Play & Learn LTD

care and education for 2 to 5 years

At Play & Learn Nursery we welcome children aged between 2 and 5 years old. We are a nursery consisting of two free flow units; First Steppers for children aged between 2-3 years and the main nursery for children aged between 2-5 years. We will provide your children with a bright and stimulating open plan environment in which they will flourish. They will be nurtured and made to feel secure, which will in turn scaffold their confidence and enable them to build strong and positive relationships.

Play & Learn is a happy nursery

We offer:

Our facilities at Derby

  • Pleasant, modern single storey building
  • Large, airy open plan interior with direct access to our exterior space
  • Secure and attractive decked seating area for quiet outdoor activities and games
  • Garden with lawn, fruit trees, vegetable patch, digging space and wildlife area
  • Playground with climbing frames which are safely sited on a new colourful soft safety surface
  • A pre-school for over 3s which accepts the government’s Flexible Free Funding 
  • A little people department for active 2 & 3 year olds
  • A beautifully designed, purpose designed quiet unit with patio doors to its own decked area
  • Shaded areas for safe sun fun

Delicious and healthy snacks & meals

As part of our service we provide a snack twice daily which is made up of a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. We also have a hot meal at lunchtimes which is prepared daily by Food Safety & Hygiene qualified staff. In the early evening we also have a cold snack meal with a dessert. An example of our daily menu would be:

  • Breakfast - cereal & toast
  • Snack (am) - pineapple, apple and plums
  • Lunch - Spanish chicken and couscous with fruit kebabs
  • Snack (pm) - cucumber sticks, peppers and cherry tomatoes
  • Tea - Toasted crumpets and bananas

Meet our friendly and experienced team here in Derby

Toni Martinson – Nursery Manager

‘Hi I’m Toni.'
Lynsay Briggs – Deputy and Safe Guarding Ambassador

‘Hi I’m Lynsay.'


Yvonne Hodgetts – Director and Company Secretary

‘I have a background of 30 years working as a Key Stage 1 & 2 teacher in local authority primary schools and nurseries before opening and managing Carlton Road Derby. I now oversee the running of both Derby and Sutton Coldfield.'
Stan Hodgetts – Managing Director

‘My role is to maintain and improve the physical environment of both the Play & Learn nurseries.’

How to find us

We’re located in a quiet residential area within easy reach of major commuter routes such as Burton Road and Warwick Avenue. This means our customers have quick, easy access in and out of Derby as well as being close to routes linking with other areas across the city and the newly built hospital.
Address: 1 – 3 Carlton Road, Littleover, Derby, DE23 6HB
Telephone: 01332 204 484
Opening times: Monday to Friday 7.00am – 6.00pm
Closed Bank Holidays and over Christmas

Frequently asked questions

How do you prepare children for learning in the digital age?

Our children have access to interactive learning games and equipment appropriate to their age and understanding. We also have guidelines to keep our children safe on the internet.

To discuss the great choices available at Play & Learn in Derby, contact our team on 01332 204 484 or email
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