Harrow

  • Emily Stoker
    Nursery Manager, Harrow

    Emily is the Nursery Manager at Harrow and has over 9 years’ experience working in Early Years, 4 of those years have been with us as part of the BLS Family. Emily originally joined our Mill Hill Nursery in 2013 as a Room Leader. Her potential shined through and Emily was promoted to 2nd Deputy and then to 1st Deputy Manager at Mill Hill. In 2016, when Bright Little Stars opened BLS Watford, Emily moved over as the Deputy Manager to help the team establish the new nursery where she was able to provide invaluable support and knowledge.

    Emily has completed the Level 4 in Early Years Practice as well as the Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Care. Emily prides herself on having strong parent partnerships and focuses on improving and developing the children’s learning. Emily has brought dedication, passion and a drive to promote outstanding care standards to BLS. She is a great example of the career progression available at BLS to talented and enthusiastic individuals.

    To find out more about Harrow, please visit our Harrow page.

    Bright Little Stars Nursery in Harrow opened in February 2017. It is situated on Sheepcote Road close to Harrow Town Centre with easy access to public transport including nearby Harrow-On-The-Hill Station, Northwick Park Hospital, the University of Westminster and Harrow School. Our Nursery features a newly renovated, purpose built, large detached house with a multi-colour fence and gated property making this an exciting, safe and secure environment for you and your little one.

    We have specially designed four bright learning rooms with your child’s best interests at heart, each tailored to one of our particular age groups of babies, pre-toddlers, toddlers and pre-school complete with carefully selected sophisticated resources, facilities and modern technology suited to encourage children’s exploration for plentiful learning opportunities. Each room has direct access to outdoor space allowing the free flow of learning and playing both indoors and out.

    Large gardens and sheltered areas give each room direct access to the outdoors encouraging children to explore their physical potential promoting the free flow of learning and exploration. The Pre-School classroom offers additional learning opportunities with low level windows, allowing children to view the day-to-day activities in the heart of Harrow.

    NurseryCam offers our parents additional peace of mind and allows you to be more involved in your child’s learning.

    The Bright Little Stars All-Inclusive Unique Learning Programme suits children aged between 6 months to 5 years old and incorporates the EYFS, Mathematics, Literacy, Science and Botany, Culture and Geography, ICT, Ben & Betty and an exciting range of Extra-Curricular Clubs.  Our on-site chef freshly prepares healthy and nutritious meals and snacks in our kitchen, catering to individual needs, to give your little ones all the energy they need for a busy day of play and learning. 

    Our wonderful staff team pride themselves in creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere and are dedicated and passionate in delivering high standards of childcare, continually striving to promote their partnership with parents. 

    Our Nursery in Harrow features a full security system using the latest CCTV and a secure entry/exit system with a direct link to the police and is monitored in case of other emergencies. For your convenience, there is also on-site parking and a separate buggy and car seat storage area.

    Come and see all that we have to offer, meet our team and answer any questions you may have by simply completing our ‘Request A Viewing’ online form and a member of our team will be in touch with you soon. Alternatively, if you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to call us or pop in for a chat.

    Open Day

    Come and visit us at BLS Harrow during our next Open Day – Date To be Confirmed.

    Alternatively, we hold regular viewings throughout the week and would be delighted to show you around the Nursery.

    Please register your interest via our Request A Viewing online form for further information.

     

    Request A Viewing

    Please request a viewing with us via our online form and a member of our team will be in touch with you. We will be delighted to show you around the Nursery or send you our prospectus and registration paperwork.

    Request a Viewing

  • We have specially designed four bright learning rooms with your child’s best interests at heart, each tailored to one of our particular age groups of babies, pre-toddlers, toddlers and pre-school complete with carefully selected sophisticated resources, facilities and modern technology suited to encourage children’s exploration for plentiful learning opportunities. Each room has direct access to outdoor space allowing the free flow of learning and playing both indoors and out.

    • Milky Way Room: Under 2 years old – Room One

      A warm welcome to the Milky Way Room where we accommodate our babies and pre-toddlers from 6 months onwards. We have created a safe, caring and stimulating play area which is bright and spacious to welcome all our little ones as they move around safely in a clean and caring environment. We operate a strict no outdoor shoes policy in this room. We have also incorporated a separate sleep area so all our babies can get the rest they need in a peaceful and calming atmosphere. The Milky Way Room also features its own milk kitchen and a multi-sensory room to encourage children to use their senses and explore. Due to the age group in this room, your baby’s care routine can either be mirrored by their Key Person to synchronize what you give your baby at home including feeding, nappy changes and sleep routines, or, alternatively their Key Person can support and structure your baby’s routine to merge with the Nursery routine.

