Clever Clogs Belmont has five rooms which follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework and where babies and children are encouraged to stimulate all aspects of their development through a wide range of opportunities and activities.
Each of the rooms – Little Hedgehogs, Little Squirrels, Little Badgers and Little Owls & Foxes – is led by a senior member of staff who is supported by highly experienced and qualified nursery practitioners.
From the moment they arrive until the moment they leave us to start school, the children at Clever Clogs Belmont are supported to ensure they receive the right emotional, social and educational balance through a wide range of opportunities and activities, with the emphasis very much on having fun.
We equip the children with the essential knowledge they need to prepare them for their future success and giving them the best possible start to their early education.
Little Hedgehogs is the room where younger babies begin their journey at Clever Clogs Belmont. Here, we follow your baby’s home routine with our staff encouraging them to learn through play. We follow The Curiosity Approach which brings old and new resources together to create a stimulating environment for the children.Find out more
Older Babies up to 2 Years
Little Squirrels is our room for older babies up to two years. We still very much follow the home routine whilst encouraging the children to fully explore and investigate their surroundings. Our older babies spend their day playing with a range of developmental/educational toys, again taking the open-ended heuristic approach.Find out more
Toddlers 2-3 Years
Little Badgers is our room for children aged two to 3 (toddlers). At this stage of their development we start to introduce a basic routine so they are ready for their eventual move to pre-school. We encourage the children to develop at their own pace, giving them many opportunities to thrive.Find out more
Pre-School 3-5 Years
We have two pre-school rooms at Clever Clogs, one for children just finding their way at the age of three and the other for children who are about to leave to start ‘big school’. Following the Early Years Foundation Stage, the children work towards seven key learning goals.Find out more
Clever Clogs Belmont delivers a varied programme of activities that are not only fun for the children but complement the learning goals set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Following The Curiosity Approach, which involves using natural materials and items you would normally see at home, a typical day at the nursery may include junk modelling, painting, crafting, reading, singing, building, dressing up and role play and plenty of outdoor play regardless of the weather (after all that’s what hats, scarves and gloves are for!).
We theme activities around important dates in the calendar, such as Christmas and Easter, and look at British values, underlining the importance to the children of a sharing and caring society.
Meet the Assistant Manager
Dawn Sweeney is the Assistant Manager of Clever Clogs Bowburn.
She has worked in childcare her whole career (23 years) and has experience, including management experience, in various early years settings. Dawn has a Degree in Early Years Education.
In her role as Assistant Manager, she is responsible for the day-to-day running of our Belmont nursery.
Dawn says: “I only ever wanted to work in childcare and Clever Clogs feels like a home from home to me. It’s a fantastic nursery with a great staff team.”
We believe that mealtimes should be a happy, social time where healthy, home-cooked foods can be enjoyed and eating skills can be developed at the same time.
All our menus include a hot two-course lunch, freshly prepared on the premises by our chef. We buy our produce from local suppliers and the menus are planned to encompass a healthy and well-balanced diet using the ‘Eat Better, Start Better’ NHS guidelines. The menus are reviewed regularly and we ensure that all of the five food groups are included in our four-weekly menus. Different diets and cultural needs can also be catered for.
In addition to lunch, we offer snacks in the morning and afternoon and water is freely available all day. For babies, parents are asked to provide formula milk and food until a blended nursery menu can be taken.
Our kitchen at Belmont has a 5-star food hygiene rating.
Clever Clogs Belmont is rated as ‘OUTSTANDING’ by Ofsted with inspectors noting that the “children display high levels of positive behaviour as they form warm and caring attachments with staff and with their peers. Staff are excellent role models to the children and ensure children are exceptionally well cared for.” Read the full report here.About Us
"There is so much going on in the nursery for the children to learn and grow, with activities inside and outside. The social media platform which keeps parents updated is a fantastic thing and works really well, it allows you, as a parent, to share with family members what your child gets up to at nursery. My child is so happy at this nursery and, as a parent, I couldn’t be any more settled knowing she is happy, this is all down to the time, care, love and dedication all staff put into each child. They’re very approachable and have been so flexible for us. It’s a really lovely environment for any child to be in."
"A friendly, caring and wonderful place for my daughter to learn. She is developing so well and Clever Clogs Day Nursery really encourages my daughter and her growth. Very reassured when leaving my daughter at Clever Clogs. My son will be attending nursery very soon and we wouldn't want him to attend anywhere else."
"I can’t commend Clever Clogs enough. My daughter has come on amazingly well with her letters and numbers, as well as her vocabulary in general. She loves going to nursery and it’s been so beneficial for her, they’re absolutely brilliant."
"The staff are gentle, kind, loving and my child really responds well to them. She is happy when she is dropped off and always smiling when we collect her. I love to read and hear about all the engaging activities they do on a day to day basis and I can see the emotional and physical development in my little girl from this."
"I have had the most wonderful experience with Clever Clogs Day Nursery (Belmont). We relocated across the country with our son (now 2) so starting nursery was a lot for him to take on, as well as our move. The staff at Clever Clogs were and continue to be friendly, kind, caring and patient. Every single member of staff takes the time to talk to my son or myself when in the nursery. If I have any questions, no matter how silly, I am listened to and things are put into action quickly. My son has settled really well and the communication from the nursery is fantastic. The rooms are tailored to each age group and the facilities/activities my son has access to are fantastic, really fun and immersive yet educational. He has learnt so much and has become so confident and happy and a lot of that is down to the care and education he is given at nursery."
"Brilliant nursery for my daughter, she has developed a lot since being here. She is more independent and her speech has come on so fast. Great staff and very welcoming. Thank you for everything you do for my daughter."
"A fantastic nursery, would highly recommend to anyone in the area. Our little boy loves it, the staff genuinely care and they do so many fun and educational activities! He has come on so much since joining this nursery."
"Our daughter has attended Clever Clogs Nursery since 6 months old. Honestly, even though this is the only nursery she has attended I don't think that, as parents, we could have chosen better. The staff are amazing, so friendly and attentive but not only that she has developed so much beyond her age and I definitely need to give credit to the amazing staff here."
"The staff here are absolutely exceptional and I just can't fault them for everything they do for the children. During Covid-19 they've gone above and beyond. My son's learning and social development has been incredible and he has formed strong bonds with the staff in each room."
"My daughter spent 3 years at the nursery and went to school knowing all her numbers and writing her name, thanks to the staff which provide valuable learning experiences. Her little brother has now started attending the nursery and is full of joy when joining every day. Lovely staff!"
"My little boy has been attending Clever Clogs for around a year now and he absolutely loves going which shows how fantastic they are. He has come on amazingly since starting, learning and interacting every day. The girls are all fantastic."
"Clever Clogs Nursery is fantastic and both of my children love it there. My eldest knows all of his numbers and can even write his name! They have been amazing with him and his development has really progressed by being here. My youngest is in the baby room and she loves it too. There’s always lots of things to do and she goes in very happily. Thank you for making leaving our children easier knowing that they are safe, happy, and well cared for."
"My son has been at Clever Clogs Day Nursery since he was 1. Absolutely fantastic nursery in every way possible. Outstanding staff, can't thank them enough for the care my son receives. We are always finding out what he has been up to throughout the day with daily activities, updates and feedback on a night.
Thank you Clever Clogs."
"My granddaughter attends Clever Clogs two days a week, and I look after her two days. I have noticed how more confident she is and how much she is developing since she started nursery. She loves her nursery rhymes, and it is lovely to see her do the actions with me, which she clearly learns at nursery. I follow Clever Clogs on Facebook and love to see her playing with her friends and having fun. The staff are lovely too."