Flying Start Nurseries Celebrate 25 YEAR Anniversary!

Flying Start Nurseries Celebrate 25 YEAR Anniversary! 

Flying Start Nurseries celebrates 25 years of trading today and offer heartfelt thanks to families who have supported them over a quarter of a century!

The Cowburn family have grown with the business – from 4 children to 4 adults, 2 of whom work in the business plus husbands and grandchildren who have all helped Flying Start keep pace with new ideas, trends and educational requirements.

Sharon Cowburn M.D. cut the cake in the Camborne Nursery this afternoon and enjoyed a moment of nostalgia as this was the first of 8 Flying Start Nurseries established on this day 25 years ago!

Flying Start Nurseries Win A NATIONAL AWARD!!!


Flying Start Nurseries (SW) Ltd. have been recognised as one of the Top 20 Nursery Groups In The Country!!!

A quote from our Managing Director, Sharon:
“Flying Start Nurseries (SW) Ltd. Are delighted to be recognised as one of the Top 20 Nursery Groups in the country! As we celebrate 25 years in business we are so proud of our wonderful teams, who work so hard to provide a “FLYING START TO LIFE-LONG LEARNING” to hundreds of children throughout Cornwall and Plymouth.”

This award was voted for on the Day Nurseries national website, and overall Flying Start Nurseries had an incredible score of 9.8 out of 10!



Flying Start Nurseries Host Annual Training Day For Entire Company!

Flying Start Nurseries Host Annual Training Day For Entire Company!

Flying Start Nurseries are proud to have hosted another amazing annual company training day, with over 120 staff attending, from all of our nurseries, in our 25th year of business!

It is a unique chance to bring all of our staff together to celebrate the achievements of the last year, and train them in new and specialist areas to improve & excel even more! The theme of this year’s training day was ‘Lifelong Learning with TLC’, and Flying Start were delighted to host the day at a new venue – at the cinema in Newquay!

We are also delighted to announce that at our company training day, we launched a new online training platform for all our staff, as part of the offer from our training company TLC.

Soon, we will be opening up this training platform to offer some courses to parents & the community too!

Thank you to all of our parents & families for your understanding with the one day nursery closure – it is such a valuable day for our company, and reinforces Flying Start’s mission of ‘lifelong learning’ – for the children, but also for our amazing staff!

Childcare Funding 2017

Are you confused about whether you will qualify for 30 hours funding, or are childcare tax credits better for you ? Will the new tax-free childcare scheme be relevant ??

There are lots of new initiatives for getting free or funded childcare, but its confusing.

This Government website makes it easy to understand and tells you, what you are eligible for and what you need to know.

Flying Start will be running Parents Information Evenings soon too…..

Flying Start @ Marjon WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD!!


We are delighted to announce that Flying Start @ Marjon has won an award, for being named as one of the top 10 nurseries in the whole of the South West!!


This is an incredible achievement for nursery manager Vicky Cochrane & her amazing team!

Thank you to all the parents who left reviews on the website, and took the time to celebrate the nursery and amazing staff who are giving your child a flying start!!

Flying Start @ Cornwall College Is Ofsted OUTSTANDING In All Areas!

Flying Start @ Cornwall College Is Ofsted OUTSTANDING In All Areas! 

The staff at Flying Start @ Cornwall College – led by Manager Sophia Cowburn – are delighted with the recent outcome of their Ofsted Inspection on the 16th of November, recognising the care and learning provided at Flying Start @ Cornwall College as OUTSTANDING!!


The report  highlighted that  the nursery ‘strive to constantly deliver excellent care and learning experiences to the children’, going into more detail by explaining the ‘extremely warm and nurturing relationships between staff and children’ the ‘staff’s extremely accurate assessments of the children’s abilities’ and the ‘rich and varied experiences’ offered to the children to challenge their learning.


An outstanding judgement was given in all areas of the Early Years Provision and across all age ranges 0-5 years!

Congratulations to all of the staff team for their dedicated, professional & passionate work!


To celebrate this we will be offering new customers, a free 3 hours session to be used by the end of January 2017! So do come along and experience some truly outstanding opportunities for your child!

Flying Start Nurseries Have Signed Up To End Mental Health Stigma!

Flying Start Nurseries have signed up to the ‘Time To Change’ initiative!

As a company we are pledging to end mental health stigma.

We are working towards being a more ‘mental health aware’ company, so that our staff are well supported and our children learn about mental health as well as physical health through their play and feel safe and supported in doing so.

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So far we have revised our Stress Management policy that all staff follow and Directors and Managers company wide are undertaking specialist Mental Health Awareness Qualifications, to increase their knowledge of mental health symptoms, signs and illnesses and create a skill set to better support their own staff team.

We are also developing wellness walls, comfort corners and special circle time resources … these initiatives are up and coming to keep your eye on the blog for more information! 

Click here to see our pledge: Time to Change Poster

Flying Start @ Redruth are OUTSTANDING at Ofsted!


Flying Start @ Redruth have been crowned Outstanding at Ofsted… again!

Congratulations to all involved in the nursery in this fantastic outcome, and a glowing report which is available to view online or in the nursery.

Comments through the report enable all to understand the exceptional service and quality provided to children;

‘staff have an excellent understanding of how children learn and develop’

‘children make exceptionally good progress towards their early learning goals’

‘the professional, competent and capable staff team create a warm and welcoming environment, in which children thrive and flourish’

Well done to all!

Helston are OUTSTANDING for third time in a row!

Flying Start @ Helston enjoy celebrating an Ofsted judgement of OUTSTANDING for the third time in a row!!!

Tori, the Manager and her Helston team were so happy and proud to receive recognition for all of their hard work. It is the third time in a row that the nursery has been awarded the OUTSTANDING judgement and the staff continue to strive to deliver the highest quality childcare.

Well done to Tori, Lucy and the Helston team for their amazing achievement!!!

Here are some extracts from the report:

‘Children’s needs are generally met extremely well by an exceptionally knowledgeable, confident and competent staff team.’ 

‘Children’s uniqueness is highly valued and their learning is promoted very well within an exceptionally inclusive environment.’

‘The nursery is organised extremely well to provide a safe, secure and enabling indoor and outdoor environment.’

‘Staff demonstrate an excellent ability to safeguard the children in their care.’

‘Children benefit from both male and female role models. Parents are welcomed into the setting and their active involvement is encouraged and valued.’

‘An effective key worker system ensures that children’s unique needs are respected, links with home are exceptionally strong and transitions for children are smooth.’

‘Senior management are fully supportive, actively involved and committed to maintaining high standards for the nursery children and staff.’

‘The enjoy Forest School activities each Friday, when they are able to study insects with magnifying glasses, make dens, observe growth and the changing weather and seasons.’

‘Excellent hygiene procedures are followed in the nursery and as a result, children understand the importance of keeping themselves and their environment clean.’

‘Babies are extremely well cared for by attentive and sensitive staff. As a result, they are exceptionally settled, happy and content. Their photograph is attractively displayed at low level. As a result, they have developed a strong sense of belonging.’

‘Overall, there is evidence that children’s welfare needs are exceptionally well met and that they are making outstanding levels of progress during their time at the setting.’

The full report can be viewed at Helston Ofsted Report.