Sherlene JeffreyNursery Manager, Stratford
Sherlene is the Nursery Manager at our Stratford Nursery and she has over 20 years’ experience working in the East of London. Over the years Sherlene has built excellent relationships with specialist child centred agencies and residents within the community. Sherlene has worked in Primary schools, Children Centres, and Private nurseries. Sherlene started her career as an Adventure Playground Manager developing and implementing policies on the importance of outdoor/risky play in the early years. Sherlene has also obtained an Outstanding Ofsted Inspection under the new statutory framework in 2021, she was praised for her thorough understanding of her responsibilities whilst providing aspirational leadership. Sherlene has also been interviewed by Nursery World November addition 2021 “Embedding the revised EYFS what matters”
Sherlene is also an experienced Forest school teacher and holds a Level 4 Qualification in Early years and a higher diploma in Leadership and Management and a Level 3 in family and children assessment. She is passionate about the learning development of children through innovative play opportunities and believes a safe and enabling nursery environment will create memorable learning experiences.
Sherlene has also participated in various Action research regarding supporting children’s development and believes in sharing knowledge with her staff through varied creative experiences, literature, play, training and good old fun.
To find out more about Stratford, please visit our Stratford page.
Bright Little Stars Nursery, Stratford is the newest addition to the Bright Little Stars Group. Opened in May 2021, it is conveniently located next to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park within the New Garden Quarter development and has excellent public transport links. Our modern, purpose-built Nursery provides an exciting, safe and secure environment for your little one.
We have three bright learning rooms specially designed for each of our age groups of babies, toddlers and pre-school featuring high ceilings, dual air-conditioning/heating systems, 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 to meet all of our individual children’s needs which will ensure your child has the best care and learning facilities possible.
Our outdoor play area in Stratford, featuring a range of modern and hand crafted equipment, gives each room direct access to the outdoors encouraging children to explore their physical potential and promotes the free flow of learning and exploration skills.
Our Stratford Nursery also has access to the beautiful 2-acre communal garden square. Our Children will have access to a custom-made playground activity centre for climbing, creative and imaginative play which balances freedom with safety. The garden square is surrounded by trees which creates a delightful, natural environment.
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, Young Mindfulness and an exciting range of Extra-Curricular Clubs. There is also a full programme of Home Learning available which allows parents to continue learning at home.
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.
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, delivering our Unique Learning Programme in an exciting and stimulating way. In order for us to deliver high standards of care and education to children we build strong bonds with our parents/carers to ensure that we work in harmony together to make positive differences to the children around us.
Meals and Snacks
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 Stratford 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. Our Nursery has excellent access to public transport, Stratford is one of the most well-connected areas in London with local stations served by the Jubilee, Central, DLR lines and main line trains. Our Stratford Nursery is close to local schools and within walking distance of Westfield shopping centre.
Book a Tour
Come and see all that our Stratford Nursery has to offer, meet our team and answer any questions you may have by simply completing our ‘Request A Viewing’ online form and a member of our team will be in touch with you soon.
Alternatively, if you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to call us.
Our Stratford Nursery has three bright learning rooms specially designed 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 our Milky Way Room designated for babies and toddlers aged 6 months onwards. We have created a tranquil area for them to settle and develop providing a safe and caring play area which is bright and spacious allowing them to move around in a clean and caring environment with stimulating resources to encourage their natural curiosity. We have incorporated a separate sleep area which is furnished with cots and dream coracles so all our babies can rest. The Room also features its own Milk Kitchen which allows the staff to make the babies milk without leaving the room. We aim to ensure your baby’s homecare routines are mirrored, by their Key Person, including feeding, nappy changes and sleep routines. 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. 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 secure. Practitioners within this room understand sensitive caregiving, which is needed to support babies’ early development and emotional needs.
This helps build attachments which is vital for a sense of belonging. All children are offered opportunities to participate in activities such as music and singing, creative and craft play such as painting, sticking and cooking. We also provide opportunities for exploring the outdoors with free-flow access to the outdoor play area and regular walks around the Garden Square.
Providing high-quality planned experiences for children’s play is an important way to support children’s learning that is both enjoyable and challenging. Free flow outside play forms a large part of their day where a wide range of play equipment is available helping develop their balance, co-ordination and physical strength. At this age, children begin to take in interest in books and we have a designated cosy corner to encourage this. Group activities are gradually introduced to develop the babies’ concentration and language, such as via a bespoke ‘Baby Sensory’ session, enabling your baby to experience a wide range of new emotions.
Orion: Under 2-3¼ years old
The Orion Room welcomes our newly transitioned children from the Milky Way room. Here your child will be assigned a new Key Person who will support them through the transition period and continue their learning journey with them. This room is dedicated to promoting independence with accessible toilets and coat pegs and will allow the children to grow in preparation for the Supernova pre-school room.
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 are encouraged and supported to dress themselves, wash their hands 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. Your child’s Key Person will continue to assess their development by using the 7 Areas of Learning taken from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Each child will have a formal ‘Two-Year-Old Development Check’ to monitor and promote development at the expected developmental rate and to ensure the child’s is meeting their full potential.
Orion Room is split into two halves. In one half is the home corner and cosy group area, where there is an abundance of natural light. In this area children are encouraged to spend time independently looking at a wide range of media and reading. 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 other area is open and spacious allowing children the freedom to construct, build and enjoy creative play. Our Orion Room also offers unique access to a free-flow outdoor area. Primarily, the children have free choice as to what to explore, however, we encourage active times for exercise and quiet times for calmer, structured activities.
