Little Birches Nursery & Preschool in
West Wickham

Little Birches Nursery and Preschool brings children closer to nature and immerses them in a diverse and unique learning experience

Little Birches Nursery West Wickham Ofsted Outstanding Report 2021

Little Birches Nursery & Preschool in West Wickham

Little Birches Nursery & Preschool brings children closer to nature and immerses them in a diverse and exciting learning programme.

Our nursery has a beautiful setting, with the most devoted team, and is the reason why Little Birches  Nursery and Preschool in West Wickham is special.

At Little Birches nursery, we strongly believe that the formative years of a child’s life have such a profound impact in shaping who they become as a person.

The environment at a Little Birches Nursery & Preschool is aided by highly skilled and passionate teachers who allow your child to receive the first-in-class care they deserve.

Our goal is to ensure that each child laughs and smiles every day and becomes a valued personality within the Little Birches community.

We want to foster your child’s talents and nurture their growth through tailored and broad experiences that lead to a love of learning and playing with their friends.

We believe that a child can only thrive if they love their time with us, so our primary concern will always be a child’s self-esteem and happiness.

Little Birches Nursery and Preschool West Wickham Messy Play
Ofsted Outstanding Logo Little Birches Nursery West Wickham

Ofsted Report December 2021

Children thrive at this child-centred, nurturing setting. They are curious as they
explore the inviting environment. Children consistently demonstrate high levels of
engagement and enthusiasm to learn.
Children’s behaviour is exceptional. Practitioners show high levels of respect,
kindness and attentive listening to children. As a result, all children have an
exceptional, positive attitude towards their learning, including the very youngest
Opportunities for children to develop their independence are continuous. During
snack times, children have individual chopping boards and knives. They choose and
skilfully cut their own fruit. Practitioners consistently extend children’s language.
They introduce and repeat words such as ‘sour’ and ‘gigantic’ while talking about
their snack.
All children make extraordinary progress. This includes children of all abilities and
those who receive additional funding. Higher adult-to-child ratios contribute to the
individual support children receive; as such, practitioners are swift to meet support
targets set by external professionals.
Practitioners help children to make valuable contributions to their local community.
They teach them about recycling and sustainability. Children talk about compost as
they care for and prune the herbs they have been growing.

View the full Ofsted Report here

Ofsted, December 2021

Overall effectiveness Outstanding

Behaviour and attitudes Outstanding

Quality of education Outstanding

Personal development Outstanding

Leadership and management Outstanding


Little Birches in West Wickham (nursery and pre-school) is open 52 weeks of the year and offers a variety of sessions, including full-day care, morning and afternoon sessions.

Full day:                            7.30am – 5.30pm

Morning session:            7.30am – 12.30pm

Afternoon session:        12.30pm – 5.30pm

Our opening hours are 7.30am until 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, and we’re open every day apart from bank holidays and between Christmas and New Year.

Little Birches provides childcare for little ones aged from 12 months to 60 months. All children are provided with highly nutritious, varied and delicious meals throughout the day.

We make sure that we strictly adhere to Ofsted’s key development areas.



Melanie Harman Mentor Little Birches Nursery and Preschool West Wickham Kent

Lead Mentor



Melanie has over 10 years’ experience within childcare, where she has taken numerous senior roles, including as Nursery Manager, which was her last position prior to Little Birches.

The outdoors is where Mel thrives, she believes that children can learn so much within the natural world using the resources Mother Nature gave us.

Mel is extremely passionate about creating a calm and warm environment for the children to thrive, ensuring that each individual child has the opportunity to learn and develop with curiosity and integrity.

Along with Melanie’s level-4 childcare qualification, she is also trained in Makaton and teaches children how to use this in order for them to use simple commands.

Bringing the outside inside and creating a curiosity approach is something Little Birches is continually working towards, with Mel’s passion and appointment as Environment Mentor, we hope that your children will see the positive effects that a natural environment has in your child’s learning journey.