New look for our Little Pioneers Nursery

Posted: December 7, 2018

Follows outstanding Ofsted rating and Millie's Mark

Little Pioneers Nursery 01The nursery at the Great Western Hospital, managed by Co-operative Childcare, held a launch party yesterday to celebrate becoming the 'Little Pioneers Nursery and Pre-school' following a major £650,000 refurbishment.

Members of Co-op Childcare and Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust cut a ribbon to unveil the new look nursery, which can now care for up to 116 babies and children from six weeks to five years.

The building, work which took place over the summer, has resulted in a purpose built modern nursery with five large, bright and airy rooms, opening onto a garden and outside play space.

The investment sees an extension added to the existing nursery and a refurbishment throughout, with branding reflecting the Co-operative's core values of openness, social responsibility, equality and democracy.  The values are represented by Little Pioneer animated characters which the children can relate to, named Ping, Ebo, Alice, Charlie and Ella.

Earlier this year the nursery celebrated an 'Outstanding' rating by Ofsted and is also proud to have received Millie's Mark, meaning all staff are accredited with England's gold standard in paediatric first aid.

Sheridan Flavin, Deputy Director of Human Resources, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We're very lucky to have an outstanding rated nursery here at the Great Western hospital.

"The new branding looks fantastic and the nursery feels very fresh, modern and a fun, a great environment for our little pioneers.

"I know many of our staff benefit from the staff discount, the convenience of childcare on site and the extended opening hours.

"It's a great perk and I hope the refurbishment will encourage more working parents to consider us as an employer."

The nursery is managed by Tracy Rundle, who alongside deputy manager Hayley Fletcher and other members of the team, has been with the nursery since it opened in 2003.

Tracy said: "We're all delighted with the new look and extra space. We know that choosing the right childcare can be an anxious time for parents and we do everything we can to provide a safe, fun and comfortable environment for our babies and children.

"The children love the new look and for the staff it's the icing on the cake following our outstanding rating earlier in the year.

"We're one big family in Swindon and the team will continue to provide the best care there is for our little pioneers."

Staff working for the Trust can save money by using a salary sacrifice scheme, where childcare costs are deducted directly from their salary, meaning tax, national insurance and pension deductions are lower as they are based on the reduced salary.

Little Pioneers Nursery and Pre-school offers extended opening hours and a discount to support the Trust's working parents.

It's also open to children whose parents don't work for the NHS and offers 30 hours free childcare for all parents of 3 to 5 year olds who meet eligibility.

They currently have spaces available for children aged two years and older and there is a waiting list for children younger than two. 

An open day is being held on Saturday 12 January, 10am - 2pm for parents interested in viewing the facilities and learning more about the childcare options.

Further information

For more information visit the Little Pioneers website ( or contact the nursery directly on 01793 605861.

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