Children playing with blocksWelcome to Ashby Nursery

The Early Years Alliance provides flexible, affordable and quality childcare across England.

Ashby Nursery is an Alliance childcare service located in North Lincolnshire. We offer 49 Ofsted-registered places and in January 2020 received  a 'Good' by Ofsted.

Read our Ofsted report

Our committed, friendly and well-qualified nursery team provides high quality care and learning opportunities for children aged between 8 weeks - 6 years. 

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with a focus on learning through play and actively encourage parents to become involved in the life of the nursery. 

We are open from 8 - 5.30 Monday to Friday, 51 weeks of the year, excluding bank holidays and three staff training days. 

We offer 

  • Funded childcare for qualifying two year olds and all three and four year olds
  • School holiday play schemes
  • Safe, friendly and fun place for you and your child
  • Learning through indoor and outdoor play activities
  • A well-qualified, kind and caring team
  • A dedicated person to give focused support to your child


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Find out more

To arrange a visit please contact Donna, nursery manager on 01724 742520 or by email on

Or fill out our online enquiry form.

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About us



Ashby Nursery offers a stimulating approach to early years development and learning for very young children.

We are open 8 - 5.30pm, 51 weeks of the year offering full day care, morning or afternoon care. 

We aim to provide quality and affordable childcare, within a safe and secure environment to enable all children to learn and develop, ensuring that each child reaches their full potential. 

We are an inclusive setting and follow the SEND code of practice, the equality act and the EYFS which are incorporated into our policies and procedures which are reviewed and updated on an annual basis.

The children enjoy learning through play experiences in bright indoor and outdoor play areas, we have regular visits from outside agencies offering the children lots of fun and exciting experiences whilst learning about the world around them. OFSTED commented "Children have a great deal of fun during their time at nursery. They are happy and busy in the well-organised and inviting learning enviroment"

We are managed by the Early Years Alliance, one of the largest providers of childcare in England with over 50 years experience delivering childcare and practical, professional support to early years practitioners.

The nursery is a purpose built building situated within a Children's Centre; we have a large outdoor area and a smaller outdoor sensory area which provides an exciting space with a variety of experiences to explore and allow easy access to the "free flow" provision. 

Staff within the provision are very welcoming and experienced, with a strong commitment to help the children in their care to learn and develop to their full potential. 

We have a named SENCO Jayne Harris who supports staff when working with children with additional needs and disabilities and their families.

Together they provide targeted support for disabled children and those with special educational needs and their families." The SENCO has a wealth of experience and is pro-active in completing referrals for Speech & Language, Early Help, Educational Psychologist and EHC assessments.

Rigorous health & safety and safeguarding policies and procedures are in place to ensure that every child is protected and feels safe and happy with us. 

Baby room

The baby room offers a home from home relaxing and calm enviroment, we plan individually for all the children in the room and offer a variety of exciting play opportunities, alongside the lovely toys and activities available the babies have access to fantastic open ended resources and have some great sensory baskets to explore.

There is a separate cosy sleep room attached to the baby room so the children have a relaxing quiet area to rest, this is separated by a stable-style door so staff always have visibility and are in sight and sound of the children at all times.

All the babies have individual routines and we work closely with the parents to make sure home routines are followed. 

 The baby room has direct access to the outdoor area which is enclosed, safe and fun for them to play alongside the older children, the babies love being alongside the older ones and enjoy spending time communicating with and watching them whilst still having there own safe space to crawl, toddle and walk about. There is also a seperate milk kitchen to prepare their individual feeds and a seperate nappy change where they have individual baskets for their own belongings. 

The babies also have access to the sensory garden where they have the opportunity to explore and develop their senses through play.

The baby room has a lovely full length window allowing full view of the 2 - 5 year old room, the babies enjoy spending time watching the older children play and becomming familiar with the 'big room' which helps alongside our strong secure transition process we have in place when they are ready to move on and join the Caterpillar area.



2 - 5 year room (Caterpillars and Butterflies)

The 2 - 5 year old room is a large bright homely enviroment, the 2 year olds who are known as the caterpillars and the 3 + who are the butterflies, they have shared access to the recently well planned room, homecorner and the creative area where there is shared 'messy activities', with the opportunity to explore sand, water, paint, playdough at all times throughout the day. 

