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