Bernadette MealyNursery Manager, Barnet
Bernadette is the Nursery Manager at our Barnet Nursery. Bernadette joined the Bright Little Stars Family in June 2019 as the maternity cover manager at our Stanmore Nursery. Bernadette is an extremely experienced Nursery Manager who has worked across the childcare sector for the past 26 years in various roles with managerial experience in 15 of those years. Bernadette initially qualified as an NNEB then went on to further her education up to Level 4. Her extensive previous experience includes working in a children’s hospital ward and special care baby unit as well as an advisory role for the LA Early Years Education Team in the Borough of Barnet. In more recent years she has worked in full-time nursery day care as a Senior Nursery Manager and Group Manager designing and opening a new nursery for a small chain of nurseries achieving ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted results for the sites on five separate occasions.
Bernadette is passionate about her role in early years and achieving high standards of care and education for the children is extremely important to her. She thrives in a busy nursery environment and she loves to care for children as unique individuals, giving them the best opportunities and outcomes.
Bernadette is an approachable Manager, who likes to lead her team by example, so you will often see her in the rooms “playing” alongside the children. Bernadette has a warm and loving nature; she loves to offer support to parents as well as the children in her care.
To find out more about Stanmore, please visit our Barnet page.
Bright Little Stars Nursery in Barnet is the newest addition to the BLS Group and is scheduled to open in November 2020. It is situated on Leicester Road close to High Barnet Town Centre. Our Nursery has excellent access to public transport with High Barnet Northern Line station and New Barnet Overground within walking distance. The nursery is situated in a quiet residential road, opposite the beautiful green space of Highland Gardens. It features our newly renovated purpose-built Nursery 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.
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.
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.
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 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. NurseryCam offers our parents additional peace of mind and allows you to be more involved in your child’s learning, having access to their learning journey in real time, easily through a mobile app or web browser.
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.
Our 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 Nursery in Barnet 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 Nursery has excellent access to public transport, motorways and other main routes and is close to local schools and plenty of amenities close by in The Spires shopping centre.
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 5th – 11th November 2020 by appointment only.
Alternatively, we hold regular viewings throughout the week and would be delighted to show you around.
Please contact us via our Request A Viewing online form to book your appointment.
Request A Viewing
Please request a viewing with us via our Request a Viewing 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.
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, 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.
We operate a strict no outdoor shoes policy in this room. We have also incorporated a feeding chair for those all-important moments of comfort and cuddles, a separate sleep room with cots and dream coracles allowing our babies a peaceful and calming atmosphere to rest and sleep. The Milky Way Room also features its own milk kitchen.
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.
Each and every baby is important to our passionate and caring staff who provide an array of carefully planned stimulating activities in order to allow the babies to see the awe and wonder of the world around them. Through the use of movement, sound, colour and touch, babies are encouraged to explore, develop, make independent choices and above all feel settled, loved and secure in their Nursery environment in a home from home environment. Practitioners within this room understand sensitive caregiving; they support babies in forming strong attachments to aid early development and emotional well-being which is essential for babies’ in giving them a secure sense of belonging.
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.
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 attractively designed outdoor play area which incorporates a safe area for younger babies who can experience the natural world around them. We also explore the local area with 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.
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.
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, 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 November 2020 – 31st December 2021
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).
**FIRST 20 OFFER: 10% off 6 monthly invoices for the first 20 children who register and start within 6 months**Under 2 years old
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Full Week Full Day £82.59 £91.76 £91.76 £91.76 £82.59 £391.53 Discounted Rate
(average £39.15 per session)
Morning (AM) £48.07 £53.41 £53.41 £53.41 £48.07 £230.71 Discounted Rate
(average £46.14 per session)
Afternoon (PM) £43.70 £48.55 £48.55 £48.55 £43.70 £209.74 Discounted Rate
(average £41.95 per session)
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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Full Week Full Day £76.11 £84.57 £84.57 £84.57 £76.11 £360.84 Discounted Rate
(average £36.08 per session)
Morning (AM) £44.30 £49.22 £49.22 £49.22 £44.30 £212.63 Discounted Rate
(average £42.53 per session)
Afternoon (PM) £40.27 £44.75 £44.75 £44.75 £40.27 £193.30 Discounted Rate
(average £38.66 per session)
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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Full Week Full Week with 15 Hours Funding Full Day £74.35 £82.61 £82.61 £82.61 £74.35 £352.47 Discounted Rate
(average £35.25 per session)
£246.70 Discounted Rate
(average £24.68 per session)
Morning (AM) £43.27 £48.08 £48.08 £48.08 £43.27 £207.70 Discounted Rate
(average £41.54 per session)
£124.60 Discounted Rate
(average £24.92 per session)
Afternoon (PM) £39.34 £43.71 £43.71 £43.71 £39.34 £188.82 Discounted Rate
(average £37.76 per session)
£75.50 Discounted Rate
(average £15.10 per session)
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* 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.
