Welcome to    Abacus

Childrens Nursery and Pre School Ilkley

Full day care from 3 months to 5 years
Tax free Childcare and Free Early Education for 2, 3 & 4 year olds 

Our nursery is open all year (50 weeks) and 38 weeks are available for grant funded children.

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We provide a “home from home” environment; where your children’s needs come first.

Abacus Nursery and Pre School provides the very highest standards of childcare and education for pre-school children. We offer full day care and pre school educational activities, for children from 3 months – 5 years. 

We provide a “home from home” environment; where your children’s needs come first throughout the day. We look after children in an environment which is designed and equipped for children to enable them to thrive.

We are registered for a total of 31 children. Our meals and snacks are all freshly prepared every day, using quality local produce. Special diets can be catered for. We understand that sleep is especially important for children as it directly impacts their mental and physical development, and so provide a calm quiet environment for children to rest through the day according to their specific needs. 

We are a hidden gem within a residential area, ten minutes walk from the station. We have fantastic outdoor learning experiences with four spacious differentiated play areas. This offers a powerful learning environment for all, because we know outdoor learning is as important as indoor learning and messy children are happy children.

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Our Aims at Abacus

We aim to develop warm, trusting relationships with all our children. We are aware that children will have their own individual routines with regards to sleeping, eating and drinking, as well as their interests and development. Therefore, our routines are flexible to ensure we are able to meet the needs of all our children. However, the overall structure and rhythm of the day remains the same, as we know this contributes to a secure environment and our children will know what to expect and therefore how to behave. Our high staff to child ratio ensures that every child receives the individual attention they deserve.

The Abacus Team: 

At Abacus we have a great established, experienced Early Years team who are passionate about providing high quality childcare for your children, to support and encourage them on their Learning Journeys. We have Early Years teachers, a childcare lecturer and an assessor on our staff. 

We want to share what a diverse and talented bunch we are at Abacus. 
Our team includes: 

Early Years, Primary Teaching, Modern Languages, Fine Art, Outdoor Learning, Dance and Drama and Business Studies qualifications. The majority of our staff are qualified in paediatric first aid.

Kate Crowder Pre School Leader Abacus Nursery Ilkley

Kath Crowder – Pre-school Leader

Kath has worked within Early Years for 40 years. She loves the curiosity and uniqueness of children, and is passionate about outdoor learning as it enables self-discovery at the children’s own pace ‘I feel very privileged to be part of the Abacus team because I have seen first-hand the dedication the staff give to their roles as caregivers and educators’.

Strengths and Characteristics: #getting muddy #have a go #fun #freedom #managed risks

Liz Jones - Manager

Offering many years of experience in early years, with a passion for helping children learn. Enjoys working in a team and offering excellent child care in fabulous surroundings.

Strengths and Characteristics: #a little hidden gem #happy children grow and learn

#become independent #underpinning outcomes #nurturing environment

Liz Jones Abacus Nursery Ilkley Manager
Peggy Whitty Deputy Manager Abacus Nursery Ilkley

Peggy Witty – Deputy Manager, SEND, Pre–school co-ordinator

Peggy has many years experience in Early Years. She has taught on the Early Years degree programmes at Leeds Trinity University and Craven College moulding young minds. Her passion is Early Years providing a nurturing varied safe and healthy environment which responds to children’s individual needs allowing them to explore learn and develop.

Strengths and Characteristics: #caring #fun #innovative #gentle #team player

Chris Butterworth Abacus Nursery

Chris Butterworth - Owner…..

Chris is an experienced Early Years practitioner who had a dream of a homely, nurturing, child centred, creative fun environment in which children could learn. To enable this Chris has handpicked  a strong staff team with many talents to enhance every child’s learning.

Strengths and Characteristics: #happy at work #proud of children #proud of staff #team #striving for the future #empowering #inclusive #empathic 

Rachel Eagle - Tots Leader

Rachel has worked with children for the last 12 years and enjoys the challenges of 2 year olds.

Strengths and Characteristics #smiley face always #bubbly #outdoors #fun #giving #learning through play #positive reinforcement

Rachel Eagle Tots Leader Abacus pre-school in Ilkley

Katie Anne Barnes

Katie-Anne has worked in early years for the past six years and loves learning about all the children and what makes them unique.
Strength and Characteristics.
#bubbly #happy #kind #messy play #nurturing #stimulating environment #positive

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Samantha Phillips 

Samantha has worked at Abacus since leaving school, she came as our apprentice. We are proud to say, she is now our Minis Room Leader. Strengths and Characteristics: #calm #fun #positive #enabling #can-do #makes each child feel special #outdoors in all weathers.

Testimonials....What our Parents say...

What can I say … the play was absolutely fantastic! We could all see how much work had gone in to the story, the set, and the costumes and not to mention the herding of children! Thank you for giving us such a lovely hour on a Tuesday afternoon

You have provided a little piece of heaven for S over the last 4 years, he has been nurtured and cherished and we cannot thank you enough!

I can vividly remember dropping C off for her first day with you.....and now here we are already at her last day, thank you for caring for her so well

P has loved her time at Abacus and we are so grateful to all the staff for their kindness, good humour and enthusiasm we will miss you all, thank you for all you have done for this family, you will always have a special place in our hearts

What Ofsted say...


Inspection date: 7 November 2018
Previous inspection date: 3 November 2015

To see a summary of our latest Full Ofsted Report (7th November 2018) please  click here

To see our latest Full Ofsted Report (7th November 2018) please  click here

*We are registered with Ofsted and comply with both the National Standards and The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.