girl drawingWelcome to Poppies Nursery

Ofsted Outstanding logoThe Early Years Alliance provides flexible, affordable and quality childcare across England.

Poppies Nursery is an Alliance childcare service in Luton, Bedfordshire. 

We offer 70 Ofsted-registered places and are assessed as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted.

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

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

To make an enquiry please fill out our online enquiry form.

Opening times

We are open from 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday, term time only, 8.15am-5.15pm in school holidays, excluding bank holidays and three staff training days. 

We offer 

  • Full day care available - which can include a hot school meal, parents supply breakfast & tea
  • Safe, friendly and fun place for you and your child
  • Learning through indoor and outdoor play activities
  • All staff are Paediatric First Aid trained
  • Encouragement for staff to continue their professional development & attend regular training
  • Daily healthy snacks prepared and provided on site, Food & Hygiene Inspection Level 5.
  • Close relationship with primary school
  • Cater for children from age of 6 months to reception age
  • Termly Parent Forums (Tea & Chat) 
  • Termly Parent Evenings
  • Encourage parental/carer involvement, for example, children take home a library book on a weekly basis to share with parents/ carers
  • We welcome parent volunteers and also welcome comments and ideas from our parents and carers
  • Communication skills are encouraged - using sign, visual aids, as well as bi-lingual staff and a member of staff who is fluent in BSL
  • Purpose built modern nursery

Fees and funding

(Click on the age group that you need to see price list)

0-2 years

AM session £27.00

PM session £33.00

Full day £60.00

Full week £270.00

2-3 years

AM session £25.00

PM session £30.00

Full day £55.00

Full week £250.00

3-5 years

AM session £22.00

PM session £27.00

Full day £49.00

Full week £230.00


2 year olds - 15 hours funded to those eligible for 2 year funding 

3-5 year olds - first 15 hours funded, additional 15 hours availible to eligible families (30 hour offer)

Lunch £2.35

Voluntary contributions of £1 per week for snacks 

Poppies Nursery is now registered with the Tax Free Childcare Service


   Click here to review our Ofsted Report


Term Dates

Autumn 2020 Spring 2021 Summer 2021
2 Sept - 18 Dec 05 Jan - 26 March 13 April - 16 July
Half Term Half Term Half Term
w/c 26 Oct w/c 15 Feb



The nursery is closed on public bank holidays. Dates may be subject to change and additional staff training days may still be added to the above dates.

Learning themes

We look at themes which include changes that happen during Spring, Growth,  Me and My Family and the Homes we live in.

For 'Me and My Family' children were asked to bring in photographs of themselves and their family to discuss how we all have similarities and differences. Children drew self portraits as well as many other activities.

For our topic of Growth, the children grew beans, talking about what type of conditions beans need to grow well in. The children measured and recorded how tall their beans are , comparing their beans to other children's beans. At the end of term we had ten eggs delivered where the children will be able to watch the eggs hatch and observe how over the next two weeks the chicks grow and develop.

The children will be looking at ' Homes We Live In', the different homes people live in within their community as well as the different homes people live in around the world.

During Spring Term, we will be celebrating Easter, Pancake Day, Chinese New Year, Mother's Day, World Book Day and helping to raise money for Sports Relief.


Summer fun

At this time of year the farm usually comes to visit Poppies Nursery. The children get to meet and stroke various farm animals, which they really enjoy. Children will be looking at different animals and how they live, where they live. This term children will be discussing all the different people that help us for example doctors, nurses etc. In connection to people who help us we shall look at the different types of transport there are. Children will be encouraged to gain a better understanding of phonics, and the different sounds letters make. Towards the end of term staff will be supporting many of the children through the transition to school. For those children who shall be going to the adjoining school as well as other schools visits are arranged for the children's new teachers to come and visit them at Poppies. Finally over the course of two evenings parents/carers/relatives and friends are invited to watch their children  graduate. 

A busy term preparing many of our children ready for school. 

