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YMCA Cornwall: Mullion Nursery
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YMCA Mullion Nursery is managed by YMCA Cornwall.  We are situated in a historic building in the centre of the village of Mullion and welcome families from across the Lizard Peninsula and the Helston area to join us. 

The nursery is completely self-contained and we offer childcare provision for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.  We are currently open term time only Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 4.00 pm we endeavour to meet families needs so please enquire with us if you require an earlier start time or finish time we will accommodate. We are committed to supporting parents in work and are members of the 30hrs government scheme to offer the 30 hrs free childcare.

We offer the government free childcare 30 hrs scheme to parents who are eligible see Childcare choices website to see if you are eligible.

All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15hrs and also many 2 year olds can now access this funding please check the childcare choices website to see if you are eligible.  

Our staff to child ratios are set to meet the needs of the children attending with a minimum :

2 year olds - one member of staff to 4 children

3 and 4 year olds - one member of staff to 8 children

We have highly trained and experienced staff that are committed to the well-being of every child in our care. We develop trust, support and co-operation between home and nursery. We respect each child as an individual and understand that children develop at their own pace.  We aim to encourage children to learn and develop in the three prime areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage; Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development.  These three areas provide a firm foundation for children to build upon. We offer activities both indoors and outdoors, which encourages their development in literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design.

We support our little learners by offering purposeful and interesting activities and encourage children to have a go and to find ways to achieve what they set out to do.  We believe that children learn through playing and exploring.  Staff use sustained shared thinking and open ended questions to encourage children to think through their own ideas by making links and by making their own choices.

Please check our website or our facebook page:  Ymca Mullion for more information and updates on events and pictures or call us to arrange a visit.  We look forward to sharing our lovely nursery with you.



Who to contact

Contact name
Marie Green
Contact position
Nursery Manager
01326 241033

Where to go

Mullion Nursery
Nansmellyon Road
TR12 7DQ

YMCA Mullion Nursery is located in a rural setting ‘Mullion’ on the Lizard Peninsula. We can be found in the centre of the village. Very close by is the Health centre and Primary school.

The Nursery operates from a shared building managed by YMCA Cornwall. It has a separate entrance and fully secure outdoor area surrounded with a wooden fence. The nursery comprises of entrance/ reception where parents and visitors sign in. The entrance leads into the main nursery room which has underfloor heating. There is a corridor which leads to a quiet /sleep room and space for small group work. Children's accessible toilets and sinks. The secure garden play area has safety flooring and paved path areas. Our garden evolves to provide great play opportunities. We have an outdoor sink where water is accessible for play. We have herbs and sensory plants and bamboo which creates a natural screened area for play. We have an area with green fake grass to provide a soft play area that is accessible all year round and pipes are fixed to the fence above to allow the children to experiment with cars and balls rolling down.

Ride on toys are accessible and rotated. We have slides and a role play den for children to engage with their imagination.

Chalk boards are fixed to the fence. Four poles are used to fix a shade across the main play area outside and is used to protect children during play in the sun. At the bottom of the poles tyres are filled with soil and are used to grow plants and flowers throughout the year.

The side alley of the building has been enhanced with wooden stumps for seats and tree stump as a table we have added a wonderful mud kitchen to enhance the play opportunities. A painted chalk area on the wall for mark making. A colored gazebo cover provides cover and offers an area to sit. There is a wooden den and xylophone on the outside wall. Pipes are fixed so that the children can experiment and use to make sounds into. A pergola has plants growing across to promote nature and provide a natural sun screen.  Water play is promoted with water cans and we have pipes and different containers fixed to a wire piece of panel to enhance our water play area with water trays below.  Large tyres are used and black trays are often placed upon them, for a variety of play experiences. Access points front and back are flat and level and suitable for wheelchair use.


Other details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£4.50 Per Hour
We do not ask for any payments towards snacks these are provided and included in the session price.
Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?
Please enter details including what proof is required for the free or reduced rate
We offer a reduced fee to Armed forces families of 5% We also offer discount for siblings attending and can use workbased vouchers schemes please contact us to enquire and will find out how we can with costs.