* 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.
* 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: 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 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: £3.40 PM Session Meals: £2.90 Additional Services: £3.00
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
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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.
powered by FacebookMichelle Gregory2020-01-19T21:51:11+0000The staff are amazing. They really care about the wellbeing of the children and also each other. Beautifully balanced care of children staff and parents.read moreDurga Patil-Spencer2019-08-29T15:37:58+0000Good activities for the kids, would recommend!!🙂Matt Stoker2019-05-15T20:26:18+0000BLS management have been fantastic, especially helping with the registration process and managing to accommodate our requests. Really looking forward to my little boy joining BLS Watford!read moreLisa Ola2019-05-09T21:11:31+0000My son started BLS when he was 2 years old. As a nursery nurse myself i am often quite critical when i walk into nursery setting. I was blown away with my first show around, and the only question i had at the time was “How can you be sure that the level of childcare here will reflect the wow factor that nursery presents?” The member of staff at the time replied “Join us and you will see” She was right, and this honestly exceeded my expectations. I would say what makes BLS stand out, is there ability to provide consistent professional childcare throughout the entire nursery, every room and member of staff sing from the same sheet, and that isn’t easy at all to achieve. They also go above and beyond to enhance learning and keep all the family involved, such their grandparents day. They introduced something called ‘Get up shake up’ where the pre school children are encouraged to come in once a week in their pyjamas, and get dressed into their uniforms in preparation for school, as the children will need to get themselves dressed for things like P.E. The staff are absolutely incredible, from the welcoming greeting you get upon entering the building, right across to the kitchen staff. Almost a year after my son left for primary school his exact words when he came out of school one day, where ” Mummy i miss my teachers at nursery and the dinners!”read moreCarina Stenhouse2019-05-09T17:11:23+0000I would highly recommend BLS. My son attended the Watford nursery from age 3 until he started school and over the space of a year I saw him transform into a confident, happy child who was prepared to start reception. He had been to another nursery previously and the difference that BLS offered in terms of the quality of care, the slick administration and their passion for development puts them in a league of their own. My son truly loved going to this nursery.read moreLouisa Crawley2019-05-09T17:01:33+0000My son attended BLS Watford for 18 months prior to starting school last September and I have nothing but positive praise for the company. Beautifully kept modern facilities, delicious child friendly meals, great selection of both fun and structured activities and exceptional staff who kept us reliably informed on our sons progress. I found the pricing fair and was always notified on invoicing etc in good time. I would not hesitate in recommending the nursery ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️read moreRakhee Lukka2019-05-02T06:02:44+0000Would like to thank bright little stars for everything they have done for our son. We visited many nurseries before deciding a placement and none apart from bright little stars had everything any parent would desire. When admitted we were over the moon and could not be any happier!read moreTazeen Jobbar2018-08-23T15:25:43+0000Great nursery with lovely staff who genuinely care and take pride in teaching, nurturing and caring for your child. Lots of fun and learning activities which have really suited my child in taking an interest in learning.read moreJessica Clad2018-08-08T16:40:56+0000Staff are lovely and very welcoming! My son loves going here and I get very good feedback when picking him up and on his learning reports. Highly recommend this nursery – wish I put my son in it sooner!read moreHollie Turner2017-01-30T19:43:07+0000So happy with the watford nursery. I was terrified about leaving my son but the girls in the Milky Way room have done an amazing job of getting him settled in, me and my boy are very happy!read morePat Chan2018-06-27T09:03:15+0000My daughter has been attending to Bright Little Star Stanmore since the grand opening. She has gone from Orion to Supernova (big children’s room as she calls it) and she loves both rooms. I have done a lot of research before deciding on BLS