About Us


We believe children deserve the best start in life and we strive to provide this through the fusion of education and care – ‘educare’..

Our company was established in 1987 at Springfield Lodge Montessori Day Nursery, Grimsby and now owns and manages thirteen day nurseries situated in Grimsby, Lincoln, Boston, Cottingham, Goole, Wath Upon Dearne and Selby. In that time our philosophy has remained constant – and that is our commitment to providing and promoting the highest standards of childcare and education.

Our company believes this quality is best achieved by recognising the skills and expertise of our staff and there is a strong commitment to their personal and professional development. Training is the cornerstone of this philosophy, exemplified in our recognition as an Investor in People.

For Under Fives works in partnership with several NHS Trusts and higher education establishments providing quality care and we perceive ourselves as an exemplar of good practice. We are constantly striving to ensure that all our services are carried out in a responsive, caring and efficient manner, and this is supported by real partnerships with parents/carers.

Please feel free to order a copy of our brochure.

We look forward to welcoming you in to any of our nurseries.

Amanda Gilbert,
General Manager

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Diverse group of preschoolers.

Our Philosophy

‘Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential.  A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances.  A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in it’s own right, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities as they grow up’ (DfES, 2007:2)


This sets out what we will aim to achieve for your child, by providing high quality care and learning experiences which are child centered we can treat every child as an individual by identifying any particular needs and requirements.

Our fully trained, qualified and dedicated staff ensure that your child is prepared for the future using a play based curriculum (EYFS).


By working in partnership with parents we will provide a holistic approach to your child’s growth and development ensuring that children, parents and families have the best possible experience from our nurseries.


Our Nursery Vision

We pride ourselves on being inclusive settings. The nursery vision which is promoted by the Nursery teams is that each child is unique with individual needs; we are committed to ensuring that each child reaches their full potential.

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Why For Under Fives can offer your child the best
pre-school provision

  • Highest staff to child ratios in pre-school provision (1:4 or 1:8)
  • Excellent quality ‘educare’ inspected and endorsed by OFSTED
  • 2.5 sqm play space per child provided in our nurseries, unlike state provision
  • Early years professional staff – qualified and involved in ongoing training
  • Flexibility of service 52 weeks of the year
  • Continuity of care
  • Development records for every child
  • Small family groups cared for by keyworkers
  • Real parent-staff partnerships fostered
  • Registered for three + four year government funding




Most of our nurseries use online learning journeys through a piece of educational software called ‘Tapestry’.  By logging on with a secure username and password you will be able to view all of your children’s observations, photographs and video from their time at Nursery. You will even receive an email telling you when a new observation or piece of work is available for you to view. This will enable you to follow your child’s individual progress closely and you can reflect upon their achievements with your child. You can add comments so that we as a staff find out about which activities your child really enjoyed and the learning they get up to at home. Staff will reference your child’s learning to the EYFS profile so you will know which area of learning your child is achieving in and the age-band they were working in for that activity. All of this information is stored on a highly secure server which is monitored closely.


We know how much you like to see your child coming home from Nursery proudly clutching their most recent piece of work. Therefore we will photograph the pieces of work we need to keep as evidence and then it will come home with your child. For those of you who do not have access to a computer we can give access to your child’s journey on line at nursery or print off a version for you.


We are sure that you will love this new way of viewing your child’s achievements as much as we do!


E-safety is extremely important to our Nurseries, therefore we follow strict guidelines.