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Haydon Bridge Childcare
01434 684446

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01434 676817

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Little Badgers Childcare in Haydon Bridge opened in January 2005. It is based within the grounds of Shaftoe Trust First School and can care for no more than 46 children of which not more than 6 children can be under 2 years at any one time.




“Thanks once again for organising the panto trip. It was brilliant. Can’t wait till next year.”

“I think the most outstanding thing about the nursery is the caring, loving and enthusiastic attitude of the staff.”

“you nursery has been such an important part of ***** life - he has developed his social skills, he can interact with other children and he is happy to try new things and go to new places. I believe that your nursery and the wonderful staff you employ have had a huge part to play in this.”

“****** loves being at Little Badgers because the staff make it such a fun and interesting place. We are very happy with how the children have developed at Little Badgers.”




We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework for children aged from 0 months to 5 years.

All staff are fully qualified to at least a level three. We comply at all times, with the following adult/child ratios as set by Ofsted:
Under 2 years: 1 adult to 3 children
2 to 3: 1 to 4
3 to 8: 1 to 8

We provide outdoor play everyday in our sensory garden or the children enjoy educational walks.

Our daily routine meets the standards of the EYFS but can be altered to meet the needs of the individual children.

Our range of games, activities and trips organised by Little Badgers Child Care will meet the six areas of learning within the early Years Foundation Stage, a curriculum that structures the learning, development and care of individual children.

All children receive a home school diary to record the daily activities, including what they have enjoyed, what they have had to eat, nappy changes, sleeps and friends they have played with. There is also an area for parents to add comments. All children will also receive a Learning Journal for photographs and observations. These will show the stages and areas of development and what individual children enjoy.




All meals are prepared on site. All staff have been trained in basic food hygiene

A light breakfast of cereal and milk, a two course hot lunch, an afternoon snack of fruit and milk and a snack tea are provided daily.

All meals are well balanced, low in salt and sugar and have a high nutritional value consisting in at least two vegetables. Wherever possible we use local organic produce.

Meals are planned over a 4 week rota. Menu’s are available on the parents notice board.

Example Daily Menu
Morning Snack: Croissants and a glass of Milk.
Lunch: Cottage Pie cooked with onions and potato served with green beans, Rice Pudding, and Water.
Afternoon Snack: Rice cakes, a choice of Apple and/or Banana, and a glass of milk.
Tea: Tuna and mayonnaise wraps with carrot and cucumber sticks, and a Yogurt.

Baby food and bottles are provided by the parent until children are successfully weaned. We can work with parents in the weaning process and introduce babies to new foods.

Water is available to children at all times.




We will cater for your child’s individual needs including sleeping arrangements.

We have a purpose built sleep sensory room

We provide children with their own bed sheets and blankets.


Age Groups


Little Squirrels Room - age 0 - 2 yrs. Registered for 6 children aged between 0 and 2.

Little Deer Room - age 2 - 4 yrs. Registered for 16 children aged between 2 and 4 yrs.

Out of School Club - age 4 - 12 yrs. Registered for 24 children aged between 4 and 12 yrs.


Out of School Club


We provide extended services for children who attend Shafoe Trust First School between the hours of 7.30 am - 9 am, 3 pm - 6 pm and all day in the school holidays.

If staffing allows we can collect children from additional schools by prior arrangement. Please contact the setting for further details.

The Out of School Club is ran by a qualified Play worker who plans activities to suit all, including;
Arts and Crafts
Home Work Club
Themed Activities, I.e. Halloween


Fee Structure


We are open between 8 am and 6 pm with an earlier drop off if required. There are full time and part time places available with different sessions; Full day 8 am - 6 pm or half day sessions 8 am - 1 pm or 1 pm - 6pm and/or a lunch club 11.30 am - 1 pm.

Fees are collected monthly in advance. Please contact us for further details.

We are open 51 weeks of the year. Closed all bank holidays and between Christmas and New Year.

Unlike many other settings we can offer flexible settings, please call with your requirements. We will try and accommodate families who work shifts.

We can help you claim up to 80% of your child care costs through working tax credits. We also accept childcare vouchers.




Our OFSTED report is available from the OFSTED Web Site. Please click on the following link:
Haydon Bridge Childcare OFSTED Report

The following are quotes taken directly from this report:

"The manager is committed to driving improvement and encourages staff training and development."

"Children behave very well because they are respected and made to feel part of the group."




Contact Gayle or Melanie on 01434 684446, or email

Little Badgers Early Years Foundation Scheme Ofsted iD8 Reaction Sure Start

Childcare Nursery in Haydon Bridge and Slaley