Youngstars Ltd was established in 2009 offering Multi-Sport and Activity sessions to Early Years children in both Nursery & Primary School settings. Having had success with this and forming great alliances with very experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated nurseries we have decided to open our own.
We are a privately run nursery, governed by Youngstars, registered with OFSTED and regulated by Lambeth. Our staff were chosen by us for their exceptional experience, skills, reliability, team working and warmth. Lambeth asked them to help introduce the Every Lambeth Child a Talker programme which focuses on language development in early years. This has allowed them to access accredited training in early communication (including Elklan and Makaton).
We are members of the Early Years Alliance (charity) which is an umbrella body who have pioneered early years development for almost 60 years (previously known as the pre-school learning alliance PSLA), is country wide and has thousands of members.
Our staff are from nurseries that have received Outstanding OFSTED reports and worked hard to gain Accreditation Status from the PSLA.
We are based in West Dulwich with capacity for 20 children. We operate from a large hall with access to a lovely garden and a sports court. Youngstars offers a unique setting for children to begin their education in an inspiring, supportive environment. We offer mixed age group settings with children joining the nursery in the term after their second birthday and often staying until they attend reception in school.
We aim to provide a safe, supportive and stimulating environment in which children can explore and develop their understanding of themselves and the world in which they live. We aim to make a difference, not just to our children and their families, but to the local community and our employees by providing the highest quality of Early Years care and education for each child in our nurseries every day, thus creating something to be proud of. We aim to provide diverse and inclusive hubs offering a range of services, help and advice.
Early child development sets the foundation for lifelong learning, behaviour, and health. The experiences children have in early childhood shape the brain and the child’s capacity to learn, to get along with others, and to respond to daily stresses and challenges.
We acknowledge Children need motivation to learn. Motivation is more important than intelligence and is the key to success for children and adults. The EYFS thinks of the Characteristics of Effective Learning as instilling motivation to not only succeed in Early Years, but to also become lifelong learners. Integrating the Characteristics of Effective Learning in a setting is about how, we as practitioners, provide an environment which ensures these different types of learning occur. When the characteristics are present, solid learning is taking place. Without the characteristics of effective learning, the children will not develop in the areas of learning. Therefore, the Characteristics of Effective Learning are not only statutory, they are essential.
So what are the Characteristics of Effective Learning;
Playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things and are willing to have a go.
Active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying when they encounter difficulties and enjoy their achievements.
Creating and thinking critically– children have and develop their own ideas, are able to make links between ideas and develop a range of strategies for doing things.
Meet The Team
All staff are highly experienced and qualified (from levels 3 & 4 to BA in Early Years).
All staff are first aid trained and have safeguarding, special educational needs, makaton and health and safety training.
Other qualifications include Elklan communication training and mental health and counselling awareness diplomas.
Staff also have experience sitting on Lambeth and children’s centres advisory boards as well as representing the Early Years Alliance for the South of England.