Find out more

To arrange a visit please contact Tracey, Nursery Manager on 01582 495029 or email

For details of any childcare vacancies for your child please contact the nursery.

Family Corner website

About us


Poppies Nursery is managed by the Alliance which has over 50 years experience delivering childcare and professional support to early years practitioners.

We offer 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.

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

To ensure consistency of quality and practice, all Alliance settings follow the same policies and procedures which meet Ofsted and other legel requirements. These are available for you to see and you are free to discuss anything in the policies and procedures with your key person or the setting manager.

A copy of our policies and procedures are available in the nursery if you wish to see them.

Click here for a parents' guide to the EYFS


Poppies Nursery Daily Routine



We provide lots of exciting activities for your child to explore as they learn through their play.  These may include:

  • Play dough
  • Water play
  • Arts and crafts (with free choice resource trolley)
  • Home corner
  • Dressing up and role play
  • Maths unit (with lots of resources to count, sort, match and explore shape, colour and size)
  • Cosy story corner
  • Small world (e.g. cars, animals, figures, trains)
  • Construction (e.g. wooden blocks, Duplo, Mobilo)
  • Music box
  • Sand tray
  • Physical play (e.g. balls, hoops, see-saws, trikes, scooters, slides)
  • Mud kitchen

Child drawing at a table   Boy in sand pit   Mock kitchen play area



February 2018

Find out more

To arrange a visit please contact Tracey, Nursery Manager on 01582 495029 or email


For details of any childcare vacancies for your child please contact the nursery.

Our Team

The staff team at Poppies nurseryOur well qualified, committed and experienced team works hard to create a caring and learning environment in the nursery. We know 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 every child feels involved, stimulated and happy in our care.

We follow rigorous staff recruitment, selection and supervision procedures to ensure anyone joining our team undertakes 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.

Child at a table painting

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 them. You can access and contribute to your child's progress and achievements in their records.

The Poppies Nursery Team

Tracey - Nursery Manager

Tracey is a mother of 4 and has 5 grandchildren, who has worked in the Early Years Sector since 1986 and has worked at Poppies since 2010. Prior to this she managed the nursery on the school site - Beechwood Pre-school.  She has a BA (Hons) in Early Years.   

Other duties: Tracey is the Designated Safeguarding Office and SPOC (Single Point of Contact)

Tracey's favourite storybook is "Owl Babies" and her favourite nursery rhyme is "I Had a Little Nut Tree"  


Roziena -  Deputy Manager

Duties: The deputy is the backup safeguarding Officer and SPOC.

Roziena has a BA (Hons) in Early Years and has worked at Poppies Nursery since 2011. 

Tracey S & Tonya & Lorraine

Tracey has worked at Poppies Nursery since 2010, and like Tracey Perkins, previously worked at Beechwood Pre-school, she is a Level 3 and has 3 children of her own. Tonya is a Level 3, she started at Poppies in the 3-5 room before she was based in the baby room.

The Baby Room have listed their favourite storybooks to include "The Hungry Caterpillar" and "Gingerbread Man", and their favourite nursery rhymes or songs include "Caterpillar on the Leaf" and "Wind the Bobbin up" 

Lorraine is married and a mother of two children. Lorraine has also worked at Poppies since 2010 but also prior to this Lorraine worked in the nursery on the school site. Lorraine is a Level 3 and also the setting's SENCO.

Raheela and Afshah

Raheela is a Level 3 and has worked at Poppies several years, originally as a Bank Staff practitioner, she is originally from Pakistan and has 4 children of her own.

Afshah started at Poppies as a student for 2 years before qualifying as a Level 3. 

Their favourite books include "The Gruffalo" and "Peace at Last", and their favourite nursery rhymes or songs include "One Little, Two Little Bubbles" and "Miss Polly Had a Dolly".


Shazia Mahmood, Zenab Malik, Neelam Hussain, Alima Shaukat, Aliyah Tariq and Colin

Shazia is a bilingual support worker and a mother of 4, has been at Poppies since 2010 and has worked in childcare for many years.

