Old School House, York YO23 2RE
Little Green Rascals opened its doors in March 2017 in the lovely village of Bishopthorpe.
The new setting offers both nursery care for children aged 2 – 5 years and wraparound care both before and after school which includes freshly-prepared organic meals and snacks, all cooked on site.
A holiday play scheme is available for all children aged 5 - 14 years and can be booked on an ad hoc basis for each school holiday subject to availability.
The setting boasts three beautiful rooms which are named as The Hive, The Oak Room and the Green Room, offering a family group style for the key person system with mixed aged rooms, which is unique from all other LGR settings.
It is based within the old school building opposite the library and drop off and collect from Bishopthorpe Infants School and Archbishop of York CE Junior School. However in the holidays, they are happy to provide care for children from any school on an ad hoc basis subject to availability.
The nursery provides an enabling environment both indoors and outdoors with a range of super-exciting activities supporting learning and development for each child as an individual.
It offers a range of optional extra-curricular activities such as Forest School, science classes, yoga, drama, French, Spanish lessons, ballet and lots of other sporty classes.
The idea behind these extra classes is to give parents ‘family time’ at the weekends, so they offer many hobbies during nursery hours. Staff involve children in the decision-making process and support the planning of activities choosing particular topics of focus.
The setting is quite unique with restored original features such as beautiful high ceilings and panelling. It is all presented in its own individual Little Green Rascals way, bringing the ‘outdoors indoors’.
The manager would encourage you to go and have a look around with no obligation to book and meet the lovely team.
Person in charge: Rebecca Casserly (Manager)
Local Authority / Social Services: York City Council
Service Offered: Day Nursery (Privately Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care
Total Places for Children: 33
Age Range: from 2 years 0 months to 5 years 0 months
Opening Days: Mon-Fri
Opening Hours: 0800-1800 (early pickup 0730 & late pickup 1830 available upon request)
Job Title: Owner
I originally started working in Marketing for a number of the UK’s blue chip organisations, with my final employed role as the Head of European Marketing for American Express in London.
After the birth of my second child, after experiencing the benefits of alternative medicine, I decided to train as a Homeopath, I became fully qualified in 2006.
Following a number of failed attempts to find suitable nursery provision for my children I decided to open up my own Nursery in 2009. The Nursery runs with a wholly ethical philosophy, we respect our environment and strive to do everything in our powers to ensure that not only do we operate with as little impact on the environment as possible but our children also understand and act under this mantra. We use essential oils, have a kitchen garden and use only natural cleaning products. We do not compromise – the children are our totally focus.
We now have two nurseries, with over 400 families and look after up to over 200 children each day. Within six years of opening we now employ over 100 staff and source all our products and services within 10 miles of York.
My passion is nursery care and food and I hope to encourage other providers with research and example.
I was lucky enough to win the North of England’s Business Accelerator Award in 2012. The nursery is an Investor in People and we hold one of only three Gold Awards in the UK from the Soil Association for our Catering.
I currently sit on the Soil Association’s Committee and I am the Deputy Chair for the National Day Nurseries Association in York.