“ Every child deserves the best possible start in life, with support to fulfil their potential ”

Buttercup Barn Nursery

We are situated on the outskirts of the village of Balcombe in West Sussex. Its two converted barns compliment the countryside setting in which it stands; boasting picturesque views across working farmland.

The larger of the two barns provides a large, fully equipped learning environment for our pre-schoolers, who are aged between 2 ¼ and 5 years. Whilst the smaller barn provides three separate, inter-connected learning environments for our toddlers aged between 1 ¼ and 2 ¼ years, and a bright, open learning space for our babies, who flourish in a nurturing, home from home environment.

Both barns open out onto our outdoor learning environments, giving a courtyard feel and are equipped with a large sandpit, climbing apparatus and digging area. The recent acquisition of a wooded area, along with a gated pond area, will provide our children with the opportunity to widen their experiences and knowledge of nature first hand.

Buttercup Barn

Haywards Heath Road
Balcombe
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH17 6NL

Tel: 01444 811202
Email: buttercup@cranbrooknursery.co.uk

Nursery Manager: Petra Hallam
Hours Open: Mon to Fri 8am until 6pm
Age range: 0 to 5 years

Staff

  • Louise Ashbee
      Louise AshbeeRegional Manager
    I began my career with Cranbrook Nursery & Preschool at Buttercup Barn in May 2000 as a Nursery Practitioner. I then moved to Ivy Cottage as a Deputy Manager and in 2002 I became the Manager. I moved over to Clover Court Nursery in 2010 and at the start of 2018 extended to London’s Working Mums’ East Sheen nursery where I supported during transition between managers. In August 2018, I was appointed Regional Manager for Childcare & Learning Group. My childcare journey began when I was 13 years old, having done a work experience in a Nursery. From that point I knew I wanted this to be my career and to make a difference in the start of a child’s life. I have a BA Hons in Childcare and Education. For the Cranbrook group of nurseries, I am the Regional Manager directly responsible for our Acorn Cottage and Buttercup Barn Settings.
    • Petra
        PetraButtercup Barn - Manager
      I began my career in childcare as a registered Childminder in April 2001. I completed NVQ Early Years Care and Education Level 3 in 2007, whilst working as a Nursery Assistant in a pre-school setting. I then became a Lead Practitioner at a Montessori Nursery where I completed the Foundation Degree in Early Years Care and Education in July 2011. I Joined Clover Court Nursery as a Deputy Manager in August 2011, and then was promoted to Nursery Manager at Buttercup Barn Nursery in February 2012.
      • Alice
          AliceDeputy Manager

        I started working at Buttercup Barn in April 2014 as a Nursery Assistant. In August 2015, I completed my Level 3 whilst working in the baby room. I then took on the role of Team Leader before becoming Deputy Manager in February 2017. I currently oversee both the baby and toddler rooms and especially enjoy taking the children outdoors to explore the garden.

        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.