Welcome to St Ives Nursery

St Ives Nursery is a private day care nursery located in the centre of St Ives, conveniently placed close to both the A14 for access to Cambridge and easy rail links for commuters into London. Our beautiful converted Victorian house and garden allow us to foster our ethos of providing our children with a ‘home from home’ environment.

We are open full-time from 7:30am – 6:00pm, caring for children from 3 months to 5 years.

Our philosophy is that every child we care for deserves a calm, caring, safe and stimulating environment in which to learn.

Taking care of our staff’s wellbeing is of prime importance to us and we are proud to have been voted the 14th best place to work in the whole of the UK.

We adhere to our registration on the Ofsted Early Years Register. This monitors the overall quality standards of the early years provision in line with the principles and requirements of the ‘Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’.

We're ready to welcome children
back from 1st June 2020

We are now back at Nursery preparing for our phased reopening on 1st June 2020. If you want to call me on 01480 380081 or 07951 796723 please do so. We are looking forward to speaking to all our families, both new and existing.
Best wishes from Kelly, Emma and the St Ives Nursery Team.

We are pleased to report that some of our children will be returning to nursery on 1st June 2020 if the scheduled relaxation of social distancing measures by Government proceeds as planned. We recognise that this is a worrying and confusing time for parents of young children and that some of the information in the media may add to your anxiety.

The Nursery is satisfied, having completed our own comprehensive risk assessment, that it is as safe as possible for our children and our staff to re-open but we are alert to the ongoing risks. We have reached this conclusion after careful examination of the data at a local level, a detailed reopening plan based on advice from Public Health England (PHE) and an evaluation of the risk to our staff, based on their health and household risk factors. The R score being widely reported for the UK, provides comfort that the pandemic is being controlled. However, we thought it would be helpful to provide you with additional information on the more localised picture.

LEARNING
Our main aim is to provide a secure and happy environment where children can learn through play.
SETTLING IN
Your first settling in sessions will give you and your child an opportunity to get to know your child’s key person.
OUTDOORS
We offer daily opportunities for learning outdoors, giving children the freedom to explore and be physically active in our enclosed garden which has a selection of play equipment, water, sand and a mud kitchen. We also regularly visit nearby Warners Park.
FOOD
Our menus are designed by the nursery chef and a paediatric dietician to meet the needs of each age group.
“A fantastic nursery that goes above and beyond to accommodate both the parent and child. I’m always sharing our story! Proud to send my daughter here.”
“St Ives nursery was the only nursery we viewed that felt truly personable and as if our child was not just a number. I can only say that it has absolutely lived up to that and I honestly feel like they try and help us as much as possible when things don’t go smoothly our end. The atmosphere is always ‘warm and fuzzy’ in whichever room my son has been in as he has grown up in the last year. The staff are supportive, encouraging and kind. I wouldn’t send my children anywhere else!”
“Best Nursery ever!….The environment is lovely, the staff are fabulous and I feel really safe leaving my child in their care!…You can’t go wrong!..I love my son’s Nursery!”
“All three of mine have gone or are going to this amazing nursery. They have each grown and learnt so much here could not recommend enough.”
“My daughter attended St Ives Nursery from the age of 9 months to school Age and my son from 12 months. The Nursery is fantastic, I couldn’t recommend it more highly.”
“The nursery have been amazing! The staff are all wonderful and make sure your child/children are well cared for. As a mum of a special needs child, I cannot fault the nursery for giving my daughter the attention she needs. They go above and beyond to learn and understand her condition to be able to care for her.”
“The staff at the nursery are brilliant. My child loves the nursery and I feel completely at ease when I am at work knowing she is in good hands. Her learning and confidence have come on in leaps and bounds. Could not speak more highly of St Ives Nursery.”
“I am a mummy to two little girls aged 8 and 2 and a half. My oldest attended St Ives nursery until she was able to start school and absolutely loved her time there. My youngest loves her days at nursery and gets even more excited if she does extra hours/days. Staff all lovely, friendly and professional. Wouldn’t send my child anywhere else.”

Above and Beyond Educational Experiences

We offer a range of unique educational experiences which enable children to become successful, lifelong learners including:

  • Wake up and shake up – an activity to energise the brain using cross-lateral movements
  • A cookery station which incorporates many aspects of the curriculum
  • Community visits which allow children to experience social activities outside the nursery setting
  • A range of bespoke activities which promote your child’s well-being and confidence, including Emotions Boxes and Chatterboxes
  • Garden Champions (RHS School Awards Levels 1, 2 & 3) – our gardening activity which is supported by the Royal Horticultural Society’s School Gardening Awards training programme.
St Ives Nursery is situated in a beautiful converted Victorian house, in the centre of the picturesque riverside town of St Ives in Cambridgeshire.