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Early Birds Nursery
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 Early Birds nursery is a purpose-built nursery at the heart of the Bude community. Our nursery is nestled between the Family Hub, Bude infants and Juniors.  We are registered with Ofsted to provide quality early years care and education for children aged 3 months – 5 years.

We provide a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment, which provides a perfect start for your child’s learning journey. The team have extensive experience and qualifications. The manager is an Early Years Teacher and Forest School Leader. The team are well established and have developed a pedagogy with the voice of the child at the heart of the progressive care and education we provide. Our nursery environments evolve with the needs of the children. In line with the communication friendly approach to learning environments, with a dynamic and reflective culture of aspirations. We are currently further developing the garden to host Forest School and beach school activities for all.


Who to contact

Contact name
Rachel Fasham
Contact position
Nursery Manager
01288 356943
Early Birds Nursery's facebook page

Where to go

Early Birds Nursery
Broad Close Hill
EX23 8EA

The nursery is situated in the heart of Bude, on the grounds of Bude Primary Academy, next door to Bude Family Hub. 

Other details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
Ranging from £25.00-26.00 Per morning
Ranging from £25.00-£26.00 Per afternoon
Ranging from £42.00-£45.00 Per Full Day
£6.00 Per additional hour
At Early Birds Nursery, we offer a variety of sessions to accommodate your childcare needs. For a full list of all the sessions we offer, please visit our website.

There are many government schemes in which you can receive funding for the your child's sessions.These include;
ALL 3&4 Year old's - 15 hours per week Term Time Only OR 11 hours per week All Year Round

Eligible 3&4 Year Old's - Additional 15 hours per week Term Time Only OR Additional 11 hours per week All Year Around

Eligible 2 year old's - 15 hours per week Term Time Only OR 11 hours per week All Year Around

Please visit to find out what you are entitled to
Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?

Inclusion within our setting

Wheelchair access

Has provision
Level access

Dietary needs

Has provision
Experience with
Lactose free
Gluten free
Egg intolerance
Nut allergy
Dairy free
We are an allergy aware nursery. The team have undertaken detailed training, so ensure they can support individual needs. We have training to manage specific medical requirements, such as diabetes and anaphylaxis We work with parents of children who have specific food allergies and implemented safe practices to ensure the health and safety of our children is paramount.

Cultural provisions

Has provision
Experience with
Yes would have an understanding
Yes - all welcome & catered for. Recently have a Chinese family who's understanding of English is limited. We worked with the Parents to access an EAL grant and with their support purchased some additional resources. We also have experience of a Family who practice the Muslim faith. The Parents are very pleased to share information about their faith and festivals.
Languages spoken

We speak English at the nursery however support children who speak English as an Additional language and children who have developing communication skills through using Makaton signing and visual aids. 

Pet provisions

Are there any pets at the setting?
List of pets
Other furred animal

Childcare information


Immediate vacancies
We currently have a few places left in the pre-school room and limited spaces in the baby room, please contact us for further details.
Vacancy range(s)
From 3 months years to 2 years years (spaces available: 3)
From 2 years years to 3 years years (spaces available: 4)
From 3 years years to 5 years years (spaces available: 8)
Date updated

Funded places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

30 hours free childcare

Offering up to 30 hours free childcare
30 hours partner details
We welcome partnerships with all local settings and childminders.
Parents are able to split their 30 hours.
We will work closely with providers to offer the joined up service you require.

Opening times & facilities

Opening times
Opening times
DayOpening timeClosing time
Monday 08:00 18:00
Tuesday 08:00 18:00
Wednesday 08:00 18:00
Thursday 08:00 1800
Friday 08:00 18:00

School pickups

Offers pickups
Bude Infant School

Ofsted information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
19/11/2013Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
29/11/2017Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Inclusion details

Saint Piran's Flag
SENCo name
Bethany Knowles

Early Years Local Offer response

Learning and development

Systems and strategies we have in place to identify children that may require additional support

During your child's settling in sessions we work with the parents to create an "All about me" profile to gather information on any individual needs the child has and a better understanding of their current level of development. 