and I’m happy to say it’s definitely the right choice! I think for her age, what matters most is probably the love and attention from the teachers, forming friendships and good balance of learning activities.. And let’s not forget the yummy food! I highly recommend this nursery.read moreMasoom Parikh Shah2018-06-19T16:11:47+0000My son started this nursery at the start of 2018. Being a new nursery I went by a gut feel rather than any reviews. And Im glad to say I did ! The nursery has amazing key workers, clean and big size rooms and varied activities & toys my son can enjoy. The key workers are more than glad to give me feedback at the end of each day and I can see the affection my son has for them. After the first few sessions, he has barely cried going in and is thoroughly enjoying it. Some activities like yoga, French classes, sensory play etc were unheard of by me ! They also provide CCTV access which puts my mind to great rest when I can peek and have a quick view a few times a day! Great job girls !read moreSameenah Petker2018-05-16T20:23:48+0000Our son started attending BLS Stanmore at the beginning of this year, the settling in period was difficult for both us and him but I cannot thank the Nursery and staff enough for the support they gave in helping him feel comfortable and putting our mind at ease. From taking my daily calls to check in and for spending time at pick up to discuss his day in detail. He has settled in so well that somedays it’s hard to get him out the room, we have seen such a huge development in him he is happy and playful around other children and learning so many new things weekly. We have had a few ups and downs with him being unwell and currently struggling with him being an extremely fussy eater but both his Key worker, room staff and management are supportive and willing to assist anyway they can. We are so glad we have chosen this daycare and definitely believe it is one of the best.read moreChloe Emerson2018-05-15T21:02:44+0000Serena Gudka2018-05-15T20:55:20+0000Sean Benson2018-04-30T08:50:02+0000My children have attended BLS and for all the reasons already described on this page, I have felt anxiety-free having them there. It’s nice that my kids learn yoga and Spanish, and all the other things mentioned, but the most important characteristic for me is that they are surrounded by people who are happy to be working at the nursery every day and who are willing to treat my kids as if they were their own. I could not do the job that these employees do day in and day out and I am always amazed at the smiles on their faces, even as they describe some awful mess my child made during the day. On paper, I find childcare expensive, but when I see the quality of care BLS provides for my children I don’t feel we pay enough for the effort of its great staff and for the comfort and peace of mind they provide knowing my kids are well cared for.read moreAtish Patel2018-04-16T18:22:24+0000Fantastic nursery with great facilities. Teachers are extremely friendly and up most professional. Easy access and great for the children. Would recommend to anyone.read moreNisha Karsan2018-04-16T18:19:25+0000My little ones have started with BLS Stanmore branch for couple months now and I am very impressed.They have been doing different activities organised in nursery and these have helped my girls in building their confidence and social skills. I would definitely recommend to others.read moreKher Keong Lee2018-04-14T22:44:52+0000My little one has started with BLS Stanmore branch for couple months now and I am very impressed with the learning curve and lesson she has learned from nursery are excellent. She has been learned from difference activities organised in nursery and has helped her building her confident and learn to speak up in this early age. I would definitely recommend to others.read moreMihaela Teo2018-04-13T19:49:00+0000Saranpreet Raivadera2018-04-11T12:23:05+0000It took us a long time to find a nursery that was suitable for our little one. BLS exceeded our expectations. We were very impressed with how organised they are and the different activities on offer every day. We love how they encourage the children to be independent and learn through play. The nursery is always very clean and staff are friendly and personable. We would highly recommend Bright Little Stars!read moreRosa Ruiz Alconero2018-04-09T21:22:45+0000My little one has started recently in this nursery and she is being happier than she was in he precious nursery. Not only the nursery itself is wonderful, new, modern, colourful, also the staff are lovely and professional.read moreDavid Lineen2018-04-07T13:43:36+0000My daughter has been here for a few months and loved it from the outset. She has developed a great deal and the facilities are first