All about us

Hearts and Minds Childcare is based in a large property in rural Euxton. We are surrounded on three sides by farmland and we pride ourselves on providing quality childcare in a beautiful setting.  Since opening our doors in 2011 Hearts and Minds has been fully committed to ensuring that every child who attends our setting is nurtured and encouraged to grow and develop into a strong unique character, ready for their school journey.

Our nursery building is spacious and airy and children are given the chance to free flow between rooms which have been set up and developed to meet the interests and needs of our children.  Our staff are all qualified and trained to a high standard in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children in our care.

At Hearts and Minds, we provide children with the opportunity to be independent learners within an EYFS inspired curriculum. Children are provided with nutritious home cooked meals and snacks which allows them to make a range of healthy choices to encourage a balanced diet.  Children are given regular access to our large garden, where they can develop physical skills and explore the world around them.

The setting is registered with Ofsted and follows strict legislative guidelines which support us in maintaining the highest standards.  During our most recent inspection, we were judged as being OUTSTANDING in all areas!

Nursery Directors

Hearts and Minds Childcare is owned by Tony and Sandra Masterson. Tony, a former police officer, and Sandra a retired ophthalmic nursing sister have two children of their own.

They are local residents and they are committed to raising the already high standards within the nursery by investing in both the infrastructure of the setting and as importantly, the training of the staff team. They believe that as well as complying with the educational aspects of the EYFS framework, children benefit on several levels from regular outdoor play and activities. As a result of this, the large outdoor facilities at Hearts and Minds are well maintained and constantly being enhanced and developed.

Management team

At Hearts and Minds, the nursery manager is Laura Day. She works closely with our deputy manager Laura Johnson. They have both worked together for over ten years at Hearts and Minds and other settings along the way. They are highly qualified professionals, both holding degree level qualifications in Early Years Education.  They are further supported by our Early Years Supervisor, Becca Rothwell and our two team leaders Rosie Preston and Sarah Frazer.

The management team at Hearts and Minds share the ethos that every child is a unique individual who grows and develops within a caring homely environment through the nurturing and guidance of extremely professional early years practitioners.

“The manager and her leadership team are extremely dedicated and committed to providing the highest standards of care and education” – Ofsted: January 2017

Nursery team

The management team support our Early Years Practitioners and ensure that they are all highly trained and motivated individuals.

Within our under two’s rooms, Laura Johnson leads the provision and is supported by three level 3 practitioners, a practitioner who holds a level 2 in Educational Studies, along with an apprentice who is working towards her level three qualification.  All practitioners hold full and up to date Paediatric First Aid training certificates, along with qualifications in safeguarding and food hygiene.

Our Over Two’s provision is led by Becca Rothwell and is based over two sites.  Within our upstairs environment, Rosie Preston supports Becca to led a team of five other practitioners.  Three of whom hold a Level 3 qualification and the remaining two practitioners hold degree level qualifications.

Sarah Frazer supports Becca with the running of the Garden Lodge.  Where the team consists of two Level 3 practitioners, along with an apprentice who is working towards her level 3 qualification.  Sarah holds Early Years Professional status

Again, all practitioners hold full and up to date Paediatric First Aid training certificates, along with qualifications in safeguarding and food hygiene.

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