Zenab is a mother of two children and has worked several years at Poppies as a 3 - 5 year old practitioner.

Neelam has been at Poppies since 2010 and has two daughters. She enjoys her time with the children and particularly enjoys dancing with them. She hopes to study further in the future. 

Sufiana is a Level 3 and has a lot of experience with babies, toddlers and pre-school aged children. 

Alima started at Poppies in 2015 as an apprentice and is now a permanent staff member.

Aliyah started at Poppies as a student and is now a member of the employed staff team.

Colin has worked as an Early Years Practioner since 2009 and has two daughters.

The team has a long list of favourite books which include "Mr Nosy", "Monkey Puzzle", "The Smartest Giant", "Chicken Licken", "Bear Feels Scared", "So Much", "Goldilocks & the Three Bears" and "Three Little Pigs". Their favourite songs or rhymes include "This Old Man", "Days of the Week", "Tommy Thumb", "Mary Had a Little Lamb", "Humpty Dumpty" and "The Frog Song".    

Find out more

To arrange a visit please contact Tracey, Nursery Manager on 01582 495029 or email


For details of any childcare vacancies for yoru child please contact the nursery.

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Do you have childcare places available?

Yes we do ! Simply contact us to arrange a visit. 

Do you offer funded entitlement for 3 year olds?

Yes! Children are eligible for the funding in the term following their third birthday. The funding is available for 15 hours per week (term time), subject to availability.  

We also offer 30 hour funding for those families who are eligible. To find our more please visit

Do you offer funded entitlement for 2 year olds?

Yes! Children from households receiving certain benefits might be entitled to funded childcare for 15 hours a week, the term after their 2nd birthday, subject to availability.  Please talk to a team member for more details. To see if your child is eligible you can find out how to check on the Luton Time for 2's website 

What sessions do you offer?

Sessions are term time, Monday to Friday 8.45-11.45am 12.30pm - 3.30pm

Day Care - 8am - 6pm or 8am - 12.30pm / 12.30pm - 6pm

We are registered with the Tax Free Childcare Service              

Do you provide hot meals?

We only provide hot meals at lunchtime for daycare children. These meals are charged at £2.25, however a variety of healthy, balanced snacks are provided for all children during the session they are attending. In the nursery our parent food notice board shows you what our weekly snacks are. Wter is freely available throughout the session.

How quickly can my child start?

We generally have a larger intake of children in September and a smaller intake in January. Places do become available throughout the year as children leave for varying reasons. If there is an available place for your child, we will contact you via telephone. 

How do i apply for a place?

Come and have a look around our nursery, ring us on 01582 495029, or email us

How many sessions should I book for my child per week?

Children who receive 15 hours funding are offered 5 morning sessions or 5 afternoon sessions per week. For paying children, we do not recommend that children attend for less than 2 sessions a week as this can hinder their settling in. Each term we will consult with you on the sessions you wish to attend the following term. We will strive to meet your requests, but cannot guarantee that more or different sessions will be available.

What should my child wear to nursery?

Comfortable clothing that doesn't matter if they get mucky!  We do not have a uniform, but recommend clothes that are easy to change which will help your child to become independent, e.g. jogging bottoms, t-shirts and velcro plimsolls or shoes for indoors.  If your child is toilet training, then please avoid dungarees, button up vests and tight skinny jeans as these are tricky for them (and us!) to remove quickly.  Please put your child's name on all clothing.

What footwear do you recommend?

Velcro plimsolls and Velcro shoes are ideal for indoor play and trainers or welly boots for outside.  We do not recommend flip flops or croc style shoes as they can slip off feet very easily and might trip them up.  Please avoid laced shoes/boots if possible as they are too tricky for the children to do themselves. Consider how long it takes you to put them on one child and then think of us with up to 24 pairs of children's feet! During warmer weathers we ask children not to wear open-toed shoes/ sandals as we do not want accidents to their unprotected toes. 

