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Ofsted Outstanding Provider

Experienced
With over 16 years of Childcare experience I decided to set up a family run nursery. Our skills and experience together provide a friendly, reliable and quality service to all our parents/carers and a fun, safe, secure, caring and educational experience for all our children.

No appointments
We have an open door policy, were no appointment is needed to view the nursery. We look forward to showing you around.

Our aims

Little Tinkers Childcare Limited provides a safe, secure and supportive environment for all the children in our care to learn, develop and most importantly have fun. All the staff are qualified at Level 3 or above in Childcare and Education.
At the nursery we aim to:

Create a warm, welcoming and safe environment, indoors and outdoors to which children feel valued as an individual and enjoy learning, where they can play, explore and follow their interests with planned purposeful play.

Offer a seasonal four weekly rotating menu of balanced and nutritional meals, which the children can all self-serve.

Follow the four themes of the EYFS. A unique child, Positive relationships, Enabling environments and Learning and development to facilitate effective practice and delivery of a high quality Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

Every child is assigned a key person. We aim to ensure that every child’s first experience of nursery is as happy as possible, promoting strong links with parents/carers by building up trust and partnerships.

Provide a broad and balanced curriculum which challenges the children’s learning and development according to their needs and interests, stages of development and reflects the multi-cultural nature of our society and promotes inclusion.

Ensure that all children are encouraged to investigate, predict, imagine and create through play, making choices, taking risks and participating in a range of both self and adult initiated activities.

Ensure parents and carers are given information regarding their child whilst in nursery and that their learning journey is shared to help them plan and support their children’s needs.

Meet all statutory safeguarding and welfare requirements to promote children’s well-being and ensure safe working practices are adhered to.

Support our British values throughout the children’s learning and development.

Your Child

Two year old room

The development is encouraged and promoted for each individual child. The nursery works within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Staff ratio in the 2 year old room is 1 member of staff to 4 children.
The children are encouraged to express themselves through a wide range of activities; therefore the children are developing social and emotional skills and independence. Activities are planned for each child, based on their specific needs and interests that the nursery practitioners have carried out through observations. Some activities are carried out on a 1-1 basis and at times can be carried out as a group activity.
The children follow a daily routine and have the opportunity to take part in both adult and child led initiated activities. A record of this is kept in each child’s learning journey.

The construction and small world area has a wide range of different resources to help the children develop their fine motor skills. The children enjoy pouring and measuring in the sand and water area – this is ideal for mathematical development. 


The children have a wide variety of books to encourage their Communication and Language Development. The children enjoy singing and rhyming and also listening to the audio player and headphones.

In the Role Play area the children have an opportunity to dress up and enjoy imaginative play. The Mark Making and the Messy table are favourites with a lot of our children as they are able to draw, paint and make junk modelling or just be creative.

The children are able to play outdoors during the day, so we ask that you provide suitable clothing. 


Toilet training is promoted within the nursery and once parents/carers feel that their child is ready to start this, they should let the staff know. The staff works really closely with parents to try and make the process of toilet training as easy as possible.

Having so much fun can be tiring for 2 year olds, so if they require a little rest or sleep, the children have their own individual sleep mat and blanket to enable to them have a nap.

Three year old room

Play becomes more investigative now with new activities being introduced such as mark making and looking at letters and numbers in our environment.

The key working system still continues in this room making the transition as smooth as possible. The development files are also continued in this room following the prime and specific areas of learning from the EYFS. 


Three Prime Areas

- Communication and Language

- Physical

- Personal, Social and Emotional

Four Specific Areas

- Literacy

- Maths

- Understanding of the World

- Expressive Arts and Design


Your child’s new key worker will work alongside their previous key worker in the 2 year old room in order to determine each child’s stage of development and individual needs.

The staff ratio in the 3 year Old room is 1 qualified staff member to 8 children.

Nutrition

We offer a seasonal four weekly rotating menu of balanced and nutritional meals, which the children can all self-serve.

Dietary Requirements

Before your child starts nursery we will discuss your child’s dietary needs, including any allergies they may have and appropriate arrangements will be made to meet individual needs. We also pay attention to dietary rules of religious groups and provide for vegetarians in appropriate ways. The children eat together in the rooms they are in during the day. The children are encouraged to wash their hands, use their manners and self-serve their own meals and drinks.

Social Development

Meal and snack times are a great way to encourage the children to develop their own social and interaction skills. Some of the nursery practitioners choose to eat a nursery meal at a table with the children therefore encouraging conversation, turn taking, good manners and an overall understanding of healthy eating.

CCTV

The nursery is fitted with CCTV for the safety and security of the children and staff.

Children with SEND

The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Reforms will place a statutory requirement on settings from September 2014 to make information available to parents about how our setting supports children with SEND.

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Our staff

Care at Little Tinkers Childcare Limited is provided by experienced and qualified staff. We recruit staff, not only on the basis of their experience, professionalism and qualifications but also for their personal qualities. We look for enthusiasm, dedication and a genuine love of children, and working with children.

