Welcome to First Day Nursery Hackney.
This ethos and pedagogy creates a positive and nurturing environment that allows every child’s strengths and qualities to shine and a child’s differences and unique needs to be embraced and celebrated.
First Day Nursery (Hackney) has a strong ethos, supported by an understanding of how children learn, our knowledge of child development theories and years of experience working with young children, their families and the wider community.
Along with the holistic approach First Day Nursery (Hackney), is inspired by the Holistic Approach and forest school philosophy.
As part of our ethos, we combine a child-led approach, where children have access to continuous provision throughout the day, with adult-led activities. Our child-led approach nurtures emerging passions and interests so that learning becomes a pleasure not a chore. Our lessons take place in both our inside and outside spaces.
Building authentic partnerships between parents and our staff team is at the heart of what we do. We listen to you and work with you to enable your son or daughter’s childhood the best it can be.
Each child has a dedicated key worker who builds a relationship with your child, you, your family members and any other associated carers. ‘Daily Diary’ handovers by your child’s key worker ensure golden moments are recounted faithfully along with any other significant events.
We use first class safe and secure software to enable circular communication between family and our setting to enable a daily meaningful, useful and enjoyable exchange.
Our relationship with you is central to what we do and all staff can be direct messaged at anytime using this software. Photos are shared daily within the Daily Diary sent through the app and professional educational observations are carried out for your child every 3 weeks. Any developmental differences, gaps in learning and areas of excellence are swiftly captured and fed back to you appropriately with careful planning in partnership.
We know that having a network of like-minded parents around you makes a huge difference to positive parentings, our software enables parents mean to make as many new friends as your children will. We think community is very important.
How to find us
Operating Hours and Sessions
First Day Nursery (Hackney) is open 8:00am - 18:00pm, Offering full day sessions from Monday to Friday, 50 weeks of the year.
The setting is closed for Bank Holidays, one week during the summer and one week at Christmas.
For more information regarding the date,
Fees are payable a month in advance on the first of the month. Fees are paid in 12 equal instalments this helps avoid the differentiation of weeks in a month and helps keep monthly payments consistent.
We accept childcare vouchers from all subsidiary schemes including tax credits.
For more information about fees, please contact our Management team with the contact details:
At First Day Nursery (Hackney) we offer childcare for all ages between 3 months and 5 years, we have a staff team with range of different qualifications and years of experience in childcare who are dedicated in supporting children in their development.
We are able to support children of a younger age due to having separate Baby rooms, this has allowed us to create a more suitable environment for babies at different stages in their development.
We do offer tax-free childcare places for all ages however we only offer funding places for children aged 3+ (Please see below for information regarding funding entitlement)
For tax free childcare and fee enquiries, please contact our Management team with the contact details:
Free Early Education Entitlement
All 3 to 4 year-olds are eligible for 15 hours free funded childcare places: this is taken over 38 weeks of the year during term time.
3 to 4 year-olds may also receive 30 hours free funded childcare places; this is subject to eligibility. For 30 hours of funding eligibility, please click on the link below.
For funding fee enquiries, please contact our Management team with the contact details:
How does the 30 Free Hours work?
We use ‘stretching’ calculation method. The government provides funding for 30 free hours for 38 weeks (school year), which is a total of 1140 hours. At First Day Nursery we are open for 50 weeks and so we ‘stretch’ these free 1140 hours, into the First Day Nursery year for all eligible 3+ year olds.
How is it calculated?
1140 hours / 50 weeks / 5 days = 4.56 discounted hours per day.
The 3-year-old+ rate is the same daily rate as the 1–3 year olds, with 4.56 hours daily paid for by the government scheme.
We use ‘stretching’ calculation method. The government provides funding for 15 free hours for 38 weeks (one school year), which is a total of 570 hours. At First Day Nursery we are open for 50 weeks and so we ‘stretch’ these free 570 hours, into the First Day Nursery year for all 3-year-olds+.
How is it calculated?
570 hours / 50 weeks / 5 days = 2.28 discounted hours per day.
The 3-year-old+ rate is the same daily rate as the 1–3 year olds, with 2.28 hours daily paid for by the government scheme.