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

Buttercup Barn Nursery, Haywards Heath

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.

Buttercup Barn

Haywards Heath Road
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


  • 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.

      • Jasmina
          JasminaRegional Manager
        I began my career in childcare in 1991 when I came to England from Serbia to be an au-pair. I thoroughly enjoyed working with children and decided to gain formal childcare qualifications and completed the NNEB Diploma in 1996. Since then I have worked in a variety of settings, mainly in supervisory/ managerial roles and these include crèches, holiday play schemes, day nurseries and children’s centres. I obtained my BA (Hons) Degree in Early Years and Leadership in 2014 and have since then progressed in my career working as a Senior Manager and Area/ Regional manager roles; supporting, advising and coaching managers. I joined Childcare & Learning Group as Regional Manager in August 2018 and am really looking forward to working alongside senior management, managers and their teams. For the Cranbrook group of nurseries, I am the Regional Manager directly responsible for our Clover Court and Ivy Cottage settings.

        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.