Staff actively lead group activities to further develop comprehension and language. As well as participating in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, the children also take part in weekly Science and Botany and learn about Geography and Culture, both forming part of the BLS Learning Programme.
Supernova Room: Over 3+ years
The Supernova Room welcomes our pre-school children. This room has accessible toilets, coat pegs and personal trays. Our aim within the Supernova Room is to ensure that your child is ready and eager to start mainstream school. The Supernova room has been specifically designed to ensure that children can access a structured programme of learning to prepare them for their move to ‘Big School.’ This room also has unique access to the specially designed outdoor play area.
Supernova encompasses “School Hours” within the nursery day. This room benefits from a qualified teacher who supports and leads her team in delivering large group ‘teaching’ sessions, adult-led small group activities and child-initiated learning. We encourage children to make their own choices and use their own initiative; this allows them to channel their creativity. We have a wide range of materials which can be accessed freely, presenting children with the artistic licence to design, create and build their own artefacts. This gives children pride and ownership in their work.
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 continue to support and encourage good table manners, children confidently self-serve their meals and snacks, as well as using a knife and fork at mealtimes. Mealtimes are promoted to be a social time where children are encouraged to talk about their cultures and home experiences. Children are confident to dress themselves and attend to their toileting needs in preparation for school.
To assist children in their personal, social and emotional development BLS offers a unique ‘Young Mindfulness’ Programme, which helps children to be self-aware and provides coping strategies in difficult situations.
With all the above in mind and in order to access the learning provided in our pre school room we have room entry requirements which will be discussed with you prior to your child’s admission into Supernova.
At Bright Little Stars Nursery, Stratford 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 2022
The full-day and full-week sessions are priced at a discounted rate compared to the equivalent single sessions. Please remember when comparing our fees that, unlike many other nurseries our fees include extra-curricular clubs, meals and snacks cooked by our on-site chef and milk (excluding formula milk).Under 2 years old
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Full Week Full Day £80.38 £89.31 £89.31 £89.31 £80.38 £381.06
(£38.11 per session)
Morning (AM) £46.78 £51.98 £51.98 £51.98 £46.78 £224.55
(£44.91 per session)
Afternoon (PM) £42.53 £47.25 £47.25 £47.25 £42.53 £204.13
(£40.83 per session)
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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Full Week Full Day £73.95 £82.17 £82.17 £82.17 £73.95 £350.61
(£35.06 per session)
Morning (AM) £43.04 £47.82 £47.82 £47.82 £43.04 £206.60
(£41.32 per session)
Afternoon (PM) £39.13 £43.48 £43.48 £43.48 £39.13 £187.82
(£37.56 per session)
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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Full Week with 15 Hours
Full Week with 30 Hours
Full Day £72.30 £80.34 £80.34 £80.34 £72.30 £239.96
(£23.99 per session)
(£13.71 per session)
(£34.28 per session)
Morning (AM) £42.08 £46.76 £46.76 £46.76 £42.08 £121.20
(£24.24 per session)
(£16.16 per session)
(£40.40 per session)
Afternoon (PM) £38.26 £42.51 £42.51 £42.51 £38.26 £73.46
(£14.69 per session)
(£36.73 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: £3.75 PM Session Meals: £3.20 Additional Services: £3.00
Registration, Offers/Discounts and 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
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 Stratford Nursery.
Opu Islam19:53 14 Nov 21
Very friendly and caring.Alina Bratu15:48 05 Nov 21
My daughter is in Supernova/Preschool room and I can’t praise the staff enough.They focus on the curriculum, as well as children’s well-being. DD came home and very seriously explained to me the concept of plant germination the other day (in these exact words, and she got it right too!!), which I… found hilarious, while also having a proud-mum moment of course.They do yoga, dance and sport classes, go to nearby parks and there’s a trip to panto planned for Christmas.DD loves the food, which is cooked on the site. She has doubles most days and she has tried dishes she’d never say yes to at home.The nursery is spotless and the staff is fantastic. 10 out of 10.read moreBen Steer09:15 14 Oct 21
My son has been at BLS for about 6 months now and has had a wonderful time. The staff are warm and friendly and we know he’s in good hands. While we do get updates on the details of his day, it’s always nice to be able to check in with him using the nursery’s webcam service. Very glad we made the… choice to go with BLS.read moreS Tanadi14:29 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 moreRenata Souza20:17 11 Oct 21
Our daughter has been going to the nursery since August 2021 and loves it. She moved to Bright Little Stars from another local nursery and we couldn’t be happier with the change. The staff are caring and welcoming, the facilities are great, and they have a really good learning approach in the… pre-school room. Our daughter has been learning a lot and there’s a weekly newsletter with information for parents about what the children are learning and how we can support them. The children also spend time outdoors, which was important to us. There are regular webinars for parents on different topics, and the sessions I attended so far have been helpful and informative.read more
Ewa 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 moreMoshmi Chauhan09:54 04 Oct 21
We moved our daughter here when she was 2.5 years old and it is by far the best decision we ever made. The nursery itself is very brigh, clean and welcoming, perfect to engage and welcome a child. The staff are always smiling, approachable and make every effort to keep parents up to date with their… childs development. They host variety of themed days such as colour day, favorite book character day etc which always keep my daughter entertained and excited. In particular, we are very impressed with the different learning platforms available to us such as webinars and home learning activities to help us help our child at home in co-ordination with the nursery. If you are looking for a nursery that will develop your child from all angles, this is the place to come too.read more