Clover Court, Maidenbower

We are an 84 place day nursery for 0 to 5 year olds situated in the centre of Maidenbower on the outskirts of Crawley with easy access for the Maidenbower community.
We have three rooms; Babies, Toddlers and Preschool. The transition from room to room is based on their age but also an individual child’s holistic development and readiness. The babies room is for the 0 to 18 month olds and it is dependent on the child as an individual when they feel comfortable to move on to the next room. The toddlers room is for our 18 months to 3 year old children, and then Preschool is for our three year olds until they start school.
Outside the children get involved in lots of activities and we have a sand and mud pit, garden and safety surface area.

Our Management Team

Louise Horsfield-Novelli, Manager 


I have worked in childcare for over 15 years and have worked in nursery management since 2014 in large nursery settings. My passion in childcare stems from making an impact on children and staff. I have strong belief that each child deserves the best start in life and as educators we are here to tailor our interactions and the environment to allow every child to meet their full potential.

I achieve this through upskilling our staff team and igniting their passion and purpose for the job we do on a daily basis. Being an early years educator is no easy job and I aim to create a space where staff feel valued and can focus on their own professional development to give each child the best learning environment and interactions.

As a mum of two, I like to actively promote parent partnerships as I recognise the value it brings to any early years setting and a child’s nursery journey.

Deputy Manager

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Natalie Chrystie, Operations Manager

As the Operations Manager for Childcare And Learning Group, Natalie has responsibility for supporting and developing the nurseries and pre-schools within the group, including Castle Nursery in Shamley Green.

Natalie is a qualified childcare specialist with over 40 years experience working in the childcare industry including many years running individual nurseries for the group. Leading a senior team of three regional managers and a special projects manager, she ensures that nurseries have the facilities, support and training required to meet the group’s own high standards for best practice in childcare.

“We know that Cranbrook is only as good as the relationship between our staff and our customers (the big ones and the little ones!) and we plan to continue listening and responding to parents’ needs, quickly and effectively.”