Today is Flying Start’s 24th birthday!!!

Across all of our nurseries, we are celebrating Flora’s (our little girl with a kite on our logo!) birthday, with birthday cake and lots of party games!

A huge thank you to all of the children, parents, families, and staff who have been a part of Flying Start over the last 24 years… We have seen different generations and whole families come through the nurseries, and hundreds of children given a Flying Start to Lifelong Learning!

As well as our loyal amazing staff – some who have been with us for many many years – who help make those Flying Starts happen!

Thank you all & here is to many more brilliant years!

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 Celebrate Their 23rd Birthday!

Flying Start Nurseries Turn 23 Years Old!

Children across all 8 of our Flying Start Nurseries in Cornwall and Plymouth celebrated Flora’s birthday!

Flora is our little girl (now 23!) in the Flying Start logo who was born all those years ago when Flying Start first started… 23 years on the business has grown to over 700 children and 120 staff!

Here is how some of our nurseries celebrates such a special day….


Making birthday cards and paintings… of course in our trade mark blue!

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Lots of kite themed activities to really get off to a Flying Start!

And of course… making and eating birthday cake!

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What amazing cakes! (Thankyou to our cooks!)

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We even caught Steve our Financial Director celebrating!

And finally….


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.

Training Award

Flying Start were delighted to be awarded the Outstanding Commitment to Training Award as part of the Excellence in Business Training Awards 2010. We were congratulated on our NVQ training programme now in its third year (TLC), the large amount of ongoing professional development and our Fast Track programme for staff who wish to become graduates whilst working for us.