      Our passionate and caring staff provide an array of activities to stimulate each and every child. Through the use of movement, sound, colour and touch the babies’ are encouraged to explore, develop, make independent choices and above all feel settled and comfortable in their Nursery environment where a home from home environment is incorporated. Practitioners within this room understand sensitive care-giving, which is needed to support babies’ early development and understand their emotional needs. This helps build attachments which is vital for babies’ in their early years to give them a sense of belonging.

      The daily routine for our younger babies is tailored around their individual needs and abilities to help support their growth and development. All babies are offered opportunities to participate in a variety of activities, planned to create a balance between stimulating discovery play and adult led opportunities such as music and singing, creative and craft play such as painting, sticking and cooking. We focus on the three Prime Areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) including Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language observing your little one’s milestones which forms part of their Learning Journey. Opportunities for exploring the outdoors are built into the daily routines with free-flow access to the outdoor play area and regular walks.

      As the babies get older and begin to explore and gain confidence, they are given the opportunities to participate in a wide range of educational and fun activities that will be planned around play and learning. Free-flow outside play forms a large part of their day where a wide range of toys and play equipment are available helping develop their balance, co-ordination and physical strength. At this age, babies also begin to take in interest in books and nursery rhymes and we have a designated cosy corner to encourage this. Group activities are gradually introduced which help develop the babies’ concentration and language skills. For example, the staff offer a bespoke ‘Baby Sensory’ session enabling your baby to experience a wide range of new emotions. We work closely with you as parents to help encourage all of these new skills.

    • Galaxy Room: Under 2 years old – Room Two

      As your baby begins the transition from a well-developed pre-toddler to becoming a confident 2 years old, we welcome them to the Galaxy Room where we accommodate these pre-toddlers in preparation for their transition to the Orion Room. The Galaxy Room is a cosy, safe and stimulating environment specifically created for children who are confidently walking. It is a recognised fact that children of this age develop fully intellectually, emotionally and physically when they are free to move and explore their environment safely. Our carefully planned environment is bright, offering high ceilings, rich in colour, print and physical experiences indoors and outdoors. As pre-toddlers explore and use all their senses to learn about the world around them, our learning room offers easily-accessible materials, including a role play area, creative and mark-making tools, puzzles and shape sorters, sand and water and free flow outdoor access.

      Our practitioners help to strengthen the children’s concentration levels to prepare them for the Orion Room and for the later teaching style of learning. For example, the children are encouraged to participate in small circle times on the carpet area, having opportunities to socialize, form friendships with their peers and take turns in simple adult led activities. The cosy book corner is a comfortable spot for looking at picture books and reflecting, the children can look through photos from home and share their personal experiences with each other. Our visual timetable helps the children to learn routines and feel safe and secure by knowing what is happening next. As your child grows, their Key Person will support them to help prepare them for their transition into the larger toddler Orion Room. It is essential your child feels confident and happy before transitioning, therefore the pre-toddler Galaxy Room offers a fantastic opportunity to merge routines at certain times of the day with the toddler Orion Room, e.g. sleep routines and outdoor learning opportunities, thus providing your child with exposure to the older children as well in a larger and safe environment.

      As well as focusing on the Prime Areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), we also start to introduce the children to technology, mathematics including shapes and counting in accordance with the Specific Areas. Children enjoy learning basic tasks, taking ownership and responsibility. We encourage the children to develop their independence by helping them to dress themselves, teaching them how to use a spoon and fork to eat and how to drink from a cup.

    • Orion Room: 2 – 3¼ years old

      A warm welcome to the Orion Room where we accommodate our toddlers. The Orion Room is a spacious, bright and stimulating environment with high ceilings and access to a free-flow outdoor area, leading onto the large outdoor play area. This is a time of exploration and discovery for your child when we build on their developing physical skills and intellectual abilities. Primarily, the children have free choice as to what to explore, however, we encourage active times for exercise and play and quiet times for calmer, structured activities and speech development.

