Ruby TilleyRuby Tilley, Acting Nursery Manager, Barnet
Ruby Tilley is the Acting Nursery Manager at our Barnet Nursery. Ruby has over 9 years experience working in the Early Years sector and holds a Cache Level 3 in Childcare and Development. Ruby has had exceptional career growth at Bright Little Stars, starting her journey with us in 2013 as a Nursery Educator at Mill Hill. She was promoted to Room Leader and then progressed her career, in 2016, to Second Deputy Manager in our Watford Branch. In 2017, Ruby was the opening Supernumerary Deputy Manager at Bright Little Stars Stanmore.
Ruby specialises in working to support children with special educational needs. She has a Diploma in Speech and Language and is the Group SEND Lead for Bright Little Stars.
Ruby takes pride in ensuring children leave her care having the greatest opportunities to shape their very own personalities. Teaching independence, the ability to make choices, life skills and fun comes naturally to Ruby. Ruby also strives to ensure children’s well-being is given the upmost importance in everyday practice.
To find out more about Barnet, please visit our Barnet page.
Bright Little Stars Nursery in Barnet opened in November 2020 and is situated on Leicester Road close to High Barnet Town Centre in a quiet residential road, opposite the beautiful green space of Highland Gardens. Our newly renovated purpose-built Barnet Nursery features over three floors, with a multi-colour fence and gated property making this an exciting, safe and secure environment for you and your little one. barnet nursery
Barnet Nursery Learning Rooms
Each of our age groups of babies, pre-toddlers, toddlers and pre-school have learning rooms with dual air conditioning/heating systems, high ceilings and large windows allowing natural sunlight to cascade into the rooms throughout the day thus providing a comfortable, bright and airy atmosphere. The learning rooms have modern interactive LCD computer screens and technology which includes teaching/learning tablets enabling children to enhance their ICT knowledge and practical skills in preparation for the future. We have carefully selected and are well equipped with high quality resources and equipment which will ensure your child has the best care and learning facilities possible. best barnet nursery
Our large, beautiful outdoor gardens have been carefully designed with all areas of learning considered, in addition to a tranquil sensory garden and reading area for quiet time and reflection, our children have the advantage of a custom-made playground activity centre for climbing, creative and imaginative play which balances freedom with safety. Our nursery is surrounded by trees which creates a delightful, natural canopy over areas of our garden. In addition, 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.
Unique Learning Programme
As with all our nurseries, the Bright Little Stars all-inclusive unique learning programme suits children aged between 6 months to 5 years old and incorporates the EYFS, Phonics and Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Botany, Culture and Geography, ICT, Expressive Arts and an exciting range of Extra-Curricular Clubs. There is also a full programme of Home Learning available which allows parents to continue with learning at home.
Here at Bright Little Stars Nursery, Barnet we continually strive to promote our partnership with you as parents to ensure that we work in harmony together to make positive differences to the children we care for. barnet nursery
We strongly believe that it takes a big heart to shape little minds and our dedicated and passionate staff team pride themselves in creating a warm and loving atmosphere. They understand the importance of delivering high standards of childcare and education for children in an exciting but supportive way.
Meals and Snacks
Our Barnet Nursery on-site chef freshly prepares healthy and nutritious meals and snacks that have been developed in consultation with our qualified nutritionist. Children’s individual needs are catered for and we ensure, through a carefully planned menu, they have all of the energy they need for a busy day of play and learning.
Our Barnet Nursery 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, a separate buggy and car seat storage area has been provided, along with a separate bike storage rack. Our Barnet Nursery has excellent public transport links with High Barnet Northern Line station and New Barnet Overground within walking distance.
Book a Tour of our Barnet Nursery
Come and see all that our Barnet Nursery has 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.
Request A Viewing
Our nurseries are open for both in person appointments and live, video tours.
Please contact us via our Request A Viewing online form to book your appointment.
Our Barnet Nursery has 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, nurturing 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 have a cosy sensory area positioned just outside of the learning room, where babies can spend time in intimate groups with their Key Person in order to enhance their sensory development.
Due to the age group in this room, your babies’ 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 babies’ routine to merge with the Nursery routine. A copy of the Nursery routine will be given to you during your first settling-in session.rnet nursery
The daily routine is tailored around the babies’ individual needs and abilities to help support their growth and development. The younger babies’ have the opportunity 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 creative play such as painting, sticking and cooking.
