Flying Start @ Helston Graded GOOD In All Areas By Ofsted!

Flying Start @ Helston Graded GOOD In All Areas By Ofsted!

We are delighted to announce that Flying Start @ Helston were awarded good in all areas of their Ofsted inspection!



Here are some of the highlights that we wanted to share with you all from the inspection report:

🌟 Parents communication with staff is excellent – they know what their children are learning and are very pleased with their progress!

🌟 Staff plan an interesting range of activities that are based on children’s interests and what they need to learn next. Children explore, discover and test out their ideas!

🌟 Children’s behaviour is very good – staff help children learn to share and take turns and be kind to their friends!

🌟 The staff team were praised for being skilled at promoting children’s communication and language development, and for being enthusiastic and joining in with the children’s play!

🌟 Staff were also celebrated for responding quickly to children’s needs, and helping to develop their confidence!






You can view the full report here:

A huge well done to Liz our Helston nursery manager, and her whole team!!

Flying Start Nurseries Win Top 20 Nursery Group Award!

Flying Start Nurseries Win Top 20 Nursery Group Award!
Flying Start Nurseries have won a prestigious TOP 20 NURSERY GROUP AWARD from! 🎉🎉
We are absolutely delighted to be recognised as a top 20 nursery group for 2019!
A huge well done to all our staff teams and managers in each of our nurseries, for their commitment to giving every child a FLYING START to lifelong learning!! 🎈🎈🎈
Here is to another great year of childcare across Cornwall & Devon, by Flying Start Nurseries!

Flying Start Nurseries Sign National Mental Health Manifesto

Flying Start Nurseries Sign National Mental Health Manifesto
Today is the beginning of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and Sharon Cowburn, Director of Flying Start Nurseries, proudly signed the ‘Where’s Your Head At’ Manifesto.
This is a national document that all businesses are being invited to sign, and it shows a company’s commitment to mental health awareness, and creating a mentally healthy workplace.
Read more about the manifesto here:
The ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ campaign is calling for a working world where mental health is supported and protected. A world where wellbeing is at the heart of all we do, and where businesses have employees trained in Mental Health First Aid.
Flying Start Nurseries is proud to have trained their senior management in Mental Health First Aid, and making an ongoing commitment to wellbeing in the workplace.

Flying Start Nurseries Celebrates 26 Years!

Flying Start Nurseries Celebrates 26 Years!
We are delighted to celebrate that Flying Start Nurseries turns 26 years old today!!🎉
Sharon & Steve Cowburn would like to express a huge thank you to all the staff, families, and children who have been a part of Flying Start over the years, and who join them today in celebrating 26 years!

A particularly special mention goes to the amazing staff members who have worked for Flying Start for the whole 26 years, or were original staff who have returned to the company! And also to members of staff who were previously children in the nursery – wow!!
Today and throughout this week, the nurseries will be celebrating the nursery anniversary – and the birthday of the little girl in our logo who we call Flora!
Here is to many more years of providing a ‘Flying Start to lifelong learning’!

Flying Start Nurseries Win Silver Award For Healthy Workplaces!

Flying Start Nurseries Win Silver Award For Healthy Workplaces!
Flying Start Nurseries are delighted to win the Silver Award for Healthy Workplaces, in the first year of attempting this award!
Flying Start were particularly recognised for:
 Wellbeing wall and wellbeing boxes for staff to access which include magazines, colouring and puzzle books
 Staff away day, including beach games
 Ensuring staff can talk openly about their mental health
 Training 38 members of staff in Level 2 Mental Health Awareness
 Training all Senior Staff in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
  The CEO is a qualified MHFA trainer
The whole company is delighted to gain this Healthy Workplace Award, and all staff will continue to focus on the physical and mental health of their colleagues and all of the children!

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…..