About us

Welcome to Little Stars at Bessemer

Here at Little Stars our vision is to provide high quality, play based early childhood education for 2 year olds in the local community. We ensure a safe, nurturing, home from home environment where children’s needs and interests inspire planning to extend learning. Children make use of a range of indoor and outdoor spaces with the best resources which allow children to maximise their learning experience. All of our staff members are carefully selected; with great emphasis placed on the right mix of qualifications, personality and life experience. We foster a culture where staff are warm and caring to ensure supportive relationships with children and families.

To take the virtual tour of our 2 year old provision, please click on the play button below. 

Curriculum

Our typical nursery session starts with an adult -led group time when all children are encouraged to join with singing a hello song and some favourite nursery rhymes and then join their key groups for story time. Staff ensure that all children attending a session are present during this important adult-led activity at the start of a day as it helps children to settle-in and set the tone for the day, knowing that they all belong here.

In between or after the group time, children can choose to access a range of activities, both indoors and outdoors such as messy play, painting, water play, block play and mark making activities.
During any session, one or two activities are adult led.  Adults who are not leading a session will be engaging in children’s play and developing their learning through commenting and extending their language and using open-ended questions to further develop their thinking and ideas.   

At Little Stars children are be able to access all the daily learning provision within the indoor area and outdoor rooftop garden space independently. As well as this, we have daily access to the huge 12,000 square foot Early Years playground where the children have the opportunity to practise their bike riding skills and climbing skills as well as field play on the JAGS field.   We have a Movement /Dance session during the week and a weekly visit to our nature garden for Forest School sessions, with The Jolly Foresters, where children have the opportunity to feed the chickens and collect their eggs, enjoy working with clay, engage in water play, collect natural resources for their play and enjoy  spending time in the natural environment. 

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, (EYFS).  We focus on the Prime areas of learning consisting of Communication and Language, Physical and Personal, Social and Emotional development as these form the bedrock of all other learning.  To this end, we strive to provide a stimulating environment that drives these areas of learning and development forward. We plan challenging and enjoyable experiences across all the areas of learning and development through a mixture of age appropriate, structured, adult -led activities as well as children’s self-initiated free flow play.

Typical Day in Little Stars AM:

8am Welcome, settling in and breakfast

9am Group time, welcome songs and singing/ story time

9.20am Choosing time / adult led activities

10am Snack time

10.20am Choosing time / adult led activities/ nature garden

11am Choosing time in the Early Years playground

11.40am Story time

12pm Lunchtime

Typical Day in Little Stars PM:

12.30pm Arrival of afternoon session children

1pm Sleep time/ Group time for afternoon children, welcome songs and singing/ story time

1.20pm Choosing time / adult led activities

2.30pm Snack time

3pm Choosing time in the Early Years playground

3.40pm Story time

4pm Tea time

4.30pm Choosing time / adult led activities

5.45pm Home time

How to Apply

To apply for a place in Little Stars please complete an application form by either asking at the main school office or downloading the form here.  Please note that there are two forms, one for children who are entitled to 15 hours of free nursery education for 2 year olds, and one for those who are not and who need a privately funded place.

Once you have completed the form your child will be placed on the waiting list. A place will be offered once one becomes available after your child’s second birthday. You will be informed of the offer of a place in writing and we may also call you to check whether you still want the place before we send the written offer. (Please remember to inform us if your contact details change while your child is on our waiting list.)

Once you have accepted a place for your child you will be sent an enrolment pack and given a date for an enrolment meeting.  Please complete the paperwork in the pack as far as possible and bring it with you to the enrolment meeting along with the documents listed in the letter (identification and your child’s red book).  Do not worry if there are parts of the paperwork that you are unsure about, we will be happy to help during the meeting.

Please bring your child with you to the enrolment meeting. The meeting will be with their key worker and they will go through the enrolment paperwork with you. The paperwork includes important information about your child around things such as eating, sleeping, interests, any additional needs etc. Please take as much time as you need to ensure that you are confident that we know everything we need to in order to meet your child’s needs.  The key worker will also take this opportunity to talk to your child and start to build their relationship as well as showing them around the nursery.

At the enrolment meeting the key worker will agree a start date with you and discuss our settling in period. We offer 5 hours of free settling in sessions before we start charging nursery fees. You are also welcome to visit nursery and stay with your child in addition to the 5 hours. A suggested model for settling in would be; visit the nursery once or twice and stay with your child during the session, then leave them for half an hour one day, an hour the next day, then an hour and a half and finally two hours just before their start date. From the agreed start date we will start to charge full nursery fees.