Welcome to Early Birds Nursery
The Early Years Alliance provides flexible, affordable and quality childcare across England.
Early Birds Nursery is an Early Years Alliance childcare provider located in the heart of Bude, Cornwall.
We offer places for children ranging from 6 weeks to 5 years and were assessed as 'Good' by Ofsted in November 2017.
Our passionate, friendly and well-qualified staff team provide high quality care and learning opportunities for children based on their individual needs and stages of learning. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with a focus on learning through play and actively promote learning through the children's interests.
We are open from 8am to 5pm Monday - Friday and offer a wide range of sessions to meet the different needs of families.
We are open 51 weeks of the year, excluding bank holidays. We also close for three staff training days which help us keep up to date with new legistation and research, refresh knowledge and ensure we are continually growing as a nursery to provide your children with the best start in their journey through life.
The Government Funded sessions can be taken either 'Term time only' or 'Stretched' accross 51 weeks per year
All 3 & 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours per week if attending Term Time only or 11 hours per week if attending All year Around.
- 6 Baby room spaces from children under the age of 2
- 28 spaces for children between 2 - 5 years
- Funded childcare for 2, 3 & 4 year olds depending on eligibiliy - Visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk to find out what you are entitled to
- Safe, friendly and stimulating environment for your children
- Free Flow access between inside & outside
- A fully qualified staff team including an Early Years Professional.
- A Key Person for each child who gives focused support to help children meet their full potential
- Support & Guidance for parents & familes
- Strong links with Bude Infant school aiding transition and school readiness
Sessions & Prices
Baby Room- 0-2 years old
Morning Half Day 8am-1pm: £23.50
Afternoon Half Day 1pm-5pm: £19.50
Full Day 8am-5pm: £41.50
2-3 Year Olds
Full Day 8am-5pm: £41.00
Full Morning 8am-1pm: £23.00
Full Afternoon 1pm-5pm: £19.00
School Day 9-3pm: £29.00
Morning Session 9am-12pm: £15.00
Afternoon Session 1pm-4pm: £15.00
Breakfast 8-9am, Lunch 12-1pm & Late Finish 4-5pm: £5.00
3&4 Year Olds
Full Day 8am-5pm: £40.00
Full Morning 8am-1pm: £22.50
Full Afternoon 1pm-5pm: £18.50
School Day 9-3pm: £28.00
Morning Session 9am-12pm: £14.50
Afternoon Session 1pm-4pm: £14.50
Breakfast 8-9am, Lunch 12-1pm & Late Finish 4-5pm: £4.50
Our most recent Ofsted inspection was on 29th November 2017 and the outcome of this was 'Good'.
World Book Day
On 7th March the nursery joined in and celebrated World Book Day! The children came in dressed as their favourite story character or in their Pjama's ready for 'Bed Time Stories'. Many of our children also took part in an Usborne Books sponsored read and raised money for the nursery to purchase new books. This also helped develop their imagination and literacy skills ready for going to school in September. Ailsa, one of our parents who organised the event, also secured a donation from 2 local businesses, 'Shine at 9' and 'Bay Plumbing & Heating' which contributed to our new selection of books. Thank You for everyone who made a contribution and took part! Due to raising so much money, Usborne books gave us an additional £75.00 to spend on our order. The children are really enjoying reading the new stories at nursery and they have fully captured the children's imagination and desire to learn.
Left- Ailsa, Parent & Usborne Books representative, Some of our lovely children & Alex, Nursery Manager. Right - A selection of the free books that topped up our order.
Christmas Craft Fair
On Saturday 15th December we held a Christmas Craft Fair at the nursery where we were joined by lots of our families and hosted a variety of stalls for them to get involved in, including Pin the Nose on Rudolf, Reindeer Hats, Christmas Biscuit decorating, Reindeer food bar, Tombola, Lucky Dip, Usborne books and a Parent Forum Stall. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Thank You to everyone that got involved!
Saturday 24th November
This was a funfilled night for our parents to get together and test their knowledge using different quiz rounds. The event was kindly hosted by Bude Football Club with antipasti boards and nibbles. Teams were extended to friends and family of lots of our parents which made it a relaxed and enjoyable evening for all. Well done to our Parent Forum Team who were the winners! We had lots of really positive feedback about this event and will be hosting another on in the New Year.
We had our annual halloween party on Friday 2nd November and had a great turn out of children and families. All the children looks super spooky in their costumes and were very excited. Throughout the week leading up to the party the children helped in making all the delicious party food which took lots of different shapes and sizes! During the party the children enjoyed playing 'pass the parcel', working on their dancing skills and eating all their yummy food. It was lovely to see all our parents mingle and get to know each other.
Summer Garden Party & Pre-School Graduation
We sadly said Goodbye to many of our Pre-School Children and wished them a fond farewell through our Graduation Ceremony. The children each receieved a certificate scroll congratulating them for their first few years of learning. They sang some of their favourite songs to their parents and we shared some memories of the past year. This was followed by our summer garden party full of picnics, activities and stalls. It was a lovely event for all our families to get together in the nursery environement.