Children play and interact with each other and are encouraged to explore all areas.

The caterpillars and butterflies have freeflow provision and after register the doors are opened to allow for this, the children have the freedom to play inside or outside throughout the session, we believe free flow play has huge benefits on the positive development of children. We have two outdoor areas to explore, the days and sessions are alternated to allow all children the opportunity to access them.

Our larger area has plenty of space to move around and develop physical skills during planned sessions, also lots of space to plan and provide lots of different experiences, small world areas, mark making and creative area, homecorner, reading area and has a large covered sand pit for the children to have fun.

We also have the sensory garden which provides lots of opportunities to explore through their senses, with a fantastic mud kitchen which is very popular with our children, the planting pots which they all have fun planting with the adults and watching things grow and change. Both outdoor areas are covered with large canopies so we are able to provide free flow play during all weathers. In the big room we have an area set aside if children are still at a stage of needing a sleep or rest during the day, we have individual sleep mats for the children. The toilets are also within the large room offering easy access and promoting independence within the children. 



Our activities


                                                           Zoo Lab came to visit nursery to show the children a variety of animals, they had a lot of fun touching the animals and used lots of language to describe them,     and long discussions about their favourite animals. 

The children enjoyed exploring the corn flour and cauldron talking about the feel of it, some used the experience to practice their language skills making 'silly soup' using lots of rhyming words and listening to one anothers ideas. 






Helpers for snack time

All the children are given the opportunity to help with snack time and really enjoy the responsibility of this, we have child safe knives for them, this really helps develop their independnce and they have great fine motor control. This snack time also had lots of number talk about how many pieces they each had, aswell as helping and supporting each other with their tasks.




Our giant pumpkin 

This giant pumpkin was kindly donated to us by one of our families who grew it on their allotment, all the children thoroughly enjoyed this and helping to scoop it out, we had lots of discussions about how the pumpkins grow, and this pumpkin allowed us to compare sizes as this one was 'massive, huge, giant, biiiiig' (just some of the great words used by the children to describe it)




Find out more

You can visit during our opening hours or please contact Donna, nursery manager on 01724 742520 or by email on






Our Team

Our well qualified, committed and experienced team work hard to create a caring and learning environment in the nursery. We know that every child develops differently and at different times. Every child has a key person who understands how their individual needs and interests. This helps us to ensure that every child feels involved, stimulated and happy in our care.

We follow rigorous staff recruitment, selection and supervision procedures to ensure that anyone joining our team undertake relevant security checks including Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure, references and qualification checks. Parents are reassured knowing that child protection and safeguarding underpins every aspect of our practice and will continue to remain a priority for us.

Introduction To Our Team


Nursery manager- Donna                                                                        Deputy manager- Jayne

Level 4 Qualified                                                                                        Level 3 Qualified

Designated safeguarding person                                                               Senco 

Paediatric First Aid Qualification                                                                Paediatric First Aid Qualification   


Senior (2 years+) - Cat

Level 3 Qualified 

Key person 

Paediatric First Aid Qualification


Baby room


Level 3 Qualified                                                                                                         

 Key person                                                                                                                 

 Paediatric First Aid Qualification                                                                                


Caterpillar area ( age 2- 3 years)


Lindsey                                                           Katie                                                           Aygul 

Level 3 Qualified                                              Level 3 Qualified                                         Level 5 Qualified

Key person                                                      Key person                                                  Key person

Paediatric First Aid Qualification                     Paediatric First Aid Qualification                 Paediatric First Aid Qualification 


Butterfly area (3 years+)


Imogen                                                          Kathryn                                                      Amy 

Level 5 Qualified                                             Level 3 Qualified                                       Level 3 Qualified           

Key person                                                      Key person                                               Keyperson

Paediatric First Aid Qualification                    Paediatric First Aid Qualification               Paediatric First Aid Qualification



                        Key person

Every child who joins the nursery receives support from an experienced member of the team. They are responsible for your child’s individual needs and known as the ‘key person’. The key person is your main point of contact however all nursery staff are happy to feedback on your child’s developmental progress on a daily basis or discuss any concerns with you. They will complete observations of your child's progress and achievements and upload them on to the Family app. you will be able to login and view these and also share your observations of your child at home so we can work together to support your child's learning and development; our current parents have commented that they are enjoying using the app., one parent said "When I get a notification that an observation is waiting for me to view, I get excited, I am able to talk about what they have achieved that day when I collect them from the nursery."   Another parent said "It makes my day to see my children so happy at the nursery when I am at work."

