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Minibuses for Nurseries

If you are looking for a minibus for your nursery school or pre-school, then you are in the right place. Our experienced team at CVM Minibuses have been working with nursery schools and pre-schools for over 15 years to help them find the right minibus for their needs.

We know that most nursery schools will not have the luxury of having a transport manager or fleet department. Let our minibus experts work with you to ensure your new minibus comes in at budget with any conversions or sign writing required and offer expert advice on minibus regulations such as driving licence and permit requirements.

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We have a fantastic range of nursery minibuses to choose from:


(9 – 17 seat arrangements)

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(9, 12 and 17 seat arrangements)

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(9, 15 and 17 seat arrangements)

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Mercedes Benz

(9 or 17 seat arrangements)

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Depending on the number of passengers you will need to carry, a people carrier can also be an alternative option to a small minibus.

Working your way round your nursery school minibus needs plus all the conflicting advice about running one can leave you needing a helping hand. CVM Minibuses are passionate about helping businesses find the right minibus and ensuring they are set up to be compliant with regulations.

Own or lease

There are two main ways of financing your nursery minibus; purchase the minibus outright or take out a lease (business contract hire) to pay for the vehicle monthly.

Some businesses find it impossible to raise the funds to purchase the minibus outright and this is where leasing comes into play. Our definitive guide to leasing helps you through:

  • Why choose leasing
  • How leasing works
  • Plus the different types of leasing

Read more about minibus leasing

How many seats will the minibus have?

There are many seat configurations available on minibuses – from 9 to 17 seats. Our most popular seating requirement for nursery schools and pre-schools is a 9 seat minibus from either the Ford or Renault range, but vehicles from Citroen, Volkswagen and Mercedes are available too.

If you are looking for a minibus with 9 or less seats, and are not looking to charge for the service of carrying passengers, you will simply need a driver with a car driving licence to operate your minibus.

We have had customers who were originally looking for a minibus for their nursery business decide to go with a large people carrier such as a Ford Grand C-Max, Kia Carens, Volkswagen Sharan, Seat Alhambra, as this fulfilled their needs more accurately. We can help with sourcing this type of vehicle too.

If you are looking at a minibus with more than 9 seats or will be charging for the service of carrying passengers then you will need to read our dedicated section on driving licences and minibus permits.

Who will be driving the nursery minibus?

Firstly, anyone who drives a minibus will need to hold a minimum of a standard car driving licence (B1 licence). However, once you get past this point, there are other factors to consider which will affect the need for certain driving licences and permits.

Here are a few:

  • How many seats does the minibus have?
  • How much does the minibus weigh?
  • Will you be charging a fee for the passengers on the minibus?

Read our guide to ‘Who can drive a nursery school minibus’ for full information.

Will you be charging to carry passengers?

If you will not be charging for passengers to travel on your nursery minibus then you will not be required to hold a specific permit.

However, if this will be a chargeable service you will need to look at applying for at least one permit from the DVSA.

Read our guide to minibus permits to find out which permits you need to apply for.

Maintenance included?

If you have already decided that minibus leasing is right for you, then the only other consideration for your nursery minibus is whether to include maintenance or not.

There are many advantages to including maintenance as part of your minibus leasing contract, read our minibus leasing guide to consider both options.


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Christchurch Scouting

Exciting news. This week we have purchased a new minibus. Looking forward to having our stickers and logos put on it in the coming weeks. We have to say a massive thank you to the team at CVM Car, Van & Minibus Leasing Group especially Rob who we dealt with. A very professional service with staff who go above and beyond to help. We hope to work with you again in the future.

