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).
Update: Eligible 3 & 4 year olds’ are entitled to ‘up to’ 30 hours FREE Childcare from September. Click the link below to read more:-
Criteria for 30 Hours FREE Childcare
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 05-09-2104
We are open Monday to Friday during Term Time ONLY.
We are located in the William Gascoigne Centre.
Daisy Chain Pre-school Ltd
William Gascoigne Centre, Middleton Park Complex
Telephone: 0113 3451700
Nursery Email: email@example.com
|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:
5 x Mornings, or
3 x Afternoons, or
1 x Full day + 2 x Mornings
Chargeable sessions are available over and above 15 hours FEEE
BA ‘Hons’ in Childhood and Youth Studies
Early Years Teaching Status
Designated Safeguarding Officer Training
Leigh studied Childhood and Youth Studies at Leeds Trinity and All Saints University then moved onto building a career at Daisy Chain Childcare four years ago, working mher way from Nursery Nurse to Senior of Pre-school before studying to earn her Early Years Teaching status in 2014.
“Daisy Chain has given me the opportunity to develop my skills and build a career, which I now use to support children and parents within my setting.”
She finds her job thoroughly rewarding, especially supporting children throughout their early years, she believes that children should be given the best opportunity from the start. Daisy Chain Pre-school aims to provide learning through play in a safe, fun and stimulating environment.