Friary Preschool Maldon

Playdoh area

About Us

The pre-school is run by fully qualified staff and provides care for children aged 2-5. The maximum number of children at any session is 15 with a minimum of 3 members of staff. The small number in our group enables us to build close relationships with the children and their families.

We have a large enclosed garden which the children access daily.

We use an online record keeping system called ‘Tapestry’, which gives parents/carers instant access to their child’s learning journey and the opportunity to add observations from home. It is also a great tool for parents to keep in contact with their child’s keyperson.

Rated Good by Ofsted 

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We are also one of the only settings in Essex to achieve a Good beginnings Early years gold award as an Autism Friendly Setting.

Visit from: Dr Julie Chase, Senior Specialist Educational Psychologist in 2023

“ I really enjoyed visiting your pre-school. It felt like such a safe and nurturing place where children were really in a good place to explore and develop.  I was particularly impressed with staff skills with intensive interaction technique which I often recommend but rarely observe in practice.”

Our Team

We are a small dedicated team of experienced staff, who between us have over 100 years of childcare experience!!!

We work together to plan individually for the needs of each child in our care helping them towards achieving their full potential.

We are all trained in Paediatric first aid and have designated officers for Safeguarding and Special educational needs.

We build close relationships with our families, taking care to listen to what parents have to tell us about their children and work with them to plan for the needs of their child.

We pride ourselves on our inclusivity, doing our utmost to make everyone feel welcome and valued.

Important Information

Opening Times & Contact Details

Opening times: We are open Monday – Friday term time only

  • Mornings sessions        09.00 -12.00
  • Afternoon sessions       12.00 –15.00
  • All day session              09.00 –15.00

Address: Carmelite Way, Maldon, CM9 5FX


Phone: 03330132628

Session Fees

Prices per Child

  • 2-3 years – £5.50 per hour
  • 3-5 years – £5 per hour

We are registered with the local authority to offer free places to eligible two, three and four year olds. Registration for 2 year old funding can now be done by parents/carers online. Funded two year olds are entitled to 15 hours free childcare per week. This funding can only be used by one nominated setting and is not transferrale except in exceptional circumstances.

Parents do not have to register for three and four year old funding, it automatically starts from the term after the child’s third birthday and is also for 15 hours per week.  Parents/carers can choose to split this funding between two settings if they wish to.

Additional support with childcare costs via various schemes is now being offered by the government including an additional 15 hours per week for working parents. An explanation of all government childcare support can be found at


You guys have supported our son in every single way even when we had no idea how to support him, he’s learnt so much by being with you. Beyond that you have supported us as a family. Above and beyond doesn’t even get close to how I feel about what you do.



I live over 20 miles away and I will continue to send my children as long as practically possible. I cannot rate this nursery highly enough.



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