Inclusion within our setting

Dietary needs

Has provision
Experience with
Lactose free
Gluten free
Egg intolerance
Nut allergy
Dairy free
No food provided
All allergies are catered for - children can bring in a packed lunch or a hot meal can be purchased which is cooked next door at Crafty Slice as required. We are enrolled on the Healthy Under 5's programme. We encourage healthy eating, wellbeing and physical activity in our setting. We are members of Charity 'Foodshare scheme' and collect donations from our local Co op store which helps us to offer a good range of fresh fruits and vegetables. Also various types of bread's to try.

Cultural provisions

Has provision
We celebrate a wide range of cultural and religious festivals from around the world.
Languages spoken

We welcome families from all nationalities and will source equipment books and resources to support bi lingual children in the setting. Staff use makaton and visual aides to support communication and learning. If required we will source an interpreter for you.

Pet provisions

Are there any pets at the setting?

Childcare information


Immediate vacancies
We currently have a waiting list for 2 year old vacancies please get in touch to reserve your space.
Vacancy range(s)
From 2 years to 4 years (spaces available: 6)
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
Grade Ruin Nursery; Clare Tipper Manager
Childminders; Becky Atkinson/ Alison Stock
Zelda school @ Gweek
Puffins Day Nursery; Helston

Opening times & facilities

Opening times
Opening times
DayOpening timeClosing time
Monday 8:30am 4.00 pm
Tuesday 8:30am 4.00 p m
Wednesday 8:30 am 4.00 pm
Thursday 8.30 am 4.00 pm
Friday 8.30 am 4.00 pm

School pickups

Offers pickups
Mullion Community Primary School

Inclusion details

Saint Piran's Flag
SENCo name
Eula Hardy

Early Years Local Offer response

Learning and development

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

Each child is allocated a key worker when they start with us, this is your point of contact and it is their role to build up a trusting relationship with you, your child and family. On entry to the nursery Base Line Assessments are completed to give the nursery staff an understanding of where the child sits in the development framework, these assessments are then reviewed with the parent. The nursery staff observe and plan accordingly for the individual child. Weekly observations are recorded in the child’s Learning Journey on their tapestry account and are used to plan next steps in the development framework. It is these observations which help us to identify any areas where extra support may be needed.

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

We are a welcoming nursery and we work to achieve a positive relationship with parents, sharing information from the first settling in visit or home visit. Parents are asked to complete an information sharing sheet which covers their child’s likes and dislikes, routines, family information. Observations are carried out during the nursery day to build a picture of each children’s individual development and highlights any areas where additional support may be needed. The nursery staff work very closely with parents offering support and in some cases seeking the advice of outside professionals.

Links we have to other agencies

The nursery has strong links with outside professionals including regular interaction from the Early Years Advisory Teacher and the Early Years SENCO team. We also have good communication with our Health Visiting team and local Childrens Centre (Helston). Working closely with parent’s we will seek their permission to bring in outside professionals where we feel that it is necessary. Nursery staff have experience of working with a wide team of outside professionals and lead TAC (Team Around the Child) meetings.

We also support the local Foodbank charity and work with the church promoting services and use the Methodist Chapel for events such as our Christmas Nativity, Easter theme activities and Remembrance day celebrations. We also visit the elderly 'Sunshine' group in the village singing and sharing activities together building positive relationships with our older generation in the village. We have a planter that we care for with the children, this is kept in the church grounds and we often visit the local gardens for a story. Ymca Cornwall helps to support us in sharing up to date information on studies and professional support sharing links on supporting on our family well being and other events of interest.

We have strong links with the library service and loan books to share and support family circumstances; Moving house, new baby, grief and loss. We signpost to other sources of family support the Early help hub; parental courses, parenting groups, Send support. Penhaligons friends, NSPCC.  

Any child that is dual setting we do get in touch with the setting and Key person of the child either by email, telephone and often make a visit when possible to promote positive links. 

How we support children transferring to school

Ymca Mullion nursery has built up a very strong link with our local primary school. This enables us to provide a solid framework for transition to school. Working closely with parents and the school we offer the opportunity for teachers to come into nursery and observe the children in their learning environment. We feel that this works very well as children are confident in their surroundings where they feel secure and are supported by their peers, staff and parents. Key workers and the nursery manager attend phonic sessions with some of the children’s settling in visits at school and also attend lunch and some school assemblies. During the summer term we also participate in the Sports Day. With parent’s permission we share Reports and progress and IEP’s with the class teacher. Teachers are invited to attend meetings with parents when held to promote and share good practice and support the transition onto to school.

