Playhouse Nursery and Pre‑School

Ages taken: Birth to 5 years

Spaces available for under 2-year-olds

‘Children are happy, engaged and show that they feel safe and secure. Children become independent learners, developing skills for life.’ Ofsted

Rated Good by Ofsted, Playhouse Nursery and Pre-School provides Early Years education and childcare to children from birth to 5 years old. You can find us in Fordham Park, close to New Cross and New Cross Gate stations. We’re a spacious, modern nursery, with separate rooms and gardens for different age groups.

Children can try many different activities from science experiments to traditional cooking, world music, yoga, construction, sensory play and much more! Families can join in the fun with regular workshops.

We work with the charity Box Project on our sustainability through reuse, upcycling and recycling. We also offer Musical Futures – a project brought together by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

Our in-house chef prepares tasty, balanced meals using recipes from LEYF’s menu

Explore our shorter days offer

We also offer parents at this nursery the option of choosing shorter days for your child – 8am until 4pm. This will save you 20% on standard full-day nursery fees. Just get in touch with us at

Meet the manager

Bobbi, nursery manager

Meet the manager

I have worked in childcare since 2017 and absolutely love watching children learn and progress throughout the early years. I have worked my way up from Apprentice to now Manager having completed my Foundation Degree with LEYF. This has given me the confidence to achieve the best outcomes for the children in my nursery. I really enjoy story time and like bringing them to life. I also enjoy supporting children to tell their own stories and be confident individuals.

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.

Everyone is so welcoming and warm that we couldn’t have wished for our boys to have a better start in life.

Alison and Simon, parents at Playhouse

My son, Ezekiel, is a very happy child. Since he started the nursery, he has grown so much in his abilities to express himself. I am so proud of him and I am so thankful to the wonderful team who make this happen every day.

Parent at Playhouse
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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