About us

North Star Nursery has been established for over 23 years and in purpose-built facilities, on the Polaris House site, since 1999.

Originally set up as a work place nursery to provide childcare for staff of the Research Councils, which now includes RCUK Shared Services Centre Ltd and the Technology Strategy Board, our planning permission also allows us to offer childcare services to external clients.

The Nursery is privately owned by the company North Star Nursery Ltd, and is run by the Nursery Management Committee with representatives from all of the partner Research Councils (BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC and STFC) and also representatives from NERC. Three members of the Committee are Directors of the Company. Parents are represented on the Committee by the User Group Chair. Other members may be co-opted on a permanent or ad-hoc basis at the discretion of the Committee. Human resources and health and safety support are provided by BBSRC.

The Committee, which meets once a month, provides a forum for discussing and agreeing actions on all matters relating to the running of the Nursery. This includes:

  • Staffing
  • Finances
  • Accommodation
  • Allocation of places
  • Nursery policies
  • Responsibilities of the parents/users

The Nursery Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Nursery and its staff. The Committee supports the role of the Nursery Manager by:

  • Ensuring that the Nursery is staffed by the required number of qualified and trainee staff;
  • Maintaining regular contact with the Nursery Manager and staff on a range of matters including training, development, appraisal and pay;
  • Ensure that the company remains financially viable.

If you would like to find out more about the Nursery please call us on 01793 411994 or email us at info@northstarnursery.co.uk

Working Together Towards Outstanding

At the beginning of 2015, we began working on a project, together with a consultant, which aims to identify good practice, set action plans and identify training needs across the nursery. Our advisor has been spending time in the rooms and on an individual basis with members of staff. We have put together action plans for individuals, room teams and the nursery as a whole and the progress and development of the outcomes will be monitored.

As a part of this project, we have been working on the National Government initiative "Every Child a Talker" (ECAT) which is designed to help create a developmentally appropriate, supportive and stimulating environment in which children can enjoy experimenting with and learning language. It can be implemented whether children are in Early Years settings, with a childminder or at home with their parents. Through everyday, fun and interesting activities which reflect children’s interests, ECAT encourages early language development right from the outset, extending children’s vocabulary and helping them build sentences so that before they start school, children are confident and skilled communicators. The aim of the initiative is to raise children's achievement in language, improve practitioner's skills and knowledge and to increase parent's understanding and involvement in children's language development.

Further information regarding ECAT can be found at www.foundationyears.org.uk

To view our action plans, please click on the links below:

  • Action Plan - Explorers PDF Adobe PDF icon
  • Action Plan - Adventurers PDF Adobe PDF icon
  • Action Plan - Pioneers PDF Adobe PDF icon
  • Action Plan - Discoverers PDF Adobe PDF icon
  • Action Plan - Whole Nursery Team ECAT PDF Adobe PDF icon