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 their social, communication and physical skills, learn 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 classrool-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 Pre-School

Our Typical Pres-School Day  (Term Time Only)

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

(Pre-School Children)


Pre-School Session Choices

Monday - Friday  Start Finish Number of Hours Fees

Breakfast Club

(incl. breakfast)

7 am 9 am 2 £10
Morning  9 am 12 pm 3 £10
Lunch Club 12 pm 1 pm** or *** 1 £5*
Afternoon 12 pm 3 pm** 3 £10*
Both Sessions 9 am

3 pm ** or ***

6 £20*

After School Club

(incl. snack)

3 pm 5 pm 2 £10
All Day 7 am 7 pm 12 £48

Additional hour/s available at £6.50 ph


* Lunches to be provided by the parent/carer


The Pre-school offers 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.

discovery nursery

Our Typical nursery Day

7:00 Open
Free Play Fun Learning Activties
8:15 Nappy Change & Toilet Time
  0-23 months 24 months+
9:00 Sleep/Relax Breaks As per typical pre-school day

Free Play/Guided Fun Learning

Activities (inside & outside)

10:00 Nappy Change & Toilet Time
Morning Snack Time

Free Play/Guided Fun Learning

Activities (inside & outside)

11:00 Sleep/Relax Breaks or

Free Play/Guided Fun Learning

Activities (inside & outside)

11:45 Nappy Change & Toilet Time
12:00 Lunch Time

Free Play/Guided Fun Learning

Activities (inside & outside)
13:00 Morning Session Home Time
Sleep/Relax Breaks

Free Play/Guided Fun Learning

Activities (inside & outside)
13:45 Nappy Change & Toilet Time
14:00 Afternoon Snack Time

Free Play/Guided Fun Learning

Activities (inside & outside)
15:00 Sleep/Relax Breaks

Free Play/Guided Fun Learning Activities (inside & outside)

15:45 Nappy Change & Toilet Time
16:00 Tea Time

Free Play/Guided Fun Learning Activities (inside & outside)

17:45 Nappy Change & Toilet Time
18:00 Afternoon Session Home Time
Free Play/Guided Fun Learning Activities (inside & outside)
Nappy Change & Toilet Time
19:00 Late Session Home Time

nursery Session Choices

Mon - Fri

Hours Fees
0-23 mths 2-5 yrs
All Day (Daily)

7am - 7pm

(Incl. all meals)

12 £49.50 £48
All Day (Weekly) 60 £225 £220
Morning Session

8am - 1pm

* & ***

5 £25 £23
Afternoon Session

1pm - 6pm


5 £25 £23

Additional Hourly Rate

3pm - 7pm

1 £6.50

Meal Choices

(Breakfast/Hot Dinner/Cold Tea)

 Breakfast (B) 50p

Hot Dinner (D) £2.50

Cold Tea (T) £1.50

*     Breakfast optional

**   Lunch to be provided by the parent/carer (hot meals available on request)

***   Hot meal optional

**** Cold tea optional

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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