Bright Sparks Day Nursery and Pre-School

Stoke Lodge

Bright Sparks Day Nursery and Pre-School

Stoke Lodge

Stoke Lodge

01454 615 577

OFSTED Registration Number: 2612266
Setting Reference Number: 2612268

Bright Sparks Stoke Lodge is located next to Stoke Lodge Primary School.

We are open from 8.00am until 6.00pm, Monday to Friday all year round excluding Bank Holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year. Within these opening hours we offer a selection of half-, full- and school-day session lengths. We also offer a limited number
of term-time places.

At Stoke Lodge we welcome children from three months to five years old. Our purpose-built setting is divided into three age groups:

  • Dormice (3 – 24 months)
  • Rabbits (24 – 36 months)
  • Squirrels & Hedgehogs (36 – 60 Months)

Each age group is based in a bespoke room with resources and activities appropriate to the age of children. The premises are surrounded by gardens and a lovely wooded area.

At Stoke Lodge we offer free funded hours for 2, 3 and 4 year olds including the 30 hours extended-entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds.  These hours can be spread across the year or, subject to availability, booked on a termly basis. We accept tax-free childcare vouchers and all childcare vouchers.

Dormice (3 – 24 months)

Our newly refurbished Dormice room is ready for your baby to start exploring and making sense of the world. Here specially trained staff will work with you and your routine at home to provide consistent care. Our Dormice have their own, separate sleep room and activity room with their own access to outdoor facilities to aid their development and understanding of the world. We employ a high ratio of 1 staff to 3 babies, in line with Ofsted guidelines.

Rabbits (24-36 months)

Young children learn most effectively from play, exploration and talk, they develop their curiosity by creating, investigating and exploring. By offering a range of play opportunities in the Rabbit room we aim to foster each toddler’s intellectual, physical, social and emotional development. Each child is encouraged to develop their own pattern of eating, playing, socialising, and toilet training (using purpose-designed child-sized toilets, cubicles and hand basins). By developing their own routine in a safe and structured environment the child develops confidence, understanding and ability. When they start pre-school, they do so as confident learners.

We operate a 1:4 ratio of staff to children in the Rabbit room.

Squirrels and Hedgehogs (pre-school children aged 3-4 years)

At Stoke Lodge we operate two separate but identical rooms for pre-school children, depending on the level of demand.

Children moving from the Rabbit room to Squirrels or Hedgehogs have the advantage of remaining in familiar surroundings with staff that will already be well known to them. All pre-school activities are carefully planned around the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework, intended to prepare children for when they move on to reception class at their local school.

The Early Learning Goals of the EYFS are delivered through seven key areas of learning. These areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Of the seven key areas of learning three are considered to be fundamental for igniting children’s curiosity, for building their enthusiasm and capacity for learning, and for forming relationships and thriving. These three areas are called the ‘Prime’ areas and include Communication and languagePhysical development and Personal, social and emotional development.

We also support children in four ‘Specific’ areas through which the ‘Prime’ areas are strengthened and applied. These are LiteracyMathematicsExpressive arts and design and Understanding the world.

In the Squirrel and Hedgehog rooms we operate a 1:8 ratio of staff to children.

Woodland Retreat (for use by all)

This is our sensory room where all children can access our varied sensory resources where they can explore through light, touch, sound and smell.

Specialist staff support all children in small groups and on a 1-1 basis.


Our gardens encourage free play and investigation in the world around us.  We encourage the children to explore individually and work in groups to develop knowledge and undertanding of the world.

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For further information or to book a viewing please contact us on 01454 615 577