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St Mary's Abingdon Day Nursery and Preschool

Day Nurseries
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30 Hours Funded Childcare
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In a Mumsnet survey of 131 users of Bright Horizons Nurseries: 82% would buy again and 85% would recommend

A place to grow

Our nursery setting, rated 'GOOD' by Ofsted is open Monday to Friday from 07:00 to 18:30, for children aged 3 months to 5 years. 

We offer a warm, welcoming environment supporting the transition from home to nursery and we provide excellent nutritionally-balanced menus using fresh ingredients prepared by our own chef.

An enriching Ready for School programme gives every child the opportunity to gain knowledge and confidence to thrive in school and beyond. 

Bright Horizons St Mary's Abingdon Gemma Hirons
Gemma Hirons
Nursery Manager


29 Oct 2021

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Food Hygiene Rating of 5

Supporting and Learning

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Bright Horizons Family App

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the NEW Bright Horizons Family App. The app will offer a variety of features that will give you the ability to get more information on your child's day than ever before, as well as being able to notify the nursery of any changes to your planned pick-up or absences, as well as booking extra sessions.

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Fees & Availability

Where possible we look to offer flexible booking patterns and a range of funding options, including the government's 30 hours funded childcare* provision. To request pricing and availability, please request a call back by clicking the button below.

*Terms and conditions apply to 30 hours funding. Click here for more information.

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Meet the Team

Bright Horizons St Mary's Abingdon Gemma Hirons

Gemma Hirons

Hello! I’m Gemma, the Nursery Manager.  I started my journey in childcare in 2009 as an unqualified member of the team after a change in career. I quickly gained my Level 3 Qualification and worked my way to become Nursery Manager in July 2019.   

I have a passion for childcare, and want to create a warm, welcoming and enabling environments for children to develop and thrive.  I enjoy Christmas, travelling and being adventurous.   Interesting Fact – I ran the London Marathon in 2018 and I have done 3 Skydives.   

Sian Howe

Hello! I’m Sian, the Deputy Manager.   I started my journey in childcare in October 2012 as a student and worked hard to gain my Level 3 Qualification. I have been Deputy Manager since October 2018 and I love working with children and watching them grow and develop throughout their nursery life.   

I really enjoy socialising with my friends and family and spending time with my daughter who is 3.   

 Interesting Fact: I was born on a leap year

Bright Horizons St Mary's Abingdon Richard

Richard Ambrosini

Candy Floss

Candy Floss

Hi, my name is Candy Floss, I joined Bright Horizons in March 2010 as the ‘Super Safety Hero’ to help nursery children stay safe and manage risks. My role as a Health and Safety Super Hero is unique to Bright Horizons and I’m in every nursery, 365 days a year.

Back in 2010, I saw a job advert for a Zebra Super Safety Hero – I was very excited, applied and was invited for an interview with several other zebras. We were interviewed by all the children who then voted on which of us would be their Super Safety Hero. It was hoof biting but I was thrilled when they told me I was the most voted for by the children who all loved me because of my cape and bag. My bag is very special, if something fits inside, it’s a choking hazard. You might be wondering how I got my name. The children in our nurseries chose five names and voted for their favourite. I love it as it’s unique, I mean have you ever heard of a zebra called Candy Floss? Exactly!

Why Bright Horizons

The Bright Horizons passion and enthusiasm for providing high-quality care isn’t just common knowledge within our own business – we’ve also gained some impressive accolades from external sources for excellence as both a childcare provider, and as an employer. We are the only childcare company to have been listed for the last 11 years as one of the country’s top 50 “Great Places to Work” by the Great Place to Work Institute.

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