Our Team

Nicola Stubbs, Nursery Manager

Nicola Stubbs

Nicola holds a BA(hons) degree in children’s care, learning and development and has worked in childcare for over 10 years. She Originally qualified as a nurse and served 7 years in the armed forces as a nurse from 1991-1997. Nicola worked as an Instructor of a school nursery setting for 2 years prior to taking on the post of Nursery Manager of Shining Stars day care in December 2018.

Shining Stars Nursery, Leiston, Suffolk

Alpha Nurseries re-opened the Shining Stars in December 2018. Shining Stars is conveniently situated next to Leiston Children Centre.

Our nurturing ‘home from home’ environment is carefully designed to encourage children to learn independently in a safe, secure environment that promotes equality and values diversity. We have an experienced and skilled staff team. Healthy home cooked meals are provided using fresh ingredients to promote a healthy balanced diet.

We provide a range of fun activities, resources, and experiences to meet children’s individual needs and interests. Children have the opportunity to explore our outdoor area all year round and take part in physical activity, being adventurous in safety.

Shining Stars Fees April 2019

Hours 0-2 years 2-3 years 3-5 years
Full day 8am to 6pm £41.56 £37.40 £37.80 without subsidised rate
£36.00 with subsidised rate
8am-1pm or 1pm-6pm £22.86 £20.78 £21.00 without subsidised rate
£20.00 with subsidised rate
9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm £14.96 £12.47 £12.60 without subsidised rate
£12.00 with subsidised rate
School Day 9am -3pm (where available) £28.05 £24.94 £25.20 without subsidised rate
£24.00 with subsidised rate
Early Start 7.30-8am £3.12 £3.12 £3.15 without subsidised rate
£3.00 with subsidised rate
Hourly Rate £5.20 £5.20 £5.25 without subsidised rate
£5.00 with subsidised rate

Additional Charges

Tea for under 3 year olds £2.91
Subsidised rate including meals £1.40 per funded hour
Subsidised rate excluding meals £0.70 per funded hour

All fees are subject to change

We charge a registration fee of £35

We offer Early Education funding for 2 year olds and all 3 and 4 year olds

All children who are 3 years old are entitled to early education funding the term after they are 3 years old. They are entitled to 15 funded hours a week for 38 weeks of the year. This can be taken during school term times only or stretched out over the whole year.

Early education funding for 2 year olds is offered to families meeting certain criteria, please ask for details or see “Do you need help with funding?” at the top of this page.

There is no registration charge if your child only attends funded sessions.

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