Shoebury nursery children playing at table

Welcome to Shoebury Nursery

Shoebury Nursery is an Early Years Alliance childcare service in Southend-on-Sea Essex. 

We offer 84 Ofsted-registered places and are assessed as 'GOOD' by Ofsted. Our last inspection took place in August 2017.

Our committed, friendly and well-qualified nursery team provides high quality care and learning opportunities for children aged between 6 weeks and 5 years. 

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with a focus on learning through play and actively encourage parents to become involved in the life of the nursery. 

Read our Ofsted Report

Opening times

We are open from 8.00am-6.00pm Monday to Friday, 51 weeks of the year, excluding bank holidays and three staff training days and we close for 1 week over Christmas. We offer three sessions, 08:00-1300, 13:00-18:00 and full day 08.00-1800.

We are close to local bus and train stations (number 1 bus stops immediately outside the nursery). We have a car park to drop off and pick up.

Boy playing in garden

We offer 

  • Funded childcare for qualifying two year olds and all three and four year olds
  • Safe, friendly and fun place for you and your child
  • Learning through indoor and outdoor play activities
  • A well-qualified, kind and caring team
  • A dedicated person to give focused support to your child

Find out more

To arrange a visit please contact Tracey, Nursery Manager on 01702 291305 or email

Or if you have an enquiry you can also fill out our online enquiry form.


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About us

Girl picking tomatoes in the garden

Shoebury Nursery offers a stimulating approach to early years development and learning for very young children.

Within a safe, friendly and fun environment, children are supported by qualified, caring staff in developing a wide range of skills and interests.

The children enjoy learning through play experiences in bright indoor and outdoor play areas with exciting outings planned regularly.

We are managed by the Early Years Alliance, the largest voluntary sector provider of childcare in England with over 50 years experience delivering childcare and practical, professional support to early years practitioners.

Our nursery plans its activities in accordance with the EYFS with a strong focus on exploratory, imaginative play and healthy eating.

We recognise and understand the huge benefits that free flow play has on the positive development of very young children. 

Every child in our care is supported by a key person who understands their individual needs and offers special care and support to them. 

Rigorous health & safety and safeguarding policies and procedures are in place to ensure that every child is protected and feels safe and happy with us. 


Find out more

To arrange a visit please contact Tracey, Nursery Manager on 01702 291305 or email

Our Team

Children learning in the gardenOur well qualified, committed and experienced team work hard to create a caring and learning environment in the nursery.

We know that every child develops differently and at different times. 

Every child has a key person who understands how their individual needs and interests.

This helps us to ensure that every child feels involved, stimulated and happy in our care.

We follow rigorous staff recruitment, selection and supervision procedures to ensure that anyone joining our team undertake relevant security checks including Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure, references and qualification checks.

Parents are reassured knowing that child protection and safeguarding underpins every aspect of our practice and will continue to remain a priority for us.

Your child's 'key person'

Every child who joins the nursery receives support from an experienced member of the team. They are responsible for your child’s individual needs and known as the ‘key person’. 

The key person is your main point of contact however all nursery staff are happy to feedback on your child’s developmental progress on a daily basis or discuss any concerns with you.

They will also keep records of your child’s progress and achievement, which are always available for you to see and contribute towards.

Your child’s key person will make time to find out from you about your child’s interests, likes, dislikes and special requirements.

Please share any important or useful information when you register your child and throughout their time with us. This helps us to give your child the most appropriate care and learning to suit their developmental, emotional and physical needs. 

You can access and contribute your views to your child's progress and achievements in their records.

Find out more

To arrange a visit please contact Tracey, Nursery Manager on 01702 291305 or email


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Staff and children playing

Do you have childcare places available at the moment?

Yes we do! Simply contact us to discuss you and your child's needs.

Do you offer funded entitlement for three year olds?

Children are eligible for the funding in the term following their third birthday. The funding is available for 15 hours per week.  

Do you offer funded entitlement for two year olds?

If your child is two years old, your child may be eligible to attend the two year old funded childcare programme. The funding is available for 15 hours per week. Please ask us.

What sessions do you offer?




Do you provide hot meals?

Yes we provide a cooked lunch, in line with the Eat Better, Start Better Guidance.

Are you able to accommodate children with different dietery requirements?

Yes, we will adjust our menus to meet the needs of individual children.

What qualifications do your staff have?

Staff have qualifications ranging from Level 2 apprentice up to Level 6.

How many staff will be looking after my child? 

Depending on the age of the child:

0-2 yrs = 1:3 ratio

2-3yrs = 1:4 ratio

3-5yrs = 1:8 ratio

Your child will also have a key person who will offer support.

How quickly can my child start?

Normally within two to three weeks however as we know that every chlid is different, it may take less or longer, depending on the family needs. There is a reassuring settling-in period to make the process and experience as positive as possible for the parent and child.  

We offer 2 x 1 hour settle sessions initially with flexibility to offer more settle sessions if the child requires them.


Find out more

To arrange a visit please contact Tracey, Nursery Manager on 01702 291305 or email


Contact Us


Nursery Manager

Early Years Alliance

(formerly the Pre-school Learning Alliance)

Shoebury Nursery

Delaware Road




T:  01702 291305


Or if you have an enquiry you can also fill out our online enquiry form.

Early Years Alliance
Delaware Road
Southend-on Sea
United Kingdom
Tel: 01702 291305

5 February 2020

"Daisy started at Shoebury nursery in September 2019, and since then her confidence has not stopped growing, the staff and children at the nursery and had all been so warm and welcoming, as Daisy takes time to settle into new settings they done an amazing job at encouraging her and making her a more confident child. Daisy loves coming home and showing me all her art and craft work and talking about the different celebrations and world events that the nursery teach the children about, such as her Remembrance Day poppy wreath and playing with noddles and chopsticks for Chinese New Year, the range of imaginative and messy play ideas that the pre school room teachers plan and think of are amazing. watching Daisy build friendships and develop in all areas of learning at Shoebury Nursery is a joy. Thanks for all your hard work and support for Daisy, we will be sad to leave in September."

 31 January 2020

"Just a very quick note to let you know how  impressed I was with all the activities being organised in the 3+ room and how they have creatively used the boxes and jam jar tops we brought in. I was impressed they were learning about the human body, and the planned recycling work coming up. All very creative and imaginative which I’m sure the kids do love! I also heard about all the exercise classes which is great. Well done to Paulette, Aziza, Tara & team."

"My son has attended since he was 6 months old and he is now transiting into school for September. In our family’s opinion manager Tracey goes above and beyond in ensuring the children and parents are made welcome at the nursery. We receive regular updates and information is shared openly. If at any time we have had a concern or worry, Tracey has dealt with it efficiently. We want to express our thanks to Tracey and the team at the nursery for their outstanding work and dedication in ensuring our son’s journey through nursery has been smooth and a joyful experience.

"The nursery itself is inviting. Staff always appear happy and will always stop to say hello regardless of how busy they are. There are so many rooms at the nursery with so many toys which are always in good condition. The Pre-school room within the setting is excellent and the staff members in that room have supported my son in building his confidence and self-esteem. There is no question I don’t feel I can ask the staff and they have always worked WITH us. I cannot express our thanks enough to this setting."

Kimberley Stevens, Children And Families Worker