Little Learners Chelmsford

Little Learners Preschool is based inside ACL Chelmsford, on the Westlands estate, near to the city centre and can care for 15 children per session aged between 3 months and 5 years.

About us 

Our highly qualified, experienced and dedicated caring team work to generous staff ratios to really get to know the needs of each individual child.

Little Learners follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to support each child to make progress in their learning and development in partnership with their parents and close family, as well as to keep them safe and healthy.

We have a secure outdoor area, which children have access to throughout the day.

We use the secure online software package Tapestry to record and share children’s achievements and progress in their own leaning journal.  Parents can add their own observations from home and is great way of keeping in touch.

Opening Times

Term Time Only

  • 9.00am – 3.00pm Monday – Friday

Contact Us

  • Address: Little Learners, ACL Chelmsford, Beeches Close, Chelmsford, CM1 2SB
  • Email:
  • Phone: 03330 132423 or 07712 356412

News & Events

Sessions & Fees

Prices per Child

  • Children under 3 years – £5.00 per hour
  • Children 3 years and over – £4.50 per hour


We are registered with the local authority to offer free early education entitlement funding for two, three and four year olds, including the 30 hours of FEEE funding for working families.

More information around funding options can be found at

Our Team

We are a small, friendly and highly dedicated team, who have worked at Little Learners together for over 10 years and all have a wealth of childcare experience we have brought with us.  We are all highly qualified with qualifications ranging from a level 3 up to an Early Years qualified teacher and everything in between.


The team take part in regular statutory and non-statutory training to keep themselves updated and refreshed in all things early years including paediatric first aid, safeguarding, special education needs (SEND), health and safety and food hygiene.

Additional Funding Information

Are you Attending a Class at ACL ?

You can apply for help from the funds mentioned below if you are 19+ as at 31ST  August 2020.

  • Discretionary Learner Support Fund (DLSF)
  • Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund
  • Community Learning Bursary Fund


The funds can help you with the cost of Childcare

Financial assistance with childcare is available for the timetabled hours of your course.  To claim support, you must be using an Ofsted registered childcare provider and not be in receipt of Childcare support from any other Agency.


Payments for childcare will be based on your attendance and excludes childcare costs outside term time.  If you withdraw from the course or have payments stopped due to poor attendance, you will be responsible for the payment of outstanding fees to the childcare provider.


If your application is to cover costs for 3 children or more, this will be reviewed by the DLSF panel and support will be given where budget allows. Please note that Early Years Education Entitlement (EYEE) must be used before making a claim for assistance with childcare from ACL.


Childcare will not pay:

  • For Christmas, Easter and Summer holiday periods and periods of half term.
  • Deposits, retainers or to make advance payments.
  • If the learner changes the number of days or hours their child attends their childcare provider and fails to inform the College Childcare Administrator.
  • Food for your child.


ACL reserves the right to cap childcare fees if they are considered to be excessive. Funds are capped and allocated at the discretion of the ACL Support Fund administrators, in line with current policy.  The funds are limited, and applications received when the fund is low or exhausted may be refused childcare funding. ACL reserves the right to alter or amend the childcare funding policy at any time. Applications will be dealt with on a strict date received basis and dependent on all paperwork being fully completed with all the required accompanying documentation. Incomplete applications will be returned to learners.


Eligibility does not mean an entitlement and no guarantee can be given that funds will be available when you apply.  If there is a high demand on the funds, awards may be given at a reduced rate


For more information on Childcare support when attending class’s follow the link;

“Children develop skills that help prepare them for their next stage of learning…”

Children develop skills that help prepare them for their next stage of learning and in preparation for school, including social skills as they learn how to share and make special friendships.

Little Learners Chelmsford, Ofsted March 2019

“I knew this was the right nursery for my children. Small and personal. Friendly and creative…”

I knew this was the right nursery for my children. Small and personal. Friendly and creative. The staff are always welcoming. They have been amazing for my children, who are so happy. As a parent, you want to feel security and know that your children are happy. If I ever want advice, they help me and give the tools I need,

Little Learners Chelmsford, Kirsty (Parent)

“This is a fantastic setting and all the children attending it are very lucky….”

We cannot recommend the preschool enough. Our son was diagnosed as autistic when he was 3 and all the staff at little learners were extremely supportive during this process. Before and after his diagnosis they went above and beyond to help us get and provide the right support for him at the preschool. Without their incredible hard work with him he wouldn’t have achieved some of the amazing things he has or overcome so many challenges. This is a fantastic setting and all the children attending it are very lucky.

Little Learners Chelmsford, Charlotte (Parent)

Preschool & nursery enquiry form

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