Welcome to Bestwood Childcare

Bestwood Childcare is an Early Years Alliance childcare service located in Nottingham City.

We offer 20 Ofsted-registered places and are assessed as 'Good' by Ofsted.

View our latest Ofsted inspection report

Our committed, friendly and well-qualified nursery team provides high-quality care and learning for children aged between 0-5 years. 

 "Children make good progress as staff have high expectations of what they can achieve."

 "Children benefit from the unique and spontaneous opportunities staff offer them to develop their understanding of the natural world."

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. 

If you have an enquiries or would like more information about our nursery please fill out our online enquiry form.

Opening hours

We are open from 

8:00 - 16:00 Monday to Friday, 

38 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 
  • 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 key person to give focused support to your child

Your child maybe eligible for funded childcare.  To find out more information about funded childcare and check your child's eligibility please visit www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/fis or freephone 0800 458 4114. 

If you would like to register your child for a place at our nursery or if you have an enquiry please fill out our online enquiry form

Find out more infromation about funded childcare here 

Is your child aged 3 or 4 years? Are you a working parent?  You could claim 30 hours funded childcare, to find out more information and check if you are eligible please visit: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

Autumn Term

This term our children havehad a really strong interest in dinosaurs, so we have had lots of different activities that involve them, we have encouraged lots of langauge and our children have been practising some of the names. We have had mini archaeologist, exploring the toy skeletons of dinosaurs in sand and ice, snow and mountains.




We like to play, learn and explore at Bestwood Childcare

Fancied a change around and a revamp.





Goodbye to the class of 2020 and end of term party.

We had a small party to say goodbye to some of the children who are leaving us to go to school or to a foundation class. We had a lovely party with some party food, cake, and party games.

We all also had many of kind words said to us from parents and children, the staff recieved some very nice cards and presents from our families too, which we are truly greatful for, Thank you once again. 

February brough us Ofsted and lots of snow on the same day!!!

We are pleased to say that we had our Ofsted inspection and they graded us a 'GOOD' we would like to say a big thank you to the parents who spoke to the inspectors and gave them some really good postive feedback about our setting.



We looked at the importance of brushing our teeth and eating healthy food, we practised brushing the teeth using toothpaste and a brush, making sure we brushed all the teeth, including the ones at the back and what may happen if we don't brush them daily.

We had some positive feedback fro parents who said they had had difficulty in getting their children to brush their teeth at home, they said their children would happily do this now and some even asked to brush their teeth.




Summer 2019

This term we have had our end of term parties, we have said goodbye to several childrren who will be going to school nurseries or foundation classes.

Our theme was 'Princesses and Superheros'.

Bestwood children's party   

Child at party Girl dressed as Iron Man

Spring 2019

Healthy Snacks

We have been making and trying lots of new food and recipies  for snack this half term. We have made vegetable kebabs, carrot cake, banana bread and fruit pancakes. 

The children have enjoyed making and eating all of these as you can see from our pictures.


Summer 2018

Gardening Fun

We have been busy growing this term.  We have planted beans, peas, pumpkin's, strawberry's and potatoes.

The children have learnt more about different vegetables and how to look after them.  The children planted their own beans to take home with lots of learning promts as part of our home learning activity this term.

We have incorporated healthy eating and been trying lots of new vegetables and fruits at snack time too.  

The children enjoyed finding the potatoes when it was time to pull them up.




Autumn 2018

Pizza Making

We made pizzas to introduce new vegetables to the children and encourage healthy choices.  The practitioners introduced the children to different vegetables, smelling them, tasting them and exploring the diffrent textures.  The children then chose what they wanted to add on to their pizza.

Making the Pizza                                                Before cooking                                              End result - yummy!



Outdoor Painting

The children explored with paint and objects they could roll down the paper to make marks. 

The children chose different objects such as cars and balls to see how far they would roll.



Home Learning 

This is where we encourage our parents to extend their children's learning at home.    

Take a look at our some of our activities:

Growing - We planted beans with the children at nursery.  The children had lots of fun filling their pot and planting their seed.  We talked about what the seed needs to grow and how we can look after it.  We also read a story about a bean.  The children then took them home to look after them. 

Our parents sent in photographs to show us how their bean had grown.  We displayed them on our home learning board in nursery for everyone to see.



Find out more

If you have an enquiries or would like more information about our nursery please fill out our online enquiry form

To arrange a visit please contact Sharon, Nursery Manager on 07949814914 or email bestwood@eyalliance.org.uk


Family Corner website

About us

Children examining bugs in the gardenBestwood Childcare offers a stimulating approach to early years development and learning for very young children.

Within a safe, friendly and fun environment, children are supported by qualified, caring staff in developing a wide range of skills and interests.

The children enjoy learning through play experiences in bright indoor and outdoor play areas with exciting outings planned regularly. 

We are managed by the Early Years Alliance, the largest voluntary sector provider of childcare in England with over 50 years experience

delivering childcare and practical, professional support to early years practitioners.

Our nursery plans its activities in accordance with the EYFS with a strong focus on exploratory, imaginative play and healthy eating.

We recognise and understand the huge benefits that free flow play has on the positive development of very young children. 

Every child in our care is supported by a key person who understands their individual needs and offers special care and support to them. 

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


Explore our nursery by looking at the images below. 

To arrange a visit contact 07949 814914 or email bestwood@eyalliance.org.uk for further information and availabilty.

