Little Angels is a small, privately-owned and award-winning chain of nurseries and out-of-school clubs in the north east of England
We offer childcare on five sites: Cramlington, Bedlington, Fenham, Amberley and Cramlington Village Primary School.
The outcome of our last three Ofsted reports in March 2011, May 2008 and July 2005 were ‘Outstanding’ in all areas. You can read a copy of our full report from March 11 here and also at Ofsted's own website here.
We were awarded the NDNA (National Day Nurseries
Association) quality assurance scheme ‘quality counts’ in November 2008 and achieved the highest grade ‘level 3’. We were also awarded the national NDNA day nursery of the year accolade in May 2009 - a prestigious achievement judged using comments from parents, our recent Ofsted grading and a site visit.
Little Angels cares for babies from six weeks of age. All staff are carefully selected to provide a balance of skills and experience within each team. Little Angels has nearly 90% of its staff qualified to level three or the equivalent
standard in early years care. This is well above the statutory minimum of 50%.
All of our staff have embraced the ‘Early Years
Foundation Stage’ which came into force in September 2008, replacing the ‘Birth to three' curriculum and supporting a smooth transition through the different age groups.
Little Angels is registered to provide nursery education for three and four-year olds. Working within the Early Years Foundation Stage framework we are committed to early years education and we believe that it is essential that care and education go hand in hand.
Children are given many opportunities to develop self-expression and to make secure bonds within our key workers system. Each child has their own profile which parents can share with their child and can add to by bringing in information from home which can reflect and celebrate what children achieve in their home environment.
After School Care
To ensure that we can provide continuity of care and a ‘seamless’ care for individual children we offer out-of-school care to children once they start school. This takes place at Little Angels for those with siblings in the nursery or
at either of our out-of school clubs which are based at Hareside, Burnside and Cramlington Village Primary Schools.
The majority of our out-of-school staff have ‘playwork’ qualifications which are very different to nursery care and education. Children coming back to a setting after a busy day at school need time and space to relax and pace their day themselves. We offer them the opportunity to enjoy a two-course hot meal as soon as they arrive. During the school holidays our out-of-school clubs join together to enjoy excursions and themed days which the children help to plan and run.