Greenwich Day Nursery and Pre-School

Located in a large purpose-built setting with outdoor deck accessed from all the rooms, Little Cubs Academy Greenwich is just a stone’s throw from Maze Hill station, and only 5 minutes’ walk from Greenwich Peninsula and The River Gardens. The nursery and pre-school is open from 7.30am to 6pm, 51 weeks a year for children from 3 months to 5 years of age. The setting became a Little Cubs Academy in 2019, and as well as purchasing brand new toys, equipment and educational resources, it was completely refurbished with natural, neutral materials and colours to create a calm, warm environment, a purpose built sensory room for the under 3’s, and amazing free-flow areas for all age groups .

The nursery and pre-school’s outside area features a planting and growing area, mud kitchen and sand boxes. We like to give our children the broadest range of experiences with the best quality providers, so alongside our programme of activities linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), we also offer a very diverse selection of all-inclusive activities such as forest school, cooking, yoga, sport, French, drama, music, dance classes, PE, and regular visits to local woodland, Greenwich Deer Park, and  Mudchute Farm, one of the biggest inner-city farms in Europe.

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What Makes Us Unique

  • Open 7.30am to 6pm
  • Created by parents with young children
  • A stone’s throw from Maze Hill station, & only 5 minutes’ walk from Greenwich Peninsula and The River Gardens
  • Guided by some of the best early years experts
  • Child-led learning where the children themselves drive what they learn
  • Parent learning events throughout the year, led by a GP, nutritionist, dentist, child psychologist and sleep trainer
  • Intergenerational learning where we partner with local elderly care homes
  • Highly qualified, passionate staff, run by our very experienced and inspirational head teacher
  • We work with leading nutritionists to create seasonal, balanced menus, serving freshly cooked food every day
  • Forest school taught by one of our in-house fully qualified teachers
  • Varied curriculum centred around the individual needs of each child – learning through play, cooking, dance, sport, art, French, yoga, PE, music and drama, and regular trips
  • Sensory room for under 3’s
  • Fruit and vegetable growing area
  • Emphasis on school readiness in pre-school
  • Nature, the outdoors and sustainability at the heart of everything we do
Greenwich Nursery and Pre-School

A fresh approach to early years education

At Little Cubs Academy we feel it’s important to sometimes look backwards and to not always view looking forwards, always innovating is not the sole route to success. As well as creating engaging environments that teach and promote:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development,
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

We fundamentally believe that traditional teaching methods paired with core values of love, care, compassion, honesty, equality, and nurture, should be at the heart of everything that we do.

Greenwich Nursery and Pre-School

Greenwich Rooms

Children are grouped into rooms according to their age, each with experienced staff and daily routines and activities designed around their needs and interests:

Nursery and Pre-School Children in Nursery Bear Cubs Room

Bear Cubs

3 to 15 months: Following a structured yet flexible routine, our staff focus on providing love, cuddles, and sensory/tactile play.

Nursery and Pre-School Children in Nursery Bear Cubs Room

Lion Cubs

15 months to 2 years: Helping to build confidence, make connections and develop new skills, we provide plenty of opportunities for messy and outdoor play.

Tiger Cubs Nursery Group

Tiger Cubs

2 to 3 years: Fresh air and outdoor play including gardening, ball games, and bikes/trikes are a focus, as well as helping to grow children’s developing senses and interaction skills.

Nursery and Pre-School Children in Nursery Pre-School Room


3 to 5 years: Supporting children’s learning in a planned, yet play-based environment, we help build confidence, self-assurance, and respect for others so that children are armed with the skills and knowledge for their next step.

Meet The Team

Greenwich Nursery Staff

The staffing team is led by Head Teacher Ela Tayfur, who has over 10 years of experience in the nursery sector. Ela has established amazing relationships with local parents and children, running nurseries and pre-schools throughout the community for much of her career.

Greenwich Nursery Staff

Emily Quee supports Ela as the Deputy Head Teacher, she is also the room leader in the Lion Cubs Room, and she oversees the pre-school. Emily is very passionate about nature, and is currently training to be a fully qualified forest school teacher.

“It is incredibly rewarding to see the children develop, grow in confidence, social skills and thrive right before our eyes, it really makes all our hard work truly worthwhile.”

Ela Tayfur – Greenwich Head Teacher

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Little Cubs Academy Greenwich

100 Old Woolwich Road,


SE10 9PN

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Open 51 weeks per year
7.30am – 6pm, Monday – Friday
Excluding bank holidays, inset days and Christmas

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