Little Cubs Nursery at the Xcel Centre has been rated as ‘Good’ by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.
The rating is just one away from ‘Outstanding’ but, has improved standards since its last inspection five years ago.
“Ofsted say the quality of teaching at Little Cubs is good and that staff provided a broad range of activities, experiences and opportunities, which support children to make good progress in their learning.”
There are 14 members of staff at Little Cubs, looking after more than 70 children.
The latest Ofsted report praised employees for forging “close and effective working partnerships with parents, supporting children’s continuity of care and learning”.
The report added: “Staff develop warm, caring and nurturing relationships with the children. This means that children are happy, behave well and are confident learners.
“The play areas, both inside and outside, are well organised, clean and secure. As a result, children can explore their surroundings freely and in safety.
“Children with special educational needs and/or disabilities are supported well. Staff produced practical and detailed information to help all adults working with these children, in order to meet their changing needs.
“Staff are well trained in safeguarding and child protection issues. They have a good understanding of their roles and responsibilities in keeping children safe from harm.
“The dedicated staff team together with good leadership and management shows a strong commitment to improve outcomes for all children.”
Established nearly 20 years ago, Little Cubs moved to the Xcel Centre in 2010 to expand to full day care and there are still a small number of spaces left for children.
“With our friendly, professional staff team, you can be confident that your child is being looked after the way you would look after them,” said Kerina. “Our rooms are age specific, with quality activities and furnishings, from natural wood furniture to home cooked meals, and every part of Little Cubs is aimed at delivering excellent care.
“The link between home and nursery is a key connection and we actively seek ways to continually ensure this is demonstrated in our nursery.”
To enquire about places at Little Cubs, or for more information, call 0845 450 5871 or email

Little Cubs Nursery