Little Einsteins Day Nursery Ltd is a registered provider of the Government funding which entitles ALL 3 and 4 year olds to nursery education (from the term after their third birthday) for up to 15 hours per week for all children, and up to 30 hours per week for working parents (who meet the selected criteria) for 38 weeks per year (during term time only). *Please note that as of April 2017, it is necessary for us as a setting to introduce contribution charges for meals taken within the 3 and 4 year olds funded sessions if they are over 3 hours. Should parents / carers not wish to make the contributions towards the meals provided by nursery (as these are not compulsory), then the choice can be made to provide their child with breakfast and packed lunches / teas for each session attended, however all foods provided must strictly adhere to the food from home and promoting a healthy awareness of food and drink policies due to allergies within the nursery, and our requirements under food hygiene regulations.

We are able to offer funded places for 2 year olds (who meet the selected criteria) for free nursery education (from the term after their second birthday) for up to 15 hours per week, 38 weeks per year (during term time only).

We have a range of session times available for children to access both the 2, and 3/4 year old funding.

For more information or to apply for the 2, 3 and 4 year old funding, please refer to the following webpage.

In 2008, the nursery was designated "enhanced setting status" by the Early Years Service. This means the setting is allocated additional funding to make it possible for practitioners to provide enhanced support to enable the inclusion of children with learning difficulties and disabilities. The funding allows for appropriate training for the expertise of knowledge from the allocated members of staff.

For more information about how we as a setting support children with additional needs, please follow this link

We aim to provide a nursery that will ensure all children feel safe and secure. We believe that the safety and security of the children is paramount, and with this in mind the nursery has been specifically designed to ensure the safety and welfare of each child. To ensure high standards are maintained within nursery, all members of Little Einsteins staff hold Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) checks, and also undergo a strict recruitment procedure to assess their suitability to work with children.

The nursery perimeter is surrounded by a 6 foot tall fence, and access to the nursery is closely monitored. Parents and carers are able to enter the nursery by pressing the doorbell,and by waiting for a member of staff to let them into the nursery. Each child has an account set up on a webpage called Baby's Days.  This securely holds information relating to people who are authorised and unauthorised to collect children from nursery.  Photographs and unique passwords are stored for each child on their own account - which can only be accessed by members of staff at the nursery and the child's carers.  Any family member or friend wishing to collect any child, who is not known to the staff team will have to have their details checked alongside the child's Baby's Days account, and they will have to verify their details and confirm their password.  Anyone who comes to nursery to collect a child, but does not know the password, or does not have their details on the child's Baby's Days account will be asked to wait until contact is made with the child's carer for confirmation. Any visitors to the nursery are chaperoned at all times by a member of the nursery team.

The nursery has been purpose built to ensure that it is a child friendly environment, providing the highest quality equipment and resources for all children. We have a holistic approach to caring for children, recognising that each child is unique and has their own individual needs. To meet children's individual needs we provide different rooms which promote and support each stage of child development. These rooms are:
  • The “Discoverers Room”
Our "baby room" caters for children aged from birth to around their second birthday (children can “move up” to the next group prior to their second birthday depending on their ability and not their age). We have places for 12 children in this age group. We follow requirements in regards to the ratios for children to adults; and in this group for every three children there is one adult to care for them. 
Please click here for an example of a typical routine for the discoverers group children.
It is recognised that babies and young children require familiarity and routine in a warm and homely environment. Our Discovers room is unique; it reflects a warm, calm, homely environment decorated with neutral colours and natural wood. We have used soft furnishings, rugs and furniture that reflects that of a home setting, and this continuity will support the transition from home to nursery. We understand that a baby's routine is paramount to support their development; therefore we continue the routine which parents and carers have established at home within the nursery environment. For young children to thrive, they require a warm, sensual and caring environment. To support the children's individual needs, the baby room offers different areas including:

  •  A rest and sleep area with floor cushions, throws and rugs to create a warm environment
  •  Feeding areas
  •  A separate changing and toileting area
  •  Sensory play areas
  •  An exploration play area

  • The "Explorers" and "Inventors" Rooms

The "Explorers" Room caters for children aged from 2 to 3 years of age.  We have places for 16 children in this age group. We follow requirements in regards to the ratios for children to adults; and in this group for every four children there is one adult to care for them.
The "Inventors" Room caters for children aged from 3 – 5 years of age. We have places for 24 children in this age group. We follow requirements in regards to the ratios for children to adults; and in this room for every eight children there is one adult to care for them.

Our focus within these two rooms is learning through play. The rooms have been carefully structured to provide a range of learning areas with a selection of equipment and resources to engage all children's interests. Different areas within the rooms include:

  • A book area with soft furnishings and puppets
  • Jigsaws, shape sorters and puzzles area
  • Sand, water and messy play area
  • Investigation area
  • Painting and collage area
  • Mark making area
  • Construction area
  • Small world area
  • A big focus within the pre-school room is to support the children to build confidence and self-esteem, and to develop necessary skills prior to starting their nursery or Reception year at school. The pre-school room has been specially designed with areas that are similar to a classroom in a school environment, and we implement a routine which is similar to local Foundation Stage Units / Reception classes.

