• Education
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Creative Writing
  • Outdoor Play
  • Groups
  • Reading
  • Babes in The Woods
  • Relaxation Corner


Here at ‘Poppets’ we understand that your children are the most important people in your world. As parents ourselves we appreciate how crucial it is for you to have total peace of mind and to know that your child will be happy and well cared for when you can’t be there. At ‘Poppets’ the children will spend their days in a stimulating, safe, warm and caring environment allowing them to enjoy their time, thrive and progress.


Our ethos is to provide an extension to the children’s own home environment and to try and emulate some of the activities, play and fun that you would want to incorporate in your little one’s day. In other words: – ‘If you can’t be there, we can.’

In addition to this, we will provide the children with an innovative timetable and a dedicated team who will gently encourage their educational progress through every key stage of the early learning curriculum. During the time spent with us your children will develop all the skills they need to make a smooth transition to ‘Big School’.

Who we are

As a local couple we will be ‘hands on’ in our approach and commitment to the nursery school and we cherish the opportunity to care for our friends and neighbour’s children. We promise to always support you our parents in wanting the best for your youngsters, our staff in providing that care, and most importantly the development and happiness of our ‘Poppets’.

Come and meet our team to see what we mean.

Jude and David Bessell

  • Open Monday to Friday 7am – 7pm (excluding Bank Holidays) 52 weeks a year, caring for ages from 0 to 5 years.
  • Flexibility of childcare with full days, morning and afternoon sessions available or ‘school days’, with the understanding that your days need to be flexible too.
  • Top class toys, equipment and facilities to promote better learning experiences.
  • A secure environment to ensure quality of care and safety for your child.
  • Extensive outdoor facilities including a large garden and outdoor ‘classroom’.
  • A sensory room and library/story telling area for stimulating educational progress.
  • A fully functional on site professional kitchen and chef preparing home cooked and nutritious food. We cater for individual children’s specific needs, using locally sourced food and even vegetables grown in our own garden!
  • After school and holiday club, set in the grounds in our purpose built log cabin, every weekday throughout the year.
  • All forms of childcare funding accepted.
  • Breakfast club available to Chipping Ongar, High Ongar & D4r Walker’s pupils.

Poppets Day Nursery

“If you can’t be there, we can”