Ivy Cottage, Shipley Bridge

We are a 72 place Nursery located between Crawley and Horley and is ideally situated for parents whose daily commute is to London, Reigate, Redhill and of course surrounding areas.
We are split into 3 groups – babies (0 to 18mths), Toddlers (18 months to 3 years) and Pre-school (3 to 5 years).
The nursery benefits from a wonderful outdoor space allowing the children the freedom to explore their natural environment as well as exciting and challenging opportunities provided within the Nursery.
Extracurricular activities are provided for all children, we currently have weekly football and sing and sign classes and are soon to introduce cookery classes and baby yoga. We have an onsite Forest School provision for the children to engage in our Forest School Programme.

Our Management Team

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Jodie Day, Manager

Jodie has been part of the Cranbrook Nurseries team since starting her career in 2009 and at Acorn Cottage since 2017. She is a trained professional with qualifications in childcare, autism awareness and special educational needs for which she has a specialist interest.

Jodie believes in tailoring resources to provide each child with the best start for their next stage of education, fostering imagination, emotional skills and a sense of curiosity. She enjoys her hands-on role with the children and in supporting and mentoring the nursery team. 

Deputy Manager

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.”