- Lisa OrbellNursery Manager, Mill Hill
Lisa Orbell is the Nursery Manager at our Mill Hill Nursery. Lisa has 17 years of experience working in Early Years, 11 of which as a manager in private day care settings. Lisa has a BA Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies and is continuously updating and refreshing her knowledge and skills.
Having successfully led her team to achieve outstanding in all areas, from Ofsted, Lisa is committed to providing a safe, secure, fun and stimulating environment for our children. Lisa is passionate about her role as manager and leads a skilled and experienced team in providing a high standard of love, care and education for all. Her warm and caring nature shines throughout the nursery and makes Bright Little Stars in Mill Hill a truly wonderful setting.
To find out more about Mill Hill, please visit our Mill Hill page
Bright Little Stars Nursery in Mill Hill opened in January 2013 and features a newly renovated, castle themed, gated property with a multi-colour fence. It is situated alone on Dove Close with private access from Bunns Lane and a pedestrian crossing directly outside the Nursery making this an exciting, safe and secure environment for you and your little one.
We have specially designed four bright learning rooms for each of our age groups of babies, pre-toddlers, toddlers and pre-school featuring plenty of natural light, carefully selected facilities and resources, dual air-conditioning/heating systems and modern interactive LCD computer screens and technology.
Our large outdoor gardens and sheltered areas give each room direct access to the outdoors encouraging the free flow of learning and children’s exploration. We are also fortunate to have Mill Hill Park conveniently located opposite the Nursery, providing us with plentiful opportunities for outdoor fun.
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
NurseryCam offers our parents additional peace of mind and allows them to be more involved in their children’s learning.
We are blessed to have a wonderful, dedicated and passionate team of staff. Our on-site chef freshly prepares healthy and nutritious meals and snacks in our 5-star food hygiene kitchen, to give your little ones all the energy they need for a busy day of play and learning.
Our Nursery in Mill Hill 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 that 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.
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.
Take a look at around our nursery and see all that we have to offer 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, 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
Welcome to the Milky Way Room where we accommodate babies and pre-toddlers. This room has been specially designed for our littlest ones to move around safely in a clean and caring environment. We operate a strict no outdoor shoes policy in this room. To ensure babies are able to get the rest they need, we have designed a separate sleep section for their comfort. The Milky Way Room also features its own milk kitchen and a multi-sensory room to encourage children to use their senses and explore. Your child will be assigned a Key Person and we try to follow any routines you have established at home. We will also complete a daily diary for your child which outlines what your child has been up to during the day.
Younger children are given plenty of stimulating activities and choice in order for them to get used to the nursery environment, particularly during the settling-in period.
We place great importance on providing sensitive care with a variety of experiences to promote your baby’s emotional development and understanding of their environment. Interaction through speech and play is also important to create special attachments with adults and carers and to nurture a sense of security and well-being.
We like to take part in a variety of activities throughout the day, including walks in the fresh air and playtime in specially designated areas of our gardens. Indoor activities take place in our large, well-equipped room and include creative and craft play such as painting, sticking, cooking, music and singing. We also introduce children to colours, shapes and counting in accordance with the EYFS. All activities are structured around your baby’s individual needs and abilities to support their growth and development.
The older group have a varied and interesting programme of play and learning. One of the biggest changes is in their physical development.Children progress from crawling to walking and begin to use their new mobility to push and pull toys, dance and climb. Outside play forms a large part of their day and we have a range of toys and play equipment which will develop their balance, co-ordination, physical strength and confidence.
At this age, children also begin to take an interest in books, nursery rhymes and enjoy experimenting with crayons, drawing and sensory materials. They begin to recognise patterns and shapes and we support their learning by encouraging them to choose activities. We also start to introduce group activities, which improves concentration, language skills and enables your child to experience a wide range of new emotions. Children enjoy learning basic tasks. We begin to teach them to use a spoon and fork to eat and to drink from a cup.
Galaxy Room: Under 2 years old – Room Two
The Galaxy Room is for our confident walkers and pre-toddlers. When your child joins this room they will be assigned a new Key Person. 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 rich in colour, print and physical experiences for this age group.
