Elaine DannNursery Manager, Mill Hill
Elaine Dann is the Nursery Manager at our Mill Hill Nursery. Elaine has over 21 years’ experience within the childcare industry, 7 of these being in an Early Years setting. She holds a Level 4 Certificate in Early Years Practice. Elaine has vast experience leading and managing large teams and growing nurseries from opening to full capacity.
Elaine is dedicated about her work in Early Years and strives to provide the best learning opportunities for all children, she believes in teaching resilience and independence by offering experiences that are unique to each child. Elaine is keen for children to develop their knowledge of the world we live in through allowing them to explore their local environment and community.
Elaine is experienced in inspiring her team to enhance their skills through providing support and knowledge in a safe and stimulating way, this she knows further enriches the high-level teaching offered to the little ones she is lucky to have in her care.
To find out more about Mill Hill, please visit our Mill Hill page.
Bright Little Stars Nursery in Mill Hill opened in January 2013 and features a newly renovated, castle themed, gated property with a multi-colour fence. It is situated alone on Dove Close with private access from Bunns Lane and a pedestrian crossing directly outside the Nursery making this an exciting, safe and secure environment for you and your little one.
The Mill Hill nursery has four bright learning rooms for each of our age groups of babies, pre-toddlers, toddlers and pre-school featuring plenty of natural light, carefully selected facilities and resources, dual air-conditioning/heating systems and modern interactive LCD computer screens and technology.
Our new, large outdoor play areas give each room direct access to the outdoors encouraging the free flow of learning and children’s exploration. We are also fortunate to have Mill Hill Park conveniently located opposite the Mill Hill Nursery, providing us with plentiful opportunities for outdoor fun.
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, Ben & Betty and an exciting range of Extra-Curricular Clubs.
We are blessed to have a wonderful, dedicated and passionate team of staff. Our on-site chef freshly prepares healthy and nutritious meals and snacks in our 5-star food hygiene kitchen, to give your little ones all the energy they need for a busy day of play and learning.
Our Nursery in Mill Hill features a full security system using the latest CCTV and a secure entry/exit system with a direct link to the police and is monitored in case of other emergencies. For your convenience, there is also on-site parking and a separate buggy and car seat storage area.
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We have specially designed four bright learning rooms with your child’s best interests at heart, each tailored to one of our particular age groups of babies, toddlers and pre-school complete with carefully selected sophisticated resources, facilities and modern technology suited to encourage children’s exploration for plentiful learning opportunities. Each room has direct access to outdoor space allowing the free flow of learning and playing both indoors and out.
Milky Way Room: Under 2 years old – Room One
Welcome to the Milky Way Room where we accommodate babies and pre-toddlers. This room has been specially designed for our littlest ones to move around safely in a clean and caring environment. We operate a strict no outdoor shoes policy in this room. To ensure babies are able to get the rest they need, we have designed a separate sleep section for their comfort. The Milky Way Room also features its own milk kitchen and a multi-sensory room to encourage children to use their senses and explore. Your child will be assigned a Key Person and we try to follow any routines you have established at home. We will also complete a daily diary for your child which outlines what your child has been up to during the day.
Younger children are given plenty of stimulating activities and choice in order for them to get used to the nursery environment, particularly during the settling-in period. We place great importance on providing sensitive care with a variety of experiences to promote your baby’s emotional development and understanding of their environment. Interaction through speech and play is also important to create special attachments with adults and carers and to nurture a sense of security and well-being.
We like to take part in a variety of activities throughout the day, including walks in the fresh air and playtime in specially designated areas of our gardens. Indoor activities take place in our large, well-equipped room and include creative and craft play such as painting, sticking, cooking, music and singing. We also introduce children to colours, shapes and counting in accordance with the EYFS. All activities are structured around your baby’s individual needs and abilities to support their growth and development.
The older group have a varied and interesting programme of play and learning. One of the biggest changes is in their physical development.Children progress from crawling to walking and begin to use their new mobility to push and pull toys, dance and climb. Outside play forms a large part of their day and we have a range of toys and play equipment which will develop their balance, co-ordination, physical strength and confidence.
At this age, children also begin to take an interest in books, nursery rhymes and enjoy experimenting with crayons, drawing and sensory materials. They begin to recognise patterns and shapes and we support their learning by encouraging them to choose activities. We also start to introduce group activities, which improves concentration, language skills and enables your child to experience a wide range of new emotions. Children enjoy learning basic tasks. We begin to teach them to use a spoon and fork to eat and to drink from a cup.
