Nursery World’s study tours give a unique insight into the ways that young children are educated and cared for across the world.


Participants have privileged access to a range of settings, with the chance to talk to fellow practitioners and share ideas about practice and provision.
Professional visits are set in the cultural and social context of each destination, with visits to main sights and attractions also included.

How do they work?

The formula is simple but effective: a partnership between two organisations – one a leading authority on early years education and childcare, the other an expert in travel. Together they are offering a unique chance to experience early years abroad.

The experience

Nursery World wants to share the unbeatable experience of seeing early years services in situ with its readers. Imaginative Traveller is an independent company with over 25 years of experience arranging travel to most parts of the world. Their attention to detail, research and planning are essential for tours like these, along with experience of how to ensure everything operates seamlessly. Put these two areas of knowledge together and you have Nursery World Study Tours.

The objective of all our tours is to for you to see at first hand how early childhood services are provided in different countries, with the chance to discuss practice and policy with your counterparts in each country’s nurseries and schools. Visits to early years settings are the focal point for these journeys.

However, we aim to offer time for other activities – seeing the major cultural and historical sights, gaining a deeper understanding of your destination through some off-the beaten track experiences, or just chilling out.

A variety of destinations

We offer tours close to home, just a few hours flight from the UK, as well as trips further afield. Some visit several places en route; other tours see us based in one place. Recent trips have included China, India, Finland and Sweden, and Denmark and Norway.

Nursery World travel leader

The Nursery World travel leader is usually a member of the editorial team, who will travel with the group, leading the professional visits. Each tour is also accompanied by local guides, who ensure that the often complex tour arrangements run as planned, smoothing away any difficulties and ensuring you receive the holidays we have promised you.

Accommodation and tour group sizes

Groups are not large – usually between 6 and 15 participants. This allows you to make the most of professional visits and discussions with the managers and practitioners you meet. It means you will get to know your fellow early years professionals better too.

The single traveller will find our tours ideal. Whether travelling as a couple, with friends or travelling alone, accommodation is not a problem. If you book as an individual, we will room you in a twin room with a fellow traveller of the same sex. However, if you do require a single room, this will incur an additional cost.

Whilst you may be able to visit many of these destinations at a lower cost, we believe that our partnership’s early years expertise, access to pre-school provision and travel know-how make our trips unrivalled.

For information and reservations


Telephone: 01728 862 219




Early Years Education in Peru

27 May – 7 June