Carousel Nursery has been established for over 20 years. We have two settings, one in St Leonards and one in Hastings. It is a private day nursery offering a range of flexible sessions tailored to your childcare needs. We offer 30 hours of FREE childcare to all eligible 3 year olds. We also offer 15 hours for all eligible two and three-year olds.
Our professional and well-qualified team are dedicated to supporting your child, not only in their development but also ensuring that they become confident, happy and social learners. We put the child at the centre of learning.
We pride ourselves on a long history of being OFSTED Outstanding and this is evidenced through the quality childcare we provide. Click the Ofsted logo below to view our full 2020 report.
“The leadership team gives staff an outstanding level of support”
– Ofsted 2016 report
All Carousel practitioners have received training from the Children’s Food Trust. We follow their guidelines in all aspects of our food management. Children are active participants in developing healthy eating snack menus and we grow many of the ingredients for our snack times.
Carousel Nursery has a fully trained Forest School leader who takes responsibility for overseeing not only the weekly visits to our local woodland but also the integration of Forest school within the everyday ethos of the nursery. We have a dedicated area set aside within the nursery which supports the ongoing forest school curriculum.
Our online learning journal (Tapestry) allows you to follow your child’s learning pathway through their online learning journals. It captures the everyday magic of your child’s early learning experiences and allows you to view them through an app on your device.
At Carousel we recognise that leaving your child in our hands is one of the biggest decisions you can ever make. We place huge emphasis on ensuring that you feel confident and secure in the knowledge that your child will be looked after to the exacting standards you expect.
“staff provide exceptional support to promote children’s communication, language and thinking skills”
– Ofsted 2016 report
Senior Manager Carousel
Level 3 with 20 years experience
Sonia is ELKLAN trained and has a real interest in children's language development. She is skilled at supporting effective communication between children and adults. Her passion is ensuring the environment meets the children's needs, that it is stimulating and scaffolds their learning. Sonia works closely with parents to ensure continuous provision between home and the nursery.
Deputy Manager Carousel (Wishing Tree)
Level 3 Curriculum Leader
Kevin has worked in the childcare sector for 21 years both as a general practitioner and as a SENCO. Kevin’s current role is
Nina is the manager and safeguarding lead as well as the preschool lead. Nina has over ten years of experience in
Manager Carousel (Chiltern Drive)
Level 3 with 10 years experience
Tania is SENCO trained (Special educational needs coordinator). Tania loves being outside, when not working her spare time is centered around being in the countryside with her dogs. Tania brings this into the setting and is committed to ensuring children learn from their natural enviroments. Developing forest school experiences is key to Tania's love of early years.
Kandie is level 3 and is our Deputy Manager and Toddler lead.
Kandie has worked in the childcare sector for over 15 years. Kandie’s role is to ensure the setting is managed effectively in Nina’s absence and to oversee the development of
Jordan is the under twos lead, she trained at Carousel and has remained with us since. Jordan has SENCO training. Jordan's is passionate about our youngest children and leads the baby room.