Clever Clogs Bowburn has four 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 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 Bowburn 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.
Tiny Miracles is the room where younger babies begin their journey at Clever Clogs Bowburn. 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
Small Discoverers is our room for older babies up to around 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 Explorers 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 and grow.Find out more
Pre-School 3-5 years
Big Inventors is the room where older children end their journey with us at Clever Clogs Bowburn before leaving to start ‘big school’. By following the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, we can provide the opportunities and activities which encourage children to work towards seven key learning goals.Find out more
Clever Clogs Bowburn 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
Jane White is the Assistant Manager of Clever Clogs Bowburn.
She has worked in childcare her whole career (16 years) and has experience in various early years settings. Jane has a Degree in Childcare Studies.
In her role as Assistant Manager, she is responsible for the day-to-day running of our Bowburn nursery.
Jane says: “Working in childcare is all I have ever wanted to do and being part of children’s development is a special job which I love.”
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 Bowburn has a 5-star food hygiene rating.
“We have been absolutely blown away by the level of service and how our daughter has developed whilst being at the nursery. As soon as we pull into the car park our daughter gets excited to go in and leaves every session happy and fulfilled. The level of detail provided throughout the day on the app is fantastic, as is the feedback on collection.”
"The quality of childcare is outstanding. The setting is not just about the child but also about the family as a whole, they are there for any concerns or queries that you may have regarding your child. My child has attended since they were 6-months-old and they are now preparing to leave for school in the summer. The staff have gone above and beyond to ensure my child is school ready and I have no doubt my child will settle into school life just fine, as the staff have been amazing about preparing them. I would without hesitation recommend this nursery to anyone who asks, I looked around a lot of settings prior to starting here and this was way above any I looked at."
"Amazing nursery. My little boy has come on leaps and bounds. When he started nearly three years ago he found it really hard leaving me but now he runs into nursery without looking back. The staff at Clever Clogs have been amazing and really helped him to get to where he is now which is a young, little man ready to go to school. I would recommend this nursery to everyone."
"My son has attended since he was one and the staff have all been excellent throughout. They offer a lovely setting in which my son has developed, made friends and tackled various milestones. Encouraging imagination and independence, they have provided a wonderful groundwork for my son starting school."
"Our grandson attends your nursery, he seemed to fit in easily and seems keen to go, we are very pleased with the service we are getting. The staff are very pleasant and clearly have affection for the children they care for. He is well catered for, he comes home a happy little boy. Thank you."
"The team has always been superb and developed a strong bond and understanding of my daughter, encouraging her to be a kind and thoughtful child. She has grown and developed immeasurably and Clever Clogs has played a vital part in the bright, funny and happy child she has become."
"Both of my children have attended this nursery since being small babies from 2019 until now. I would not have returned to work as soon if I was not completely satisfied with the quality of care and support that Clever Clogs was able to provide. My children love attending nursery and enjoy the vast array of activities that the nursery plans for them each week."
“Our son has been going to Clever Clogs Bowburn since April 2022 and I can't fault anything about this nursery. They're all lovely and well trained. The room staff are brilliant with the children. My son loves going and his development has come on leaps and bounds since attending. They're also really great with communication and updates on what your child is getting up to. So glad to have Clever Clogs just a short walk from our house!”
"Both of my children have attended this nursery which I am very lucky to have on my doorstep. Management are absolutely excellent and constantly there if you need them. All of the staff taking care of the children are well trained and show dedication to providing the best care for your child. It was very hard for me, leaving my little girl to go back to work, but the nursery has supported not only my child but me as a parent also. Continuous communication throughout the day via the app, which I absolutely love, it helps me relax when I am working knowing she's ok. Overall, I am very happy with how my little girl is settling in and the support provided by everyone at the nursery. Thank you to everyone at Clever Clogs Day Nursery, words aren't enough to express how grateful we are!"
"As soon as we visited the nursery we immediately picked up on the warm and happy atmosphere and knew it was somewhere we would be happy for our children to attend. The staff are competent and friendly, absolutely fantastic with the children. Management are extremely helpful. Brilliant all around."
“The team at Clever Clogs Bowburn has made the whole process from the initial phone call to arranging a viewing visit, through to settling my children into new nursery life, an extremely easy process. All of the staff have been extremely friendly and welcoming to both myself and my children.”
"My daughter started at the nursery during an uncertain time when Covid was around and all the staff at Clever Clogs Day Nursery have always made me feel reassured and always go the extra mile! Amazing nursery overall and would recommend to anyone."
"My little boy has just started here and he has settled in so well. The staff have really made sure that we all as a family feel welcome and valued. Nothing has been too much hassle for them to help him settle into nursery and I know I have definitely made the right decision bringing him here."
“As a first-time mum I was so nervous about leaving my daughter but the staff at Clever Clogs Bowburn are just amazing! She is so settled and loves her time at nursery and the ladies in her room. The app they use is also brilliant, so I can see every day what she has been doing, how much food she has had etc. I love Clever Clogs and I am so glad I have her in this nursery, I wouldn't go anywhere else!”
"We would highly recommend Clever Clogs Day Nursery, from day one they have been amazing with us all. The management team and all of the colleagues are fabulous! Our daughter settled in straight away and thoroughly enjoys her time there."
"Absolutely outstanding. Could not recommend Clever Clogs Day Nursery enough at Bowburn. My daughter has been here since she was 9-months-old, she’s now 3 and her knowledge, skills and abilities are a credit from the nursery! The girls always go above and beyond not only for the kids but families too! Always so friendly and kind and they’re all just an absolute credit to the place, nothing is ever too much. I feel my daughter is in such safe hands when she’s there and I know she will have the best day. I cannot thank them enough for all they do, so glad we chose here!"
"My husband and I can not rate this nursery higher! It's like a second home for our two boys. Very happy children going in for the day and very happy well looked after kids coming out! They talk about the amount of fun they've had that day as well as all the new stuff they've learned and experienced. The staff are friendly, approachable and highly professional."
"I have only positive comments about this nursery, the facilities are wonderful and the staff are a real asset. My daughter started just before the first lockdown and the staff were amazing at helping her to settle in in very difficult circumstances. She loves her time at nursery and is doing very well with her phonics, numbers, shapes and independent care. I never have to worry about her when she is there. There is always someone who is happy to talk about any aspect of her care and I really like that all the staff seem to know her well, regardless of if they are in her room or not. My son also attends the after school club and also enjoys his time at Clever Clogs Day Nursery."
"My son absolutely loves his place here and his knowledge and skills have come along leaps and bounds since attending. His manners, communication skills and motor skills have all massively improved.. Staff are professional and friendly with amazing communication. No job is ever too much for anyone at the nursery."
"I have been thoroughly impressed with the care and support given to my daughter, from her education, food and emotional well-being. The staff in the rooms have an amazing connection with all children; they make effort to learn their quirky natures and cater for them perfectly."
“Both my boys attended Clever Clogs Bowburn. All the staff are always very friendly and welcoming every morning. The parent app is great. As full-time working parents, we love that we see what the younger one is up to during the day and gives us a detailed overview of food eaten, bottles etc. Our oldest son attends and enjoys the after-school club where there is plenty for him to do. Great nursery, highly recommended.”