Nursery World Exchange

Nursery World Exchange is a series of events bringing together senior nursery group directors and leading early years resources and equipment suppliers for a day of networking in top hotels in tranquil surroundings.

The events involve nursery directors having a number of mini-meetings with early years suppliers at which they can discuss their settings’ requirements for equipment, resources and training, and build valuable contacts.

Included in the day is a the opportunity to join in with an expert panel debate. Our most recent event in Cambridgeshire featured a discussion with HR expert and Nursery World columnist Imogen Edmunds and guests on how to recruit and retain the best nursery staff during these challenging times.

These events are free to attend for nursery directors and include a sociable evening meal, a light-hearted quiz and complimentary overnight stay.

Join us for our next Nursery World Exchange, on 13 June, at the Mercure Kenwood Hall Hotel & Spa, Kenwood Rd, Nether Edge, Sheffield S7 1NQ

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Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Future Exchange events include:

13 June – Sheffield
19 September – Cheltenham
14 November – Southampton


Our previous Exchange events

There have been 17 Nursery World Exchange events to date.

These have included the June 2023 Exchange at The Hilton at DoubleTree at Cheltenham.

The Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate (pictured below) on 22 June, gave nurseries and suppliers the chance to meet each other, take part in a fun quiz, and enjoy dinner and drinks. The keynote speech was given by Aaron Bradbury, Principal Lecturer for Early Years and Childhood at Nottingham Trent University, based on his book co-edited with Ruth Swailes, Early Childhood Theories Today.

Previous Exchange events have also included the 6th Nursery World Exchange at DoubleTree Hilton Sheffield on 9 June 2022. It was great for early years suppliers and providers to meet in the North and have lots of valuable conversations. Pennie Akehurst's keynote speech looked at Ofsted trends. Nursery World Editor Karen Faux chaired a lively quiz, which was followed by a very sociable dinner and drinks.

Our 5th Nursery World Exchange at the DoubleTree by Hilton Cheltenham on 24 March was a busy, bustling and brilliant event, with a series of really productive meetings, a light-hearted quiz, music from Boogie Mites and NW's Liz Roberts, and a great evening socialising over dinner and drinks. Cheryl Hadland gave a vital keynote on sustainable development.

Suppliers who attended:

  • Apetito
  • Boogie Mites
  • Christie & Co
  • Community Playthings
  • Connect Software
  • Funding Loop
  • Hazlewoods
  • Hope Education
  • ILT Education (Polylino)
  • Nursery Story
  • Nurturing Childhoods
  • OakNorth
  • Sendtac
  • The Professional Nursery Kitchen
  • TTS Group
  • WMC Training

Providers who attended:

  • Ace Centre Nursery School
  • Acorn Early Years
  • Beatle Woods
  • Beech Tree Childcare
  • Blossom Childcare
  • Bolton Nursery School
  • Broadhurst School
  • Broadstone Christian Nursery
  • Giant Steps
  • Golden Valley House Day Nurseries
  • London Early Years Foundation
  • The Old Station Nursery
  • The Owls Nursery
  • Rise Montessori Nursery
  • Snapdragons Nursery
  • Spotted Dog/Stripy Horse
  • Tops Day Nurseries
  • Wonderland Nursery

Nursery World Exchange Hemel Hempstead

The 4th Nursery World Exchange took place on 4 November at Shendish Manor Hotel in Hemel Hempstead. Suppliers and nursery providers were delighted to be back face to face after the pandemic restrictions, and meetings were lively and rewarding.

Early years physical development and movement specialist Dr Lala Manners gave a keynote speech on 'Move or lose: physical development in the early years'.

Suppliers who attended:

  • Nexus
  • TTS
  • Community Playthings
  • Appetito
  • Professional Nursery Kitchen
  • Boogie mites
  • Soundbops
  • Connect Childcare
  • Famly
  • Nursery Story
  • Ilt Education (Polylino)
  • McQueens Dairies

Early years providers who attended:

  • Kido
  • Bright Horizons
  • LEYF
  • The Old Station Nursery
  • Tops
  • Treehouse
  • Early Years Alliance
  • Kids Around the Clock
  • First Steps Pre-School
  • Grasshoppers
  • Smart Start Childcare
  • BAPN


Nursery World Exchange Oxford

Our first event took place on 4-5 June 2019 at the Hilton Doubletree – Oxford Belfry Hotel and was greatly enjoyed by the participants. Our keynote speech on Ofsted’s new Education Inspection Framework was given by renowned early years consultant Jan Dubiel.

Suppliers who attended included:

  • Community Playthings
  • Early Excellence
  • The Consortium Group
  • Hope Education
  • The Tax Guys
  • Smartables
  • Datasharp
  • Millhouse Design
  • WMC Training
  • Clickety Books
  • Blossom Educational
  • The Professional Nursery Kitchen

Nursery providers:

  • Hadland Care Group (Tops)
  • Kiddy Care Nurseries
  • Paint Pots Nurseries
  • Toad Hall
  • Snapdragons
  • The Old Station Nursery
  • Cresswell Nurseries
  • Shooting Stars
  • Little Oaks
  • Bright Little Stars
  • British Association of Professional Nannies

Nursery World Exchange Manchester

Our second event was in Manchester on 17th October 2019 at the Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club, in Greater Manchester. Keynote speaker was Helen Moylett, popular author, consultant and trainer.


  • Early Excellence 
  • Christie & Co 
  • Famly 
  • Clickety Books
  • Mcqueens Dairies 
  • Barnardo’s 
  • Nexus Education
  • Community Playthings
  • WMC Training

Nursery providers: 

  • Safari Kid 
  • Tommies Day Nurseries 
  • The Old Station Nursery 
  • KidsAllowed 
  • Shooting stars
  • KidzRus Nurseries
  • Kids Play Care
  • Cheshire Day Nurseries
  • Serendipity Pre School
  • Explorers Colliers Row
  • Kids Planet Day Nurseries
  • ButterCups Nurseries
  • Little Bears Day Nurseries
  • Harley Street Nurseries 

If you or a senior member of your nursery team responsible for purchasing decisions would like to be our guest at a future event, please email 

If you are interested in attending as a supplier, please contact or phone 020 7501 6729

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

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