Hello, and welcome to The Little People Day Nursery…. the only day nursery in Gloucester rated ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED.

Melanie Nursery Manager

"Along with my team we aim to create a welcoming, nurturing and safe environment where children can thrive in their learning whilst having fun."

Melanie
Nursery Manager
My name is Melanie Russell and I’m the Manager here at The Little People.
I hold an NVQ level 3 in childcare and education and have undertaken a wealth of training over the years, which has helped me to build on my experience - both in practice and in management. I have worked in childcare since 2001 and this is where I realised that the early years of a child’s life are the most formative. Since then ‘early years care and education’ has been my passion.

Along with my team we aim to create a welcoming, nurturing and safe environment where children can thrive in their learning whilst having fun. I believe that by working closely with my team and the families in our nursery, together we can achieve positive outcomes for all children.


We occupy a large detached and refurbished nursery in Gloucester, with extensive gardens and outdoor play space.
It’s hard to find a day nursery in Gloucester - or nearby - with wonderful and extensive facilities for both indoor and outdoor play. Situated on a corner plot with nearly an acre of beautiful gardens and outdoor play space, our Gloucester nursery has both, and we’ve included lots of information about our facilities on our Our Nursery page, and lots of photos of our children at play throughout our website. Thank you to our parents for granting their permission for us to share these photos.

Our philosophy and practice
We explain our philosophy and approach to childcare in detail on our Caring For Your Child page. I think that this is particularly important, as not every Gloucester nursery operates in the same way. We explain our ‘Key Person Approach’ and how this enables us to know both you and your child really well – and better meet your child’s needs. We also explain how our nursery and outdoor environments contribute to your child’s development with us.

Here at The Little People we have a great partnership with parents – working closely to ensure that we are meeting their individual needs. I strongly believe in creating warm, caring and friendly environments, where children and their families feel cared for, valued and loved - and where they can genuinely feel at home. As children’s primary educators, the relationships we build with parents are as important as the relationships we build with our children. These relationships create a ‘home from home’ atmosphere and help children to feel safe and secure, leaving them free to immerse themselves in play.

Useful Information
We’ve included as much useful information as possible here on our website. You’ll find much of it on our Parent Information page. I believe we’re the only Gloucester nursery to open from 8.00am – 6.00pm, Monday – Friday for 51 weeks of the year (we close during Christmas week) and offer a variety of sessions to meet most family’s individual needs - at competitive and inclusive prices. We also offer FREE childcare places for many 2 year olds – and ALL 3 and 4 year old children, and include nutritious ‘home cooked’ lunches and teas – the details of which are all explained on our Parent Information page.

The best day nursery in Gloucester
Of course it’s natural to be proud of your nursery when you work with a team who strive to provide wonderful care to children every day - and I’m no exception. I truly believe that The Little People is the best nursery in Gloucester. I hope that our parent testimonials bear this out - and you may also enjoy reading our latest OFSTED Report, in which OFSTED rated us ‘Outstanding’ in every aspect of the care that we provide.

Finally, while we regard The Little People as a Gloucester nursery, we also have parents who use us from Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Stroud – as well as parents working on Gloucester Business Park or living locally in Hucclecote. You’ll find a map showing our location on our Contact Us page - as well as our contact details. If we look as though we could provide a childcare solution for you, then we’d love to see you at the nursery and show you around - so please give us a call on 01452 610477 or pop in to see us, and meet our team.

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