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Darnall Community Nursery (ACT Ltd)


Preschool day nursery for children 6 months to 5 years. Open Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm all year, operating within the Darnall Children Centre building. The nursery is a not for profit registered children’s charity with over 23 years of experience, delivering childcare and support to families living and working in the Darnall area and beyond.

The nursery is a community based charity run by a voluntary management committee. The nursery has a highly skilled and culturally diverse, staff team who are qualified to a high standard. Staff also have expertise and a wide experience of working with children with special education needs and their families. Extensive, creative outdoor learning environment. The nursery has been judged outstanding by Ofsted since 2008.

Offers up to 30 hours free Early Learning childcare placed for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. Holiday Club available in school holidays (these places need to be booked and paid for in advance). Childcare charges are based on competitive rates and chargeable in 5 hourly sessions. For more information on charges please contact the nursery. Health snacks and fruit provided provided (included in the price). Parents please provide nappies, wipes and packed lunch.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Claire Ward
Contact Position
Darnall Community Nursery at Darnall Children centre
Related Links
Disabled Go Assessment

Where to go

Darnall Community Nursery, Active Community Trust Ltd
Darnall Children Centre,
563 Staniforth Road
South Yorkshire
S9 4RA

 Parking on Frederick street adjacent to the Children Centre. Disabled Access, parking and toilet. Baby change and breastfeeding room. We have one staff memebr who can communicate in British Sign language. Staff have basic Makaton training.

When is it on?

Time / Date Details
8.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday 50 week per year (closed 2 weeks at Christmas)
Time of day
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Session Information
2 sessions per day - 8.00am to 1.00pm and 1.00pm to 6.00pm

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access
Cater for special dietary requirements
Dietary needs catered for
Lactose intolerant
Nut allergy
Additional dietary information
Darnall Community Nursery is happy to support dietary requirements and where necessary seek professional advice and training
Supports special needs and disabilities
Special needs and disabilities experience
Speech, Language & Communication needs
Down's Syndrome
Visual impairment
Multi-Sensory Impairment
Hearing impairment
Cerebral Palsy
No diagnosis yet
Social, emotional and mental health needs
Medical Needs or long term illness
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulty
Severe Learning Difficulty
Moderate Learning Difficulty
Physical Disability/Mobility Issues
Able to accommodate other cultures/ethnicities
Culture/ethnicities accommodated
Additional culture/ethnicity information
Darnall Community Nursery is an inclusive provider. We have bi-lingual staff who speak Urdu, Punjabi and Arabic

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£20.00 Per morning session
£20.00 Per afternoon session
£40.00 Per day
Age Range
0 years 3 months to 5 years 0 months
  • IndoorOutdoor Play
  • Parking
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Changing facilities
  • Garden
  • Secure setting
  • Days out/visits
  • Catering facilities
  • Outdoor play/equipment
  • Visual aids

Formally know as Darnall Community Nursery. 


Ofsted Registration Number EY497527


Charity Number

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
We occasionally have places available. It is advised to but your child on our waiting list as soon as possible. Our register changes from day to day to suit parents request, availabilty and flexibility. We are usually full most of the time but places become available as children move on. It is advised to enquire regarding places and to put your child on the waiting list at the earliest possible time.

Funded Early Learning

Registered to provide Funded Early Learning Places?
For 2 year olds (up to 15 hours a week)
For 3&4 year olds (up to 15 hours a week)

Opening Times & Facilities

IndoorOutdoor Play
Disabled Facilities
Changing facilities
Secure setting
Days out/visits
Catering facilities
Outdoor play/equipment
Visual aids

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
05/03/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding

Local Offer


Inclusive day care provision. Monday to Friday 8.001m to 6.00pm. 

Contact Name
Claire Ward
Contact Telephone
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
SEN Provision Type

General Extended Local Offer Response

Eligibility criteria for your service and any priority groups 

Parents and carers of children living and working in the Darnall area.

Do you operate a waiting list? 
Waiting list details 

Places are offered on a first come first served basis on accordance with our admission procedure. 

Staffing arrangements 
Staffing levels varied according to need
Staffing arrangements details 

18 memebrs of staff. Highly qualified. Dedicated SENCO and SEND Team. Dedicated Safeguading Team.Each child has a dedicated Key Worker. 

Staff training to support children/young people with SEND 

Annual staff development plan is informed by the needs of the children in our care. Staff are currently trained in Autism, visual communication systems, Makaton, Epilepsy, hearing aids. All staff have up to date safeguarding and First Aid training.

How do you communicate with your service users? 
Parent training
Directly with parents/carers
Learning events
Progress updates provided
Communicating with service users details 

Ready Steady Go group, Readiness for school parents workshops, newsletters, parents open weeks, daily catch up with Key Workers, Information boards in the childrnee centre and nursery, community links via community forums.

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