Flying Start Managers & Team Leaders Attend Annual Away Day!

Flying Start Managers & Team Leaders Attend Annual Away Day!


At Flying Start, we pride ourselves on offering our staff extensive development opportunities. And one of the highlights of the calendar for our Managers and Team Leaders, is our Annual Away Day!



The Managers and Team Leaders from our nurseries across Cornwall and Plymouth came together for a day themed around ‘Healthy Workplace’.




They took part in a morning of workshop sessions that included developing 5 year forward plans, and innovative training sessions led by the Senior Team.


The staff will take their new learning back to their staff, to cascade to all of our nursery teams!



In the afternoon, it was time to head outside onto the beach and get active in the fresh air – an essential part of the Healthy Workplace initiative! They kicked off with a problem solving activity that demanded communication and lots of teamwork…


…And then enjoyed games of rounders and volleyball in teams! There was lots of encouragement, and lots of fun had by all!



They finished the day with a good old game of Tug Of War!



A huge thanks to the Senior Team for organising such a brilliant Away Day, and to all our Managers & Team Leaders for attending with such enthusiasm as always!

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 Now Offer M.O.D Discounts!

Flying Start Nurseries across Cornwall and Plymouth have exciting news!

The company now offers discounted fees to serving members of the Armed Forces! 

Please just speak to your nursery manager, or enquire through our Head Office on 01209611811 for more information.

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!