Daisy Chain Pre-School at Middleton is our centre of excellence for funded 2, 3 and 4 year olds. We renovated the William Gascoigne Community Centre, a place no longer in use that had previously been a well-loved hub of the local community. The centre was transformed to create a vibrant, well-resourced pre-school where children can play and learn. One of the challenges we faced was transforming a large space into a welcoming environment that wouldn’t be daunting to a young child. Parental feedback confirms that we have created a unique, friendly and welcoming learning environment with well-spaced activity areas, designed to help little ones feel safe and secure.
There are three childcare rooms; new children (Imps), 2 year olds (Sprites) and 3 & 4 year olds (Elves), which is our pre-school classroom.
Each childcare room has direct access to its own outdoor play area with lots of exciting, challenging activities including mud kitchens, pebble pits, soft play, construction and garden areas.
For quieter moments we have a sensory room and a hand made Mongolian Yurt, providing enclosed, cosy spaces ideal for story time or music and movement sessions.
Snack/meal times are a social occasion, encouraging independence wherever possible. Parents provide their child with a packed lunch if their session is across the lunchtime period. We provide freshly prepared snack, catering for individual needs with a varied and nutritional menu including dishes from around the world. Local suppliers provide our fresh fruit/vegetables and dairy products.
Following on from the success of providers offering Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) for all three and four year olds, the Government is offering the same entitlement for two year olds who meet the eligibility criteria. The provision of FEEE enables all eligible two-year-old children to receive 570 hours each year of free childcare. This is equivalent to 15 hours each week (term time only).
Our well qualified staff team all share a love of working with children and follow a programme of continuous personal development. Each child has a dedicated key person who provides daily feedback on children’s progress and development.
Daisy Chain Childcare was the first private day care company to be accredited with a GOLD award with the Leeds Quality Assurance scheme in 2005, an award endorsed by the Investors in Children Kite Mark. Daisy Chain Childcare received the Investors in People Accreditation in 2011 and in 2016 we won “Best Setting For Two Yeas Olds” at The Nursery World Awards.
See the Made in Leeds Footage about our WIN at The Nursery World Awards 2016.
Children are settled and content because all staff provide a caring and nurturing environment that promotes children's emotional well-being effectively.
Ofsted Report 05-09-2014
|Morning Session||Afternoon Session||Full Day Session|
|8.30am – 11.30am||12.30am – 5.30pm||8.30am – 5.30pm|
Any of the following combination of sessions can make up your 15 hours FEEE entitlement:
Chargeable sessions are available over and above 15 hours FEEE
Foundation Degree in Management and Children’s Care
Helen’s childcare career began in 2000 and gradually worked her way to becoming a manager in 2009. Helen holds a Foundation Degree in Management and Children’s Care. Helen joined us at Daisy Chain Childcare in February 2012, she finds her job in childcare very rewarding and is passionate about giving young children the best possible start in life and being able to make a differences no matter how small to their early education and development. Seeing children progress is one of the most rewarding aspects of her job. Helen finds working in a safe, stimulating and fun environment for children a real motivator. Her team at Daisy Chain all share a love of working with children and aim to give children the best possible start in life.
Education and Development for your child in a nurturing setting are at the core of what we do.
A key-person will keep you informed. We pride ourselves on communication and working together.
“Parents are made welcome and suitable information is collected
and shared regularly with them to ensure children’s care is consistent”
• Rothwell 2011 • Rothwell 2019 • Lofthouse 2019
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