At Little Explorers we strive to promote and develop strong, independent and unique individuals who are confident to explore the world around them.

About Us

Little Explorers Community nursery is an established private day care setting in Blacker Hill, Barnsley.
We are a 41-place nursery open 8am-6pm, Monday–Friday 50 weeks per year.

We are based in the heart of the community providing a range of day care for children aged 0-5years, 2 and 3 year funded sessions including the extended offer of 30 hours for children who are eligible. Little Explorers is close to several local schools with whom we have good partnerships which we have developed as we offer pick up and drop offs for children up to 8 years of age as well as providing split funding for children attending school nurseries.

At Little Explorers we have a team of 16 qualified and experienced early year’s educators, 2 owners who are also the managers, an experienced chef and our highly skilled cleaner. We are all very passionate about our roles and are dedicated to providing an outstanding experience for our children and their families.

We are passionate about early years as well as creating partnerships with our families, providing opportunities for them to be part of their children’s little explorers journey, this is so important to ensure children’s individual needs are met but also so we can work alongside our wonderful families, providing support to them too.

Our Facilities

Throughout Little Explorers we have developed a range of spaces to support and enhance children’s learning, our mini explorers room provides learning experiences for our 0-2 year olds and our little explorer’s room where our 2-5 year olds access a range of educational opportunities. Both of our rooms have access to our outdoor areas as well as our very own forest area which provides fantastic learning opportunities. We also have a sensory room to provide inclusive learning for our little learners with special educational needs and an Atelier for our little artists. At Little Explorers we believe in giving children the opportunity to have a wealth of experiences and we like to embrace new and unique ways of teaching which have proved to be successful in supporting young children’s education. We pride ourselves on our individual approach to learning, making each child’s experience interesting, inspiring and fun! The early years educators plan opportunities that support children’s fascinations and next steps to continually propel their learning onto the next developmental milestone.

Our Mini Explorers Room



Our Little Explorers Room



Our Rooms

Our Mini Explorers Room

In the Mini Explorers room, we provide high quality care and learning opportunities to children aged 0-2 years. Here at Little Explorers Community Nursery we appreciate that all children are unique individuals and as such their needs and interests are as unique as they are, to support these we adapt our environment and the learning experiences provided to support these to the fullest. We aim to achieve a home from home environment where a child feels comfortable, safe and relaxed. This is when the best learning takes place. We find that the children are settled, happy and eager to explore, showing curiosity and wonder.

Our Mini Explorers are active, curious independent learners so we make sure they can access everything they need to with ease. We achieve this with open shelving, baskets without lids and all at child’s level. A variety toys are available to support the children’s interests, and these are adapted, extended on and enhanced accordingly to maximise play experiences and learning.

Our little Explorers Room

In the Little Explorers room, we provide high quality care and learning through play opportunities to children aged 2 to 5 years old.
We provide a wide range of open ended resources where children can explore and lead their own learning with the support of our early years educators who support, challenge and extend children’s thinking. We believe that this creates confident and independent learners who are able to express themselves, be curious, investigate and navigate their learning following their own interests and fascinations whilst we ensure their individual needs are met and high quality learning is achieved.

Our Little Explorers room has a large outdoor area, with big sand pit, mud pit and grass banking. This space promotes risk taking, challenges and the opportunity to explore freely in a wide open and safe environment. Within our Little Explorers room we have a atelier which is a studio space where our 3 and 4 year olds can design and create masterpieces. This workshop provides resources that extend their thinking further by accessing equipment that promotes tinkering, science, technology and creativity.

What else makes little explorers special?

In addition to our daily provision we also work closely with Phonics Bears and Kixx who provide extra curricula activities within nursery to further support and extend children’s learning.

A recent addition to our nursery has been our sensory room that all children can access, this room provides children with the opportunity to develop their sensory skills, a quiet and calming space and an area that promotes inclusive learning for children with special educational needs and disabilities, tailor making learning to meet children’s unique abilities and developing their individuality.

At Little Explorers we provide a range of nutritious, balanced meals and snacks in our 5 star food hygiene rated kitchen, our chef is experienced and passionate within his role and enjoys providing food our little explorers enjoy. Due to his experience working within nursery he is familiar with food allergies and providing an inclusive approach to meal times.

Our Sessions

At Little Explorers we offer a variety of sessions and work in partnership with our families to accommodate their needs where ever possible.

Full Day


Half Day AM


Half Day PM


8am – 6pm (£42)

Prices include meals & Snacks

8am – 1pm (£22.50)

Prices include meals & Snacks

1pm – 6pm (£22.50)

Prices include meals & Snacks

Our hourly rate is £4.50 and the minimum session is 3 hours.

Our funded sessions are also flexible to meet your needs. The times for these are usually:

8:45am -11:45am


My daughter is so happy here

Rated 5 out of 5
May 25, 2021

My daughter started in March 2020 and settled in immediately. The staff were so incredibly helpful and understanding of parental anxiety, I was given a gift and made to feel at ease throughout the settling period and beyond. My daughter asks to go to nursery even at the weekend! She comes home full of colour and outdoor mess which tells me she’s had the best day exploring. The nursery have also been incredible in supporting her allergies and dietary requirements making sure she never feels like the odd one out. As we are same sex parents it’s always been a worry that our daughter may not be included but this has never been an issue. Thankyou for all that you do.

Rachel Morgan

Can’t imagine anywhere better

Rated 5 out of 5
May 24, 2021

I sent my eldest child to Little Explorers when he turned three and he stayed right up until the August before he started school. And then my youngest joined him when she was two and she will be with Little Explorers until she starts school this September.
Both children absolutely love the nursery, they love the staff, and they have always gone in happy and come home happy. I can’t imagine them going anywhere else. I’m going to be really sad in September when my children’s nursery years are over.
I will always recommend Little Explorers to anyone in the area looking for childcare as it’s a fantastic place with fantastic staff.


Couldn't wish for a better experience for my son

Rated 5 out of 5
May 23, 2021

Our little boy has been with Little Explorers since he was 18 months old. He is now 4 and couldn’t be more prepared for starting school. The nursery has given him so many amazing experiences and skills and his confidence is amazing. The staff are incredible and I have never ever had any issues or problems. Nothing is too much trouble and dylan feels safe and happy when he is there. An amazing setting I would recommend to anyone

Hannah Thompson

Absolutely fabulous

Rated 5 out of 5
May 23, 2021

Cannot praise the ladies enough, they are all helpful and amazing with Holly. She’s developed so well in all area and so confident. Nothing is too much and I can go to work knowing that’s she’s loving her day! I’ll be sad when she leaves!


Fantastic Nursery

Rated 5 out of 5
May 23, 2021

I highly recommend this Nursery. You couldn’t ask for a more caring and nurturing place. The friendly staff are just amazing.
My Grandson has been here since he was a baby. They’ve always catered to his needs and let the children guide their own learning. He’s fascinated with everything to do with Space and this year the staff have designed resources and fun activities to keep him and his friends engaged and he’s loved every minute of it.
The only sad thing to say, he will be leaving in July as he’s 5 in September and will be starting full school. He’s really going to miss all the staff and the little friends he’s made.

Julie Beever
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Contact Us



01226 740878


Within Blackerhill Learning Centre
Wentworth Road
S74 0RL