OFSTED guidelines regarding the ratio of staff to children are strictly maintained at all times.

The nursery is committed to the ongoing training and development of staff and will undertake a full on-going training programme to ensure that our staff are kept up to date with training and information provided by the relevant outside agencies. All our staff have Paediatric First Aid Training, and under gone Safeguarding Children Training Course.


Kelly

Kelly Harrison

Owner since July 2007 
Proprietor/Nursery Manager
Cache Diploma Level 3 in Childcare and Education
Foundation Degree in Working with Children and Young People
BA Honours Degree Level 6 in Working with Children and Young People
Designated Safeguarding Officer
Nursery SENCO PICO .
Paediatric First Aid Trained.
Level 2 Safeguarding
Cache Level 2 in Autism Awareness  

Jenna Wilcox

Jenna Wilcox

May 2008
Lead Deputy Manager
Head of Pre-School Room 
BTEC Level 3 in Childcare and Education
Level 2 Safeguarding
Designated Safeguarding Officer
Paediatric First Aid Trained.

Alice

Alice Gregory

June 2009
Head of Toddler Room
Cache Diploma in Childcare and Education Level 3
Level 1 Safeguarding
Paediatric First Aid Trained
Cache Level 2 in Autism Awareness 

Sarah-Jane Hargreaves

Sarah-Jane Hargreaves

October 2016
Based in the Pre-School Room
Level 3 in Childcare and Education
Level 2 Safeguarding 
Level 1 Safeguarding
Paediatric First Aid Trained
Cache Level 2 in Autism Awareness

Hannah

Hannah Hodgson

March 2019
Based in the Pre-school Room
Level 5 in Early Years Childhood
Safeguarding Level 1
Paediatric First Aid Trained  

Lucy Smith

Lucy Smith

June 2017
Based in Toddler Room
Childcare and Education level 3.
Child Protection Training Level 1.
Paediatric First Aid Training.

Jenna Taylor 

January 2010
Based in the Pre-School Room
Cache Diploma in Childcare and Education Level 3
Level 1 Safeguarding
Paediatric First Aid Trained

Janine Toner

Janine Toner

January 2006
Nursery Cook
Diploma in Childcare and Education Level 4 
Level 1 Safeguarding
Paediatric First Aid Trained

Taylor

Taylor Smith

July 2018
Based in the Pre-school Room
Cache Diploma in Childcare and Education Level 3
Safeguarding Level 1
Paediatric First Aid Trained  

Zoey Phillipson

Zoey Phillipson

September 2019
She is Level 3 in Childcare and Education
Based in the Pre-school Room  

What some of our parents say

"Absolutely fantastic nursery all staff are lovely. My little girl loves going anc think she's be very upset about leaving for school this year" 
"Little Tinkers is an amazing nursery with lovely friendly staff would highly recommend"
"Little Tinkers is a lovely nursery with fab staff who go above and beyond. Orla loves going and she is making brilliant progress. It will be a sad day when she leaves this year to go to school" 
"Kelly and all her staff are lovely. Calum is really going to miss nursery when he starts school next year. Best nursery around and would highly recommend"

Opening times

Morning Session 7:30 - 12:30
Afternoon Session 12:30 - 18:00


For fee prices please telephone the nursery on 01254 384144

Nursery uniforms are available to buy from the nursery

Polo jumper - £9.99
Polo shirt - £8.99

Tartan Blue Skirts - £8.99
Cardigans - £10.99

Ask a member of staff for more information

FEE Funded Hours 

We provide the 30 hour funded hours for 3 to 4 year olds.  

We provide the 15 funded hours for 2,3 and 4 year olds


We are open 7.30am-6pm Monday – Friday for 51 weeks of the year. We close for one week at Christmas, in addition to Bank Holidays. We close at 1pm Christmas Eve.

Fees are payable in advance, on the 1st day of each calendar month, usually by standing order. 

The setting has been approved to provide ‘Free Flexible Entitlement’ funding for 3 and 4 year old children. What this means is that from the term following your child’s third birthday, they will receive up to a maximum of 15 hours free childcare per week for 38 weeks of the year, based around term time.

We accept a range of childcare vouchers including Kiddivouchers, Computershare and Sodexho.

Holidays and Sickness are payable in full.

A registration fee of £50 is required when reserving a place. This is credited to the initial standing order calculation. Deposits are non-refundable if the reserved place is cancelled.

Nursery fees are reviewed every April.  


How do I reserve a place for my child?

If you have not viewed our nursery, please do not hesitate to come and have a look. Little Tinkers has an “open door policy” where no appointment is needed to view the nursery. We just kindly ask that you visit us between the hours of 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm.  

If you have been to see our nursery, you would have been given a ‘Registration Form’, simply complete the form and return it to us with your registration fee, alongside a copy of your child’s birth certificate. Upon receiving your completed form we will contact you to discuss your childcare requirements and settling in sessions for your children.


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