BBQ & Funday
On the Tuesday of half term we held a BBQ and active funday for our children and families in the sunshine. The children had fun and developed their physical skills through participating in a soft play obstacle course, water races, egg and spoon races, sack races and many more. They also went on a treasure hunt around the garden looking for some of their favourite story characters. There were also bubbles, tunnels and a variety of balls for our babies to engage with followed by a BBQ enjoyed by all. Thank You for all of our families who were able to join us on the day.
Christmas Carols at Eventide Residential Home
We were excited to take some of our children out into the local community at Eventide Residential home on Thursday 21st December to sing some Christmas carols. The children and families who joined us were fantastic and the residents joined us in singing some songs. We shared mince pies and a drink before heading back to nursery. The children learnt about road safety along the way and we talked about directions. We would like to continue building our relationship with the residents of Eventide and visit them on a regular basis throughout the year.
Thank You to all our parents and families who supported us at our Christmas Fete this year. We had an amazing time and managed to raise £800 which will go towards improving our garden and resources!
Parent Forum Group
At the nursery, we really value the input of parents and would like to hear their voice more regularly. We have successfully held numerous parent forum meetings in which we discussed feedback from a recent parent questionnairre. Some of the things parents expressed included having more information about what their children were learning at the nursery more regularly. We are currently working on actions in order to improve this including a Facebook page which has now been created. Please visit https://www.facebook.com/Early-Birds-Nursery-1265775796878437/ to see more about what happens at the nursery each week. We also discussed creating more events for parents to get together and make the nursery more of a community so watch this space for some upcomming events and opportunities to get together!
Most recently, the Parent Forum have taken a really active approach in the life of the nursery. They have supported us in our fundraising activities and gone over and above to make these events really enjoyable and accessible for both our children and families. The feedback that we get from these meetings is really valuable in making positive change at the nursery.
If your child currently attends Early Birds and you would like to be apart of our Parent Forum, please let Alex know.
Next Meeting Date: Monday 4th March 5-630pm
Find out more
Contact Alex Kimmins, Nursery Manager on 01288 35 6943 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org to book a show around or alternatively just pop in during our nursery opening hours.
Early Birds offers a stimulating approach to early years development, within a safe, friendly and fun environment. Children are supported to learn by our well qualified staff team who use the children's interests to extend and layer their knowledge. The children enjoy learning through play in natural 'home from home' environment with a good balance between resources designed for a purpose and open ended resources which encourage exploration and discovery.
Our nursery plans its activities in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stafe and emphasises on exploratory and imaginative play. We recognise and understand the huge benefits that free flow play has on the positive development of very young children therefore children freely move between the indoor & outdoor space. We prepare well and go outside in all weather conditions and strongly believe in the phrase...
'Its not bad weather, its just bad clothing'
Children learn how the natural environment changes with the seasons and how to dress appropriately during colder and warmer climates. The children particularly enjoy standing underneath our canopy and listening to the rain as it pitter patters on the rooftop.
Every child in our care is supported by a key person who understands each child's individual needs and offers spec and support to them. The Key person regularly observes the children and assesses their development in accordance with the Early Learning Goals and the Characteristics of effective learning. From these observations, the key person will plan activities designed to challenge the children further and help layer their understanding. We share this information with yourselves as parents on a regular basis in order for you to get involved and continue thier learning at home. We also like to hear all about what the children have achieved during their time at home, knowing that you as parents are the most important resource for children.
At Early Birds we encourage the children to develop independance and a 'Have a go' attitude to learning. The environment has been carefully designed to allow children to make their own choices, try new things and have their own ideas. The staff are always there to support children and their interactions will stimulate children to be critical thinkers and solve problems for themselves
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.
The children have hours of outdoor fun using the water system which allows the children to pump water from the water butt into the guttering and catch it at the end.
We have been looking at how our environment supports children communication skills and social interactions. This is particularly important for the 2 year olds in the setting. We have created lots of small spaces and dens in the setting which allows children to talk with each other in small groups. These spaces are inviting, cosy and give the children the confidence they need to try out their developing language skills. Since putting these into the environment the children have developed stronger relationships with each other and their play is more imaginative.
Things we have been doing throughout the Autumn Term 2018
The Children have been developing their physical, imaginative & listening and attention skills through our Yogabugs story 'The Naughty Little Monkey'
The children have been doing lots of cooking activities throughout the term including making bread, soup, biscuits, healthy muffins, oaty bars and lots more. This is not only a great way for the children to learn about cause & effect but it also helps develop the childrens mathmatic skills, personal, social & emotional skills and it is a fantastic way for them to develop their comminication & language, widening their breadth of vocabulary.
We were very kindly donated a homemade car by a family within the local community. The children have loved using this in the garden continulously changing the type of vehicle and growing their imagination
The children have been very exctied in using our range of healthy drinks offered at the nursery. They are able to independently access water, fruit water or milk during their time at nursery. This gives them a sense or responsibility in carrying out small tasks and also helps develop their gross motor skills through using their coordination in pouring.
Our babies have been really enjoying the sensory exploration activities at Christmas
The Early Birds 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, 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.
Your '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.
Meet our Nursery Family......