      Language comprehension develops at an increasing rate at this age and we spend time looking at picture books and reading to children to build their vocabulary and a love of books. We also spend more time learning in groups, including pretend play, to better understand other people’s feelings and to continue to learn how to co-operate with others. The LCD computer screens are used to reinforce learning about phonic letters and sounds using the Ben & Betty Programme.

      The children are encouraged to participate in ‘Show and Tell’ group activities, sharing their personal experiences with their peers. Additionally, during small circle times, the children start to learn the days of the week, months of the year and the weather. As well as participating in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, the children also take part in weekly Science and Botany activities, and learn about Geography and Culture, both forming part of the BLS Learning Programme. Children develop at different rates and each child’s progress is individual to them. The Key Person’s role is very important to encourage exploration and self-help. Children will be encouraged and supported to dress themselves, wash their hands before meals, learn to self-serve their meals and eat using a fork and knife at meal times. When your child is ready, their Key Person will support them with the transition from nappies to toileting. Their independence will grow in preparation for the pre-school Supernova Room. Your child’s Key Person will continue to assess their development through the 7 Areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and they will complete a ‘Two Year Old Development Check’ to ensure your child is reaching the expected developmental milestones and their own full potential.

      Adults are important role models in children’s early development, therefore we encourage the ‘Golden Rules’ including good listening and good sharing. Practitioners also model polite language and respect, forming part of the fundamental British Values. Praise is always given for new achievements to build self-esteem and confidence. We encourage sibling time at Nursery, as well as strong parent partnerships, inviting parents in to join in with their child’s learning and development.

    • Supernova Room: Over 3+ years old

      A warm welcome to the Supernova Room where we accommodate our pre-school children typically aged from 3¼ years to 5 years old. Our aim within the Supernova Room is to ensure that your child is ready and eager to start mainstream school. The Supernova Teacher/Room Leader ensures the children can access a structured programme of play and learning, which is based on pre-school activities in preparation for the transition from Nursery to school. Following the 7 Areas of the EYFS and the unique BLS Learning Programme, our qualified practitioners use a structured programme of rich and varied activities. All of the EYFS Areas are reflected in the learning rooms and outdoor areas featuring mathematics, literacy including reading and writing, understanding the world with discovery activities, science and botany experiments, role-play areas for personal, social and emotional development and developing their expressive and receptive language, construction areas, expressive art and design including painting, sand and water play.

      The type of teaching is enormously varied. We combine both adult-led and child-initiated activities to encourage independent learning and motivate children to link together the Areas of Development. We continue to encourage good table manners, children confidently self-serve their meals and snacks, as well as using a knife and fork at meal times. Children are confident to dress themselves and are familiar with toileting in preparation for school. The children enjoy helping the adults in everyday tasks such as preparing the routine and helping clear up after themselves.

      At this stage the children are becoming more aware of their place in the community, our unique low level windows in Supernova provide an additional learning opportunity to observe the environment in which they live. Children’s language is now much more complex therefore we encourage them to join in conversations, learn to use longer sentences and to begin to think about the past, present and future. The children are encouraged to contribute to group circle times with ‘Show and Tell’ activities, as well as reflecting on their interests, sharing their family life, culture and beliefs.

      We also introduce children to the concepts of dangers and safe limits through our Pre-School Committee Team. The children are taught how to recognise danger by completing risk assessments and learning to solve simple problems. The children have an increased interest in joint play, such as make-believe, construction and puzzles, which help to develop comprehension and planning, as well as reinforcing important social skills such as sharing and co-operation. Strong parent partnerships are vital for a smooth transition to school, therefore we meet with you regularly to update you on your child’s progress and development.

  • At Bright Little Stars Nursery, for your convenience, unlike many other nurseries our fees include an exciting range of extra-curricular clubs, freshly prepared meals and snacks cooked by our on-site chef and milk (excluding formula milk).

    We are open Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 6:00pm, 50 weeks per year excluding Bank Holidays for children aged 6 months to 5 years. Our sessions comprise of a choice between part-time or full-time discounted care. Morning sessions run from 8:00am to 1:00pm and afternoon sessions from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. Children can be dropped off and/or picked up anytime within their relevant session time. Fees are charged on a monthly basis.

    In the best interests of each child, for private care, we ask you to commit to a minimum of 4 single sessions per week.  This ensures that each child is well settled and is able to participate fully within the curriculum at Nursery.

    For further detailed information about our fees or any discounts we are offering please see below or contact our Nursery Manager who will be more than happy to answer any queries you may have.

