Choosing a nursery is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent and it can be difficult to know where to start- to help you with your decision you can request our booklet “Choosing the right childcare for you and your child’ which points out the main things to be looking for.
We offer a safe, welcoming, secure nursery offering a family-home from home environment where children are loved and cared for by people who are passionate about childcare and devoted to the safety, care and learning of each child.
I have always been and continue to be exceptionally passionate about children; my adult life has been devoted to the development of our future generations and this is why I started in childcare over 30 years ago.
It all started when I was looking for childcare myself. I wanted my three young children to attend a nursery where they would be loved and cared for, where they would be safe and secure and treated as individuals and encouraged to flourish.
Being so passionate about children is why I have volunteered at Childline for many years. Children are precious individuals who deserve the very best start so they develop the wings to fly.
I believe at Children’s House Nursery we go that extra mile to ensure our children and parents are settled and that we offer all of the above and more, without fail.
I hope you trust us to share the responsibility of giving your child the very best start in life, for us to discover their uniqueness and sparkle.
Nicola our Nursery Manager is qualified to Level 5 and has managed nurseries since 1991.
Nicola is driven and passionate about her role and together we always strive to ensure we are the best that we can be so that your child can be the best that they can be.
Our amazing team has an Early Years Teacher and a wonderful array of dedicated, hard working and loving staff whose enthusiasm and understanding ensure your child is always in safe hands.
I am Anna, I am deputy manager and Qualified Forest School Leader
I have been working with children for 30 years in various roles.
Working at Children's House is like being a member of a family, we all support each other in the role of providing happy lasting memories for all that attend.
I love sharing my passion for childcare with others and helping to inspire. I really enjoy nature and being outside, this is why I loved having the opportunity to do my Forest School Leader training at Children's House.
I now help the children make memories through Forest School Sessions, learning new skills, building confidence and self-esteem. The awe and wonder on the children's faces as they are exploring and investigating is wonderful to see.
Hi I am Emily, I am the language lead for the nursery and a Senior nursery practitioner
I have been working in childcare for 11 years and absolutely love it, every day is so different and full of laughter. It's amazing to see children I looked after as babies grow up all the way to secondary school and still remember me!
I love to get messy with anything bright and colourful and I’m especially happy when we can throw paint around and have fun! I enjoy a lot of physical activity and fitness and it’s amazing to be able to make it part of my role, playing outside with the children, racing them on bikes or up the climbing frame, walks down the Southwell trail or to the park.
Speech and language is an incredibly important part of every child’s development that I am very passionate about. I have lots of knowledge and information from over the years that I like to share with parents, staff and of course the children, this ranges from Makaton signing, to singing sessions and not forgetting Mikey the puppet! I share monthly updates and language topics throughout the nursery and with parents and I'm always happy to answer any questions and help where I can.
My name is Georgina and I am the SENCO and Senior practitioner at Children’s House, I have worked in childcare for 7 years and have been at Children’s House for 4 years
I love Southwell’s community, the walks down the trail or into town to the shops with the children, encouraging random acts of kindness, we get involved with local events where possible, its such a great family town.
I am passionate about childcare and supporting children’s development and that’s why my role as Special Educational Needs Coordinator enables me to ensure all the children receive the support they need, whether that be working alongside outside professional or inhouse support.
I love spending time with family and friends and love my dog Dougie (pictured) and include the Children’s House Staff and children as part of my family.
Day nursery fees can often be very confusing; there are so many options for sessions and days. We have listed the basics here but as an independent family nursery we understand that sometimes flexibility is required. We are always happy to discuss your requirements and see if we can accommodate your needs.
We don’t insist but do recommend a minimum of two nursery sessions per week to enable good attachments for the children. We also ask for four week’s notice to reduce/cancel your child’s place.
Morning session 7.30-12.30
Short day 9.15-3.15
Full day 7.30-6pm
Full time 5 x Full day ( 10% discount)
All children become eligible for 15 hours of Nursery Education Grant from the term after their third birthday. Some children may be eligible for the extended funding and therefore access 30 funded hours.