Hi, I am the Nursery Manager at Early Birds after recently transferring from another Early Years Alliance setting in Tiverton. I have a BA hons degree in Children's Phyiscal Education and specialised through obtaining Early Years Professional Status. I really enjoy supporting staff and inspiring them in different aspects of Early Years. I love working with this age group and seeing how the children learn and develop in their own unique ways. I am a proactive person and like to keep up to date with new approaches, ideas and resources so I know we are always doing the best for the children in our care.
Leigh is the nursery Deputy Manager. She started working at Early Birds almost 10 years ago as lunch time cover and has developed her career within the nursery. Leigh has a huge amount of experience and an in depth knowledge of child development. Leigh has a unique ability to go out of her way to help anyone who needs it and is an asset to the nursery team.
Jo is the nursery administrator. She has a level 3 qualification in childcare and over 20 years experience of working with children and running settings. Jo goes over and above her job role on a daily basis for the beneft of the children. She always has ideas of things we can do with the children and for fundraising.
Beth is the Senior of the 2-5's Room & Nursery Special Educational Needs Coordinatror. She has been with Early Birds for numerous years.
Beth is a Qualified Level 3 practitioner
Beth is always smiling and the children look to her regularly for comfort & reassurance as they explore and develop their emotions
Holly is a Qualified Level 3 practitioner based in our Baby Room.
Holly is on maternity leave from March 2019
Holly's expertise in this age group and strong bonds with her key children ensures they are always challenged and ready for their transition to the older room.
Sam is a Qualified Level 3 practitioner and is based in our 2-5's room.
Sam's gentle personality is always a winner with the children, they enjoy spending time with Sam and this is demonstrated with the trusting relationships she develops with her children.
Tracy is a Qualified Level 3 practitioner based in our baby room.
Tracy has been with the Early Birds team for over 6 years. She has a kind, nurturing personality which the children instinctively warm to. Tracy works hard to make sure the children are settled and happy during their time in the setting. She is always on the go making sure all their needs are constantly met.
Helen is a qualified Level 3 pracitioner based in our 2-5's room.
Helen has been part of the team for numerous years and has contirubuted to the ongoing development of the nursery. She understands the children's changing needs and is always there to support them. She works hard to ensure that her children meet their early learning goals to prepare them for school.
Do you offer funded entitlement for 3 year olds?
Children are eligible for the funding the term following their third birthday.
The funding is available for 15 hours per week for all 3&4 year olds or 30 hours per week for elegible 3&4 year olds.
To find out what you are entitled to please visit the following website;
Do you offer funded entitlement for 2 year olds?
If your child is two-years old they may be elegible for 15 hours 2 year old funding.
Please visit the following website to see if you are elegible;
What sessions do you offer?
We offer a wide range of sessions including;
Full Day- 8-5pm
Morning 8-12.30 or Afternoon 12.30-5pm
Short Morning 8-12 or Short Afternoon 1-4pm (For funded hours only)
School day 9-3pm (For funded hours only)
Breakfast, Lunch and Tea top ups
Do you provide hot meals?
As we are on the infant school grounds we work with the kitchen to provide hot meals for children. You can either pay for a hot meal or provide a healthy packed lunch for your child.
Are you able to accommodate children with different diatery requirements?
Yes, we follow rigourous policies and procedures to ensure the safety of your children at all times
What qualifications do your staff have?
The Manager holds an Early Years Professional Status and a BA(hons) in Children's Phyical Education
All staff have a full and relevant level 3 qualification
All staff have been paediatric first aid trained
How many staff will be looking after my child?
The ratios are as follows
0-2's age group 1:3 (1 member of staff per 3 children)
2-3's age group 1:4 (1 member of staff per 4 children)
3-5's age group 1:8 (1 member of staff per 8 children)
How quickly can my child start?
We need to ensure your child is ready to start with us so once all your registration forms have been handed in we would need to organise some 'settle sessions' where you will meet the key person and staff team with your child and provide more information about your child's likes and dislikes. Once we have done this we can either organise more settle sessions if needed or your child will be ready to start.
'Staff support babies' early learning well. For instance, babies show their keen curiosity as they look at toys, books and interesting natural materials'
'Staff provide a warm welcome for their children and families. Children are happy, sociable and make friends'
'Babies and children settle well and feel secure in the nursery. They have warm relationships and enjoy being with the staff'
(Ofsted, November 2017)
Early Birds Nursery is a really lovely setting. My daughter loves it and they're always doing innovative things. The staff are all really friendly and its obvious that all the children think highly of them. - Parent of Pre-School child, August 2018
Dedicated to the job they do. All the staff are consistent with professional and seamless child care.
I feel that my child has the best of everything in a safe and friendly environment. Thank you. - Parent of Baby room child, June 2018
We are so pleased that we decided to take our son to Early Birds Nursery. The staff have been so helpful in accommodating him from the outset, as we were tied to certain times and days. The staff are friendly, helpful, attentive and cater for my son's every need. It has helped him develop and we love the book that they provide which tells us what he has been doing, whether he has had a nap and what he has eaten. Keep up the great work! - Parent of Baby room child, April 2018