Opportunities for exploring the outdoors are built into the daily routines with free-flow access to the attractively designed outdoor play area which incorporates a safe area for younger babies who can experience the natural world around them. We also take regular walks to the beautiful Highland Gardens.
As the babies develop and become more confident in exploration, they are provided with opportunities to participate in a wide range of exciting, educational activities. Free-Flow outside play forms a large part of their day where a wide range of toys and bespoke play equipment are available helping develop their balance, co-ordination and physical strength; there is an area for climbing and cruising as well as the freedom to express themselves. At this age, babies also begin to take an interest in books and nursery rhymes, we have a designated cosy area to encourage this. Group activities are gradually introduced which helps develop the babies’ concentration and language skills. For example, the staff offer ‘Baby Sensory’ sessions 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 that the babies are learning. barnet nursery
Galaxy Room: Under 2¼ years old – Room Two
A warm welcome to the Galaxy room where we accommodate our confident walkers and pre-toddlers. When your child transitions to this room they will be assigned a new Key Person who will continue to support them on their Bright Little Stars journey. The Galaxy Room has been created to provide a safe and stimulating environment specifically created for children who are confidently walking. Our carefully planned environment is bright and airy with lots of natural light, rich in colour and offers 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 a rich and varied learning environment, where children can easily-access materials and engaging activities, including a role play area, construction and small world, creative and mark-making tools, puzzles and shape sorters, sand and water, a cosy area for quiet time and relaxation and free flow to our beautifully designed outdoor garden.
The Key Person helps develop the children’s personal and social skills, the children are encouraged to participate in small circle times in the cozy book area, having opportunities to socialize, form friendships with their peers and take turns in simple adult led activities. As the children in Galaxy grow and develop their own interests, their Key Person supports and helps them prepare for the transition into the larger Orion toddler Room. It is vital that every child feels ready and secure before each transition.
As well as focusing on the Prime Areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), we also start to introduce the children to the Specific areas including literacy, mathematics, expressive art and design and exploring the world. Children enjoy learning basic tasks, taking ownership and responsibility. We encourage the children to develop their independence by helping to dress themselves, teaching them how to use a spoon and fork to eat, and how to drink from a cup. We also have the opportunity for those who are ready to transition from nappies to toileting.
Orion Room: 2¼ -3¼ years old
A warm welcome to the Orion Room where we accommodate 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 with access to the main garden. 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. Our beautiful bright group/cosy area encourages the children to spend time independently looking at a wide range of media and reading to build vocabulary and love of books. Staff actively lead group activities to further develop comprehension and language. These include ‘Show and Tell’ and discussions on personal experiences, days of the week, months of the year and weather. The LCD computer screens are used to reinforce learning around phonic letters and sounds as well as the world around them and technology. Key People are important role models in children’s early development, therefore we encourage the ‘Golden Rules’ including good listening and good sharing. The adults 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 strong parent partnerships, inviting parents in to join in with your child’s learning and development.
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 regularly and before meals, learn to self-serve their meals and eat using a knife and fork at mealtimes. 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 learning in 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.
Supernova Room: Over 3+ years
A warm welcome to the Supernova Room where we accommodate our pre-school children. Our aim within the Supernova Room is to ensure that your child is ready and eager to start mainstream school. 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 and support you in the steps needed to help you with your child’s transition. The Supernova room has been specifically designed to ensure that children can access a structured programme of play and learning to prepare them for their move to ‘Big School.’
The EYFS is reflected throughout the learning room and outdoor areas featuring mathematics, literacy (including phonics, ‘reading’ and mark making/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.
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. barnet nursery
We encompass a ‘School Day’ within the nursery day. This includes, whole group ‘teaching’ sessions, adult-led small group activities and child-initiated learning. We combine both adult-led and child-initiated activities to encourage independent learning and motivate children. As we prepare children for school we continue to support and encourage good table manners, children confidently self-serve their meals and prepare their own snacks, as well as using a knife and fork at mealtimes. Children are confident to dress themselves and are familiar with toileting and regular hand-washing. The children enjoy helping the adults in everyday tasks. 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 have an increased interest in social 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.
To assist children in in developing personally, socially and emotionally, BLS are offering ‘Young Mindfulness.’ This will assist children to be self-aware and provides coping strategies in difficult situations.
