Strong Relationships

We want to build a relationship with your family as a whole. A strong partnership between parents and staff ensures consistency of care and will have a positive impact on your child’s development.

Excellent Communication

We pride ourselves on maintaining excellent communication channels with our children’s parents. You will receive daily updates on the Tapestry Care Diary about your child’s time in Nursery and Pre-School, which will include details of their eating, sleeping and activities.

Pre-school child playing at a sandpit


Every child has a dedicated key member of staff, a personal point of contact who oversees your child’s care and development. You will see them regularly and meet on a more formal level each term.


We understand busy families and offer flexible timings alongside our term-time only or 51 week care options. We are open from 7.30am to 6.30pm with standard hours from 8am to 5pm. The Nursery and Pre-School are shut on Bank Holidays and during the Christmas/New Year period. When a child joins Pre-School at The Elms, 15 hour and 30 hour funded places are accessible, subject to availability.


Online Journal

We use an online learning journal called Tapestry to document your child’s progress. On the system you can also view notes and photos of your child’s daily activities.


Children are served healthy, nutritious and freshly prepared food from our on-site catering facility including breakfast, snack and a well-balanced lunch for those children who are with us for a full day. We are very proud that The Elms and Trent College has received a ‘Department for Education Healthy Schools Award’ and also has a five-star environmental health rating. All dietary and individual needs are discussed upon entry to the Nursery and Pre-School.

Termly parent meetings are a great opportunity to discuss your child’s progress.

Transition meetings ensure parents are involved in when their child moves to the next room.

Parents and families can attend a variety of Nursery & Pre-School events, from parties to picnics.

When returning to work after maternity leave, it was a wrench to leave my daughter. However, I am confident that she is thriving and loving her time at The Elms. This has made the return much easier, knowing that she is well looked after and is being given so many opportunities to grow and develop.