The nursery has been established since 1990 and is registered and regulated by Ofsted. see link to read our Ofsted report. Click here to go to Ofsted site


We have been validated to receive Nursery Education funding for 3 and 4 year olds in the terms following their 3rd birthday. From September 2011, funding will be available for a maximum of 15hrs a week for 38 weeks of the year.
We are part of the Enfield Early Years Development Childcare Partnership which links us with local schools and preschools. This also provides us with teacher involvement within the group and regular training opportunities.


We carry a stock of sweatshirts and T shirts which we encourage parents to purchase as they give the children a sense of ownership and belonging.
Parents are requested to dress their children practically for play and comfort. Top layer clothes such coats/jumpers/shirts/cardigans need to be labelled to avoid confusion and loss.
We provide protective clothing for the children when they are taking part in messy play.


All staff are qualified with Level 2 or 3 in Childcare and we also have an Early Years Teacher with QTS as a member of our team. They all hold First Aid Certificates and have been trained in Food Hygiene and Child Protection. They are all CRB checked.
The commitment of our long serving staff is one of our assests in providing outstanding childcare.

Key workers

Our nursery has a key worker system. This means each member of staff has a group of children for whom she is particularly responsible. Your child’s key worker will liaise with you to ensure that we provide for your child’s particular needs and interests.


Our full written policies are available to read in the nursery.

Equal opportunities

At Leading Strings we believe that every child should be encouraged to develop and learn without prejudice. We value and respect all cultures, nationalities and languages and promote diversity.


We encourage and praise good behaviour. In the case of unacceptable behaviour a child will be discouraged in a positive way and staff will work with parents/carers to monitor a situation.

Special Needs

As part of our nursery's policy we ensure that the provision meets the needs of each individual child.  At Leading Strings, every child matters. We carefully and considerately take into account any special need that a child may have, making appropriate and necessary steps to integrate them as fully as possible.

We have a nominated SENCO person at the nursery and we work to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2000). For further information contact us directly.

Open weeks

We hold 3 open weeks per year, one per term, when parents/carers are invited into the setting to meet their children’s friends and to communicate with staff regarding their child’s development.

Our Ethos

Our children learn through their play; through positive relationships and in an enabling environment which meets their needs and interests.

We aim

To promote the emotional development of your child’s self esteem and sense of achievement...

  • by providing a safe and secure environment
  • by developing confidence
  • by encouraging them to express their feelings

We also aim to develop an awareness of cultures other than their own.

Our Mission Statement

Our children learn through their play, which is enriched and extended through positive adult interaction.
Our children's voices are heard and displayed throughout the pre-school; we value and respect what they have to say as it is their pre-school and their learning journey.

We hope that every child that attends will have a happy and beneficial time at our preschool and will leave us confidently prepared for the future.