If you have an enquiries or would like more information about our nursery please fill out our online enquiry form.

Our indoor environment



Our outdoor environment







Find out more

If you have an enquiries or would like more information about our nursery please fill out our online enquiry form.

To arrange a visit please contact Sharon, Nursery Manager on 07949814914 or by email on bestwood@eyalliance.org.uk


Our Team

Child and practitioner reading togetherOur well qualified, committed and experienced team works 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 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 undertakes 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.

Your child's '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 also keep records of your child’s progress and achievement, which are always available for you to see and contribute towards.

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.


Sharon - Manager, Designated Safeguarding Person


I am the Childcare Manager at Bestwood Childcare. I have worked here since 2004 

I have an NVQ Level 3 Childcare qualification.

I am the designated person for Safeguarding and Health and Safety.


Kirsty - Deputy Manager, SENCO

 I am the Deputy Manager at Bestwood Childcare.  I have worked here since 2007.

I have Level 3 Diploma in Childcare.  I am the designated person for SENCO and First Aid.


Nichole Early Years Practitioner.

I am a practitioner at Bestwood Childcare and I have worked here since November 2019.

I have a Level 2 Qualification  in childcare.



Megan Flexible worker.

I am a flexible worker at Bestwood Childcare and I have worked here since September 2019.

I have a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare.


All staff have up-to-date first aid and food hygiene training and have completed the Pre-School Learning Alliance and Local Authority Safeguarding training. 


Find out more

If you have an enquiries or would like more information about our nursery please fill out our online enquiry form.

To arrange a visit please contact Sharon, Nursery Manager on 01159797103 or email bestwood@eyalliance.org.uk


Practitioner reading to childDo you have any childcare places available?

Yes we do. Please contact us to discuss which 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.  

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?

We offer a variety of sessions ranging from five full days, two and half days, five mornings or five afternoons, depending on your requirements, we try our best to be flexible and to meet the needs of the parents.

Do you provide hot meals?

Unfortuntaly we do not offer hot meals.

Are you able to accommodate children with different dietary requirements?

Yes we do, the snacks we provide are healthy and suitable for vegetarians, all dietary requirements are taken into account when snacks are being prepered. 

What qualifications do your staff have?

All our members of staff have childcare qualifications:

Sharon Green - Manager - Level 3

Kirsty Woodcock - Deputy Manager - Level 3

Nichole Smith Practitioner - Level 2

Megan Green Flexible worker - Level 3

How many staff will be looking after my child? 

We have four staff on a daily basis, however we may have a fifth member of staff who comes into the setting on busy days, or if we have staff on training or annual leave.  

How quickly can my child start?

Once your child has been inducted, there will be a settling-in period where you are required to stay with your child while they settle and become comfortable enough to be left in the setting. Once your child is settled, then parents/carers will be able to bring their child for the allocated hours and days.

Find out more

If you have an enquiries or would like more information about our nursery please fill out our online enquiry form.

To arrange a visit please contact Sharon, nursery manager on 01159797103 or by email on bestwood@eyalliance.org.uk


Contact Us

Colouring pencilsSharon Green,

Nursery Manager

Bestwood Childcare

Bestwood Estate Community Centre

Gainsford Crescent

Bestwood Estate



T:  01159797103

E: bestwood@eyalliance.org.uk


If you have an enquiries or would like more information about our nursery please fill out our online enquiry form.

Bestwood Childcare
Bestwood Community Centre
Gainsford Crescent
Bestwood Estate
United Kingdom
Tel: 01159 797103



July 2020, summer leavers.

Thank you for ecerything you have taught me, I really enjoyed my play sessions with you, and i will miss  you loads. Chloe G

To all of you amazing nursery staff, Thankyou for looking after my little monkey Miley Ray Lots of love Natalie and Family.

Thankyou for all you have done for Rheo over the past year, he has come on so much, you really have made Rheo come out of his shell and taught him so much. We really do appreciate it all. Can't wait for the next school year. Rheo, Rebecca and Adam.


Parents week Oct 2019.

Some feedback from our lovely parents.

' He is always happy to come to nursery, I like that all the staff know my child, and make sure there are new things for him to do.

'Our child does not like to be left with people he doesn't know, staff are friendly and help calm him down when he is upset, so we are really happy'.

'She is doing well and getting a bigger vocabularly'.

'If concerns are raised, you listen attentively, and treat people with care respect and fairness'.

Amazed at how far she has come since she has been here'.

'He has friends and asks when he will see staff again'.

'They are always in a happy environment when i pick them up and they always like to tell me about their day'.

'Love to play especially with the staff'.

'You take time to understand the children's needs'.



Parent'Thank you for everything you have done for Freddie, you have beeen absolutely amazing with him, I cant thank you enough for you support'

July 2019

'I have seen a lot of improvement since he started the nursery. We are impreesed to see our child's progress in such a short month in the nursery'

May 2019

'He often repeats things he has done in nursery, with loads of excitement'

'I like that the teachers are very hands on with my son's developmeent'

May 2019

'He loves coming to play with the toys and make friendships. He loves all the staff who are all excellent with him, he has progresesd loads since he has first started. He's becoming more independent and learning new things.'

May 2019

'I think she is coming out of her shell more, They interact with her and she has learnt new things'

May 2019

'Thank you for having me at your nursery. I have learnt alot and had an amazing time getting to know everyone. Your support as been priceless and I will miss you also much'

Lucy (Student) May 2019