Some children are eligible for 15 hours at 2 years old. For eligibility please check your childcare choices here. In order to aid greater choice and meet the needs of families all funded sessions at The Children’s House Day Nursery can be taken over 38 or 52 weeks.
To check your child’s eligibility you can read more here about on the HM Government website about funded sessions for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.
The table below shows a variety of funding options but is not exhaustive. We will try and accommodate your needs so please contact us here or on 01636 378060 for a chat about how we can meet your needs.
For children accessing Early Years Funding
Where a charge is made it is either for hours that are not covered by funding and/or a consumable charge – to cover snacks/meals and other consumables such as but not limited to; French, trips, resources etc.
|9.00 -12.00pm using 3 funded hours
|7.30-12.30pm using 2 funded hours
|12.15-3.15pm using 3 funded hours
|12.15-3.15pm using 2 funded hours
|7.30-12.30pm using 5 free hours
|7.30-12.30pm using 4 funded hours (9-1)
|7.30-12.30pm using 3 funded hours (9-12)
|7.30-12.30pm using 2 funded hours (9-11)
|1.00-6pm using 5 funded hours (9-2)
|1.00-6pm using 4 funded hours (9-1)
|1.00-6pm using 3 funded hours (9-12)
|1.00-6pm using 2 funded hours (9-11)
|7.30-6.00pm using 2 funded hours 9-11
|7.30-6.00pm using 3 funded hours 9-12
|7.30-6.00pm using 4 funded hours 9-1
|7.30-6.00pm using 5 funded hours 9-2
|7.30-6.00pm using 6 funded hours 9-3
|7.30-6.00pm using 7 funded hours 9-4
|7.30-6.00pm using 8 funded hours 9-5
|7.30-6.00pm using 9 funded hours 9-6
|7.30-6.00pm using 10 funded hours 8-6
|Short Funded day
|9.15-3.15 using 2 funded hours
|Short Funded day
|9.15-3.15 using 3 funded hours
|Short Funded day
|9.15-3.15 using 4 funded hours
|Short Funded day
|9.15-3.15 using 5 funded hours
|Short Funded day
|9.15-3.15 using 6 funded hours
|Funded Breakfast club session
|7.30-9.00 using 1.5 funded hours
|Funded After school session
|3.30-6.00 using 2.5 funded hours
After school club
Holiday club Full day
Holiday club morning /afternoon
Holiday Club short day
Depending on attendance patterns, children may take part in inclusive extra curricular activities such as French and some trips. However, some activities have additional charges, e.g. cinema trips.
|Late collection (per 15 min intervals)
A 10% sibling discount is applied where both children attend for three full days or more. This does not apply once a sibling receives funding.
There is a discretionary charge for persistent late collection of £10 per 15 mins charged in 15 mins intervals.
We cater for special diets but nappies need to be provided.
A limited number of term-time only places are offered (reservation fees apply for holiday period). Please ask for details and availability.
As an independent family nursery we understand that sometimes flexibility is required. Please contact us on 01636 378130 for an informal chat about how we can meet your childcare needs.
This blog post by Karen O’Connell, owner of The Children’s House Nursery also provides further information on funded nursery fees.
At Children’s House Nursery in Southwell our nursery meals are cooked using a variety of healthy ingredients, some of which are home grown in our very own onsite allotment.
It is important that as well as offering healthy nutritious meals we also nurture children’s understanding and learning on this subject.
We have a 3 week rotating menu, changed regularly to include seasonal produce and variation and to keep our younger generation’s taste buds active and open to new tastes and textures. Special days including Shrove Tuesday, Christmas Lunch and Chinese New Year are also incorporated into our nursery menus.
Children are encouraged to try new foods and widen their knowledge and tastes. Older children are given the opportunity to select and serve their own food and water, as well as use skills to set the table. We always have helping hands to help set up and clear away, encouraging many areas of learning, including independence and getting children ‘school ready’.
We are exceptionally lucky to have an amazing cook, Donalyn, who ensures the children eat delicious, healthy and nutritious meals every day.
Mealtimes are a social occasion and an opportunity for children and staff to interact within our family environment.
A fruit bowl is kept in each room and fresh water is available at all times.