With all the above mind and in order to be able to access the learning provided in our pre-school room, we have room entry requirements.
At Bright Little Stars Nursery, Barnet, 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).
Our Barnet Nursery is 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. barnet nursery
Session Fees: 1st January – 31st December 2022
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 £85.92 £95.47 £95.47 £95.47 £85.92 £407.34
(40.73 per session)
Morning (AM) £50.01 £55.56 £55.56 £55.56 £50.01 £240.03
(£48.01 per session)
Afternoon (PM) £45.46 £50.51 £50.51 £50.51 £45.46 £218.21
(£43.64 per session)
Swipe left to see all of the table2 – 3 years old
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Full Week Full Day £79.05 £87.84 £87.84 £87.84 £79.05 £374.79
(£37.48 per session)
Morning (AM) £46.01 £51.12 £51.12 £51.12 £46.01 £220.85
(£44.17 per session)
Afternoon (PM) £41.83 £46.48 £46.48 £46.48 £41.83 £200.77
(£40.15 per session)
Swipe left to see all of the tableOver 3 years old
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Full Week with 15 Hours Funding (Term-Time) Full Week with 30 Hours Funding (Term-Time) Full Week
Full Day £77.29 £85.88 £85.88 £85.88 £77.29 £256.48
(£25.48 per session)
(£14.56 per session)
(£36.64 per session)
Morning (AM) £44.98 £49.98 £49.98 £49.98 £44.98 £129.54
(£25.91 per session)
(£17.27 per session)
(£43.18 per session)
Afternoon (PM) £40.89 £45.44 £45.44 £45.44 £40.89 £78.55
(£15.70 per session)
Swipe left to see all of the table
* For over 3 year olds, 15 and 30 hours Funded Early Education entitlement is available, which will reduce the 3 + fees table above accordingly (30 hours is subject to eligibility).
Full Day Session: 8.00am to 6.00pm AM Session: 8.00am to 1.00pm PM Session: 1.00pm to 6.00pm
* 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.
* Until your child is eligible for funding, fees are calculated at a fixed monthly rate based on your child’s weekly sessions. This is calculated by multiplying the number of weekly sessions by 52 weeks which is then divided by 12 months to produce an average monthly cost. Weekly fees x 52 (weeks) /12 (months) = monthly invoice (Average monthly cost). Fee calculation for part months are based on number of sessions used during the part month. Unlike other nurseries we compensate parents for public bank holidays and closed days; we charge 10% less for sessions on Mondays and Fridays, plus you will be refunded in May and December for three days during Spring Break Maintenance week and three days between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
* Once your child is eligible for funding (usually the term after their 3rd birthday) fees are calculated on the number of non-funded sessions they attend during the month of invoice.
* 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 Funded Childcare per week, during term time only (38 weeks a year) commencing the term after their third birthday.
* For 15 hours Funding: Funded sessions will be allocated in order of sessional price from cheapest to dearest. Three sessions (up to 5 hours each) will be on 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: Funded sessions will be allocated in order of sessional price from cheapest to dearest. Only one funded session can be allocated to a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday morning. The additional five sessions can be allocated to Monday or Friday morning or afternoon sessions and Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoons.
* The funded entitlement does not include food or other additional services which all our privately funded sessions receive. However, we are pleased to be able to provide these additional services to your child at the following subsidised cost:
AM Session Meals: £3.75 PM Session Meals: £3.20 Additional Services: £3.30
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: 2 weeks fees refundable subject to Terms and Conditions Late Collection Charge: £10.00 for every 15 minutes Nursery Outings: As and when they take place
Swipe left to see all of the table
Funding, Tax-Free Childcare and Vouchers
The Government funds Local Authorities to offer subsidised early education places in settings inspected by Ofsted. All 3 and 4 year olds become eligible for the Funded 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 funded childcare; this means 3 and 4 year olds could receive a total of 30 hours funded 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 funded 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 funded 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.
We are eagerly anticipating our first inspection by Ofsted at our newly opened Barnet Nursery.
