All About Us

We are pleased to welcome you to The Old School Children’s Centre where we offer every child and their family an opportunity to experience a warm, inviting and welcoming learning community.

The Old School is owned and managed by three family partners (Founder, Lesley Griffiths and her daughters Natasha Weake and Abbie Gardiner) who work alongside a team of highly qualified and experienced practitioners who are committed to providing the highest quality of care and education for each child in their care.

First opening its doors to families in 1990, The Old School Children’s Centre has seen over 1400 children through their early development and education, and onto transition to school.


We aim to have a close working relationship with yourselves and your child and believe that it is only by working closely with parents that we can help your child reach their full potential and give them the best start in their early years.

We also believe that our relationship with the wider community is vital in this aim. We have developed close links with all local schools that your child may later attend.


At The Old School we are fortunate to be able to provide care and education for children from birth up until the age of twelve years.  Supporting parents, carers and sibling groups throughout the transitions from Caterpillar to Ladybird to Butterfly and into school enables us to build strong and meaningful relationships with the families in our care and we aim to be flexible and accommodating in meeting their needs at all times.

Please click on an area of your choice to find out what we can offer your child.


Butterfly – Ages 3-5 logo


Ladybird – Ages 2-3 logo


Caterpillar – Ages 0-2 logo


Our Ethos

Our ethos has been created to help parents, carers and practitioners to understand our approach to meeting the needs of each child. Our setting is unique because we put the needs of each child at the centre of everything we do and every decision we make and our staff team is fully qualified, with apprentices working above or on a half ratio.

 Through investing in a shared, family centred approach with high expectations and constant evaluation and reflection, we ensure the highest quality of care and education at all times.

Our ethos has been developed in partnership with the children, families and practitioners who form our setting’s close community. Our practitioner team are kind, caring and committed and promote a positive culture and ethos that everyone signs up to on choosing to work as part of the Old School team.

We are constantly reviewing and developing our highly trained and qualified practitioners our day-to-day practice and provision to make sure that every child receives the highest quality care and education throughout their time at the setting.

Our approach is built upon the core values of the Early Years Foundation Stage so that everyone can see how our practice works to embrace and support each child in every aspect of their development.


At The Old School every child should:

Feel a sense of belonging within our community as a home from home

Be seen as a unique individual and be encouraged to express themselves fully

Feel valued and respected for themselves and their ideas

Be given time and space to understand themselves and others as they grow

Have the opportunity to make new friends and positive relationships with others

Have opportunities to celebrate their own successes and share in the successes of others

Should have access to a dynamic, stimulating and challenging learning environment

Have opportunities to explore new things and be able to take risks and learn from mistakes

Feel supported in their learning by committed, sensitive and caring practitioners


Children attending The Old School are able to say:

I am…

I can…

I share…

I care about…

I believe in…

I love…

I enjoy…