Galaxy Room: Under 2¼ – 3 ¼ years old – Room Two
The Galaxy Room is for our confident walkers and pre-toddlers. When your child joins this room they will be assigned a new Key Person. It is a recognised fact that children of this age develop fully intellectually, emotionally and physically when they are free to move and explore their environment safely. Our carefully planned environment is rich in colour, print and physical experiences for this age group.
The small group time area and book corner is a comfortable spot for reading and encourages children to read often through choice and access books easily. Our daily story and group times form part of our early active learning routine, enabling children’s concentration levels to grow preparing them for later teaching. Learning and creative materials along with children’s pegs and cubbies are labelled using print and pictures. Seeing print and pictures around them helps children to learn about and prepare for reading. Our visual timetables help children to learn routines and feel safe and secure by knowing what is happening next.
As Pre-Toddlers explore and use all their senses to learn about the world around them, our learning room offers easily-accessible materials to explore, including role play, creative and mark-making materials, puzzles and shape sorters, sand and water and a fantastic indoor baby gym.
Orion Room: 2 ¼- 3 ¼ years old
This is a time of exploration and discovery for your child when we build on their developing physical skills and intellectual abilities. We have active times for exercise and play and quiet times for calmer, academic activities and speech development.
Language comprehension develops at an increasing rate at this age and we spend time looking at picture books and reading to children to build their vocabulary and a love of books. We also spend more time learning in groups, including pretend play, to better understand other people’s feelings and to continue to learn how to co-operate with others.
Children develop at different rates and each child’s progress is individual to them. The Key Person’s role is very important to encourage exploration and self-help. Children will be encouraged and supported to put their coats and shoes on when playing in the garden and using a knife and fork at meal times. They will go to the bathroom to wash their hands before meals.
Adults are important role models in children’s early development and we encourage good table manners and always model polite language which children naturally copy by saying please, thank you and excuse me. Praise is always given for new achievements to build self-esteem and confidence.
Supernova Room: Over 3 ¼ years
Between the ages of approximately 3¼ and 5, your child’s independence and self-help skills grow and they develop a stronger sense of their own identity and place in the world. The relationships they build with adult carers and, in particular, their Key Person will form the basis of much of their learning at this age.
Older children have a structured programme of learning, which is based on activities in preparation for their transition from nursery to ‘big’ school. Children participate in a ‘School Day’ within the nursery day. This ‘School Day’ involves two bespoke teaching sessions, a number of adult-led small group sessions and focused child-initiated learning.
Outside of these times children continue to learn with increased independence and are encouraged to do more for themselves, including choosing and carrying out activities and tasks, with a variety of interesting materials and resources available. They also have opportunities to take part in various extra-curricular activities. The room is set out into different learning areas including: Communication & Language, Physical Development, Personal Social & Emotional Development, Mathematics, Literacy (including phonics, ‘reading’ and mark making/writing), Understanding the World and Expressive Arts & Design.
Children are encouraged to choose resources from different areas and have continual access to ICT equipment, sand, water, role-play and books. We also support and encourage children in areas such as eating, dressing and toileting. Helping adults in everyday tasks such as preparing tables at meal times and tidying away afterwards, encourages independence.
We recognise the importance of your child’s all-round development and concentrate on building their social, emotional, intellectual, physical and language skills. Physical sessions are planned each week to develop their strength and co-ordination and several group sessions are integrated into the daily routine to develop social and communications skills. 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.
Children’s language is now much more complex and we encourage them to join in conversations to learn to use longer sentences and to begin to think about the past, present and future. We also introduce children to the concepts of dangers and safe limits. An increased interest in joint play, such as make-believe, construction and puzzles helps to develop comprehension and planning and reinforces important social skills such as sharing and co-operation.
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. Morning sessions run from 8:00am to 1:00pm and afternoon sessions from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. Children can be dropped off and/or picked up anytime within their relevant session time. Fees are charged on a monthly basis.
In the best interests of each child, for private care, we ask you to commit to a minimum of 4 single sessions per week. This ensures that each child is well settled and is able to participate fully within the curriculum at Nursery.
For further detailed information about our fees or any discounts we are offering please see below or contact our Nursery Manager who will be more than happy to answer any queries you may have.
