east street early years

what we do

We're a charity-run early years setting in Banbury, offering stimulating, educational and engaging childcare all year round. Now taking registrations for nursery places, and for our summer holiday playscheme for children aged 5-11 years.
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Nursery care

We provide a safe, secure and nurturing environment for children aged 3 months to 5 years in our early years setting.

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Forest school

Our forest school offers our early years children the opportunity to learn and develop confidence in a natural outdoor environment.

Go to Holiday playscheme

Holiday playscheme

In addition to the early years provision, we offer a playscheme during the school holidays for children aged 5 – 11 years.

About us

East Street Early Years is a charity-run setting in Banbury offering both early years provision for children aged 3 months - 5 years and a school holiday playscheme for children aged 5 - 11 years. We aim to provide a stimulating and nurturing environment for all children, whilst offering engaging learning opportunities that meet the needs of each individual child.
Children are encouraged to develop to their own full potential at their own pace.

Based in the Grimsbury area of Banbury, East Street Early Years is run by Grimsbury Family Association. As a registered charity, we are run as a non-profit organisation. This means we are able to offer a broader range of support to both children and their families, reinvesting any surplus we make into childcare provision in the local community.

Our aim is to offer excellent care and education in a fun, safe environment, taking into consideration the background and beliefs of all of our families. As a charity, we are able to specialise in providing inclusive care for children with special educational needs and also to provide additional support to families in difficult circumstances. Children are encouraged to develop to their own full potential and at their own pace with the support and care of our qualified and experienced staff. We encourage parents to be involved in their children’s learning, and our open door policy means you are welcome to come and visit at any time.

  • featuring a forest school, allotment, mud kitchen, giant sandpit, climbing frames and more!

  • to support children to learn and explore as they grow and develop

  • We are open from 8am - 6pm 51 weeks of the year, closing on Bank Holidays and for approximately one week over the Christmas period

  • "Staff create stimulating environments with lots of accessible natural resources. This helps to promote children's choice and curiosity as they explore them"

    View OFSTED report 2015

OUR TEAM

All of our Early Years team hold qualifications at Level 2 or above, and are dedicated to delivering stimulating and supportive care to meet the individual needs of our children.

Theresa Baker

Early Years Manager
NVQ Level 5 Early Years Leadership and Management
Setting Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
SENCO training
First Aid at Work training

Jemma Kerby

Assistant Manager & Educational Lead
NVQ Level 5 Early Years Leadership and Management
Forest School Leader
SENCO training

Kara Dawson

Special Educational Needs Coordinator
Foundation Degree in Early Years (Level 5)
SENCO training

Lucy Turner

Senior Administrator

Jennie Joynes

Accountant

Rachel Gilkes

Younger Children’s Coordinator and Star Room Leader
Foundation Degree in Early Years

Amanda Newstead

Sparkler Room Leader
Level 3 Diploma in Childcare

Gala Ranna

Comet Room Leader
Foundation Degree in Early Years

Natasha Bibby

Early Years Practitioner
Level 3 Diploma in Childcare

Sarah Begum

Early Years Practitioner
Level 3 Diploma in Childcare

Donna Diggens

Early Years Practitioner
Level 3 Diploma in Childcare

Jamie-Lee Matthews

Early Years Practitioner
Level 3 Early Learning & Childcare

Mariam Riasat

Early Years Practitioner
Level 2 Early Learning and Childcare
Completing Level 3 Early Years Educator

Finn McCarthy

Early Years Educator
Level 3 Early Years Educator

Kitty Phipps

Early Years Educator
Level 3 Early Years Educator

Tish Lee

Early Years Practitioner
Level 3 Diploma in Early Years

Alex Roughton

Early Years Practitioner
Level 2 Early Years and Education

Sue Palmer

Early Years Practitioner
Level 3 Diploma in Early Years

Jade Eldridge

Early Years Practitioner
Level 3 Diploma in Childcare

Melissa Oliver

Early Years Practitioner
Level 3 Teaching Assistant

Sam MacIver

Early Years Practitioner
Level 3 Diploma in Childcare

Jackie Cunningham

Early Years Practitioner
Level 3 Teaching Assistant

Sam Marshall

Early Years Practitioner
Foundation Degree (Level 5)

Margaret Gilkes

Early Years Practitioner
Level 3 Diploma in Childcare

OUR TRUSTEES

Our volunteer trustees provide oversight, governance, leadership and direction to East Street Early Years.
Rachel Gallyot (Chair)
Amy Rogers (Vice Chair)
Sam Walden
Sharon Hills
Azmat Khaliq

PARENT FEEDBACK

Don't take our word for it - hear what current parents and children have to say about East Street Early Years:

Register your child for an early years place, or join our summer holiday playscheme.

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