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Little Sparrows is the longest standing Day Nursery in the Borough of Broxbourne. For 30 years it has been nurturing children from 6 months to 5 years old. Cheryl has been managing the Nursery since it opened in 1989. She holds a Montessori and NNEB qualification. Her daughter Rachel, attended the nursery when it opened as a child herself. Rachel's love for the early years lead her to accomplish a BA Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies. She now co-manages the business with Cheryl.
Cheryl and Rachel are passionate in delivering excellent childcare and this has been reflected in our latest Ofsted report. They relish in providing a happy, highly stimulating environment in which each child is valued as an individual and enabled to develop at their own pace.
We believe that the power of great practice can transform children’s lives and build a future without barriers. Our mission is to provide exceptional childcare and education. We inspire our learners to achieve without limits.
What makes us unique is that we question, challenge and investigate new ideas and different ways of working. We constantly reflect on our practice and our environment. We are always learning.
Little Sparrows has a Montessori dimension in which we believe that in a mixed age group, children learn from each other and take on roles of responsibility through being independent. Children from an early age observe each other, teach and learn from each other.
We treat children as competent individuals, which builds on their self-esteem, confidence and well-being. Learning is so much more than learning set skills and passing exams. It is about developing a love for learning and a curiosity for the world!
It is important that children are able to work at their own pace and have the space to investigate, make mistakes and take risks without the pressure of failing or producing an end product.
We understand that high quality interactions with children is crucial and fundamental to their well-being and their learning, which is why Cheryl and Rachel dedicate their time to maintaining a highly skilled workforce.
We also understand the importance in working together with our families. We make our service unique and tailored to the needs of each family. We are here to support you.
The Nursery is open 52 weeks of the year, closing on Bank Holidays.
Opening times: Mon - Fri 7.45am - 6pm
There are limited spaces for free, flexible entitlement places for eligible 2, 3 & 4 year olds.
All staff are rigorously checked and hold Enhanced Disclosures.
Montessori has been practised across the world for over a century. It values the importance of children being in control of their own learning and recognises how the process of learning, over the end result, is crucial in building life skills such as confidence, perseverance and resilience.
Each child within Little Sparrows is allocated a Key Person and a Secondary Key Person. As we are a mixed aged setting, each child is able to have the same key person throughout their journey with us!
Having an efficient Key Person system in place ensures all children are able to feel safe and secure.
Your child's Key Person will be there to support you and your children during their journey at Little Sparrows. They will develop a positive relationship with you and your child and this will help them to settle into their new environment. They will be responsible for planning your child's stages in development, following their interests, communicating and building up a strong partnership with you.
At Little Sparrows we carefully provide a rich learning environment for all ages and offer a vast range of experiences to promote individual developmental stages, children's interests as well as keying into all 7 areas of the nationally approved EYFS.
We also have our own extensive curriculum for the 3 - 4 years olds to help prepare the children ready for school and to equip them with life skills and knowledge. The topics include road safety, earth & space, caring for the environment, using real tools and exploring culture around the world. The Activity Room is used to provide the 3-4 year olds with equipment which may not be suitable for the younger children.
Trained professionals come in each week during term time to provide extra-curricular activities
Zoo Lab Animals
Basketball & Athletics
Dance & Movement