During the induction process your child’s key person will make time to find out from you about your child’s interests, likes, dislikes and special requirements. Please share any important or useful information when you register your child and throughout their time with us. This helps us to give your child the most appropriate care and learning to suit their developmental, emotional and physical needs. You can access and contribute your views to your child's progress and achievements in their records.

Find out more

You can visit during our opening hours or please contact Donna, nursery manager on 01724 742520 or by email on


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Do you currently have spaces available?

Yes we do. Please contact us to discuss what days and times you need.

Do you offer funded entitlement for 3 year olds?

Children are eligible for the funding in the term following their third birthday. The funding is available for 15 hours per week or if eligible we do offer the 30 hours funding. Please see to check eligability 

Do you offer funded entitlement for 2 year olds?

If your child is two-years old, your child may be eligible to attend the 2 year old funded childcare programme. The funding is available for 15 hours per week. Please ask us.

What sessions do you offer?

MORNING   08:00 -  13.00

AFTERNOON   13:00 - 17:30

FULL DAY 08:00 - 17:30

Do you provide meals?

We provide breakfast; cereal & milk and fruit 

Lunch; 2 course hot meal provided by the Community Cafe based on the premises.

Tea: Light tea (sandwiches, soup, crackers and cheese, Pasta salad)

Snacks: we offer two self serve snacks throughout the day offering a variety of fruits, milk or water 

Are you able to accommodate children with different diatery requirements?

Yes we are able to adapt our menu to suit your child's dietary needs.

What qualifications do your staff have?

We have a level 4 and all other staff are qualified to level 3; we have 10 staff with a First Aid qualification.

How quickly can my child start?

We would like your child to complete several induction sessions (there is no charge for these), to enable you both to feel happy and ready to start; a start date will be discussed with you on induction.

Find out more

You can visit during our opening hours or please contact Donna, nursery manager on 01724 742520 or by email on




Contact Us

Girl using phone boxDonna, Nursery Manager

Ashby Nursery,

Ashby Clinic & Children's Centre, 

Collum Lane,


DN16 2SZ

T:  01724 742520 (Nursery office)

T: 01724 742521 (Nursery)



Ashby Clinic and Children's Centre
Collum Lane
North Lincolnshire
DN16 2SZ
United Kingdom
Tel: 01724 742520

Parental feedback

"THANK YOU!  When my child came to the nursery she was super clingy and had never been away from us; with the help time and patience of all of the staff (especially her key person) she now enjoys nursery and has gained lots of confidence! We also feel confident in the way that she is looked after whilst in everyone's care."

"I just want to say a massive thank you to you all for looking after my children so well. It means so much to know they are with people who care about them and want the best for them. You are an amazing team of people."

"We would like to say a massive and heartfelt thank you to you all for taking such good care of my child. It has meant such a lot to us to know theat he was in such safe hands and that he was having such fun at nursery. You have all encouraged him in everything he does and he is all the better for it; we have been reassured by your knowledge and expertise."

"Thank you for looking after my child and helping him to learn new things; he has loved nursery and all the new friends he has made."

"Thank you for taking such good care of my child over the past two years; we are so pleased with the care she has been given. She has progressed really well and come out of her comfort zone."

"I would have no hesitation in recommending Ashby nursery to other parents; the staff have always been friendly, approachable and excellent at listening to, discussing and supporting with any areas I have wanted to, and have been instrumental in helping my children settle into the new environment."

"With the help of the fabulous Ashby nursery team, my child has achieved lots of things over the past few months. Things that I struggled alot to get him doing; like eating independently or sitting still to listen to a story.  And the best achievement of them all is that now he is more patient at waiting or taking turns and sharing his toys or belongings, as an only child I was struggling to get him to do this. A very big thank you to the awesome team.  P.S. I love the photos."