Harrow

  • Wendy Gore
    Senior Nursery Manager

    Level 3 Qualification in Childcare an Education
    Wendy has over 15 years’ experience working in the Early Years sector. Wendy thrives in a busy environment and is passionate about ensuring the children and her staff team reach their full potential.

    She has a unique ability to motivate and encourage staff as well as being very approachable and welcoming. Wendy has always worked within the Early Years sector and believes it is the most rewarding job where there is nothing better than watching children overcome hurdles, build their personalities and watch them thrive.

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

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

    Learning Rooms

    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.

    Outdoor Activities

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

    Unique Learning Programme

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

    What Makes us Special?

    Early Years Oral Care

    To promote Outstanding Oral Health we operate tooth brushing at the nursery for children from our Galaxy Pre Toddler room onwards. Children enjoy brushing their teeth socially with their peers after meal times and learn about healthy teeth with their teachers. As a home from home provision, we encourage links between practical life activities and Health and well-being leading to children being champions of their own Oral Health.

    Outings Programme

    Our unique outings programme includes visits to the Science Museum, National History Museum, Hanwell Zoo, RAF Museum, local parks, and more. These experiences ignite curiosity, promote learning, confidence and social skills, along with nurturing a sense of adventure amongst our children.

     

    Book A Tour

    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.

    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

    Opening Times

    We are open Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 6:00pm, excluding Bank Holidays, 50 weeks per year for children aged 6 months to 5 years.

  • 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

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

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

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

    • Galaxy Room: Under 2¼ – 3 ¼ years old

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

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

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

    • Orion Room: 2¼- 3¼ years old

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

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

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

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

    • Supernova Room: Over 3¼ years

      A warm welcome to the Supernova Room where we accommodate our pre-school children aged from approximately 3¼ years to 5 years old. Within the Supernova Room our aim is to ensure that your child is ready and eager to start school. The Supernova Pre-school Educators  ensure the children can access a structured programme of learning, which is based on activities in preparation for the transition from Nursery to ‘big’ school. Following the 7 Areas of the EYFS and the unique BLS Learning Programme, we use a structured programme of rich and varied activities. All of the EYFS Areas are reflected in the learning rooms and outdoor areas, featuring Communication & Language, Physical Development, Personal Social & Emotional Development. Mathematics, Literacy (including phonics, ‘reading’ and mark making/writing), Understanding the World and Expressive Arts & Design.

      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. We continue to encourage good table manners, children confidently self-serve their meals and snacks, as well as using a knife and fork at meal times. Children are confident to dress themselves and are familiar with toileting in preparation for school. The children enjoy helping the adults in everyday tasks such as preparing the routine and tidying away afterwards. They also have opportunities to take part in various extra-curricular activities.

      At this stage the children are becoming more aware of their place in the community, our unique low level windows provide an additional learning opportunity to observe the environment in which they live. Children’s language is now much more complex therefore we encourage them to join in conversations, learn to use longer sentences and to begin to think about the past, present and future.

      Literacy and numeracy can develop rapidly with the support of a wide range of resources e.g. Numicon. Jolly Phonics and Read Write Inc. are used to support letter recognition and formation. The children are encouraged to contribute to group times with ‘Show and Tell’ activities, as well as reflecting on their interests, sharing their family life, culture and beliefs.

      Their increased interest in joint play, such as make-believe, construction and puzzles, helps to develop comprehension and planning, as well as reinforcing important social skills such as sharing and co-operation. Strong parent partnerships are vital for a smooth transition to school, therefore we meet with you regularly to update you on your child’s progress and development.

      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.

  • Take a look at around our nursery and see all that we have to offer you and your little one.

  • 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. 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 2 full days 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.

    • Registration, Offers/Discounts and Additional Charges

      Application, Registration and Fees

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

      Offers/Discounts

      Siblings Discount
      To reward our loyal parent partners, we are happy to offer a 10% siblings discount to the eldest child of two children, including twins, attending our Nursery at the same time. For three siblings, we are happy to offer the eldest child a 10% siblings discount and the second child a 5% siblings discount when all three children are attending our Nursery at the same time*.

