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Callands Day Nursery and Preschool


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In a Mumsnet survey of 131 users of Bright Horizons Nurseries: 82% would buy again and 85% would recommend


You and your child will love our refurbished nursery in Callands, designed to support your child’s development from the age of 3 months to 5 years.
Our home-from-home nursery, set in a quiet residential area, has been refurbished to inspire your child with a love of outdoor learning. This gives your child the space to explore, learn and play with age-specific resources in their own private garden.
In addition, we practice a Growing Enhancement programme unique to Bright Horizons, further giving your child the inspiration and confidence to navigate subjects such as mathematics, art, reading and writing well ahead of their journey into school.  
Support for your child also extends beyond our regular nursery hours, as we also offer a holiday club for children aged 3 months to 11 years where they can participate in a range of fun activities.
Our day nursery and preschool in Callands is conveniently located near the M62 and the A49. We also have a buggy storage area and an on-site car park to make pick-up and drop-off as convenient for you as possible. In addition, our nursery falls within the catchment area of some of the best local schools in the neighbourhood.
We are rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted and local parents recognise the high quality of childcare we provide by giving us a daynurseries score of 9.8/10 (as of January 2020).
Our long-standing staff would love to meet you and your child, so book a visit today and we will show you all our nursery has to offer during your own personal tour.


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Callands Day Nursery and Preschool Manager
Denise Sharkey
Nursery Manager


24 Apr 2021

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Our excellent nutritionally balanced menu is changed regularly to encourage a varied diet and is approved by Action for Children. Here is an example of a typical menu.

Food Hygiene Rating of 5

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Meet the Team

Callands Day Nursery and Preschool Manager

Denise Sharkey

I have worked at Callands for nearly 20 years. I started as a student working in various rooms to gain experience and once qualified to NVQ Level 3, I was based in the preschool room as a Nursery Nurse. I quickly became Supervisor for the preschool unit and in 2003 I progressed to Deputy Nursery Manager. In 2012 I became the Nursery Manager for Callands. 

We have a great team, and we continue to grow and succeed - this is evident with our latest “Good” OFSTED result. I am passionate about my role within the nursery and my team, the children in our care and their families. 

Katy Callands deputy manager

Katie Higginbottom

I have worked in childcare since I left school in 2006.
I finished my NVQ level 2 in 2011, my level 3 diploma in 2013 and my level 5 diploma in leadership in 2020. Between finishing my level 3 and level 5 I have undertaken various other training such as level 2 diploma in team leading and letters and sounds.     
I have worked at Bright Horizons since September 2019 and started at Summerfields in Wilmslow which I am now covering Charlotte's maternity leave at Bright Horizon's Callands.
I am passionate about childcare and I am enjoying learning from a different setting and the team at Calland's.     
In my spare time I am currently learning sign language,  I enjoy baking cakes for my friends and family and I also like visiting different places with my national trust membership.

Callands Day Nursery and Preschool Third in Charge

Kirsty Ostell

I have worked at Callands Day Nursery and Preschool for 18 years. I started as a student, before becoming a base member of staff in the baby room. I then had the opportunity to work in the toddler room.

I went on maternity leave in 2007 and came back part time, based in preschool room before I was then offered the toddler room leader full time.

After 2 years I then took the opportunity to develop the children's school readiness by becoming preschool room leader.

In my spare time, I like to spend time with my husband and my son Alfie. We go for walks with our dog, Wallace. As a family we enjoy visiting Chester Zoo and we also like to spend time spend time in Blackpool with the family.

Candy Floss

Candy Floss

Hi, my name is Candy Floss, I joined Bright Horizons in March 2010 as the ‘Super Safety Hero’ to help nursery children stay safe and manage risks. My role as a Health and Safety Super Hero is unique to Bright Horizons and I’m in every nursery, 365 days a year.

Back in 2010, I saw a job advert for a Zebra Super Safety Hero – I was very excited, applied and was invited for an interview with several other zebras. We were interviewed by all the children who then voted on which of us would be their Super Safety Hero. It was hoof biting but I was thrilled when they told me I was the most voted for by the children who all loved me because of my cape and bag. My bag is very special, if something fits inside, it’s a choking hazard. You might be wondering how I got my name. The children in our nurseries chose five names and voted for their favourite. I love it as it’s unique, I mean have you ever heard of a zebra called Candy Floss? Exactly!

Why Bright Horizons

The Bright Horizons passion and enthusiasm for providing high-quality care isn’t just common knowledge within our own business – we’ve also gained some impressive accolades from external sources for excellence as both a childcare provider, and as an employer. We are the only childcare company to have been listed for the last 11 years as one of the country’s top 50 “Great Places to Work” by the Great Place to Work Institute.

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