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Our Chickadees staff team:


Clare Ash- Childcare Leader- NNEB - Designated Safeguarding Officer


Emma Symes- Senior Childcare Practitioner – CACHE NVQ Level 3


Caroline Pollard- Childcare Assistant – CACHE NVQ Level 3


Antonia Elliott- Childcare Assistant - CACHE Level 3


All staff obtained their Level 3 Paediatric First Aid Qualification in November 2014.


Chickadees Nursery is a 24 place pre-school setting, run by our fully qualified and dedicated staff team offering excellent facilities. Our setting is a self contained building and offers an enclosed garden, allowing us plenty of opportunity to frequent the outdoor and explore the mud kitchen, mark making areas, herb garden and playhouse. 

 We pride ourselves in offering an open door policy allowing prospective parents to drop in and meet us. We provide a happy, secure and educationally simulating environment in which we believe children can flourish.


Our Pre-school days are from 9am-3pm, term time only inline with the Academy. We can offer the option of morning or afternoon sessions, as vacancies allow.

On a usual day at nursery parents are invited to join us from 8.50am to settle the children and to catch up with pre-school staff.

The pre-school through planning and implementation follows the Early Years Foundation Stage requirements, which consists of the following themes:

  • Enabling environments

  • A unique child

  • Positive relationships

  • Learning and development.



    Your children’s achievements and interests are recorded in their own individual Learning journals. We welcome and appreciate our parent’s involvement in sharing and gathering information with us.

    Since September 2015 we have been using the online package Tapestry to record and monitor our children’s development, we feel this has been particularly favourable in allowing us to  keep achievements  updated and is an effective way of passing information to parents/ carers through the use of iPads, this will also transition through to school.


    We have an excellent working partnership with the Early Years teachers and their team within the school. This allows us to create a smooth transition for children as they move up to the reception base and provides parents with the reassurance that the children are well prepared.


    Due to high demands for places at Pre-school we recommend registrations forms  are submitted as soon as possible. Please do pop in to collect an application if you are considering us as your child’s setting.

    Alternatively please telephone; 01305 773103


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Chickadees Nursery