What should my child bring to nursery?

A named bag (preferable a drawstring bag) with a change or two of clothing and nappies/wipes if appropriate.  Outdoor wear suitable for the weather conditions. This should include coat, hat, gloves in the winter and sunhat in the summer (please apply sun lotion before the session). Everything named please!

What should I do if my child cannot attend a session, e.g. if they are ill?

Please contact us by telephone on 01582 495029 or email to let us know.  Some illnesses have an exclusion period and we can let you know if this is applicable. Please allow 48 hours after a bout of sickness or diarrhoea before your child returns.

How can I help my child to settle in?

All children are different, some settle in straight away, others may take a little more time and encouragement.  We will work with you to help your child to settle in in a way that you are comfortable with. We ask you to stay with your child for the first hour. On the second day, we ask you to leave your child with us for one hour without you. If your child seems happy to have been left, the following day your child may stay for a full session. 

How will I know how well my child is doing?

Every child has a learning journey book (their ‘special book’) in which their progress within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is charted.  You are welcome to look through your child’s book at any time and chat to us.  Every term your child’s key person will sit down with you to have a chat about their progress.  You can find out more information about your child’s learning journey book and the EYFS here. 

How can I support my child's learning at home?

Every month, in our newsletters, we provide ideas for activities for you to do at home including ways you can support your child. This will help your child during planned activities in the nursery, Staff are always happy to discuss ideas with you. We provide a parent library with books and story sacks for you to borrow and share with your child at home.  At your child’s termly review we will discuss with you activities and strategies you may wish to adopt at home to help with your child’s learning and their next steps.

How can I help support the nursery?

We are part of the Alliance which is a registered charity, so fundraising to help pay towards new resources or donations are always welcome.  You can also find us on Easyfundraising where retailers make donations towards the pre-school when you shop online with them.  

Parents are always welcome to come in and help out once their child has settled in. It is an ideal opportunity for you to become involved in the pre-school community and to find out what we do! We are always looking out for parents/carers who have any cooking, musical or creative skills or talents that they could share with small groups of children during the session. Please speak to the management team or Key person if you are interested.  All regular helpers undergo Disclosure and Barring Service checks.


Find out more

To arrange a visit please contact Tracey, Nursery Manager on 01582 495029 or email


For details on any chidcare vacancies for your child please contact the nursery.

Contact Us


Please contact Tracey, Nursery Manager


Lorraine, Deputy Manager

T:  01582 495029



Alternatively, please contact Debbie Buckingham, Childcare Operations Manager on 07711 556976.

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Our other local childcare settings

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Parktown Pre-school, Parktown Community Centre, Bailey Street, Luton LU1 3DU

Sundon Stars Pre-school, Cheynes Infant School, Cranbrook Drive, Luton LU3 3EW

Poppies Nursery
Beechwood Road
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Tel: 01582 495029

Comments from parents:

'Thank you for your support and understanding and patience with our daughter. The team has shown outstanding excellence'.

'Thank you so much for supporting our son, he has really enjoyed Poppies and making friends with the teachers and children. He has developed so much thanks to the whole team at Poppies. Although he is looking forward to Reception, he will miss Poppies so much. He often says he wants to stay with you.'

'Since our daughter has been at Poppies, I can see a lot of changes in her life. Especially she has gained confidence to ask questions.'

'I would like to say a huge thank you to all the wonderful staff at Poppies. I couldn't have hoped for my son to have had a better experience at nursery, than this past year. Even through the pandemic all staff showed up for work and happily greeted all children and parents.'

'I would just like to say thank you for all that you have done for our daughter. She really enjoyed being part of your group and always has stories to tell of her time there.'

'Our son has had an amazing time at Poppies. The staff have been outstanding, and we will miss you all lots.'

'I would like to thank all the staff at Poppies. Our son has flourished with being at nursery. His speech and confidence has come on leaps and bounds and cannot thank you enough for everything you have done.'