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Le Ballon Rouge Montessori Day Nursery is privately owned. Located in Southend-On-Sea, it offers all-day and sessional care. Our nursery is open to children from 18 months to 5 years during term time and 2-8 years throughout the school holidays.


Le Ballon Rouge Montessori Day Nursery was founded in 1996 in Thorpe Bay by a qualified Montessori teacher. Two years later the group purchased large premises at Crossfield Road, Southend-On-Sea, first occupying the ground floor before expanding to the first floor in May 2000.

After completing her formal education, the French proprietor came over to england to perfect her English. In the 1970’s she worked in London as a PA in banking and advertising.

Following in her daughter entering a local Montessori pre-prep school, she became interested in the Montessori Method of teaching. Qualifying as a Montessori Directress in 1989, she taught at two local, private schools until the opportunity arose for her to open her own Montessori nursery.

Le Ballon Rouge Montessori Day Nursery’s teaching approach is influenced by the Montessori Method. Children build their knowledge and understanding of the world around them through their senses. With Montessori, the training of senses is done methodically. 

The prepared environment is designed to provide purposeful activities adapted to each stage of children’s development. The method encourages observation, independence, concentration and responsibility.

We Are Ofsted Outstanding

At every inspection we have achieved Ofsted outstanding
  • Outstanding OFSTED Inspection reports
  • Secure & safe premises with CCTV and camera entry system.
  • Long-serving, experienced, dedicated and enthusiastic staff
  • Qualifications ranging from NVQ 2 and 3 in Children's Care Learning and Development, Diploma in Pre-School Practice Level 4
  • Montessori International Diploma Level 4 to NVQ level 5 Health & Social Care
  • Exciting and challenging educational programme
  • One-to-one sessions for all children
  • Weekly sessions by qualified teachers in music, dance and yoga with Tatty Bumpkins and Razzamtaz
  • French taught through songs, games and props by a French national
  • Extensive facilities, educational resources and play materials
  • School holiday club for 8 year olds and under
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Covid-19 Outbreak


Pre-schoolers and SEN children will be invited to re-join first and this will be done in staggered intakes 

over several days during the first/second weeks of June.

Our aim is to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing and we will inform you of the steps we

have taken to make our re-opening safe for your children.

Please keep an eye on your incoming e-mails, our Facebook page and also consult our website regularly for updates.

Keep safe & well.     

Should you require emergency childcare due to being keyperson/your child is vulnerable please contact

Southend Council elainehammans@southend.gov.uk