      Additional Charges

      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
    • Funding, Tax-Free Childcare and Vouchers

      Government Funding

      The Government funds Local Authorities to offer subsidised early education places in settings inspected by Ofsted.

      Government have planned to provide more affordable childcare for working parents of children aged from 9 months upwards during 2024; the extended offer will be rolled out in phases:

      From April 2024, working parents of children aged 2 will be able to access 15 hours Government funded childcare.

      From September 2024, working parents of children aged 9 months and above will be able to access 15 hours Government funded childcare.

      From September 2025, working parents of children aged 9 months and above will be entitled to 30 hours Government funded childcare per week.

      All 3 and 4 year olds will continue to 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 52 weeks a 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 52 weeks a year, providing they meet the government eligibility.

      Bright Little Stars stretches this funding entitlement over the entire 52 weeks and adds the cost of providing the many additional services that BLS prides itself on providing for our privately funded sessions. This includes nutritionally balanced meals designed by a qualified nutritionist, extra-curricular clubs, ParentCam, digital access to your child’s online learning journals with real time updates, a home learning platform, qualified teachers leading our pre-school, regular nursery events for children and parents, parent educational workshops with an extensive database of recordings, individualised support for school applications and many other additional services.

      To qualify for the current 3+ funding, 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 this does not guarantee the availability of a place.

      Tax-Free Childcare

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

      Tax-Free Childcare can be used alongside the 15 and 30 hours 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.

      Childcare Vouchers

      We accept Childcare Vouchers from employers who offer this benefit to their eligible employees as an e-voucher. Vouchers are non-taxable and exempt from NI contributions for employees, whilst offering NI savings for employers. Both parents are eligible to claim as long as they are both in employment.

  • We are pleased following our first Ofsted Inspection to have been graded ‘GOOD’ in all areas at our Harrow Nursery.

    You are welcome to download a copy of our Ofsted Inspection Report.

    Key Highlights:

    “Staff provide a welcoming and nurturing learning environment. Children settle readily and develop a strong sense of belonging and self-worth.”

    “Staff attend well to the needs of babies. Babies play and squeal happily.”

    “Staff know the children well and support their learning effectively. Children make good progress from their individual starting points. They are well prepared for the next stages in their learning and development, including the move on to school.”

    “Staff work effectively with parents and outside professionals to provide consistent and coordinated care and learning for children.”

    “Safeguarding is effective. The provider uses robust vetting procedures to help ensure that all staff are suitable for the role.”

    “Children keenly join in play and relate well to each other.”

    “Staff are good role models for the children. For example, they remind children to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and support their social and emotional skills effectively.”

    “Children enjoy outdoor play and socialise well with their friends.”

    “Children are making good progress and any gaps in learning are closing.”

    “Managers seek the views of parents and others to help provide a good service.”

  • Poonam Das
    Poonam Das
    07:41 17 Oct 23

    The management is pretty good and the nursery itself is very safe, clean and set-up beautifully. They have a very structured day to day schedule and I could clearly see how my daughter enjoyed her time there once she was settled. The settling period was bit overwhelming for us as a parent but the staff did handle my daughter well and gave her enough time to feel comfortable. My daughter was with them for a few months in galaxy room before we moved back to our home country but I felt she had a good learning curve. Her key person Lakshmi , Lara and Charlotte (room lead) were fantastic and had tremendous contribution in making my daughter feel at home. The kids are very well taken care of and the key person do also provide feedback on what is going well etc. and are open to discuss for your concerns if any. Even though its slightly highly priced as compared to other nurseries around but its all worth it. Thanks.read more

    Arpit Jain
    Arpit Jain
    22:28 07 Mar 23

    It has been 8+ months since our daughter is going to the BLS. I’m happy for multiple reasons:1. Staff: Quite talented and amazing staff at the BLS ensures that your kid is not only learning the best but also getting a very good emotional care while away from home.2. Activities and Infrastructure: Program is well structured that kids learn both academic as well as practical life skills. Infrastructure is quite nice compared to other nurseries specially if you are introducing child at an early age.3. Management: BLS management is amazing with timely notification, rules standardization, etc. Rules at BLS are all designed for kids’ well-being.4. Food: Food is really yummy at BLS. Parents were invited to the Christmas party and we felt so glad that kids get such yummy snacks regularly.Moreover, I feel really proud when people say how did you get admission at BLS as they couldn’t get it due to the long queue. I would strongly recommend people for BLS for their peace of mind.read more