class.read moreJoshna Patel2018-04-05T09:49:12+0000My little one joined BLS in Stanmore, the nursery was brand new at the time. Having looked around at other nurseries, my husband and I found this nursery stood out for us as it was bright, airy, colourful, spacious and inviting. There’s some neat little touches too, webcam, portal to check regular updates with photos, which are also emailed. My little one settled in very quickly, hardly shed a tear when dropping off. The staff are nice and friendly. They also provide extra curricular activities for children eg, jabber jacks, heuristic play, French classes, sports and tiny mites.Local Days out which my little one enjoys.read moreIrina Nicoleta Giosu2017-12-15T17:40:28+0000Lucy Hibberd2017-11-11T07:16:40+0000Thank you so much Milky Way team at Mill Hill for helping Phoebe have such a good first full week!Raksha Manek2017-10-06T15:36:08+0000Kavi Kukadia2017-10-06T12:55:20+0000Pratibha Sachdev2017-10-04T13:40:46+0000Pravina Budhdev2017-10-03T15:21:22+0000Bhavna Barchha2017-09-27T16:18:01+0000Rikin Rayvadera2017-09-27T14:54:02+0000Hitesh Mistry2017-09-27T13:44:50+0000Nadine Herman2017-09-01T20:15:43+0000Thank you to Bright Little Stars Mill Hill for all you have done for Ethan over the past four years. We left today with a very heavy heart. While the setting and facilities are fantastic and the children are constantly challenged intellectually what always impressed me most was the warmth, care and love that the staff show to the children which is crucial at such a young age. I’ve always been comforted by the fact that Ethan has been in such capable hands. We will definitely stay in touch. All the best for the future!read moreVasili Olawunmi Fasanmi2017-08-17T11:48:54+0000Sijin Jacob2017-07-21T13:03:52+0000Today-my boy’s last day at BLS Watford-I cannot express in words how thankful we are.Such a fantastic team-made a great progress in our child’s development.We will miss you all-each and every member of Supernova and the management team and thank you very much for a wonderful year.Wish you all the best.read moreRiztya Faretha2017-07-11T15:05:12+0000My daughter joined the BLS in Harrow when she was 19 months old. The nursery was brand new at that time but my husband and I were really amazed at how professional the staffs are. My daughter settled in very quickly, hardly shed a tear when we dropped her off. She loves the food there, I always hear she eats everything. I noticed my daughter became really good at singing nursery rhymes and likes to dance or doing any small movements while singing (it is just so cute); she developed many words from the rhymes. The BLS Harrow have loads of toys and a big space for kids to play around, both indoor and outdoor area. The web link for parent’s area are very useful to view children activities, upcoming events, and nursery cam. We can’t recommend BLS Harrow highly enough.read moreChirag Malhotra2017-07-01T14:32:55+0000Bright little stars cares a lot for kids wellbeing and is full of fun and activities…has well trained and friendly staff…colorful and nice setup for the young ones to learn and grow…We have moved in from abroad and in no time my little one is so comfortable with the conducive and caring atmosphere and is enjoying every bit of the time spent in BLS…and am sure she is on her way to be definitely a bright little star** as all the credit goes to the nursery “bright little stars” for all the grooming and learning’s she is getting.read moreSonu Wadhu2017-06-26T20:07:39+0000The staff is nice and very friendly. They provide regular updates about child’s progress. Even my unfriendly little one has developed social and language skills pretty fast. My little one just loves their garden which has loads of different areas to play around like music wall, mud area and loads more. They offer several extra curricular activities for kids like baking muffins and spanish classes and they’ve loads of toys and big space for kids to play around and learn, they can never get bored of.read moreOlesya Tuzikova2017-06-26T15:44:06+0000From the day we started the nursery I loved it all, they are so supportive of every child’s needs. The staff is very welcoming and thoughtful they organize things to be easy for both parents and kids (such as nappies and wipes being brought in packs in advance, list of children’s clothes etc.) My daughter is more than happy there, I loved the brand new building, everything is nice and clean (not like everywhere), children always have cuddles and hugs, the members of staff carry little ones for a comfort and they are never lazy or tired. I also like the spacious buggy park and that they offer a variety of home-made food to children on an everyday basis. I couldn’t recommend it enough, every session is something we are looking