-olds

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Rated Good by Ofsted, Marks Gate Nursery and Pre-School provides Early Years education and childcare to children from birth to 5 years old.

You can find us in Marks Gate, close to Chadwell Heath station. We’re a light, spacious nursery, with separate rooms and gardens for different age groups.

Our long-standing staff believe the key to learning is variety and every day is different! The children enjoy dialogic reading, woodwork, cooking, yoga, spotting wildlife at the local farm and climbing trees at Hainault Park. Families join in with tea parties and world cuisine tasting days. We also have a food bank for those in need of additional support.

A range of nutritious snacks is prepared on-site every day.

Meet the manager

Gemma, nursery manager

Meet the manager

Hello, my name is Gemma and I am the manager of Marks Gate Nursery & Pre-School. We are located within the children’s centre and next to the community centre, library and Marks Gate Infant and Primary schools. We have very close links to the professionals and services within these settings, to allow our families to access the fantastic support and services they provide.

At LEYF, all staff live our values.


We are curious, bold and adventurous. We push boundaries and test new ideas, always standing up for the rights of children.


We encourage continuous development for children and staff. We challenge each other to question and explore so we learn together.


We are warm, caring, loving and welcoming. We create safe and homely environments for each child.


We are imaginative and creative and learn through play.

My daughter's overall experience was wonderful. She enjoys her nursery time and goes to nursery happy. She had problems with speech and language which improved a lot. I am really thankful to staff for all the good things my child learned.

Parent at Marks Gate

Since my daughter started, she has come on in leaps and bounds; from a little girl that cried before I said goodbye, she has turned into a confident little girl that cannot wait to go and play.

Parent at Marks Gate
Children eating a meal in the nursery

Food and nutrition at LEYF

Healthy eating is important at LEYF. Our chefs, trained at our Early Years Chef Academy, understand children’s specific nutritional needs, and how to encourage children to be adventurous in their tastes. We cater for different dietary requirements and allergies.

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