NMT Nursery Agenda South

The 16th Nursery Agenda headed back to Sussex on 31 January 2017. This popular event uses a well-proven and much appreciated formula to offer nursery owners, managing directors and operations directors, as well as organisations providing products and services to the nursery sector, the opportunity to meet and decide whether they wish to do business together. The event also offered those attending the chance to update themselves on the key issues in the nursery sector and meet some of the leading personalities.

NMT Nursery Agenda South… another success!

This is one of a series of business speed dating events around the UK organised by Nursery Management Today Magazine, where suppliers meet nursery owners, managers and buyers to discuss business requirements and new products in 15 minute meetings. For nurseries it offers the chance to find out about new products and improve their spending power. For suppliers it offers 15 targeted meetings in a day. Exhausting but fun!

We finished off the day with a Hot Topics Session, where we invited questions from the group to discuss key issues in the sector at the moment.

Raffle Prizes

All the nurseries gathered for the prize draw of the raffle where three amazing products were up for grabs: The New Sand and Water Table from Community Playthings’ Outlast Range, a year’s  free subscription to eyMan, an innovative and integrated nursery management solution from eyLog and lastly £100 worth of Cosy vouchers from Cosy! The lucky nursery Yellow Dot Nursery won the Community Playthings prize, Paint Pots Nurseries won the subscription to eyMan and Cherry Childcare won the Cosy Vouchers! A huge thanks to Community Playthings, eyLog and Cosy for donating these fabulous prizes!


Thank you to our Sponsors of NMT Nursery Agenda South:

  • The Consortium Early Years – Main Sponsor
  • Christie & Co – Drinks Reception Sponsor
  • YPO – Event Dinner

Providers who attended were:

  • A Step Ahead Ltd
  • Action for Children
  • Bluebell Children’s Nursery
  • Bridge Lane Nurseries
  • Bright Horizons Family Solutions
  • Caring Kindergartens
  • Cherry Childcare Ltd
  • Complete Childcare
  • Crystal Childcare Ltd
  • Dizzy Ducks Day Nurseries
  • Each Peach Childcare
  • Eduko Education Limited
  • Happy Tree Ltd
  • Honeytree Day Nursery
  • Hungry Caterpillar Day Nurseries Ltd
  • Kiddi Caru Day Nurseries
  • Little Flowers Day Nursery
  • Mace Montessori School
  • Paint Pots Preschool & Nursery
  • Polly’s Day Nurseries
  • Rose House Montessori School and Pre-schools (Spectrum Montessori Ltd)
  • Sapphires Nursery School
  • Seymour House
  • Sunhill Daycare (Europe) Ltd
  • Tenderlinks Day Nursery
  • The Chase Nursery
  • Tops Day Nurseries
  • Treetops Nurseries Ltd
  • Tudor House Montessori Group
  • Yellow Dot Nursery
  • Zoom Nurseries Ltd

Suppliers who attended were:

  • Boogie Mites UK Ltd
  • Christie & Co
  • Community Playthings
  • Connect Childcare
  • Cosy
  • Creative Play UK Ltd
  • daynurseries.co.uk
  • dot2dot
  • Early Years Direct
  • ERIC, The Children’s Bowel & Bladder Charity
  • eyLog – The Early Years Log
  • Famly
  • FirstSteps Software
  • Hope Education
  • Hopscotch Early Years Consultancy
  • Lifetime Training
  • Millhouse Manufacturing & Design
  • Morleys (Bicester) Ltd
  • Morton Michel
  • Ontex Healthcare
  • Redwoods Dowling Kerr
  • Route2/Digital Nursery
  • Shout Aloud
  • The Consortium Early Years
  • The Learning Escape by TG Escapes Ltd
  • Timotay Playscapes
  • TTS Group Ltd
  • YPO

If you are a nursery owner / managing director / operations director and would like to attend this unique event in future, or, if you are a supplier and would like to book space or a sponsorship package, please contact Caroline Bowern, email: caroline@hawkerpublications.com



Last year…


Our sixth NMT Nursery Agenda South was a huge success with an ideal blend of work and play.

