30 Hours Free Funded Places Available

Full details on how to apply can be found on the Fees & Funding page.

Our Sessions



Discovery Nursery & Pre-School follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and provides an environment and activities to develop children of 2 years+ with social, communication and physical skills, learning through exploration, discovery and problem solving, and we introduce them to early literacy and numeracy skills. 

Our dedicated team organise a number of special events throughout the year including Outings, Open Days, Charity Events and various visitor appreances including Story Tellers, EY Sports Coaches, monthly Fun Day with Mark from Just4Fun Entertainment and a whole lot more!


Resources and activities are constantly updated to keep abreast of current teaching and learning practices.


We provide lots of exciting indoor & outdoor activities for your child to explore as they learn through their play.  These may include:

  • Play dough
  • Water & sand play
  • Messy play arts and crafts (with free choice resource trolley)
  • Home corner
  • Amazing Maths (colourful learning toys/boards to count, match, sort and discover & shape, colour and size)
  • Story time
  • Our little world (e.g. tractors, cars, animals, figures etc)
  • Dressing up and role play
  • Mini construction (e.g. wooden blocks, Duplo, Mobilo)
  • Music box
  • Physical play (e.g. balls, hoops, ride-ons, slides, soft play gym trail & shapes)
  • Mud kitchen
  • Phonics
  • Vegetable and flower gardens


For our older children we work on school readiness which helps prepare the children for Primary School by introducing them to a classroom-like structure and routine, nurturing them towards investigating advanced skills and concepts. The emphasis remains as always on learning through play, each child wll be supported and learning extended through each carefully planned activity to reach their full developmental goal. 

discovery Nursery & Pre-School

Our Typical Day

9.00 Arrive 12.00
9.10 Warm-up Exercises 12.10
9.15 Registration 12.15



Free Play Activities/

Structured Fun Learning/Lunch

(inside or outside)




Snack Time




Free Play Activities/

Structured Fun Learning

(inside or outside)



11.45 Reflection & Song Time 14.45

Home Time


Nursery & Pre-School Session Choices

Monday - Friday  Start Finish Number of Hours Fees
2 Yr Olds  3+ Yrs
Breakfast Club** 8:30 am 9 am 1/2 £3.25
Morning  9 am 12 pm 3 £15 £12
Lunch Club 12 pm 1 pm 1 £6.50*
Afternoon 12 pm 3 pm 3 £15* £12*
After School Club** 3 pm 4 pm 1 £6.50


* Lunches to be provided by the parent/carer

** Subject to availability

We offer a lunch club everyday, children bring along a packed lunch from home and join their friends in this social activity, sitting and eating appropriately all together so that they get used to having this type of facility before they move on to school.

Breakfast & After school clubs

Breakfast and After School Clubs are available for children attending on a full or part time basis. 


In the morning your children will have breakfast in the Jungle Diner and will join their friends for the start of the day in the main classroom. At the end of the nursery & pre-school day children will go to the Jungle Diner to enjoy a healthy snack and a drink.


There is also the opportunity to choose from a range of fun and creative activities inside and outside. We appreciate that some children may be tired at the at the end of the nursery & pre-school day and so we will provide opportunity for rest, relaxation and quiet activities both in and outdoors


Our School Uniform

You will receive 1 complimentary polo shirts as part of your registration with Discovery Nursery & Pre-School.


Typical School Uniform (named)

  • Discovery Polo Shirt
  • Comfortable Trousers/Leggings/Skirt
  • Comfortable soft shoes/trainers


We're here for you:

Tel: 01268 511000

You can use our contact form below to register your interest with us.




Discovery Nursery/Pre-School Canvey Is

27 Vikings Way

Canvey Island



30 hours funding - we are pleased to offer 30 hours funded places to eligible children. More details can be found on our fees & funding page.

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