Throughout your child's time with us their key person completes a secure Learning Journey on the 'Famly App'. This  comprises of regular observations, photos, parent contributions and termly summative assessments. This enables us to reflect on the development of each child to ensure they are making progress. We work with the Early Years Foundation Stage in order to know where each child should be developing according to their age. This helps us identify any areas of delay and make appropriate actions to support the child in that particular area of learning. 

If we had concerns about a child's development, at first instance we would discuss these with you as parents & carers in order for us to work together. If needed and agreed with you, we can make referrals to receive additional support in areas of expertise e.g. speech & language. 


How we identify and support children's learning and development needs

Staff talk to  children and parents to ensure that they have a secure knowledge of each child's development. Observations are undertaken, during individual learning time/continuous provision and within group work. A combination of all of these allows staff to complete termly progress reports which help to identify areas of progress and those areas that may need a little support. Should a child need extra support, this will be done during their play based learning in a way that suits that child's learning. Characteristics of effective learning are monitored to further support staff from gaining an understand of how and what the children are learning. Our setting implements ECAT monitoring forms to ensure that children are developing their speech as expected, it also allows us to plan for interventions and referrals should they be needed.

Our SENCO's have attended specific training on Behaviour, Sensory and attachment training.Our Deputy has also attended behaviour training. We have in place visual supports such as visual timetable and spot timers.

Staff attend Makaton training, sensory training and positive behaviour management and visual training.

We work closely with outside professions such as, SLT and the SENCO team and follow agreed targets for children to achieve. 


Links we have to other agencies

 We work closely with other nursery's in the Early Years Alliance, sharing practice and ideas. We also have strong links with Bude Primary Federation, which aid us in supporting the children's transition to school. The nursery also works with the Senior Locality SENco, Inclusion worker and other professionals where needed in Cornwall 

We work closely with our local Family Hub, Inclusion workers, Speech and Language team, Senior Locality SENCO and Visual impairment team. We also have knowledge of other support agencies and how to contact them should the need arise.

We host network meetings with other settings to create a learning community.

When a child attends dual settings, we ensure welfare and progress is tracked to ensure the best outcomes are monitored.


How we support children transferring to school

We work closely with all school in the area, to ensure that transition is as seamless as possible. We host transition sessions, this allows the children to familiarise themselves with the staff and other children. Each aspect of school life and routine is experienced before the children move up to school.

The nursery operates from Bude Primary Federation therefore we work closely with the school to ensure children have the best possible transition and are ready for school when they start. We support children to visit the school and teachers visit children in the nursery environment.  Each child's key person will also complete a transfer document summarizing the children's learning accross the Early Years Foundation Stage. We will work closely with you in preparing this document to ensure it is accurate and individual to each child.  

This continues after the children progress to school, ensuring communications and support continues when needed. It also allows the new children to meet the school but it also gives the reception class a chance to see the Nursery staff and old friends.

Children who may move on to other schools will have their new class teacher invited in to observe the child/ren in their environment and to talk to the child's Key Person. Each child will pass their learning journey onto their new teacher to share their learning experiences so far, this will include a transfer document to pass on assessments for each area of learning.



Specialist skills or training our staff have

All staff receive safeguarding training and the management team attends a more intensive Multi Agency Safeguarding training. 

All staff are Pediatric First Aid trained

The Special Educational Needs Coordinator attends regular training to keep skills and knowledge up to date 

The manager has Early Years Teacher Status and a degree in Early Years.

The manager is a Level Tree Forest School Leader, with a qualified Forest School Assistant on the team also. 

The team continually attend new training and conferences to update their knowledge of chid-centred practice.

Support we offer regarding children's health and well-being

All staff have up-to-date safeguarding training. All staff have enhanced DBS checks. Risk assessments are regularly reviewed and updated if necessary. We have in place a key person system so that parent/carers build a relationship with their child's carer. Small group work is an integral part of our daily routine. Parents are encouraged to discuss any concerns they have at arrivals or departures. We regularly attend "Team around the child" meetings and work with outside agencies to ensure the health and well-being of the child.

We ensure that we take all possible measures to provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment for the children within our care. Risk assessments are carried out to help prevent possible injuries occurring inside and outside. Risk assessments are regularly assessed and updated. The Nursery is set up in a way that ensure that there is a quiet area for children both in the inside and outside environment. We have researched communication friendly spaces and try to create a calm environment that allows the children to engage and learn without becoming over stimulated.

