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Smarties Nature Kindergarten has been a well-established and trusted nursery just outside the beautiful city of Chester.
With a reputation for providing high-quality childcare since 1989, our nursery commits to creating a home away from home atmosphere for children and parents to feel comfortable and confident in our setting. This is reflected in our previous Ofsted inspections with both our nursery and Holiday Club rated as Outstanding. We are delighted to show you around our Nursery and Holiday club with confidence we are able to provide the very best for your little ones.
We provide childcare for children from 0 to 5 within our nursery and 4 (and attending school) to11 years at our Holiday club. Our nursery is carefully designed and has a varied and plentiful range of resources and equipment, we also have our own private car park at the front of our building for drop-offs and pick-ups. We are open for 51 weeks throughout the year from 7.30am to 6pm for full and half days, as well as working in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Councils to provide funding to eligible families.
Extensive outdoor area with Mini Farm and Forest School experience.
Longstanding, committed, welcoming staff team with a Millie’s Mark award.
Awarded NDNA Nursery of the Year UK wide in 2018.
Funding and Private places
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Our Nursery Manager Lisa has several years of experience working with children of all ages. Lisa manages her nursery and team to ensure her nursery provides a secure family environment where children are encouraged to learn and grow into confident, creative, happy individuals. The team are offered continuous professional development and hold qualifications ranging from degrees in teaching and childcare studies. Our team are fortunate to have the expertise of two Early Years Professionals and a Qualified Teacher and oversee our curriculum planning. They also mentor other staff members to make sure your children are receiving the best, most rounded educational experience here at Smarties!
We can guide you through every step of your childcare journey and help you discover everything you need to know about our nursery.
This nursery is absolutely outstanding! Our daughter has attended here since she was 5 months old and we can’t think of a better place for her to be. The staff and facilities are superb and it is clear that she loves every minute of her time there. She has formed close bonds with all of the staff and they, in turn, have done so much to promote her development. We could not be happier with Smarties.
I want to say how privileged my daughter has been to attend Smarties Nursery. You have provided her with a varied, interesting and stimulating experience and we have watched her go from strength to strength.
The ‘ladies’ are always very knowledgeable, professional and caring. Her phonics are excellent, her word recognition and writing skills are beyond our expectations, and I am sure she wouldn’t have done as well in any other setting.
We love to get outside at Smarties Nature Kindergarten! We have a magical outdoor setting that spans 2 acres. We also have an established Forest School and the gardens which house our pigs, goats and providing opportunities for outdoor learning across all areas of the curriculum.
Our willow tunnels, hornberry maize, a large mud pit and mud kitchen are just some of the facilities available!
As well as access to our fabulous outdoor play areas, children of all ages enjoy regular walks in the local area. We take children out in groups, come rain or shine, to take part in a variety of activities set up by our staff. Wherever possible we try to take our indoor learning outside. During our time outside we teach children how to assess risk, problem solve, share, gather and utilise from nature.
Our youngest children are often seen out in our pushable bus enjoying the fresh air, sights and sounds of the local community. We use high visibility vests to keep children safe when out on trips away from the nursery. We currently provide all wellington boots and all in one suits so they can be appropriately dressed for all seasons!
We are committed to being an environmentally friendly nursery, making changes wherever we can to make the world a cleaner place! We are committed to teach our children about their environment and the effect we have on it in our day to day lives.
Our curriculum includes a Realising the Ambition: Being Me framework in conjunction with Curriculum for Excellence approach that offers hands-on perspectives to encourage the skills your child will need in the nursery and beyond.
Our team, who hold highly regarded Early Years education qualifications, develop curriculum to enable and encourage children to develop at their own pace towards their own potential. Examples of this are:
We always offer flexible booking patterns and a range of funding options, including 3-5 years old government’s funded childcare. To find out more information on pricing and availability, please request a call back and we will be in touch shortly.
Our Nursery fees include:
Holiday Club Fees:
*Terms and conditions apply to our funding options and discounts. Contact us for more information.
We have 2 acres of land that houses our mini farm residents. We have pigs, goats and 3 chickens that are used for regular learning opportunities from the Early Years Forest School Curriculum!
Forest School is an inspirational process that offers our children opportunities to develop their self-confidence through hands on learning experiences in our woodland gardens and outdoor classrooms.
Our Yoga sessions are held within house, Music sessions are held weekly and our Diddi dance sessions are held twice weekly as well as our Tennis sessions available for Preschool children as part of our fees – we love to encourage our little musicians, tennis players and dancers to thrive!
Taking part in fundraising activities helps children to learn about others that live differently, or are in disadvantaged situations and understand how we can help them. Some of the fundraisers we have taken part in are: Children In Need, sponsored toddles, Macmillan coffee morning, superhero days and garden parties.
Our nurseries offer free Parents can bring their child for a couple of hours first, gradually introducing the child to a new environment. Settling in sessions are aimed at helping your child to adapt and become more familiar with the staff and children, but also help you adapt to their surroundings and feel safe and secure when your little one joins us.
As part of our curriculum we are committed to ensuring children are physically active for a minimum of 3 hours per day. Physical Development Champions at each nursery create and design specific activities based around movement, raising the heartbeat and exercising the cardiovascular system.
Here at Smarties Nature Kindergarten we have our very own qualified Nursery Chef, who constantly reviews our menu to ensure we offer nutritionally balanced menus. These run on seasonal, 4 week rotas (Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter).
Please speak to a member of our team and advise us when registering regarding your child’s mealtime requirements – if your little one requires a special diet due to allergies, intolerances, cultural or dietary needs we will liaise with you to ensure we provide the same vigilance and food as home.
We previously have a Platinum Healthy Eating Award from Cheshire County Council and we have a Food Hygiene rating of 5, the highest score achievable, awarded to us on our last inspection by Cheshire West, Chester Council, and the Food Standards Agency.
Our menus are designed to give your little one the very best start in life. We make this possible by supplying our children with home cooked nutritional food, bursting with fresh fruit and vegetables and all the essential ingredients necessary for healthy physical and mental development. We also encourage cooking activities involving the children to encourage and support a good understanding of healthy eating and observation on portion control via HENRY. Whenever possible we source our food locally and organically, including seasonal vegetables and fruit into our menus. Baby food is prepared on site and advice is given to parents regarding weaning if required. Our children have a choice of milk or water to drink throughout the day.
Hygiene is a high priority practise. We instil a vigilant and organised approach to maintaining the highest standards.
We are happy to cater for all preferences including a Vegetarian alternative for every meal.
We offer a variety of milk including animal and plant based milks and other alternatives for allergens and intolerances. Speak to our Nursery team and Chef regarding your childs requirements or preferences.
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