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Tracey Hemming

We were looking for a minibus for our day centre. Which our service users had been fundraising for in 2019. We came across CVM and made enquires of which Ben got back in touch ASAP on chatted with me what requirements I wanted. At no point did I feel he was pressuring me into purchasing any stock that they may have already had, which is unusual from previous experiences with contacting other companies!
He had a bus come in and brought it to show us , which I must add is over 120 miles away. My own mechanic checked it over again he was more than happy to drive it to the garage nothing was to much trouble.
He spent a couple of hours with us and we decided to have the bus. Our current bus is green and yellow and we are known for it. He asked if we were getting it wrapped but I explained we will but couldn’t afford it at the moment.
That evening I received the most loveliest email from Ben saying that our service users had touched his heart and he felt humbled to meet them and was going to see if his company would help with the cost to get it wrapped. Well to Freedoms amazement the company along with Solent Signs agreed to cover all costs and sign write it as well!!
This really is such a generous and kind gesture which you don’t come across often especially if there’s no connection to you which being so far away there isn’t.
Everyone at Freedom day centre really can’t thank you all enough. We will be forever grateful.
Ben CVM should feel privileged to have you working for them. Your a credit!!
Anyone thinking of purchasing a bus look no further than CVM you won’t be disappointed I can assure you.
Love all from Freedomdaycentre.co.uk

Tracey Mason

Thanks for all your help on our Minibus Hire & going above & beyond to help us out on our short term hire as well. Much Appreciated. Have a good one.

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P Ellwood - Eggar's School

"Huge thanks to all at CVM for their professionalism, dedication, attention to detail and total patience whilst we altered the artwork on infinite number of times. The minibus looks fabulous and, once we had made our minds up, the turnaround time was swift. Value for money with an efficient and friendly helpful team. Totally recommended."

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P Isaacs - Thornden School

"I came across CVM at the Hampshire Minibus event in July and was impressed with their product and the service they offered. Having carried out a detailed comparison survey including costs, CVM represented the best value for money. This was the first time that Thornden School has leased a minibus and I have to say that the process was uncomplicated and hassle free for me. On top of that, the minibus arrived 2 days ahead of schedule."

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S Watts - Beeston Hall School

"I’m pleased to say that my dealings with the CVM Group from start to finish have been impeccable. They have been so helpful along the way and assisted me promptly with each and every one of my queries. From supplying and resupplying budget figures, to advising and facilitating how to obtain a section 19 permit, they couldn’t have been more helpful. And our 2 brand new and branded minibuses look amazing. A big thank you to all the team at CVM!"

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P Kirkbride - King's School Grantham

"Dear All, From time to time colleagues ask for recommendations on new minibuses. We have just had fantastic service from CVM Minibuses in Fareham and I strongly recommend them to you. Their graphics team did a fantastic job for us. This recommendation is written totally off my own bat and not at the request of the company."

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D Tomkins - Holy Family Catholic Primary School

"Many thanks to all at CVM Group. You were so helpful organising our Partnership mini bus for us, and ironed out quiet a major obstacle at the last minute, efficiently and professionally. At each step the communication between CVM and the schools was open and free flowing, ensuring that the schools felt confident and reassured.The finished artwork and look of the bus was just as we imagined, no small feat considering the amount of artwork that the pupils of three primary schools can produce. It must have been quite a challenge.Once again thank you for all your assistance we truly appreciate it."

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T Sutherland - Blackheath High School

"Leasing vehicles is not just about vehicles – it’s about the people who provide you with those vehicles, and the service they can offer. Every leasing company can provide the same vehicle, but not everyone can provide the same level service and care. The service provided by CVM felt personal.; they listened and, It’s all about that ‘plus 1 factor’ that made me make the right decision and lease my 4 new Ford Transit Minibuses from CVM. Thanks for making it easy."

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L Ward - Brighton & Hove High School

“Excellent service and great value for money – CVM are consistently the best supplier in our competitive tendering process.” 

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U Clark - St Swithun Catholic Primary School

"St Swithun Wells Catholic Primary School are delighted to work with CVM. It is vital that schools broaden children's experiences and the service CVM provides enables us to access museums, the theatre and art galleries, sporting events. Without them we would not be able to take the children out of school. I have always been impressed by CVM's professionalism, prompt service and knowledgeable staff."

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V Davies - The Gregg & St. Winifred’s School

"During our dealings with Caroline at CVM Minibuses we have been delighted with the professionalism, service and expert knowledge she has provided. The three Ford Transit 17 seater minibuses we took delivery of last year have been an absolute asset to our minibus fleet.

We were thrilled to receive a call from Caroline recently donating us the use of a 9 seater VW minibus free of charge for a year. This kind donation is so useful to the school and will be used for the many activities we take part in across Hampshire.

We can’t thank the good people at CVM enough for their help in sourcing our Transit Minibuses last year and also this very generous donation. We look forward to continuing our relationship in the future.”


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