Talking business

Four years back, NMT Nursery Agenda was a handful of nurseries and a few suppliers willing to support us. In January, the Felbridge Hotel in lovely West Sussex was almost over-brimming with 32 nursery businesses and 26 or so suppliers covering everything from banking and insurance to IT systems and outdoor play design.
An amazing opportunity to wrap up your business needs in a day, but a day interspersed with good food, excellent networking opportunities – and a blessed relief from the pressures of work.


Back at head office, senior nursery management probably suspect they might be able to get a better deal from their suppliers, but don’t want to be pestered by phone calls. At Nursery Agenda we set up for our nurseries 15-minute speed-dating sessions with senior people – some directors or product designers – who really knew their stuff. Result!

Raffle Prizes

All the nurseries gathered for the prize draw of the raffle where two brand new amazing products were up for grabs: The Outlast Set from Community Playthings and secondly,an eyMan, a new innovative and integrated nursery management solution from eyLog. The lucky nursery Each Peach Childcare won the Outlast prize and then it was Sapphires Nursery who claimed the eyMan! A huge thanks to both Community Playthings and eyLog for donating these fabulous prizes!

Swapping ideas

And then, all those opportunities to chat, swap ideas, pick up tips over coffee and a croissant, while relaxing over lunch or later while treating our taste buds at the cheese-tasting that ran alongside the Drinks Reception.

The evening ended with a 3 course sit down meal which provided even more networking opportunities where we were entertained by Boogie Mites with their Sing for your Supper set!

Nursery Agenda South 2016 was a huge success once again and we are now looking forward to the Nursery Agenda North (26th April) and Nursery Agenda Midlands (7th July)! Want to come ? – get in touch with Caroline on caroline@hawkerpublications.com


Drinks Reception sponsor
The Nursery Agenda South Drinks Reception
was sponsored by Christie + Co
Cheese tasting sponsor
The popular Cheese Tasting
was sponsored by Educational Play
Dinner sponsor
The Nursery Agenda South Dinner
was sponsored by spark


Nursery groups who attended
last year were…

  • Toad Hall
  • Paintpots Nurseries
  • Yellow Dot Nurseries
  • Rose House Montessori
  • Cherry Childcare Limited
  • Treetops
  • Childbase
  • Bells Day Nursery
  • The Co-Operative Childcare
  • Seymour House
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • Each Peach
  • Dizzy Ducks
  • Bluebell Children’s Nurseries
  • Snapdragons
  • The Chase Nurseries
  • Sapphire’s Nursery School
  • Tops Day Nurseries (Hadland Care Group)
  • A Step Ahead
  • Fennies
  • Zoom Nurseries
  • Good Manors Day Nurseries Ltd
  • Crystal Childcare Ltd
  • Kid Ease
  • Kiddi Caru
  • Honeytree Nurseries
  • Complete Childcare
  • LEYF
  • Fleet Day Nursery
  • Noah’s Ark Nursery
  • Little Unicorn Nurseries
  • Bright Horizons
  • Hungry Caterpillars
  • Naturally Learning Childcare

Suppliers who attended were…

  • Wesco
  • The Consortium Early Years
  • Findel/Hope Education
  • Morton Michel
  • Shout Aloud
  • Gompels
  • Early Years Direct
  • The Service Directory
  • Community Playthings
  • Eylog
  • Daynurseries.co.uk
  • Christie + Co
  • Digital Nursery
  • Timotay
  • Dot2Dot
  • TTS Group
  • Hawk Training
  • First Steps
  • Regency Purchasing
  • Redwood Dowling Kerr
  • Lifetime Training
  • TG Escapes
  • Millhouse
  • Boogie Mites
  • Playforce
  • Connect Group