We had our  latest Ofsted inspection in October 2016 with excellent results. We were awarded a Good rating throughout, with positive comments by Ofsted including how:

''Management and staff have created a friendly and welcoming environment. Staff are good role models. Children are valued, made to feel welcome, and display good levels of confidence and self-esteem. They develop strong bonds with staff.''

 ''Management and staff are committed to continually evolving their practice. They use ongoing reflection and self-evaluation successfully to improve experiences for children. The views of parents are fully considered. ''

''Children benefit from a stimulating outdoor play area. This provides particularly good opportunities for them to develop their physical skills and explore the natural world. They make good progress in their learning. ''

'' Partnerships with parents and other providers are good and ensure consistency in children's care and learning. Management and staff use a wide range of communication methods to exchange information with parents. They find out about children's achievements and use this knowledge to complement their teaching.''

Our nursery environment was described as attractive and stimulating, providing a wide range of good quality resources, inside and out.

It is also highlighted how we have strong safeguarding procedures and daily routines that fully support children's growing independence skills. Ofsted also noted that the setting and staff support children with special educational needs and/or disabilities very well.

If you would like to read the inspection report, a copy is available at the nursery or by clicking the image below:


Skallywags is a well established children’s day nursery, our small size and family focus allows  more personal care for your child.

We are registered with Ofsted to provide care for children from 3 months, for 51 weeks each year. Open from 7.30 am til 6 pm with meals and snacks included.

Skallywags have funded places for children aged 2, 3 and 4 years, we also offer an after school activity club and holiday club in half terms.

At Skallywags we have been influenced greatly by ''The Curiosity Approach'' and from October 2017 made the decision to implement this approach within our setting. The curiosity approach identifies and understands the importance of real life experiences, authentic resources, recycles materials and loose parts within a child's early years education. It is a modern day approach to early years taking aspects from reggio, steiner, Te Whariki and a little touch of montessori.

Our aim is to bring curiosity, awe and wonder into the early childhood of children we care for and in turn create the 'thinkers and doers' of the future.