forward to thanks to caring members of staff and the overall atmosphere.read moreBob Ik2017-06-15T23:26:12+0000Cannot thank enough Hemma, Alija, Khansa, Yolanda and all the staff members who look after my daughter so well that she has a smile on her little face every single day. She excelled in every way at BLS in HARROW. A million thanks from my family and our Ellen.read moreBob Zon2017-06-07T21:14:52+0000Lauren Kirstie2017-04-18T19:46:38+0000My son has been attending the Watford site for 6 months now and loves his new BLS family! The staff are so friendly and welcoming and the facilities are fantastic! Really feel safe and secure leaving my child with this amazing nursery!read moreNitesh Mahtani2017-04-12T18:02:44+0000Our son first started going to another nursery , but was constantly unhappy and was frequently in tears whenever we picked him up. We then decided to move him to Bright Little Stars in Mill Hill from around 16 months and he settled in straight away, hardly shed a tear and instantly built bonds with several members of staff. We are very happy with the care and attention paid to our son by the staff. We love the way that all special occasions are celebrated and the children are encouraged to create their own Mother’s Day cards and even cook their own Pizza’s, to name a few activities they have been involved in. The daily automated e-mail is a clear summary of the key highlights of the day for my son my wife makes frequent use of the access to CCTV and is happy with what she observes. Facilities are excellent and my son is happy. We will soon be ending our second son to BLS as well, as we love the place. Highly recommended to all!read moreNeera Parekh2017-04-05T00:37:17+0000Bright Little Stars Watford are fantastic! They are professional, polite and very helpful. The team at BLS Watford work with you to make your child settle in and progress in their early years. My son absolutely loves the nursery and is always happy to go in. Thank you all at BLS Watford.xread moreSamantha Wiseman2017-04-04T12:37:47+0000The staff are very friendly and approachable. The rooms are well laid out and the garden is fantastic. The food is cooked fresh each day and the variety is great!read moreMinal Shah2017-03-30T18:26:13+0000Great staff that are friendly and will try and stick to your routine as much as possible. The rooms are a good size and have plenty of activities daily for children. There are freshly prepared meals each day and the menu changes seasonally which is wonderful. Our little girl settled very quickly and is happy there! Would highly recommend.read moreSharron Langford2017-03-27T17:10:58+0000It is a great nursery the staff are fantastic and friendly my child has developed so much since starting the Watford nursery in Januaryread moreTania Barsan2017-03-12T22:08:01+0000Azra Jiffry2017-03-12T14:03:07+0000Puscas Gabriela2017-02-27T03:33:09+0000Masoud Fard2017-02-20T14:21:38+0000The best nursery in the area. Quality of staff and the way they look after and manage daily programs is fantastic. They surely deserved the recent Ofsted ranking! Well Done!read moreKatie Grossman2017-02-19T14:05:20+0000BLS is undoubtably the best nursery in Mill Hill and the surrounding areas. Having watched the team grow since my eldest son started there in 2013 they’ve gone from strength to strength, and now my youngest is there too we are still huge fans. They take such good care of all the children, providing a wide, varied list of activities that stretch them to academic levels beyond their peers. They never settle and are constantly thinking up new ways to make what they do even better.read moreGokul Swami2017-01-06T12:40:27+0000Kyra Staniford2016-10-18T11:58:50+0000My little girl joined in June this year and we have not been dissapointed fantastic staff super friendly and always there to help no bad points atall was very hesitant about putting her into nursery for the first time but was reassured by the staff and she loves it such an amazing nursery !!!!read moreLaura Sinclair-Lazell2016-10-04T20:50:39+0000Great nursery, our little one has settled in well. The staff are fantastic!Amber Punjani2016-09-23T14:12:34+0000This nursery is a lovely place, My daughter loves coming here. It’s very well equipped for children of different ages.Fantastic setting, beautiful outside space/activities. An all round fabulous nursery, with supportive and nurturing staff. Freshly cooked food. A very dedicated and hard working management team, who are child focused. I highly recommend this nursery to any parent.read moreEkta Gadhvi-Swami2016-09-21T13:35:02+0000Fantastic nursery – my toddler has settled in so well thanks to the amazing staff at BLS WatfordAbby Yau2016-09-19T08:27:55+0000Ellie Elliott2016-09-15T16:04:35+0000We have two children, one of which up