- Sarina PithwaNursery Manager, Stanmore
Sarina Pithwa is the Nursery Manager of Bright Little Stars Stanmore and has 10 years of experience working in the Early Years sector. Sarina started her career as an Early Years Apprentice and has since held a variety of teaching and leadership roles. Maintaining high standards in care and education comes naturally Sarina, allowing her to progress her career and do what she loves in a management role. Sarina is proud to be a positive approachable Manager, providing support and guidance to her staff team. She thrives on creating a loving and nurturing environment for children from a very early age.
Sarina has a keen interest and developed knowledge of the Reggio Emilia approach; she demonstrates this throughout her practice and the nursery environment by using natural materials and providing the children with real life experiences and practical life skills.
To find out more about Stanmore, please visit our Stanmore page.
Bright Little Stars Nursery in Stanmore is the newest addition to the BLS Group and is opening in October 2017. It is located in Stanmore Place in the Business and Innovation Centre which is situated within beautifully designed surroundings, conveniently positioned close to Stanmore Village. Our Nursery has excellent access to public transport, with Canons Park Station opposite and Edgware Station nearby, and road links in and out of the City. The Nursery is situated a short distance away from multiple state and independent schools that have been awarded an Outstanding and Good by Ofsted. It features within a brand new, purpose built development making this an exciting, safe and secure environment for you and your little one.
We have specially designed three bright learning rooms for each of our age groups of babies and pre-toddlers, toddlers and pre-school featuring high ceilings, dual air-conditioning/heating systems and modern interactive LCD computer screens and technology. We have carefully selected and are well equipped with high quality resources and equipment to meet all of our individual children’s needs which will ensure your child has the best care and learning facilities possible.
Our outdoor gardens and sheltered areas give each room direct access to the outdoors encouraging children to explore their physical potential and promotes the free flow of learning and exploration skills.
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.
Our dedicated and welcoming staff team pride themselves in ensuring that the nursery is a warm and loving environment. The team’s passion is shown through the constant dedication and time that they devote to the children attending Bright Little Stars Stanmore. We strongly believe that it takes a big heart to shape little minds.
In order for us to deliver high standards of care and education to children we build strong bonds with our parents/carers to ensure that we work in harmony together to make positive differences to the children around us.
Our Nursery in Stanmore features a full security system using the latest CCTV and a secure entry/exit system with a direct link to the police; and this is monitored in case of other emergencies. For your convenience, there is also on-site parking outside the nursery and designated pick up and drop off bays in Stanmore Estate.
All parents will be provided with pickup and drop off permits once their child starts at the nursery. In addition, we have a separate buggy and car seat area which can be accessed from outside the nursery.
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.
Come and visit us during our Open Week Saturday 14th – Thursday 19th October 2017. Please contact us via our Request A Viewing online form to book your appointment.
We have specially designed three 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. The Orion and Supernova Room have their own modern style balcony that they can access as they desire and the Milky Way Room has direct access to the earthy and adventurous outdoor gardens.
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 which allows the staff to make the babies milk without even leaving the room. We aim to ensure your baby’s care routines are mirrored, by their Key Person, to those you have established at home including feeding, nappy changes and sleep routines, 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 caregiving, 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. Opportunities for exploring the outdoors are built into the daily routines with free-flow access to the outdoor play area and regular walks around Stanmore Estate to feed the ducks.
As the babies develop and begin to explore and gain confidence, they are offered 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 twice per week in the Milky Way Room, enabling your baby to experience a wide range of new emotions. We work very closely with you as parents to help and encourage all of these new skills which the babies are learning.
Orion Room: 2 – 3¼ years old
A warm welcome to the Orion Room where we accommodate our toddlers. As the transition is made through to the Orion Room, a new key person will be assigned to support your child and continue their learning journey with them.
The Orion Room is a spacious, bright and stimulating environment with unique access to a free-flow outdoor covered balcony 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. In addition to the free-flow room balcony, children have access to the main garden which is situated on the ground floor.
