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Children in art class at pre-schoolNursery places are in high demand. For young babies it is worth registering at birth whereas for pre-school places for those aged two and up, registering six to nine months before you want a space should be sufficient. There is a fabulous range of options from forest or beach school focused outdoor education settings to those catering for the tiniest of babies. Our article on choosing a nursery provides insights on the differences between types of setting as well as advice on what to look for and questions to ask.

There are several highly praised chains that run across Cornwall including: Naturally Learning, Happy Days, Bright Eyes, Flying Start, Early Years Alliance and Daisy Fays so looking at their regional locations is a good place to start. Many of the local primaries run on-site pre-schools and there are a handful of excellent independent offerings.

Nurseries in Penzance

Squirrel the Fox is arguably the most popular independent choice, followed by Bolitho Nursery. Two of the best pre-school offerings are Trythall Pre-School and The Woodland Nursery at Alverton School.

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Nurseries in Truro & Falmouth

Truro School Nursery forms an integral part of the fabulous Truro School Prep and offers a gentle start to learning throughout its provision. Naturally Learning runs the highly popular Truro Forest School. We hear great things about independents, Truro Nursery School and Little Minnows.

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Nurseries in North Cornwall

Two popular independents are Hawksfield Nursery in Wadebridge or Early Birds in Bude.

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Nurseries in St Austell & South East Cornwall

Nurtured Nursery in Lostwithiel and Minibugs Nursery in St Austell are popular local options along with Bishop Cornish Preschool in Saltash and Sandy Hill Academy Nursery in St Austell.

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