until the summer was in another nursery which she started at 9 months and our little boy who had not attended another nursery. As my eldest grew we realised her old nursery was not meeting her needs and wasn’t up to the standard we were looking for. Although we knew it was right to move her to a new nursery, we were sceptical about unsettling her and ensured we looked into a number of other nurseries to guarantee her security and comfort in the transition. For me, Bright little stars stood out a mile from any other nursery we viewed and after having a tour we decided to start my other child there as well as moving my daughter. The staff were really friendly and so welcoming when we toured, communication was great with lots of relevant information being both sent to us by email as well being explained to us in person. The nursery is so clean, organised, modern and is full of both nurturing and stimulating toys and activities. I have potty trained my daughter and I take great comfort in the toilet area which is spacious with a number of toilets, as well as child seats and a number of small basins as the child walks out of the cubicle encouraging them to wash their hands. The garden area is likewise spacious with a number of activities as well as bigger attributes such as a climbing frame, the mud kitchen and a sand pit which my child loves. The nursery also has a number of classes such as dinky dancers, Spanish amigos and yummy yoga which both kids love, these are only a few examples of how they are helping my children to grow within themselves as well as with confidence whilst learning new skills. The approach to children here is great, with elements such as circle time encouraging talking, communicating and singing whilst still learning at the same time. I would really recommend this nursery to any parent looking for the very best place to send their babies, both my children love it here and my daughter was even counting the sleeps until she started after viewing! My worries with moving my daughter and starting my son were completely put at ease once i had joined here and i am so glad i decided to do so, on the first day the nursery even gave us a sweet little first day survival kit with a beautiful poem and little gifts for the tearful mums! A further example of how thoughtful and considerate they are towards not only the children but also the parents is that we get an electronic diary with our child’s day including any changes, what they ate, sleeps theyve had and what theyve played with as well as highlighting their development and how they are progressing. I would urge any friend or family member to look here when considering a nursery for their little ones :)read moreBecca Dean2016-09-14T09:24:11+0000This nursery is hands down the best nursery in the Watford area. I am so happy with our choice to send our daughter here. I come from a childcare background myself and it was going to be hard task for a nursery to meet the standards I expected. BLS Watford meet all my expectations and more. It is a safe, stimulating and happy environment! My daughter is thriving. Would highly recommend this nursery��read morePaula Appiah2016-09-12T20:22:54+0000My son has just started at the branch on Sheepcote Lane in Watford and so far I have been very impressed! The first day was very hard to leave him and they surprised me with a lovely bag of goodies especially designed for the tearful mother! It’s the little things and the attention to detail that gives me the confidence in their ability to care for my boy. At the moment he only attends two days and I couldn’t have asked for better activities. He has Spanish one day and yoga the other! The very two activities I would have picked if I was asked before enrolling him. He leaves the nursery happy and contented, the environment is impeccable, bright, colourful and airy. The staff are friendly and helpful. It’s early days but so far so good!read moreShahid Mirza2016-09-12T19:19:03+0000Fantastic environment with excellent activities at the nursery as well as locally. A warm greeting when you pick your child up and an even warmer greeting when you drop them off. Massive thanks to Sarah and the rest of the team who have helped her become a more responsible, confident and sharing young lady.read moreElena-Maria Ciorga2016-09-12T13:51:05+0000Amazing nursery! I’ve visited quite a few before I decided to register my “little” girl (3 years 5 months old) to Bright little stars nursery (Watford) and I’m glad I chose this one. She liked it the first time she saw it and she didn’t want to leave. She has changed so much since she’s started attending it. She wasn’t talking a lot before but now when she’s coming home she’s like a chatterbox telling me how much fun she had. The reasons I chose this nursery