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About Once Upon a Time

Your child’s experience

Each day your child will play, learn and have fun. This may be indoors or out­doors; but always in a safe and car­ing envi­ron­ment. Our qual­i­fied and expe­ri­enced staff use the Ear­ly Years Foun­da­tion Stage to plan activ­i­ties and oppor­tu­ni­ties for all chil­dren, help­ing them work towards their next stage of devel­op­ment.

We pro­mote work­ing in part­ner­ship with par­ents using the valu­able knowl­edge par­ents hold about their chil­dren, to enable us to plan effec­tive­ly for every child. We take every oppor­tu­ni­ty to share with par­ents how their chil­dren learn and devel­op through the sev­en areas of learn­ing. The learn­ing jour­ney chil­dren start when they join our nurs­ery is a joint effort with par­ents and extend­ed fam­i­ly and in doing so we aim to reach the best out­comes for all children.


8 weeks‑2 years: 1:3
2 – 3 years: 1:4
3 – 5 years+: 1:8


Our nurs­ery is open Mon­day to Thurs­day 8.00am — 6.00pm and Fri­day 8.00am — 5.30pm
We are open all year with the excep­tion of Bank hol­i­days and between Christ­mas and New Year.


Our nurs­ery team mem­bers are all qual­i­fied to Lev­el 3. In each of our nurs­ery rooms and out­doors, there will always be at least one mem­ber of the team with a Lev­el 3 qual­i­fi­ca­tion, some­times sup­port­ed by a sup­ply team mem­ber who are all qual­i­fied to Lev­el 2

We are also com­mit­ted to train­ing the Ear­ly Years pro­fes­sion­als of the future, so we do have stu­dents on place­ment work­ing towards Lev­el 2 and 3 qual­i­fi­ca­tions in our set­ting, who always work with us under full supervision.

Working in partnership with parents

Your child will be giv­en a key per­son who is respon­si­ble for their well­be­ing and devel­op­ment and is your go to’ per­son in the nurs­ery. If your child is under 2 years old, you’ll receive a sheet every day out­lin­ing their progress. 

From 2 years upwards, par­ents will be giv­en ver­bal feed­back at the end of each day and par­ents will also be invit­ed to liaise with us about their child’s devel­op­ment on an ongo­ing basis. 

Each half term your child will be in focus’ this a chance for us to share what we know about your child in the moment’. You can help us by let­ting us know what your child likes to do at home, what their favourite book or song cur­rent­ly is and we can use this to enhance their play and learn­ing in nursery. 

We have an open door pol­i­cy, which means you’re wel­come to come in at a mutu­al­ly con­ve­nient time to talk about your child with their key per­son. They will be hap­py to lis­ten and work with you to pro­vide your child with the best learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties, by work­ing togeth­er and shar­ing information. 


If you’d like to arrange a vis­it to our nurs­ery or require any fur­ther infor­ma­tion, please con­tact us on 0115 838 0573 or get in touch by email­ing the nurs­ery man­ag­er.

We look for­ward to meet­ing you and your child soon.