Little Stars Day Nursery, Waterbeach was established in 2013 by Lisa and Adam Wakley-Davies, with a vision to provide a high quality, convenient, ‘home-from-home’ style childcare for local families.
With a strong understanding of the difficulties many families face in having to find suitable childcare for young children and the importance of children’s early development and learning, Lisa and Adam have created an inspiring environment in which their dedicated staff team provide opportunities for each individual child to learn and develop whilst receiving high quality day-to-day care. The happiness and wellbeing of the children is our highest priority.
Little Stars Day Nursery offers daily care for children aged 3 months to 5 years. For many of our children and their families, the nursery becomes a ‘second home’. We are open 8.00am – 6.00pm 51 weeks a year (excluding bank holidays and the period in between Christmas and New Year).
We pride ourselves on providing our children with a wide range of experiences and opportunities to explore. We became a Curiosity Approach accredited nursery in 2019 and promote use of natural and authentic resources and loose part play, which has considerable positive benefits on our children’s learning and development. Some of these benefits include;
Developing an understanding of cause and effect
Developing fine and gross motor skills
Encouraging problem solving
Whilst providing a nurturing environment for our children, we simultaneously aim to support our staff in a journey towards continuous personal and professional development and progression. We do this through our open-door policy, robust induction and regular supervision through progression and development meetings with all staff.
As a nursery we strive to continually progress through valuable reflective practise, parent partnerships and a collective passion to provide the most valuable early years education and experience possible for all our children.
Our staff understand the importance of creating a safe, stimulating and enabling environment where children are comfortable and confident, giving them the tools they need to learn and develop to meet their full potential. We are always looking for new ways to add opportunity to the children’s day, ignite their imaginations and encourage them to ask questions, explore and develop ideas.
Using an ‘in the moment’ approach to planning enables our staff to present meaningful activities that capture our children’s interests and allow them to explore, learn and develop at their own pace. At Little Stars we encourage play in the outdoors; children in all rooms are able to access their own secure gardens throughout the day, as well as participating in visits to our own communal park area and various trips in and around our village.
Our skilled practitioners have a strong knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework, and use the ‘Birth to Five Matters’ guidance to support them and develop themselves as individuals, with the skills to become life-long learners. Staff attend regular training to upskill themselves and continually improve their practise to enhance the nursery experiences of the children in our care. We ensure that all staff complete safeguarding and child protection training, as well as paediatric first aid.