are the following: the uniform (compulsory for pre-school children), fully qualified staff, the onsite chef cooking fresh meals (my daughter is a good eater), extra-curricular activities (spanish lessons, dinky dancers, sport…), nursery cam (I can login to see what is she doing at the nursery) and the nursery itself (bright learning rooms with latest technology).I am confident that she is going to be well prepared to start reception next year!read moreNarielly Viana2016-08-27T21:27:35+0000Irina Duta2016-08-27T01:07:39+0000Succes .Skit Morjaria Parmar2016-08-26T10:34:32+0000My son Shray started at Mill Hill when he was only 9mths old . The staff there were so patient and caring..it took him a very long time to settle. He’s now 2.5yrs old and been at Watford since they opened in March. He’s become a funny, confident and a happy little boy..they do lots of extra curricular activities from Football to Spanish! All credit to Ruby and the team in the Orion room.. Shray Ioves them all. I would highly recommend BLS☺️read moreImelda N Udeh2016-08-11T06:48:50+0000Melanie Postepski2016-06-28T15:41:19+0000Our little boy joined Watford in April 2016 from a different nursery that he’d outgrown, we just can’t believe the difference in him in such a short time, the environment is nurturing yet he’s really learnt so much in such a short amount of time, he didn’t speak much when he joined, but that’s all changed now. The extra curriculum activities are amazing and honestly we couldn’t be happier with Nicola and the team at BLS. Really fantastic nursery.read moreEmma Jane Goodchild2016-05-25T20:53:08+0000Our little boy has gone from strength to strength in his character at BLS. Love his independence, love his socialising skills, the team are great and the end of the day reports help me engage with him and ensure I don’t feel like I am missing out on his developmentread moreVictoria Treacy2016-05-25T14:19:56+0000Great nursery, which my little girl of 18mnths loves! They really go above and beyond with trips to the park, a dance and singing class on a monday and creating a tailor made program for each child to suit their own needs, likes and personalities.read moreNoureen Naushad2016-05-24T18:22:26+0000It’s a fabulous nursery. My 1 year and 3 year old boys attend the nursery and I couldn’t be happier with the standard of exceptional care given. Staff are extremely friendly and welcoming, and the standard of facilities is impeccable. My kids were happy and settled from the very first day and they simply love it. I can see both my kids learning a lot as the environment is very nurturing and stimulating. Outdoor play areas are simply wonderful. The nursery also makes an extra special effort to maintain parent partnerships through parents’ involvement sessions, breakfast clubs, and even the handover of kids at the day end is pretty detailed. Nursery webcam and online day end report with pics of my little one are wonderful features. My three year old comes home every day having learned new skills, tried new experiences and raves about his day. My baby boy is nurtured and cared for in a way that makes me very happy with my choice of nursery.read moreDede Thorpe2016-05-24T09:33:22+0000This is a fantastic nursery. It is very clean and well laid out. My 11-month old son has loved it since his first day. The staff there are all really friendly, helpful and they all know my son’s name which is a lovely personal touch. I can tell that the staff really care.Well worth the money. My son likes his key worker a lot and I can tell he learns a lot after every session.They keep me updated on my son’s days and send me lovely pictures of him having a good time. The staff to baby ratio is really good and I feel that my son gets all the attention he needs and the right support for his learning and development.read moreMeera Manek2015-12-24T10:34:14+0000Loved this place… Such a warm homely friendly environment!Neal Hutchings2015-12-04T23:20:45+0000Would like to thank everyone, especially orion room for making my first week fab and making me feel welcomed . Also for a great night at the Xmas party lol .read moreCorina Si Bogdan Dumitrescu2015-08-27T12:26:27+0000Manju Dhall2015-03-17T15:47:47+0000My son joined in the baby room and loves it their, always smiling when he walks in and talks about what he did at home. The staff have been excellent and very friendly and I have been very happy with the care provided.read moreHeena Thaker2015-03-08T20:16:48+0000Amazing nursery and is the perfect setting for my 3 year old. The staff are super and the facilities are great! :)Adrienne Konviser2015-03-03T20:56:22+0000A home away from home! Bright Little stars has a fabulous family feel. I feel completely at ease when I drop my daughter off. She is so well looked after and loved. I