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Little Explorers provides a stimulating and safe environment for children aged three months to five years.

CHILD-CENTERED

Child-centered care in a warm and welcoming environment.

EARLY YEARS TEACHER LED

Early Years Teacher Led with a highly qualified and experienced staff team.

EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, specifically developed for children from birth to 5 years.

We are a private day nursery open Monday to Friday 7.30am until 6pm – term time only, available for children aged 3 months to 5 years. Our main core day operates 9am until 4pm with the opportunity to attend breakfast / afterschool club. We have three main playrooms – Explorers, Adventurers and our sensory room. Outside we provide a large open area for children to enjoy, socialise and discover their inner little explorer.

Passionate About Outdoor Learning

Childcare

in the

heart of

Rainford

We are fortunate enough to be in a fantastic location where near-by we have beautiful walks, parks, farms and shops.Children are always the centre of any planning and following their interests is so important to us ; whilst following the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum set by the government. We have a system in nursery using electronic tablets and this is where we do numerous weekly observations and capture any magic moments – the system we use is ‘EYLOG’ and through this; parents/carers/grandparents can download an app and receive updates and pictures of your child/children within minutes straight to your phone. It is also two way so you can interact with your child’s keyperson via messages and even upload pictures from any exciting weekend adventures!

Breakfast and After School Club

Choose the days to suit you

Funded places available for 2,3,4,5 year olds

Meet Our Team

These are the people who make every day an adventure for your child.

Heather Lomas

Managing Director

Hi, I’m Heather, and I hold a level 6 Early Years Teacher status qualification. I have come to early years later in my career, previously working in logistics and marketing alongside raising my own family.

I have a passion for Early Years education. I believe that high quality education and care can really give our children the building blocks they need for life. I am undertaking my Forest School practitioner qualification and love sharing my passion for the outdoors with our children.

Rachel McHugh

Area Manager

Hi, my name’s Rachel and I am very proud to be the manager of Little Explorers, I have been working here for almost 5 years, and I have loved every minute.

My pedagogical (teaching style) approach is centred around child led learning, I believe children learn best when they are together, developing skills from their observations and surroundings. With children having a role model, they can learn individually and open themselves to wider educational opportunities.

Amy Fairclough

Manager

Hi, I’m Amy and I have been working at Little Explorers for 7 years, first as Deputy Manager and now Manager. I am level 3 qualified and based in the under 3’s room. I believe children learn best in an enriched environment and love using nature and the outdoors. I love working within small groups ensuring the child is at the centre of the learning.

I am the proud mummy of a 5 year old daughter who takes up most of my time! I enjoy going out with friends and I have a season ticket for Saints Rugby League.

Kirsty Barlow

Deputy Manager

Hello, I’m Kirsty and I am based in Adventurers ages 3 to 5 years. I have been working at Little Explorers for nearly 3 years and I absolutely love what I do. I believe that children learn in a collaborative environment, where the teacher introduces new skills and children go on to discover them in their own learning.

I am the proud mummy of 2 little girls and I live with my husband in St Helens. In my spare time I enjoy going for fun family days out and camping.

Tracey Twiss

Deputy Manager

Hi, my name is Tracey – I am the deputy manager here at Little Exploers and I have been working with the children for over 32 years from working in schools to early years. I love being with the younger children, they are eager to learn and my pedagogy is around child-led play, I love to enhance interests and create lots of learning opportunities and I have a real interest in communication and language.

I have 3 grown up children at home and I enjoy and relax by reading, travelling and baking in my spare time.

Jane Duffy

Explorers

Hi! My name is Jane and I have been working at Little Explorers for 6 years and I couldn’t imagine ever being anywhere else – having cuddles and seeing our children grow is a wonderful feeling. I believe that children develop their learning skills in a self led environment. I love spending time outdoors and exploring nature with the children. I work alongside Wendy during lunchtime and ensure that we provide healthy meals and safe eating at mealtimes.

Aiden Carter

Explorers

Hi, my name is Aiden, I have been working within the childcare sector for 3 years now and I couldn’t dream of doing anything else. I love watching the children grow, learn and develop as well as just having fun and spending their time socializing. My pedagogy is around outdoor learning and believe children can get so much from nature and being hands on in the natural world from getting messy in the mud to the life cycles of plants and wildlife.

In my spare time I enjoy going for walks in the country, baking and learning new skills and I am excited to start my journey at Little Explorers.

Claire Spinks

Explorers

Hi, I’m Clare. I recently joined Little Explorers and immediately fell in love with the children and staff. I have been an Early Practitioner for over 12 years and have experience working with children in a variety of settings, including Primary Schools. My background in Education, was as a Teacher and I have extensive experience working in Early Years and with Children with Special Educational Needs, particularly Autism. My teaching style is very child-centred, as I have found that young children learn best through play and exploring their environment. When I am not at Little Explorers I am a qualified children’s yoga and Mindfulness Teacher and I enjoy looking after my three guinea pigs, cooking and doing yoga.

