Basingstoke Hatch Warren Lane Nursery (formerly Early Years Childcare) is located on a rural site formerly known as Hatch Warren Farm next to The Portsmouth Arms Pub.
There are two buildings on the site – one for babies and children aged 0-2 years and the other for children aged 2-5 years. This building also holds a separate designated after school club for children up to the age of 12.
Both buildings are beautifully converted Grade 2 listed barns, which retain many of the original features.
The M3 Junction for London/Portsmouth is easily accessible and is approximately 1.5 miles away so it is in a great location should parents need to head off to work in either direction! There is also a bus route outside the nursery which heads into the town centre on a regular basis.
The Basingstoke Hatch Warren team are very committed to their role and have excellent relationships with all families and in particular their key carer children.
The staff provide an exciting variety of activities for the children to experience in the rooms, the sensory room, or in the 3 designated garden areas on the site which incorporates free flow play. Children are also able to go for local walks within the neighbourhood in small groups with their key carers, and this includes babies. Daily fresh air is an essential part of a child’s day whatever the weather.
Exercise is also a daily part of the child’s routine with Wake and Shake initiative for 2-5’s – a programme which includes music and dance and exercise to stimulate the child’s mind and body, and enable them to focus on their learning and concentration after a little workout whatever the time of the day!
There is a designated staff team in the after school club for children aged 4-12, and we provide a pick-up service from several designated schools in our own minibuses. These children also have the opportunity to chill, play in the garden, complete their homework, creative activities....whatever they choose to do after a hard day at school!
A parent partnership group is now evolving in order that parents can have a greater input into the nursery, support new parents, listen to parents thoughts and help us to develop the nursery and with social events.
The emphasis on home/nursery partnerships is paramount to enable the children and families to thrive.
My child feels very safe and secure in the nursery and this is entirely to the credit of her carers and hugely reassuring to us.
I am certain that had my daughter been receiving childcare from any other provider I would have had to give up my job to look after my child myself.
Children thoroughly enjoy their play and engage happily with their activities.
Exceptional childcare, very competent staff, we are extremely grateful for all the additional support we have been given as a family.
It is obvious that the staff at the nursery genuinely care for the children and this is their main priority.
Julie has over thirty years of childcare experience having two grown up sons of her own and working in a variety of different settings with the Armed Forces, the corporate sector, family owned nurseries and the Local Authority. She has also co-ordinated the set up of 2 new build nurseries from their foundation to seeing them through their successful OFSTED inspections.
Julie loves managing the nursery, no two days are the same and she feels that some of the best aspects of the role is having the autonomy to run her part of the Busy Bees business, developing her team and working closely in partnership with the our families.
She holds a NNEB qualification, NVQ 4 in Leadership and Management, A1 NVQ Assessor qualification and is currently consolidating all her skills and experience by undertaking the Level 3 Management Diploma.
Like most of the staff at nursery Julie holds qualifications in Paediatric First Aid, First Aid at Work, Health and Safety, Level 4 Safeguarding certificate and Food Hygiene as mandatory training and is also the Lead Child Protection Officer within the nursery.
Julie is extremely proud of the staff team who she has developed since 2010 to work in partnership with each other and have a commitment to achieving the highest standards possible.
In 2015 we were awarded an OUTSTANDING outcome in our OFSTED inspection, and the Carole Chatterdon award for outstanding performance in 2015 at the annual Busy Bees conference awards.