    • Session Fees: 1st January – 31st December 2017

      The full-day and full-week sessions are priced at a discounted rate compared to the equivalent single sessions. Please remember when comparing our fees that, unlike many other nurseries our fees include extra-curricular clubs, meals and snacks cooked by our on-site chef and milk (excluding formula milk).

      Under 2 years old
      Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Full Week
      Full Day

      £72.37 £80.41 £80.41 £80.41 £72.37 £343.10 Discounted Rate
      (average £34.31 per session)
      Morning (AM)

      £42.12 £46.80 £46.80 £46.80 £42.12 £202.18 Discounted Rate
      (average £40.44 per session)
      Afternoon (PM)

      £38.29 £42.55 £42.55 £42.55 £38.29 £183.80 Discounted Rate
      (average £36.76 per session)

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      2 – 3 years old
      Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Full Week
      Full Day

      £66.42 £73.80 £73.80 £73.80 £66.42 £314.90 Discounted Rate
      (average £31.49 per session)
      Morning (AM)

      £38.66 £42.95 £42.95 £42.95 £38.66 £185.56 Discounted Rate
      (average £37.11 per session)
      Afternoon (PM)

      £35.14 £39.05 £39.05 £39.05 £35.14 £168.69 Discounted Rate
      (average £33.74 per session)

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      Over 3 years old
      Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Full Week
      Full Day

      £63.45 £70.50 £70.50 £70.50 £63.45 £300.80 Discounted Rate
      (average £30.08 per session)
      Morning (AM)

      £36.93 £41.03 £41.03 £41.03 £36.93 £177.25 Discounted Rate
      (average £35.45 per session)
      Afternoon (PM)

      £33.57 £37.30 £37.30 £37.30 £33.57 £161.14 Discounted Rate
      (average £32.23 per session)

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      * For over 3 year olds, 15 and 30 hours Free Early Education entitlement is available, which will reduce the 3 + fees table above accordingly (30 hours is subject to eligibility).

      * Hours indicated are maximum extremes, children can be dropped off and/or picked up anytime within the relevant session time.

      * Parents can combine Full-Week AM or Full-Week PM with extra sessions at the single session rates.

      * At present, the daily and weekly rates incorporate a discount. This is subject to change at our discretion.

      * We may increase our fees once per year with one month’s notice. This is typically in January but not exclusively.

      * For Over 3 years old Funded: Each child will be entitled to receive either 15 or 30 hours Free Childcare per week, during term time only (38 weeks a year) commencing the term after their third birthday.

      For 15 hours Funding:  Parents may choose to have these three sessions (up to 5 hours each) on either the morning or afternoon on a Monday or Friday; one of these sessions (5 hours) can take place in the afternoon on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday (we will not be offering Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday morning as a funded session).  

      For 30 hours Funding: Parents can only choose one funded session out of the Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings.  The additional five sessions can be chosen out of the Monday or Friday morning or afternoon sessions and Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoons. 

      The free entitlement does not include food or extra-curricular activities which all our privately funded sessions receive. However, we are pleased to offer these services to your child at the following cost:
      AM Session Meals: £3.00          PM Session Meals: £2.50          Extra-Curricular Activity: £2.50

    • Registration, Offers/Discounts and Additional Charges

      Application, Registration and Fees

      A signed and fully completed application form and parent contract together with a non-refundable Registration Fee is required prior to confirmation of a place. Registration does not guarantee a place for the start date / sessions required.

      Offers/Discounts

      Siblings Discount
      To reward our loyal parent partners, we are happy to offer a 10% siblings discount to the eldest child of two children, including twins, attending our Nursery at the same time. For three siblings, we are happy to offer the eldest child a 10% siblings discount and the second child a 5% siblings discount when all three children are attending our Nursery at the same time*.
      Make a Recommendation
      Existing parents/carers enrolled with us can receive £100.00 discount by making a recommendation to family, friends or others (including via social media posts) provided the new child goes on to register with us and attend the minimum number of sessions required for their age group.
      The family recommending receives this discount on their child’s invoice once the new child has been attending for 3 months (on the 3rd months invoice)*.

      Additional Charges

      Please note parents are expected to provide nappies, wipes and formula milk.

