Toddlers' University

"First class childcare with honours!"

About Us

Toddlers’ University is an Ofsted registered private children’s day nursery with two locations in Ilkeston, Derbyshire and Beeston, Nottinghamshire. We offer private first class childcare and education for children from 3 months old including full day-care, part-time care, before and after school clubs and holiday clubs all year round with the only exceptions of public holidays and Christmas week when the nurseries are closed. We follow a varied and exciting programme of activities based on the national curriculum in small group sizes with only 3 to 8 children per staff member depending on the ages of the children.
We are members of the National Day Nurseries Association.

Ilkeston, DerbyshireBeeston, Nottinghamshire

A few things we’re great at

FREE (GOVERNMENT FUNDED) PLACES

Up to 15 or 30 hours of free childcare per week all year round depending on age and eligibility. Free places can be taken during term-time or spread over the whole year.

FULLY QUALIFIED STAFF

Our staff are fully qualified practitioners in early-years education up to university degree level with many years experience. Some staff have acheived the coveted Early Years Professional status.

OPEN ALL DAY

Private care and education in small group sizes from 7.30am until 6.00pm from Monday to Friday all year round (excluding public holidays and Christmas week).

FOOD AND DRINKS INCLUDED

Delicious, healthy meals, snacks and drinks are offered throughout the day, prepared by our on-site cook using nutritious ingredients. We cater for specific dietary requirements including allergies.

Park Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5DR

Toddlers’ University Ilkeston

Toddlers’ University Ilkeston was registered by the current owners in 2003, and operates from a converted church premises situated in Park Road in the Larklands area just to the south east of Ilkeston, Derbyshire.

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2a The City, Beeston, Nottinghamshire, NG9 2ED

Toddlers’ University Beeston

Toddlers’ University was first registered by the current owners in Beeston in 2009. The nursery is very close to Beeston town centre, next to Middle Street tram stop and just a few minutes walk from Tesco Extra and Broadgate Park.

What Ofsted think

Here are some quotes from the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills…

The provision is good… Children are safe and secure in this welcoming and friendly nursery… Staff understand how children learn and use their knowledge to plan activities that are exciting and interesting. This promotes children’s learning effectively.

September 2019

Teaching is effective… safeguarding is effective… Outcomes for children are good… Children are learning to be independent from a young age… Parents are happy with the care staff provide to children…

February 2018

Children are… happy and well settled. Staff have high expectations for children’s learning and development and interact with them in a positive manner. Children behave well and play well together. The manager is well focused and ambitious. She has worked hard on developing the quality of the provision. 

September 2019

What our parents and carers think

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our parents and carers say:

Lovely staff! Manager has been in early years a while and highly qualified, which reflects in the running of the nursery and care of the children! … definitely worth a look around if you’re trying to find somewhere for your little ones too!

Parent

January 2020

Toddlers Uni is a brilliant nursery that I would recommend to anyone. My son is so settled there because of how much time and patience the staff put into each and every child. There is always plenty of activities for him to enjoy which he never wants to leave when I pick him up. The staff always seem interested in information I share about my son both about development and what we have been doing throughout the week. 

Parent

May 2020

My son has been in the baby room and toddler room and both are great. I will definitely be sending my next son when he is old enough!

Parent

May 2020

Our Management Team

Toddlers’ University employs qualified and experienced staff with a minimum of a NVQ level 3 or equivalent qualification in a childcare related subject and each nursery has at least one university degree qualified staff member.

The quality of our staff team begins with a rigorous recruitment process, which ensures we recruit high calibre personnel with a mix of sound technical knowledge, good interpersonal skills and a strong background of experience in the sector.

The current management team has over 50 combined years of experience in early years childcare and education management and has owned and operated Toddlers’ University for over 17 years.

Kerry Hawthorn

Director and Co-Owner
Toddler’s University

Adele Odowd

Manager
Toddler’s University Beeston

Vanessa Haywood

Manager
Toddler’s University Ilkeston

Chris Hawthorn

Co-Owner
Toddler’s University

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