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

Lorraine Rhodes, Manager 

Lorraine is an experienced childcare professional who began her career with us in Cranbrook Court in 2010, gaining experience in all areas of the nursery while achieving  five vocational qualifications including leadership for the children and young people’s workforce. She has been managing Cranbrook Nursery at Clover court since 2018 and is highly knowledgeable about her team, the children in the nursery, their parents, and the wider local community.

Lorraine is enthusiastic about providing new and real life experiences for the children. She is a manager who likes to get her hands dirty, providing them with first hand learning experiences. She is also a spontaneous manager with the confidence to adapt the daily routine to the needs of the children, believing that children express themselves and build self-confidence in different ways. 

The ethos at Clover Court is to foster independence, confidence and happiness in children, enabling them to make decisions for themselves. She uses her management skills to train her team to meet this standard, providing resources to ensure they are providing a stimulating learning environment, while at the same time encouraging children to be in control of their day.

Laura Malthouse, Deputy Manager

Laura started her career at Clover Court in 2013 with a student placement and has been here ever since, training alongside an experienced team and qualifying as an early years educator in 2016, before becoming a deputy manager and gaining further qualifications teaching children with little speech and with English as a second language.

When choosing courses for college Laura was drawn to the concept of shaping little minds and still gains the greatest satisfaction from the faces of children when they grasp a new concept that the team have been teaching. She also enjoys parents’ reactions when informed of their child’s big milestones such as being independent in their self-care or of the friendships they have formed.

Laura strives to provide the best possible care for the children and is constantly researching new ideas to implement at Clover Court to encourage children to be independent, confident and happy at this nursery.

Carlene Facey – Regional manager

Carlene is a passionate early years advocate with childcare experience starting in 2003. She holds a masters degree in early education and an early years teacher status. She comes with a wealth of experience in supporting parents and carers through workshops as well as nurseries with compliance and helping them to maintain high quality care and education.

In the most recent years she has worked across several nurseries as an operations manager, inspector and independent consultant. Carlene hopes to achieve a doctorate in educational psychology in the near future

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.”