At the Squirrel Collection Nursery we want to enable your child to grow and develop at his or her own pace in preparation for the years to come.  The separate areas in the nursery ensure that activities and play opportunities are appropriate in meeting you child’s needs taking into account their age and stage of development.  We hope your child will enjoy their time with us.  We aim to provide an environment in which children feel happy and secure, encouraging positive attitudes to learning. 

The Nursery is established and Managed by Patricia Burns, who is a qualified Social Worker and Mental Health Officer.   Patricia’s keen interest in nursery provision is reflected in her commitment to upholding the highest standards of care and education. 

Just as importantly, Patricia is also a mother with 3 children.  Patricia therefore has a keen appreciation of parent’s requirements from a nursery and the operation of The Squirrel Collection Nursery has been heavily influenced by her own experience as a parent. 

Supporting Patricia is, of course, an experienced and qualified team, the members of which have been selected not only on this basis but also for their desire to work with children.  


Young children come to the nursery as active, experienced learners with a natural curiosity.  They are unique individuals eager to make sense of their world, to develop relationships and to extend their skills.

 In order to achieve these aims we are committed to the following: 

  • To provide a safe, secure, happy and stimulating environment which will enable each child to develop as an individual and to their full potential. 
  • To provide the best possible standards of care. 
  • To work in partnership with parents to meet the individual needs of their child. 
  • The ongoing observation and assessment of children’s learning. 
  • To encourage children to enquire, experiment and explore. 
  • To treat each child as an individual with respect for gender, ethnic origin, culture, religion and specific needs.