Little Tinkers registered in 2009 and is located in a converted barn near Five Ashes, East Sussex. The premises consists of two group rooms in the main building, both of which have direct access to fully enclosed outdoor play spaces, and a newly built outdoor classroom. The purpose built new building opens onto an enclosed decking area with access to an enclosed outdoor area consisting of a trampoline, outdoor stage, wooden ship and mud kitchen. Children also have access to: a park with a grass area, lake, and playground equipment; a large yurt; and a small woodland. There is also a small holding with livestock in the nursery grounds.
The nursery is open each weekday from 8am to 6pm, for 51 weeks of the year. It is registered on the Early Years Register and both the compulsory and voluntary parts of the Childcare Register.
In addition to the regular team, there are trained professionals for tennis, drama and art who visit the nursery regularly and carry out activities with children. The nursery receives funding for the provision of free early education for children aged two, three and four years.
From the last OFSTED report:
"As children move through the nursery they clearly gain the skills they need for going to school. They are confident and keen to interact with the staff and others. They play cooperatively with other children and gain independence skills"
"Children gain independence and confidence as they make choices about their play in the welcoming and stimulating environment."
"The staff manage children's behaviour well. They are patient, calm and use humour appropriately that creates a positive environment. Children wait their turn, share resources when necessary and show they listen well. The staff help teach children how to keep safe."
"There are strong relationships with parents and staff engage positively with them to ensure their children receive the care they need. "