Getting Meaningful Childcare Right

Pixies was opened 13 years ago by Paula Cowell, an Early Years Teacher (EYT).

Charlotte Earthey is our Childcare Manager and is qualified to Level 3 and studying for her EYT degree.

Laura Jackson is our Admin Manager and is a qualified Early Years Professional (EYP).

Katie Bonner who is our Deputy Manager and Lauren Andrews who is a Senior Early Years Practitioner, are both qualified as Level 3 NVQ practitioners.

Other staff include Freya, Flora and Ciara.

Pixies are very proud to announce we recieved a GOOD judgment in our latest Ofsted inspection in March 2022.

We have all worked so hard over so many years to recieve such a strong judgment. It is practicularly rewarding that the inspector highlighted our careful and individualised planning for each child, our parental involvment, the support for children with specific needs, our work to develop childrens awareness of healthy living and the support given to staff to develop their expertise.

The Ofsted inspector was a wonderful lady who made us all feel at ease and really got the best from our wonderful team. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ofsted for a really well managed and enjoyable inspection process.

Our latest ofsted Inspection report is now available to download via the Ofsted website.


At Pixies, Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum is designed to meet the individual needs of every child, ensuring no child’s achievements are limited, regardless of their backgrounds, circumstances or needs. 

Our practice is shaped by four guiding principles: 

Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships 

Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident, and self-assured 

Children learn and develop well in enabling environments with support and guidance from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time 

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates 

The EYFS curriculum consists of seven areas of Learning and Development. 

The three prime areas of learning are: 

Communication and Language 

Physical Development 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

The four specific areas of learning are: 



Understanding of the World (UTW) 

Expressive Arts and Design (EAD) 

At Pixies we place heavy focus on the prime areas, ensuring children learn to communicate effectively and build foundations essential for future learning. Building on what children know and can do, we introduce phonics and maths skills and knowledge in a sequenced and systematic way, to develop confident readers and mathematicians. Within the area of UTW, children will begin developing their knowledge and skills by having hands on experience by being outdoors in our local community, forests, and beach they will then build upon these rich community and cultural experiences over time as they transfer into school and reception.  

Personal development, including the promotion of Pixies Values, is at the heart of our curriculum. Children develop their own character and are provided with opportunities to build resilience, independence, confidence, and responsibility, whilst learning strategies to support positive physical and mental health. 


Within the Early Years Framework, there are three characteristics of effective learning which detail the ways that children should be learning from their environment, experiences, and activities. These characteristics are split into three main areas: 

‘Playing and Exploring’ – children investigate and experience things and ‘have a go’  

‘Active Learning’ – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements 

‘Creating and Thinking Critically’ – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things 

Children should be displaying the characteristics of effective learning every day and to make this possible, children are given extended periods of time in which to lead their own learning through play and exploration. During these periods, children can pursue their own interests in an enabling environment supported by skilled staff, enabling them to benefit from the most meaningful learning opportunities. 

Pixies prides itself in offering children rich learning environment and experiences indoors and outdoors, this plays a crucial role in children’s development. If the environment is right, it will inspire, motivate, and support children’s learning, create high levels of involvement, and provide challenge in the absence of an adult. Throughout the environments there are many opportunities for the children to take risks within their play, supporting them to be active and develop physically. 

Adults lead group sessions several times throughout the week, to introduce or teach key concepts, knowledge, or skills. Focused activities are planned in the moment and are very flexible depending on children’s progress, interests and understanding. These activities give children the opportunity to learn how to participate in group discussions, listening and speaking at appropriate times.  

Throughout all teaching and learning, staff promote children’s emotional development and help them develop their own character. High quality texts and our ‘circle time and show and tell’ activities support children to understand and use the language of feelings, encouraging them to self-regulate.  

Our Staff team model kindness towards self and others at all opportunities and use techniques such as mindfulness to maintain balance and positive wellbeing.  


Through monitoring, focused observations, learning walks and discussions with staff, leaders will ensure: 

Children are developing the knowledge and skills required to prepare them for the next stages of their development and education. 

Through purposeful planning, high-quality interactions and summative assessment, staff will ensure: 

Children are displaying the characteristics of effective learning 

Children are highly motivated and are eager to join in. They share and cooperate well, demonstrating high levels of self-control and respect for others. They consistently keep on trying hard and bounce back when challenges occur .