We assign a key person by observing which adult the child forms a natural attachment to, this relationship is central to the key person system. 2 year checks are done during the spring term and these checks are written up and shared with the parents. Parents are then able to contribute to them and help to set targets, should their children need any extra support or nourishment in any area of learning. We work at creating an environment that also allows parents to feel that they are able to come and discuss concerns, apprehensions, changes of circumstances etc with us. We hold an open door policy that allows parents to share any circumstances with us from home that may have an impact on their children here. We work together with parents to ensure that any change of circumstance is supported here, and that information is shared between the child's parents and key person regularly. All staff have undergone safeguarding training and this is regularly refreshed and updated. Our designated person is Rachel Fasham, Nursery Manager.

Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported

We have an open door policy, parents are encouraged to talk to all staff and view the child's learning journey when ever they wish.

We have started to use the 'Famly ap', for parent/carer communication, invoicing and digital Learning Journeys. All feedback is very positive, Parent receive all up to date information though this format. Your child's key person completes regular observations on children, taking into account what they are showing interest in and how this supports the children in their learning and development. Parents can interact with the nursery software system and view their child's learning & development from home at any time. This helps us work closely with parents & carers in creating a collaborative approach to children's assessment and progress. Parents are also able to see the 'next steps' we are working on with children and may contribute to these from home. 

Each Term we hold a Parent's Evening where you can enjoy an allocated time slot with your child's key person and discuss all the lovely things your child can do. 

We give feedback at the end of every session and daily diary's are available for younger children.

We post appropriate updates the Famly App and on our Facebook page to demonstrate the activities that have been experienced.

Regular news letters give a detailed insight of learning development and events.

Termly consultations provide documented detailed feedback of all areas  of learning, development and welfare. to source feedback are fed into parent forum gatherings to consult on improvements and feedback.We have robust comments, concerns and complaints procedures to ensure feedback is gathered from parents.

Parents are given free access to all our core policies and procedures and a notice board provides further updates.


Our complaints policy

A copy of our complaints policy is displayed on the Parent's Noticeboard together with a copy in our policy and procedures file. An Ofsted poster is also on display. Any complaint is dealt with firstly by discussion, if not resolved at this stage then requested that complaint be put in writing. Complaint investigated and responded to within 28 days. If still not resolved then complaint is passed to Manager's line manager and escalated.

We endeavour to provide the best possible care for children at the setting and always welcome feedback on the provision we offer in order to continuously reflect and improve what we do. 

Any complaint is dealt with firstly by discussion, if not resolved at this stage then requested that complaint be put in writing. Complaint investigated and responded as a priority. If still not resolved then complaint is passed to Manager's line manager and escalated.


Alterations we have made to make our building accessible

We are in a purpose built ground floor building that is accessible to all.

This includes wider door frames for wheelchair access; accessible toilet; discreet changing area; outside area accessible to all.

Facilities we have for personal care

We have a nappy changing unit situated in our 0-2's room. We also have a children's bathroom with 2 small children's toilets. 

There are two private toilets within the Preschool for the children to go independently. A potty is also fully accessible if a child is potty training. There is a nappy station which is partitioned to allow for discreet changing. We are happy to support parents and children with potty training. 


We fully understand and support that children have differing levels of self care and are here to support their individual needs. There is a space within the toilet area that is available for changing of clothes too.

Specialist resources we have

Highly experienced and trained staff.

We have numerous resources for all different children along with choosing books to help the children make chiolces and lead their own learning though the day.

Children can access specialised Forest School resources and a large range of open ended natural play resources to intrinsically motivate challenge and imagination to ensure children reach their potential.

We use our knowledge of the children's interests and termly assessments to inform us of resources we need to buy in order to enhance our learning environment. For example, we identified from our most recent termly assessment on children than 'Maths' was an area of weakness for all children therefore purchased resources to support children in their learning in this area. 


How we include all children in activities, such as trips

Local walks in the community are managed by staff at the setting.

Risk assessments are carried out before going on any trip or outing.

We have spare pushchairs for children who may have mobility needs.

Last updated: 09/08/2021

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