We also promote communication with children attending dual settings with communication books, emails and visits supporting the children.



Specialist skills or training our staff have

All staff are qualified to level 3, the nursery manager has a level 6 qualification. All staff are trained in Paediatric First Aid, Prevent training staff and have specialized in particular areas of the Early Years Care and Education - Special Needs, Behaviour Management, ECAT (every child a talker) program and use the tool to monitor communication progress. The Leuven scale is used to monitor well being and involvement and to monitor changes in behavior and well being.

We are enrolled on the 'Healthy under 5's' to improve healthy eating, well being and physical exercise in our setting and support our families in living healthy lives.   

We invite professionals in to support us with other areas of expertise; Forestry school workshops, Sports activities, Story & Rhyme time 'Be musical' sessions. Healthy Teeth; NHS dental services. 

All staff have participated in initial Makaton training.

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

YMCA Mullion Nursery prides itself on being a friendly and welcoming setting. Staff recognise the importance of forming strong bonds between home and the setting and the forming of strong attachment bonds between carer and child. Staff are good role models for the children, understanding the importance of consistency, working closely as a team and with parents. The nursery is part of the Healthy unders 5's program and we part of the inital pilot programme. The children enjoy a varied and healthy diet and grow their own vegetables and herbs to use at snack time. We bake together and have a daily routine which is flexible and adaptable to the children's needs. Staff are aware of individual children's needs and adapt activities appropriately. The voice of the child is important in the nursery and they are encouraged to make choices and communicate their feelings. We do this by promoting choice of child-led activities.

We provide library book loan so children can choose a book to share with home and we invite parents to complete update feedbacks on children's like/ interests termly. The thrive programme, making sense training has supported us in adopting strategies to meet the needs of the individual child. We also ensure physical outdoor activity takes places throughout the day and this is monitored so that children can be physically active both inside and outside in the fresh air and explore and play in our wonderful outdoor area. We go on regular walks in the village and participate in forestry school learning activities with our qualified forestry school leaders. We also promote lots of dancing and singing indoors using the 'Sticky Kids ' programme and relaxation with Yoga.

Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported

The nursery promotes strong links with home and encourages parents to be involved in their child’s nursery experiences and learning. At settling in visits parents are involved in their child’s Base Line Assessment and at review. The nursery carries out termly Summative Reports which are shared with the parents and 2 Year Checks are produced with input from parents. The nursery operates an Open Door Policy and parents are welcome to come into nursery and speak to the Nursery Manager or Key Worker whenever it is convenient for them.  Feedback is offered at every session about 'what we have been learning, eating etc' by all staff. A notice board is on display for all parents detailing learning objectives for the week; phonics, numeracy, shape, colour and snack time foods, news/ events. 

Learning Journey’s on tapestry are shared between nursery and home; emails, a closed facebook page, newsletters are used help to keep parents informed on weekly learning activities.  IEP’s are drawn up with parents, Key Worker and the nursery’s SENCO, outside professional support will be sourced once we have parental permission.

Our complaints policy

The nursery follows Ofsted guidelines on dealing with complaints. The nursery has a Complaints Policy and a whistle blowing policy for staff. These are displayed on our parents notice board and staff board.


Alterations we have made to make our building accessible

 The nursery room is on one level with good access for pushchairs and wheelchairs. 

Facilities we have for personal care

The children have height appropriate sinks and toilets in a light airy room.

Specialist resources we have

We provide both indoor and outside sensory resources. We have a sensory garden, a mud kitchen. We have soft play equipment which we use indoors, parachutes and musical instruments for the children to investigate. We will always source equipment when needed: talking tins, visual timers. 

How we include all children in activities, such as trips

 All children who attend the nursery are treated as unique and individual. Activities, including trips are for all the children. Extra equipment will be sourced and staffing numbers are high to ensure the safety and needs of all children is met. Before going on trips we notify parents as to where we are going and what the purpose of the outing is, this enables parents to feel confident about the outing and also talk about the experience at home. In nursery we talk about the outing and where possible use pictures or photographs. Staff carry out risk assessments for all equipment, outings and activities. 

Last updated: 03/03/2019

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