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 which are often linked to the ‘special sound’ for that week in order to share 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 are encouraged and supported to dress themselves, wash their hands before meals, learn to self-serve their meals and eat using a knife and fork at meal times. When your child is ready, their Key Person will support them with the transition from nappies to toileting. This room is dedicated to promote independence and will allow the children to grow in preparation for the Supernova Pre-school Room. Your child’s Key Person will continue to assess their development by using the 7 Areas of Learning taken from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Each child will have a formal ‘Two-Year-Old Development Check’ to monitor and promote development at the expected developmental rate and to ensure the child’s is meeting their full potential.
Adults are important role models in children’s early development, therefore we encourage ‘Golden Rules’ including good listening and sharing. Practitioners also model polite language and respect which form part of the fundamental British Values. Praise and encouragement is always given for attempting new skills to build self-esteem and confidence.
Supernova Room: Over 3+ years old
A warm welcome to the Supernova Room where we accommodate our pre-school children typically aged from 3 ¼ years to 5 years old, yet children slightly younger can move into this room if they are age and stage ready.
Our aim within the Supernova Room is to ensure that ‘School Readiness’ is achieved. The Qualified Teacher/Room Leader in the Supernova Room ensures the children 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 Learning from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the unique BLS Learning Programme, our committed and qualified practitioners use a well-defined 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 of 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. We are also a short walk away to Stanmore Marsh which is an open green space, perfect for promoting gross motor skills and general knowledge and understanding of the world.
Teaching methods are widely varied; we combine both adult-led and child-initiated activities to encourage independent learning and motivate children in connecting the areas of development together. We encourage children to make their own choices and use their own initiative; this allows them to channel their creativity. We have a wide range of malleable and creative materials which can be accessed freely, presenting children with the artistic licence to design, create and build their own artefacts. This gives children pride and ownership in their work.
We continue to support and encourage good table manners, children confidently self-serve their meals and snacks, as well as using a knife and fork at meal times. Meal times are promoted to be a social place and we encourage all children to eat their food but mostly to create social interactions with their peer and to have opportunities to speak about home experiences. 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.
The children are taught how to keep themselves safe by completing risk assessments and learning to solve simple problems; in small, supervised groups children are encouraged to partake in Healthy Risk Taking and Challenging Play.
We understand 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 turn-taking and co-operation. We ensure our home corners are well equipped and adaptable to the children’s interest. We fill our home corners with an abundance of real food tins and root vegetables so that the children are given opportunities to carry out imaginative play with real life objects and learning how to handle particular items such as fruits and vegetables.
We strongly believe 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: October 2017 – 31st December 2018
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).
10% off 3 monthly invoices for the next 20 children who register and start within 6 monthsUnder 2 years old
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Full Week Full Day £80.15 £89.06 £89.06 £89.06 £80.15 £380.00 Discounted Rate
(average £38.00 per session)
Morning (AM) £46.65 £51.83 £51.83 £51.83 £46.65 £223.92 Discounted Rate
(average £44.78 per session)
Afternoon (PM) £42.41 £47.12 £47.12 £47.12 £42.41 £203.56 Discounted Rate
(average £40.71 per session)
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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Full Week Full Day £73.61 £81.79 £81.79 £81.79 £73.61 £349.00 Discounted Rate
(average £34.90 per session)
Morning (AM) £42.84 £47.60 £47.60 £47.60 £42.84 £205.65 Discounted Rate
(average £41.13 per session)
Afternoon (PM) £38.95 £43.28 £43.28 £43.28 £38.95 £186.96 Discounted Rate
(average £37.39 per session)
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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Full Week Full Day £71.93 £79.92 £79.92 £79.92 £71.93 £341.00 Discounted Rate
(average £34.10 per session)
Morning (AM) £41.86 £46.51 £46.51 £46.51 £41.86 £200.94 Discounted Rate
(average £40.19 per session)
Afternoon (PM) £38.06 £42.49 £42.29 £42.29 £38.06 £182.67 Discounted Rate
(average £36.53 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: £3.15 PM Session Meals: £2.65 Extra-Curricular Activity: £2.65
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: £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
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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 eagerly anticipating our inspection by Ofsted at our Stanmore Nursery. In the meantime, you are welcome to download a copy of our latest Ofsted Inspection Report for our Mill Hill Nursery.
“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.”