All about us

Our nursery building is spacious and airy and children are supervised but are able to free flow between rooms, which have been set up and developed to meet their interests and needs. 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 is paramount. All areas of our nursery are covered by CCTV with the exception of the toilet and nappy changing spaces. This system can only be accessed by the nursery directors if required.
At Hearts and Minds, we provide children with the opportunity to be independent learners within an EYFS inspired curriculum and ‘in the moment’ planning. Children are provided with a range of nutritious home cooked meals and healthy snacks, which allows them to make choices within a balanced diet. Individual and communal drinks are always available for the children. Our children are given regular supervised access to our large garden, where they develop physical skills, play with their friends and explore the world around them.
The setting is registered with Ofsted and follows strict legislative guidelines, which support us and help us to maintain the highest standards. During our most recent inspection, we were judged to be GOOD 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 Rebecca Rothwell who works closely with our deputy manager Lindsay Thompson. Rebecca holds a Level 3 qualification and has been within this setting for over 10 years. Lindsay Thompson holds a level 6 qualification and has worked within early years for over 20 years, she made the decision to join us 2 years ago. They are further supported by our Early Years Co-Ordinator Chloe Banks who is qualified to level 3 standard.

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.

“Parents report that their children are happy and confident … One parent described the nursery as ‘huge support for the family, the staff always go the extra mile’” – Ofsted: August 2021

Nursery team

The management team support all of our Early Years Practitioners and ensure that they are all highly trained and motivated individuals. The nursery is split across three age groups and a variety of rooms in which all children transition throughout.

Baby Room (0-2 years)

Baby room provision is based downstairs and is led by Aimee who is Level 3, currently working towards her Level 4. She leads a strong team of 5 practitioners who range from being apprentices to Level 3 qualifications.

Toddlers (2-3 years)

Leading toddler provision out in the Garden Lodge is Danielle who is currently Level 3, also working towards her Level 4. She leads a strong team of 4 practitioners, ranging from apprentice to Level 6 qualifications.

Preschool (3-5 years)

Preschool provision is based upstairs and led by Chloe who holds a Level 3 qualification. She leads a team of 5 practitioners who range between apprentices and Level 6. One of the team is a qualified teacher.

All practitioners have undergone recent Paediatric First Aid training and hold the equivalent certification. In addition, they hold certificates in Safeguarding and Food Hygiene. All members of the management team have attained Level 2 enhanced qualifications in Safeguarding.

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