will be sending my second child there as soon as i get back to work.read moreKaushik Banerjee2015-03-02T02:48:54+0000It is a very warm and friendly place. the staff are really good.Naveen Varma2015-02-28T13:46:37+0000Excellent nursery – my 18 month old has been going since September & loves every minute. The staff are all very helpful & attentive. Everyone seems to know her name in the building which is a very nice feeling when you are leaving your child with a nursery. She has developed so much & barely looks back when she goes in the morning.Totally recommend this nurseryread moreSiobhan Chev2015-02-26T20:20:34+0000Viewing Bright Little Stars Nursery after the process of looking and viewing other nurseries suitable for my 11 Month old son, was a joyful relief. The minute I walked through the door I felt warmly welcomed,and in capable hands. The staff were informative, caring and my fears of leaving my baby boy instantly started to fade. This was the place I would leave my son whilst working. My now 14 Month old son is coming on leaps and bounds. The Milky way staff have supported my child in the developmental areas I felt would be best at each stage as he grows. The rooms are bright, fun and exciting. The on site chef is creative and there are always lots of yummy meals and snacks.My son will learn, play and continue to progress confidently, until he leaves for primary school.Thank you to all the team at Bright Little Stars Nursery. Siobhan.read moreMaria Delgado2015-02-26T18:30:56+0000My daughter loves this nursery as she’s been going there since 1 years old and has just recently turned 3. At the star I didn’t want her to go nursery as I’d miss her so much but BLS staff involve me in her nursery life. Bright Little Stars monitor the children’s progress and put them into classes where they can learn and excel. Overall it’s an amazing nursery as they care about the children because they hold many parent’s evenings.read moreRowena Varma2015-02-26T17:58:23+0000An absolutely brilliant nursery where we feel completely comfortable leaving our child as she will be well looked after. The staff are great and made my daughter’s transition to nursery smooth and stress free. She loves going there and we can relax as parents knowing that she is in good hands. There are always a variety of activities for her to participate in and parents are always kept updated and involved in their child’s development. Our daughter has come on leaps and bounds since attending BLS and we would not hesitate to recommend the nursery to all our friends and family!read moreNicky Novick Goss2015-02-25T09:51:41+0000Bright little stars is an outstanding nursery offering a professional and friendly service. The staff are warm, friendly and very helpful. I would highly recommend this nursery.read moreParveen Vilcassim2015-02-24T16:18:02+0000My two and a half year old daughter goes to BLS nursery in Mill Hill and she has been there since she was 9 months. The nursery teachers in all the rooms she has been in are very good and they provide a lot of care and attention to my daughter. They are also keen to involve me as much as possible and if needed I can rely on them to help her achieve certain key milestones/developmental goals. I am very happy with the nursery and also the facilities, it is a purpose built nursery so an ideal place for my daughter to stay. There are also a wide range of activities and educational programmes to encourage her to learn and develop her confidence and skills (the Ben and Betty programme is fab!). Overall, I am very pleased with BLS :)read moreChris Giles2015-01-22T21:55:47+0000Fantastic place! All the staff superb and the management really care.Rachael Lines2015-01-22T19:46:33+0000Fantastic nursery! Happy friendly staff and a brilliant manager!Shivraj Sodha2015-01-22T17:50:26+0000Anuj Popat2015-01-22T15:14:32+0000Carly Tucker2015-01-21T19:12:12+0000Lovely facilities, really friendly and helpful staff. Thank youRoxana Macri2015-01-11T22:42:03+0000Laura Cohen-Myers2014-11-17T22:25:50+0000Jitesh Sanghani2014-11-03T08:21:47+0000One of the most beautiful nurseries I have ever seen, very proffesionally run, children’s Every needs taken care of, without hesitation thoroughly recommendedread moreAndrea Guttadauro2014-10-29T17:31:27+0000Amazing nursery with great staff and a truly great managerRupeen Popat2014-08-12T00:11:36+0000Candice Jackson2014-05-01T07:23:10+0000Rikin Adatia2014-01-17T12:28:32+0000Rohini Devani2013-12-11T07:54:57+0000Well done! First anniversary approaching soon……Yassin Said2013-11-04T01:53:55+0000Shivangi Bhatt2013-10-29T17:32:17+0000Petra Kanatova2013-10-25T14:04:25+0000Sonali Devani2013-10-18T13:40:37+0000Lisa Leonard2013-08-24T22:32:03+0000Fahmida Choudhury Mua2013-07-22T16:05:53+0000Amol Devani2013-06-01T11:54:16+0000