      Registration Fee:

      £50.00 non-refundable
      Deposit:

      £200.00 refundable subject to Terms and Conditions
      Late Collection Charge:

      £10.00 for every 15 minutes
      Nursery Outings:

      As and when they take place
    • Funding, Tax-Free Childcare and Vouchers

      Government Funding

      The Government funds Local Authorities to offer free early education places in settings inspected by Ofsted.  All 3 and 4 year olds become eligible for the Free Early Education entitlement the term after their third birthday and are entitled to 570 hours of childcare which is 15 hours per week for 38 weeks out of the 52 week year.  In addition, 3 and 4 year olds of qualifying, working parents in England may also be able to access a further 570 hours of free childcare; this means 3 and 4 year olds could receive a total of 30 hours free childcare per week over for 38 weeks out of the 52 week year, providing they meet the government eligibility.

      To qualify, each parent (or the sole parent in a lone parent family) will need to earn, on average, at least the equivalent of 16 hours on the national minimum wage per week and no more than £100,000 per year.  Self-employed parents and parents on zero-hours contracts will be eligible if they meet the average earnings criteria.  Families where one parent is not in paid employment (or neither parent works) will usually not be eligible for the additional 15 hours. There are exceptions for parents who are on parental, maternity, paternity, adoption or sick leave. Parents who are studying or in training will not be eligible unless this is combined with paid work which meets the minimum average earnings threshold.

      To find out more please visit the Childcare Choices website.

      Please note:  Whilst we participate in 15 and 30 hours free entitlement to Early Years Education for 3 and 4 year olds this does not guarantee the availability of a place.  In addition, parents’ must adhere to the Bright Little Stars session choices.

      Tax-Free Childcare

      All BLS Nurseries are registered and accept payments from Tax-Free Childcare accounts.  Tax-Free Childcare is a more accessible alternative to the Employer Childcare Voucher scheme offering tax efficient savings when paying for your nursery fees. Tax-Free Childcare will be open to all qualifying parents, unlike childcare vouchers which can only be bought by people whose employer offers the scheme.  It is a scheme by which the government will top up a designated childcare bank account by 20p for every 80p deposited, up to a maximum of £2,000 per child per year. It is the responsibility of the parent to ensure the Tax-Free Childcare payments are set up in line with the terms of the Bright Little Stars Contract.

      Tax-Free Childcare can be used alongside the 15 and 30 hours free entitlement to Early Years Education for 3 and 4 year olds and will support families with their childcare costs.

      To find out if you are eligible or for more detailed information and how to register, please visit the Government Childcare Service website.  Please also see the Frequently Asked Questions in our Parent Information for further terms and conditions.

      Childcare Vouchers

      We accept Childcare Vouchers from employers who offer this benefit to their eligible employees as an e-voucher. Vouchers are non-taxable and exempt from NI contributions for employees, whilst offering NI savings for employers. Both parents are eligible to claim as long as they are both in employment.  Nevertheless, the Childcare Voucher scheme will be closed to new users from April 2018 and replaced by Tax-Free Childcare.

  • We are eagerly anticipating our inspection by Ofsted at our Harrow Nursery.

    In the meantime, you are welcome to download a copy of our latest Ofsted Inspection Report for our Mill Hill Nursery.

    Mill Hill Key Highlights:

    “The views of children, staff, parents and other professionals are meticulously considered to improve practice.”

    “Children spontaneously share resources and skilfully share ideas; for example, as they enthusiastically tell one another about how they made purple playdough.”

    “All children take part in highly exciting physical activities that are targeted to their interests.”

    “All staff build extremely strong bonds with the children, who show they feel safe, secure and exceedingly happy.”

    “All children, without exception, make rapid progress from their starting points.  For example, children who have any emerging special educational needs are extremely well supported.”

    “Staff encourage children’s creative skills extremely well; for example, as they create stamps to put on letters, weigh parcels and make marks on forms in their role-play post office.”

    “Children develop exceptional early literacy skills.  Older children read and write their names and are beginning to read simple words.”

    “Children have impressive mathematical skills and express themselves confidently, even when English is not their first language.”

    “Staff provide an exceptionally well-tailored and stimulating learning environment through highly focussed planning … staff listen to children, encourage them to predict outcomes and to think critically.  For example, they incorporated children’s suggestions, linked to letter sounds, to feature their words in songs.”

    “Senior staff are exceptional leaders.  They are extremely ambitious and continually improve the provision.”

  • Harrow Branch

    51 Sheepcote Road
    Harrow
    Middlesex
    HA1 2JL
    0207 100 4662 (Option 3)