Day Nursery and Preschool in Honor Oak, Forest Hill

Housed in two spacious converted houses with a large garden and terrace, Little Cubs Academy Day Nursery and Preschool in Honor Oak, Forest Hill, is 2 minutes’ walk from Honor Oak station, and only a 5 minute drive from Forest Hill, Dulwich, Crofton Park and Brockley. Our Forest Hill nursery and preschool is open from 8am to 6pm, 51 weeks a year, for children from 3 months to 5 years of age. The setting has been designed with natural, sustainable, neutral materials and colours to create a calm, warm environment, and is regularly updated with new toys, equipment and educational resources.

The Forest Hill nursery and pre-school’s outside area features an organic fruit and vegetable growing area, a mud kitchen and a library where children can relax on a bean bag and enjoy their favourite book in a cosy environment. 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 like regular trips to green spaces and nearby woodland, cooking, yoga, coding, football, arts and crafts, drama, music, dance classes, sport and PE.

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What Makes us unique

  • The Forest Hill day nursery and preschool is open from 8am to 6pm
  • The founders have young children themselves
  • 2 minutes’ walk from Honor Oak Station & 5 minutes’ drive from Forest Hill, Dulwich, Crofton Park & Brockley
  • Our nurseries are guided by some of the best early years experts
  • Child-led learning where the children themselves drive what they learn
  • Indoor/outdoor Preschool
  • Parent learning events throughout the year, led by a GP, nutritionist, 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
  • Home-made smoothie menu
  • Yoga 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, arts and crafts, PE, music, drama, coding, and sign language
  • Organic fruit and vegetable growing area
  • Emphasis on school readiness in preschool
  • Forest School
  • Regular trips to green spaces, woodland, and places of interest for all age groups in the Forest Hill area
  • Nature, the outdoors and sustainability at the heart of everything we do
  • Health and wellbeing being integral to our ethos at our nursery in Forest Hill
Honor Oak Nursery and Pre-School Students and Staff

A fresh approach to early years education

At Little Cubs Academy nursery in Forest Hill we feel it’s important to sometimes look backwards, as always looking to innovate is not the sole route to success. We do believe in embracing traditional, early-years teaching methods from around the world. At our Forest Hill nursery in Honor Oak, as well as creating engaging environments, our methodologies also 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. We very much strive to be the best nursery in Forest Hill. Read more about our story here.

Honor Oak Nursery and Pre-School

Honor Oak, Forest Hill Nursery & Preschool Rooms

At Little Cubs Academy Honor Oak, Forest Hill, 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 and Lion Cubs

3 months to 2 years: A structured yet flexible routine, teachers focus on providing love, cuddles and sensory/tactile play. We help to build confidence by ensuring the children feel secure and cared for. We open up a world of discovery, and provide plenty of opportunities for messy and outdoor play, music and games.

Nursery and Pre-School Children in Nursery Bear Cubs Room

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. We promote every child’s uniqueness, and aid them in learning about themselves.

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, independence, and respect for others, so that children are armed with the skills and knowledge for their next step.

Meet The Team

Nicole Bowman is the Head Teacher at our Forest Hill nursery and preschool. Nicole is very much part of the local community, having lived in the area for many years. She is Level 3 qualified and is extremely passionate about working in Early Years. Building close relationships and partnerships with parents is very much at the heart of her values.

Alison Trotter is Deputy Head Teacher, and very much provides support throughout the nursery and preschool. Alison is Level 3 qualified, and also trained to be our children’s yoga teacher.

“I love coming into work each day knowing that we have an amazing staffing team and that we are all working together to positively impact the children’s lives”

Honor Oak Head Teacher

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If you are looking at nurseries in Forest Hill, contact us to find out why we are one of the best nurseries in Forest Hill, Honor Oak, Dulwich, Brockley and Crofton Park.

Little Cubs Academy Honor Oak, Forest Hill, Nursery & Preschool,

25-27 Boveney Road,
Forest Hill,
SE23 3NP

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Open 51 weeks per year

8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday

Excluding bank holidays, inset days & Christmas

(2 minutes’ walk from Honor Oak station, 5 minutes’ drive from Forest Hill, Dulwich, Crofton Park & Brockley)

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