Chris Milligan20:32 27 Sep 21
It can be daunting leaving your child with a nursery and difficult to find the right one. Our daughter has been at Bright Little Stars since opening and we could not be happier with the nursery. The staff are warm and friendly and always greet us with a smile. We find out about the children’s… day from thorough updates and receive excellent advice. The facilities are incredible and it is maintained to a high standard.Our daughter is always excited to get through the doors she has developed so much since being here. It is a safe and secure environment and could not recommend enough.read moreAnand K15:35 27 Sep 21
Our daughter started here when it opened and has settled in well. She is always engaged, and we have seen good improvement in her development. The facilities are kept well and always greeted with smiles from the staffElise Tobias19:55 06 Sep 21
My daughter has been at BLS since it opened and we have been so happy with the care, the teaching, general ethos, facilities and activities. This is a really incredible nursery – the staff are all lovely, kind and caring. There are lots of extra curricular activities offered for the kids in the pre… school room including forest school, yoga, mindfulness, Spanish…but everything is delivered in a way that puts the kids having fun at the centre of it. A really lovely setting, highly recommend!read moreLouise Bevans14:43 03 Aug 21
My 2 year old has been going to Bright Little Stars in Barnet since January. He absolutely loves it and looks forward to going in each day. The facilities are great as it is all brand new and has lots of space. He is engaged constantly throughout all the various fun learning activities. The staff… are amazing and have a nurturing manner with the children. They also give feedback at the end of each day.I would definitely recommend Bright Little Stars!read moreVanh Dang14:20 28 May 21
Our daughter has been attending and enjoying her time at BLS in Barnet for the past 5 months. I have found the staff to be kind and patient, keen to help with children’s imaginations and learning as well as always ready to answer parent’s questions. The premises is Covid compliant, spacious with… many facilities for learning and forward thinking. I have found the Nursery cam very useful and I am glad to see her having a great time.read more
Sherly Tanadi14:36 12 Oct 21
My son has been with Bright Little Stars full-time since May 2021.
He loves going to the nursery. The nursery is a multicultural and inclusive nursery which is reflected in their staffing and children activities.
My son is based in the Milky Way room. Sonia, his room leader has been doing… a great job. She ensures that the children are exposed to different area of EYFS throught the activities that she planned for them. She also ensures that they are learning through plays and cultivates their strength.
My son’s love of reading is nurtured by the existence of quiet corner and different books made available to him at the nursery. The nursery also has their own chef who makes things from scratch in the fully equipped kitchen on the premise. Another unique selling point of the nursery is the nurserycam that allows parents to check on their children remotely via indoor CCTV for max 15 minutes per day. This allows me to check on my son remotely when I miss him or just want to know how he’s doing during the day.
Karma, the nursery manager has done great with policies and protocols, especially cleaning/health protocols during Covid19. Parents are being regularly updated via email/Parent Area.
Overall, we are pretty happy that we selected BLS Stratford for our son.read moreMoshmi Chauhan09:54 04 Oct 21
We moved our daughter here when she was 2.5 years old and it is by far the best decision we ever made. The nursery itself is very brigh, clean and welcoming, perfect to engage and welcome a child. The staff are always smiling, approachable and make every effort to keep parents up to date with their… childs development. They host variety of themed days such as colour day, favorite book character day etc which always keep my daughter entertained and excited. In particular, we are very impressed with the different learning platforms available to us such as webinars and home learning activities to help us help our child at home in co-ordination with the nursery. If you are looking for a nursery that will develop your child from all angles, this is the place to come too.read moreJaymi Nathwani10:33 01 Oct 21
Best decision we ever made.
My son joined at the tender age of 14 months and has only thrived. The purpose-built facilities are clean, vibrant and fun. The staff are well trained, astute, friendly and always happy to discuss any issues you may have concerning your child’s development. The… management team are just as helpful and are always friendly.read moreChris Milligan20:44 27 Sep 21
It can be daunting leaving your child with a nursery and difficult to find the right one. Our daughter has been at Bright Little Stars since opening and we could not be happier with the nursery. The staff are warm and friendly and always greet us with a smile. We find out about the children’s… day from thorough updates and receive excellent advice. The facilities are incredible and it is maintained to a high standard.
Our daughter is always excited to get through the doors she has developed so much since being here. It is a safe and secure environment and could not recommend enough.read moreBen Chodsy15:41 27 Sep 21
Our daughter started at Barnet when it opened and has settled 8n well. She is always engaged and we have seen good improvement in her development. the facilities are kept well and always greeted with smiles from the staff