Sarina KukadiaNursery Manager
Level 3 Qualification in Childcare
Sarina Kukadia is the Nursery Manager at Bright Little Stars Mill Hill and has 15 years’ experience working in the Early Years sector.
Sarina opened our Stanmore branch where she spent 5 and half years and achieved an Outstanding from Ofsted. Maintaining high standards in care and education comes naturally to Sarina, allowing her to progress her career and do what she loves in a management role. She thrives on creating a loving and nurturing environment for children from a very early age.
To find out more about Watford, 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 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.
What Makes us Special?
Lending Library, Reading initiative
Our lending library has become a beloved resource for families. It offers a variety of books for children, parents, grandparents, and staff to share the joy of reading. With our motto “Read it, Love it, Return it,” we foster a culture of literacy and engagement. This initiative works seamlessly alongside our Supernova reading program, ensuring that children receive the encouragement they need to develop a lifelong love for books and learning.
Local Community Support
Community involvement and social responsibility are values we hold dear. As a testament to our commitment, we proudly support our local Food Bank year-round. Our families donate and children personally deliver these donations within our local community. This hands-on experience fosters empathy, compassion, and a deep understanding of the importance of helping others.
Book A Tour
Come and see all that we have to offer, meet our team and answer any questions that 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.
Request A Viewing
Our nurseries are open for both in person appointments and live, video tours.
Please contact us via our Request A Viewing online form to book your appointment.
Our waitlist is currently closed for children above the age of 2 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, 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
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
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. 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.
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.
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.
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 2023, 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.
“Leaders have developed a curriculum that is highly ambitious and carefully sequenced.”
“Children demonstrate high levels of engagement and excellent listening and attention skills.”
“Children become increasingly independent in their self-care skills as they move through the nursery.”
“Staff have worked hard to embed routines and boundaries. Children understand what is expected of them and generally behave well.”
“Leaders have developed highly inviting outside areas, which promote children to be active and physical in their play.”
“Staff are skilled at delivering engaging activities with a clear learning intent”.
“Staff’s interactions with children are consistently warm and supportive.”
“The special educational needs coordinator (SENCo) is highly knowledgeable and passionate about her role.”
“Leaders work hard to build positive relationships with parents.”
“Leaders prioritise staff’s well-being of staff. They have a wealth of initiatives and benefits in place to ensure that staff feel supported and valued.”
“Leaders are highly reflective about the nursery. There is a supportive and highly experienced senior leadership team, who monitors practice and ensures that policies and procedures are consistently adhered to.”
Emma Joffe13:02 06 Dec 23
My daughter has attended this nursery since she was 2. She has grown so much in confidence and loves going in. The staff are very nurturing and take one on one time to be with the children and are assigned a key worker. I will be sending my son there in the new year, fully recommend.Charlotte Sherr10:18 06 Dec 23
Bright Little Stars provide a nurturing and welcoming environment – my daughter has been there for around 2 years and her confidence has grown so much. The staff are caring and always engage in conversation and I feel comfortable leaving my daughter there.Antri Theodosiou15:10 17 May 23S N11:43 23 Dec 22
Our child has been at the nursery for over 6 months now, and the experience has been overwhelmingly positive. The staff are very caring, which is the most important thing, and the nursery is very good at communicating about our child’s development. The daily reports are also very helpful and… comprehensive.read moreVanessa 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 more
Wojciech Mol20:00 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 moreAnnarita 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 more