Little Sparks Nursery
A welcoming, caring and nurturing family orientated nursery
From the Beginning
Little Sparks Nursery is situated in the heart of the Ribble Valley and registered for 50 children per day from 6 weeks to 5 years.
We have been open since 2009 and proudly offer outstanding childcare and education in a natural home feel nursery.
At Little Sparks we aim to:
Give each child their own individual voice, listening to their interests, experiences and ideas about the world.
Using these individual ideas to create a personalised and creative journey of learning and development together.
Provide a happy, safe, warm and stimulating environment through a holistic approach for all children to play, learn and develop freely.
Help children to develop responsibility for themselves and their actions and to become competent, confident, resilient, independent and co-operative individuals.
Encourage children to have a positive attitude and respect themselves and other people.
Promote a positive relationship with parents, carers and multi-agency professionals and work in partnership with them to provide high-quality teaching and learning, and care for their children.
Provide a professional team that is experienced, enthusiastic and committed, well trained, and well supported.
Promote enthusiasm and eagerness to learn and confidence to celebrate achievements, persevere through challenge and learn together.
To share a love for reading and language – sharing stories and songs every day.
Provide a curriculum that embraces social, physical, moral and intellectual development giving children all the experiences that will support their School Readiness, British Values and Cultural Capital.
Our setting has a great outdoors area, split into three areas which is a huge hit with the children!
The natural investigation area features a mud kitchen, balancing bridge, wooden climbing frame and is completed by our big willow tree den and tyre swing.
A dedicated toddler and baby sensory area is filled with plants and herbs for the children to explore, as well as a large sandpit which never fails to attract the children.
Finally, an outdoor classroom boasting a large summer house is used daily as a learning hub for pre-school children.
"Children are happy and demonstrate that they feel safe in the home-from-home environment. All staff share the manager's ethos of ensuring children and their families feel a true sense of belonging within the nursery. As children arrive, they are excited to explore and play with their friends. They leave their parents with ease and greet staff with smiles. Children are confident and self-assured, because their opinions are truly valued. For example, they engage in meaningful discussions with staff, as they decide the nursery menus for the week ahead. Children are engaged and motivated in their chosen activities, and show a willingness to learn and try new things. For example, babies and toddlers enjoy stepping on the sensory tiles. They laugh as they feel the different sensations under their feet.
Older children create letters and safely use scissors, as they cut tape and wrap up parcels. They develop the strength in their hands, which prepares them well for future learning, such as writing. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, staff have supported children with their social interactions. They ensure children form respectful and supportive relationships with staff. This helps children to develop their confidence."