Session Fees: 1st January – 31st December 2023
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 £97.41 £108.23 £108.23 £108.23 £97.41 £461.81
(£46.18 per session)
Morning (AM) £56.69 £62.99 £62.99 £62.99 £56.69 £272.13
(£54.43 per session)
Afternoon (PM) £51.54 £57.27 £57.27 £57.27 £51.54 £247.39
(£49.48 per session)
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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Full Week Full Day £89.52 £99.47 £99.47 £99.47 £89.52 £424.41
(£42.44 per session)
Morning (AM) £52.10 £57.89 £57.89 £57.89 £52.10 £250.09
(£50.02 per session)
Afternoon (PM) £47.37 £52.63 £52.63 £52.63 £47.37 £227.36
(£45.47 per session)
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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Full Week with 15 Hours
Full Week with 30 Hours
Full Day £87.58 £97.31 £97.31 £97.31 £87.58 £290.64
(£29.06 per session)
(£16.61 per session)
(£41.52 per session)
Morning (AM) £50.97 £56.63 £56.63 £56.63 £50.97 £146.79
(£29.36 per session)
(£19.59 per session)
(£48.93 per session)
Afternoon (PM) £46.34 £51.48 £51.48 £51.48 £46.34 £88.96
(£17.79 per session)
(£44.48 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).
* 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: £4.00 PM Session Meals: £3.40 Additional Services: £4.30
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
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.
Our Mill Hill Nursery was graded ‘OUTSTANDING’ in all areas by Ofsted in 2017. You are welcome to download a copy of this Report.
In 2019, Ofsted graded us ‘GOOD’ in all areas. We are pleased to also share this most recent Ofsted Inspection Report with you and some key highlights below.
“Children make good progress in all areas of learning.”
“Children are developing a positive sense of themselves and others.”
“Babies settle easily and seek physical and emotional comfort from familiar staff. Babies share playful interactions with staff.”
“Children benefit from a well organised and clean environment. Staff are strongly committed to maintaining a high standard of hygiene throughout the nursery and promote good personal hygiene habits with children.”
“Children enjoy the healthy and freshly cooked meals that take into account their dietary requirements and preferences.”
“Children are well behaved and show consideration for each other and their environment.”
“The staff team and parents share open lines of communication this has resulted in having positive outcomes for all the children.”
“The nursery support and help parents and children with school transitions.”
“Staff regularly dedicate time to incorporate communication, language and literacy in children’s everyday experiences. There are frequent chances for children to apply mathematics across nearly all activities.”
“Staff carry out regular observations of what children know and can do. They use this information well to assess each child’s progress and help close any gaps in learning.”
“Staff work well with other professionals to support children, including those with special educational needs, to make good progress in relation to their starting points.”
“The skills and well-being of the staff are valued by the managers. Staff report they feel motivated, supported and enjoy the benefits of regular training.”
“Managers give safeguarding high priority when recruiting staff. Consequently, procedures for recruitment are thorough and managers are vigilant in their duties to keep everyone safe in their care.”
“Managers and staff have established a clear vision to ensure the nursery continues to develop. They have created a culture of self-reflection and continuous improvement.”
Vanessa Karsah20:57 24 Nov 22
Our daugter absolutely loves Bright Little Stars. She has settled really well and I have no doubt that it’s due to the warmth and genuine care that all the staff show towards her. The nursery is clean, colourful and has such a lovely atmosphere from the moment you walk in. We feel incredibly… comfortable and happy sending our daughter to the nursery and have been so impressed with everything. Its so lovely reading the observations that are regularly posted showing all the fun and educational activities they get up to. There are also lots of opportunities for parents to get involved. A special call out to Despina who has been the most amazing keyworker and room lead, she is an asset to the nursery and the bond she has created with our daughter is truly special. Highly recommend!read moreAnnarita Castaldo14:17 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!read moreSasidhar Sekar16:54 17 Jan 22
I love the attention children get individually and how much they get to learn everyday. A big thanks to everyone in the nursery.Philip Smith09:16 27 Jul 21Emille Henderson08:20 27 Jul 21
My wife and I have always been a little dubious about sending our daughter to a nursery and have always relied on family for child care. We went for a tour and was pleasantly surprised by how professional, friendly and committed all the staff were. The outdoor space was our favourite as we could… see how much thought and hard had gone into it. We have visited over 10 nurseries so far and Bright Little Stars beat them all by miles. Looking forward to joining the Bright Little Star’s family real soon. Thank you for all your help and assistance.read more
Annarita Castaldo14:15 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!read moreEwa Razniewska Bieniek11:36 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 Liu12:04 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 Kaye16:37 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 moreSherly 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 more