Caring for Children Aged 3 Months to 11 Years

Committed to Providing High Quality Childcare

Earlybirds Day Nursery in Shirebrook, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

is committed to providing high quality childcare.


We cater for babies from 6 weeks, toddlers and also run an after school club for children up to 11 years of age. We provide a warm stimulating environment for the children in our care, encouraging them to feel safe, secure, and confident, so they can develop to their full potential with careful supervision and help where necessary.


We offer a wide range of activities both indoors and out to promote all aspects of child development, whilst ensuring every child's time at nursery is fun and enjoyable. Our staff are all very passionate about what they do, they have real enthusiasm and a never ending commitment to the children who attend Earlybirds.

Mission Statement...

At “Earlybirds” we aim to provide a warm, friendly and safe environment for our children.

The nursery staff are all fully qualified, and our trainees are working towards gaining their qualifications. Our team is dedicated and committed to provide high quality care to each individual child.


Throughout each area in our nursery we aim to make every effort to develop your child socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically to promote their independence and give them confidence to face their future.


Our All Together Policy...

“Earlybirds” has an altogether policy, which is of non-discrimination against ethnicity, religion, ability or gender towards anyone within the setting staff, visitors and children.

We also have in the nursery an appointed SENCO for children who may have additional needs.

Caring For Your Child

In every area there will be an assigned key worker, who will work alongside your child. Each child will have their own assessment development records which will be completed regularly by your child’s key worker and will be available for you to look at anytime. An important part of our role is our relationships with parents/carers, who we encourage to be involved in the nursery as much as possible. We appreciate that leaving your child in someone else’s care can be a very worrying experience, please feel free to telephone or call in at any time to see your child.


To help us with the care of your child/children could you please provide:

• Nappies and wipes for children who are not toilet trained.

• Any powdered milk for babies who are still bottle fed.

• Comforter/dummy if required.

• Change of clothes (labelled).

• Sun hat and sun cream (labelled).

• Out door coat (labelled).


As part of our daily routine our menu consists of three meals, breakfast, lunch and tea, we also provide snacks in a morning and afternoon and the children also have intake of fresh water throughout the day.

All our menus are tailored to provide a well balanced diet for all our children and we cater for any special dietary requirements. There will be a menu available for you to look at on our welcome boards. We have a qualified and experienced cook who is responsible for cooking and food preparation, all other members of staff have completed a Basic Food Hygiene course.


Meal times are an important part of your child’s development and we make sure children and staff sit down together whenever possible, we take every opportunity to ensure there is a friendly atmosphere where good manners and social interaction with staff and peers is encouraged.


“Earlybirds” have a realistic approach towards the needs of working parents, however due to quick spread of infectious illness we would ask that your child does not attend nursery when ill and notification would be appreciated. 48 hours is the required time your child would have to remain at home if he/she had sickness/diarrhoea.


If your child falls ill while at nursery you will be contacted immediately.

We can administer medicines, but only if they are doctor prescribed and dated.



Your child’s safety within our setting is a very important to us so could you please help us maintain this by closing all gates on entry/exit of the nursery.

Education New Early Years Foundation Stage

EYFS Birth - 5 Years

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfill their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.


There are seven areas of learning within the EYFS framework:


The Prime Areas Are...

• Communication and Language Development

• Personal, Social and Emotional Development

• Physical Development


The Specific Areas Are...

• Literacy

• Mathematics

• Understanding the World

• Expressive Arts and Design


Promoting The British Values:


In our setting we strive to protect children from the risk of radicalisation and we promote acceptance and tolerance of other beliefs and cultures. We actively promote The British Values throughout our practice and Curriculum.

• Democracy

• The rule of law

• Individual liberty

• Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith


Safeguarding Children:


At Earlybirds we work with children, parents, external agencies and the community to ensure the welfare and safety of children and to give them the very best start in life. Children have the right to be treated with respect, be helped to thrive and to be safe from any abuse in whatever form. We support the children within our care, protect them from maltreatment and have robust procedures in place to prevent the impairment of children’s health and development.


For any other information on the EYFS please ask a member of staff.


Day Care Prices

Full Week - £140

Full Day - £33

Half Day am/pm - £23

Additional Hours - £4


Price For Extra Time in Preschool After Funded Hours

£4.50 Per Hour


After School Care

£11 Per Session


Holiday Club

Full Day - £26

Half Day - £21

Toddler Room

2 - 3 Years


When your child is close to 2 years they will start the transition to the toddler room which takes place over a period of time and will only be completed when you and your child are settled and happy.

Your child will be taking part in many more challenging activities. Which include sand and water, jigsaws, a variety of creative activities, mask making and simple alphabet, number, shape and colour activities, which will play a big part in your child’s social, emotional, physical and language development. Each day you will be given a diary sheet to inform of what your child has eaten, activities taken part in and toileting information and any other information that needs to be passed on to parents.


Staff ratio: 1-4 children

Baby Room

3 Months - 2 Years


The baby room is a purposely designed area providing individual care for

babies aged 3 months to 2 years.

In this area your child will enjoy planned free play, singing and nursery rhyme sessions, talking and walking, messy play activities, and not forgetting lots of cuddles, love and attention along the way, all designed to promote their overall development. A daily diary sheet will be completed for each child and given to parents to detail food intake, nappy changes, sleeps times, and any special activities that your child has taken part in. We make every effort to maintain your routine from home to assure your child remains happy.


Staff ratio: 1-3 children

After School

Holiday Club


At Earlybirds we have the opportunity to offer an after school and holiday club for children up to 11yrs, with collections from all local schools. Throughout the school holidays we also run a Holiday Club. Throughout the school holidays we also run a Holiday Club.

Pre School

3 - 4 Years


The transition to the Pre-school is again done over a period of time and will be completed when you and your child are settled and happy.

Our aim in this room is to prepare your child for school and so the day is more structured, but we feel play is a very important part of a child’s development and we aim to provide the children with an enjoyable, safe and secure environment in which they can learn basic skills whilst having a fun day.


Staff ratio: 1-8 children

Meet The Team

Emma Darrington

Nursery Manager/Owner

Katie Lowe

Deputy Manager/Owner

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Marie Naylor

Senior Nursery Nurse


Becky Wain

Senior Nursery Nurse

Nicholle Pashley

 Nursery Nurse

Hollie Sherwood

 After School Cliub

Becky Fletcher

Nursery Nurse

Stacie Biggiin

 Nursery Nurse

Louise Kelk

Nursery Nurse

Chelsea Dean

Nursery Nurse

Julie Bradbury


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Contact Us

Earlybirds Day Nursery,

Carter Lane, Shirebrook, Mansfield, Notts. NG20 8PE

Telephone: 01623 746648


Opening Hours


Open Monday to Friday all day

Full Day 8.00am – 6.00pm

Half Day (morning) 8.00am – 1.00pm

Half Day (afternoon) 1.00pm – 6.00pm


Funded times for 3 and 4 year olds

Morning 9.00am – 12.00pm

Afternoon 1.00pm – 4.00pm

or can be flexible with hours depending upon availability


After school club

3.00pm – 6.00pm

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