Helen Ranstead

Explorers

Hi, I’m Helen and I’m really happy to have joined the team here at Little Explorers. I previously worked in a local primary school and was there for four years. I have a wide range of experience working in early years and with children who have special educational needs. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and making lots memories with my three children.

Jo Naylor

Explorers

Hi, my name is Jo. I first started work at nursery in 2009 and have loved watching many of the children progress through primary and secondary school. I believe that children thrive in a loving environment and this is what I hope to achieve in Little Explorers. I live in Rainford with my husband and three children and in our free time, we love walking our cocker spaniel Charlie and going on holiday to Cornwall.

Katie Barber

Explorers

Hi, I’m Katie. I am a Level 2 Early Years practitioner Apprentice. I am one of the eldest children in my family so I have been around young children all my life. I have always loved thinking of ways to keep them occupied and planning activities and days out for them. I have always wanted to work with children to help them succeed and reach their milestones. The best part of this job is watching them progress from babies into toddlers.

Wendy Cropper

Lunchtime Cover / Bank Staff

Hello, I am Wendy and I am lunchtime supervisor – I have been working at Little Explorers for 6 years and I am currently the nursery cook providing healthy meals for our children. I am level 5 qualified and I supervise children, ensuring safety and healthy eating during mealtimes alongside Jane. I love coming in every day to hear from the children about all the exciting things that have happened during the morning!

I live in Upholland with my husband and I am proud mother of 2. In my spare time I travel with my daughter Caitlin to various football matches across the borough, socialising with friends and taking family days out on our boat!

Bex Colbourne

Adventurers

Hi, I’m Bex. I joined the team after having a career for 12 years in Aviation. For those of you that have spoken to me you might notice that I talk a little bit differently, that’s because I have relocate from Warminster to St Helens. I am quickly learning about all the differences of life in the North!

I am training to complete my Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification and I am really enjoying learning all about Early Years. I love working with the children and being involved in their learning and development, especially sensory play and singing.

Nichola Higgins

Adventurers

Hi, my name is Nicola, I have been working with children since I was 16 years old – working with children and horses becoming a qualified riding instructor. I have now found a passion for early years and love being at Little Explorers, I have started my Level 3 early years educator apprentiship and I look forward to completing my training in the near future. I love being creative and getting messy and I feel children learn best when being involved and immersed in textures which heighten all senses.

 I have my own little girl and 2 horses  – In my spare time I enjoy going for walks in the country, baking and learning new skills and riding.

Diane Maguire

Adventurers

Hi, my name is Diane, I have been working within the childcare sector for 14 years now and it is my passion. I love watching the children grow and seeing the sparkle in a child’s eye when they learn something new is amazing. I have recently completing my B.A honors degree in early years practice and my pedagogy is around role modelling and believe children get so much from watching and observing as well as doing. I have 4 of my own children and In my spare time I love crafts, quilting and creating with any kind of materials and camping.

What our parents say

Me and my little girl love this nursery, she attended here from 9 months old and enjoyed it every day and the girls helped her develop very single day and supported her were she needed it.

Amazing nursery. The staff are lovely, my daughter loves being here

Our little girls LOVE attending this nursery. They are always smiling from ear to ear when we collect them and always give big smiles and waves to the staff! The girls language and sharing skills have come on a treat since starting there at 12m old.

The staff are incredibly friendly and keep you up to date throughout the day with lovely pictures and comments on the app! The nursery are very flexible with dates and always go the extra mile!! We are really pleased that we have this little gem of a nursery 5 mins from our home!

Fees and Funding

Little Explorers Rainford accepts 2/3/4 year old government funding

Fees up until 4th April 2022 are as follows:

Extended Day

7.30am – 6.00pm
£44/day

Days to suit you
Extra sessions possible
No signup fee

Core Day

9.00am – 4.00pm
£37/day

Days to suit you
Extra sessions possible
No signup fee

Morning Session

9.00am – 1.00pm
£22.50/day

Days to suit you
Extra sessions possible
No signup fee

Afternoon Session

12.00am – 4.00pm
£22.50/day

Days to suit you
Extra sessions possible
No signup fee

Breakfast Club

7.30am – 9.00am
£5/day

Days to suit you
Extra sessions possible
No signup fee

After School Club

4.00pm – 6.00pm
£5/day

Days to suit you
Extra sessions possible
No signup fee

Due to national minimum wage increases, fees from 4th April 2022 onwards are:

Extended Day

7.30am – 6.00pm
£47.00/day

Days to suit you
Extra sessions possible
No signup fee

Core Day

9.00am – 4.00pm
£39.50/day

Days to suit you
Extra sessions possible
No signup fee

Morning Session

9.00am – 1.00pm
£24.00/day

Days to suit you
Extra sessions possible
No signup fee

Afternoon Session

12.00am – 4.00pm
£24.00/day

Days to suit you
Extra sessions possible
No signup fee

Breakfast Club

7.30am – 9.00am
£6/day

Days to suit you
Extra sessions possible
No signup fee

After School Club

4.00pm – 6.00pm
£6/day

Days to suit you
Extra sessions possible
No signup fee

Free* 15/30 hours spaces available

*Subject to additional service charge

Contact Us

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