    Alongside the resources continuously available on a daily basis in both the indoors and outdoors learning environment, children have the opportunity to participate in a range of "structured activities"; which have been suggested by their key workers. The activities also relate to the curriculum "Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)". The Early Years Foundation Stage promotes seven areas of learning:

    All members of staff are aware of the importance of nurturing interactions between adults and children, and they provide a language rich environment to stimulate babies and young children. Circle time and structured activities are carried out by key people with small groups of children.
    • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (to support children in; making relationships, being self-confident an self-aware and managing their own feelings and behviour).
    • Communication and Language (to develop children's skills in; listening and being attentive, understanding and speaking).
    • Physical Development (to develop children's skills in; moving and handling, being healthy and self-care skills).
    • Literacy (to support children's early reading and writing skills).
    • Mathematics (to support children's understanding of; numbers and shape, space and measures).
    • Understanding the World (to give children experiences to enable them to understand about; people and communities, the World and Technology).
    • Expressive Arts and Design (to give children opportunities to; explore and use media and materials, and be imaginative).

    In line with the EYFS, adult led activities planned for children in the Discoverers and Explorers groups are focused mainly on the 3 prime areas of; Personal Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, and Physical Development. For children in the Inventors and School Room groups, adult led activities are planned focusing on all 7 areas of learning as described within the EYFS.

    Please click here for a PARENTS GUIDE TO THE EYFS

    Activities and learning experiences are planned to reflect how children learn best - as described in the EYFS as "characteristics of effective learning", for example;

    • Playing and Exploring (some children learn best by; finding out and exploring, playing with what they know and by being willing to 'have a go').
    • Being Active Learners (some children learn best by; being involved and concentrating, keeping trying, and by enjoying achieving what they set out to do).
    • Creating and Thinking Critically (some children learn best by; having their own ideas, making links and choosing ways to do things).

    This ensures that when children take part in activities and experiences, that they can develop existing or learn new skills in a fun way that is suited to their learning style.

    Once children have taken part in an adult led activity, practitoners evaluate the activity, and make notes on how the children took part in it.  This information is recorded on to the Baby's Days account via the IPAD.

    All children who attend the setting have an individual account on the Baby's Days system, which provides staff, parents and carers with easy access to valuable information about the child and the setting.  Within this system, each child has a "progress" section, where practitioners input observations, photographs and participation in activities and link this to the EYFS - to monitor children's development throughout the EYFS to reach their full potential.  Parents and carers have a unique password so that they can access their child's account at any time, to view this information and to add their own observations if desired.  Practitioners can then link these observations from home to the EYFS, to show a complete picture of the child's development.  On a regular basis, practitioners use this information to highlight next steps of learning, and key workers then support children in developing existing, and learning new skills.

    For more information about the BABY'S DAYS SYSTEM, please click here.

    All of the rooms have external doors enabling children to have free – flow access to the outdoors environment. There is a range of shaded and sunny spots available within the outdoors area and a selection of outdoor waterproof clothing is provided i.e. wellington boots, jackets, trousers and umbrellas for damp weather conditions.

    The resources provided in the outdoors environment have been carefully chosen to promote all areas of development, not just physical skills. The resources include:

    • A book area with soft furnishings, puppets and books
    • A mathematics area with jigsaws, puzzles and shape sorter
    • A small world area, with toys such as; people, animals and vehicles
    • A sand, water and messy play area with a range of resources
    • A nature investigation and digging area
    • A mark making, painting and collage area
    • A construction and "DIY" area
    • A tarmac area for bikes, scooters and a soft climbing area for the climbing frame and slide etc.
    • Fruit and vegetable patches / areas

    • A mud kitchen

    • A water workshop area

    • A sensory garden
    At Little Einsteins Day Nursery Ltd, the children often go on walks with practitioners to visit the local amenities in the area; including the supermarket, post office, park and library.

    We are very fortunate here at Little Einsteins Day Nursery Ltd to have access to a custom made sensory room on the premises. We created the room by taking into consideration the knowledge of our children’s requirements and interests, whilst also using a variety of stimulating resources and natural materials. The colours and resources chosen for the sensory room were carefully planned, to create a stimulating, yet relaxing environment for children to explore using their senses and have quiet time with small groups of friends and a practitioner.

    The sensory room is accessed by all children within the nursery, and a wide range of lights and sensory resources for children to explore are available including; bubble tubes, rope lights, fibre optics, soothing music, a projector screen, natural touch and feel bags, and balls and rattles. The children have also made sensory bottles during a craft activity, which are available at all times to explore the different sounds, colours, textures, shapes and sizes etc.

    Here at Little Einsteins Day Nursery Ltd, we have established a key worker system with all of the groups of children, in order to provide continuity of care for children and their families. We use the key worker system to ensure that each child has a familiar staff member who will work closely with them and their families. Key workers are responsible for updating the child’s records and they have an in depth understanding of each child in their group, they also provide feedback to carers on their child’s progress.