    Puneet kansal
    Puneet kansal
    04:56 01 Feb 23

    AL JL
    AL JL
    10:14 13 Nov 22

    We are happy to recommend Bright Little Stars Harrow. Our little one has been attending for roughly 7 months now and is learning well and happy there. There are often arts and crafts for the children to take home and the kids’ activities are well thought out and varied. The staff are cheerful, friendly and attentive and it’s clear that they take pride in their work. Meals are well-balanced and plentiful. Their use of an app to inform parents of meals, sleep and nappy changes give assurances that the children are well looked-after. Our only gripe is that they are oversubscribed for the younger kids’ rooms – which in a way is a testament to their quality.read more

    Dipesh Halai
    Dipesh Halai
    00:08 12 Nov 22

    My first son attended BLS Harrow from Jan 2018 and started his journey from Milky Way, Galaxy, Orion and graduated from Supernova in Aug 2022. My second son is currently at BLS where he has just transitioned from Orion into Supernova. They absolutely love their time at BLS. The staff in all four class are amazing. They work as a great team to ensure the boys settle in nicely and develop into their full potential. The key person relationship is a key factor that makes BLS Harrow an outstanding nursey. Their key worker will build a strong relationship with the boys and us, and they are constantly developing, challenging and encouraging them on a daily basis. The way this nursery readies the child for school is second to none. The Supernova team do an amazing job in developing educational standards into the children and ensure they are at a high reception level by the time they leave BLS. i.e., able to write their name in full and read various words etc. I would highly recommend BLS Harrow and the staff in the rooms, mangers, support staff and chefs are amazing!!!read more


    Wojciech Mol
    Wojciech Mol

    20:00 23 Aug 23

    Bright Little Stars Stanmore is a perfect choice for the nursery for our daughter. She’s absolutely loving it there. Always so happy to leave home, knowing she’s going to be playing with her favourite teachers, Vilas, Paula, Jawaria. Also, many, many thanks to the Chef, Joanna, who found time to help my baby to settle in the first few weeks. The level of care and education is exceptional, by far has exceeded our expectations. We could not have chosen a better place for our little star! Thank you to everyone at BLS!read more

    Annarita Castaldo
    Annarita Castaldo

    14:15 22 May 22

    Bright little stars is the place where every parent would love to keep his/her baby. We were worried when our daughter had to start the nursery, It is not easy for a parent leave their baby the first time with people that you don’t know yet, but at BLS you feel like at home, the staff took care of her and we felt in good hands from the first day.
    We have seen our daughter making a lots of progress from the day one, and she was always happy to be at the nursery.
    The members of the staff is always kind, they are friendly and caring. The place is a very nice environment, it is colourful and full of play with different learning areas.
    We loved the continues feedback and development growth report that we were given.
    We felt involved during Her days at the nursery, we knew exactly what she did during the day.
    We feel like we couldn’t find a better nursery for our daughter.
    We strongly recommend BLS!
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    Ewa Razniewska Bieniek
    Ewa Razniewska Bieniek

    11:36 10 Feb 22

    My son has been attending Bright Little Stars Barnet since March 2021 and he absolutely loves it, and rarely wants to leave! The staff are friendly, caring and reliable and the facilities are excellent. Really recommendable !!

    Mei Liu
    Mei Liu

    12:04 31 Jan 22

    A great local nursery that my daughter enjoys going to every day. With good facilities and teachers available, would recommend to anyone interested! 😀

    Julie Kaye
    Julie Kaye

    16:37 26 Jan 22

    My daughter has been attending BLS Barnet since March 2021 and she absolutely loves it, and rarely wants to leave! The staff are friendly, caring and reliable and the facilities are excellent. They have extra curricular activities throughout the week which my daughter loves, and we get a lot of feedback on her progression. I would highly recommend this nursery to other parents.read more

  • Harrow Nursery

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