The small group time area and book corner is a comfortable spot for reading and encourages children to read often through choice and access books easily. Our daily story and group times form part of our early active learning routine, enabling children’s concentration levels to grow preparing them for later teaching. Learning and creative materials along with children’s pegs and cubbies are labelled using print and pictures. Seeing print and pictures around them helps children to learn about and prepare for reading. Our visual timetables help children to learn routines and feel safe and secure by knowing what is happening next.
As Pre-Toddlers explore and use all their senses to learn about the world around them, our learning room offers easily-accessible materials to explore, including role play, creative and mark-making materials, puzzles and shape sorters, sand and water and a fantastic indoor baby gym.
Orion Room: 2 – 3¼ years old
When your child joins Orion they will be assigned a new Key Person who will ensure that all aspects of your child’s physical and intellectual development are met.
This is a time of exploration and discovery for your child when we build on their developing physical skills and intellectual abilities. We have active times for exercise and play and quiet times for calmer, academic 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.
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 put their coats and shoes on when playing in the garden and using a knife and fork at meal times. They will go to the bathroom to wash their hands before meals.
Adults are important role models in children’s early development and we encourage good table manners and always model polite language which children naturally copy by saying please, thank you and excuse me. Praise is always given for new achievements to build self-esteem and confidence.
Supernova Room: Over 3+ years old
Between the ages of 3 and 5, your child’s independence and self-help grows and they develop a stronger sense of their own identity and place in the world. The relationships they build with adult carers and, in particular, their Key Person will form the basis of much of their learning at this age.
Older children have a more structured programme of play and learning, which is based on pre-school activities in preparation for their transition from nursery to school. They have increased independence and are encouraged to do more for themselves, including choosing and carrying out activities and tasks, with a variety of interesting materials and toys available. Rooms are set out into different learning areas including maths, discovery, environment, role-play, construction, creative play and ICT.
Children are encouraged to choose toys from different areas and have continual access to ICT toys, sand, water, home and cosy corners and books. We also support and encourage children in areas such as eating, dressing and toileting and helping adults in everyday tasks such as preparing tables at meal times and helping to clear up after meals.
We recognise the importance of your child’s all-round development and concentrate on building their social, emotional, intellectual, physical and language skills. Physical sessions are planned each week to develop their strength and co-ordination and several group sessions are integrated into the daily routine to develop social and communications skills, with a focus on letter and sound activities by immersing the child in the letter sound through fun related games and activities.
Children’s language is now much more complex and we encourage them to join in conversations to learn to use longer sentences and to begin to think about the past, present and future. We also introduce children to the concepts of dangers and safe limits. An increased interest in joint play, such as make-believe, construction and puzzles helps to develop comprehension and planning and reinforces important social skills such as sharing and co-operation.
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 £76.99 £85.54 £85.54 £85.54 £76.99 £365.00 Discounted Rate
(average £36.50 per session)
Morning (AM) £44.81 £49.79 £49.79 £49.79 £44.81 £215.08 Discounted Rate
(average £43.02 per session)
Afternoon (PM) £40.74 £45.26 £45.26 £45.26 £40.74 £195.53 Discounted Rate
(average £39.11 per session)
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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Full Week Full Day £70.66 £78.51 £78.51 £78.51 £70.66 £335.00 Discounted Rate
(average £35.50 per session)
Morning (AM) £41.13 £45.70 £45.70 £45.70 £41.13 £197.40 Discounted Rate
(average £39.48 per session)
Afternoon (PM) £37.39 £41.54 £41.54 £41.54 £37.39 £179.46 Discounted Rate
(average £35.89 per session)
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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Full Week Full Day £67.50 £75.00 £75.00 £75.00 £67.50 £320.00 Discounted Rate
(average £32.00 per session)
Morning (AM) £39.28 £43.65 £43.65 £43.65 £39.28 £188.56 Discounted Rate
(average £37.71 per session)
Afternoon (PM) £35.71 £39.68 £39.68 £39.68 £35.71 £171.42 Discounted Rate
(average £34.28 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 either 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.
Please note parents are expected to provide nappies, wipes and formula milk.
Registration Fee: £75.00 non-refundable Deposit: £400.00 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
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.
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.
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 delighted to have been graded ‘Outstanding’ in all areas. You are welcome to download a copy of our Ofsted Inspection Report.
“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.”