About Us

Little Poppies is situated in the Community Wing of the Royal British Legion building in Mickleover. The Pre-school is privately owned and regularly inspected by Ofsted. It serves the local area and is accessible to all children.

We have an indoor open environment with a fully enclosed secure area for outdoor play.

The Pre-school opens Monday to Friday term time only. The sessions are 8 am – 4:30 pm, we are flexible and try our best to accommodate your needs.

We care for Children aged 2 to 5 years.  All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours of government funding or 30 hours if eligible.  Families eligible for 2 year funding are welcome. For more information see the government website https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

You may also be eligible for tax-free childcare. To check if you qualify, see the government website https://www.gov.uk/tax-free-childcare

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, and are implementing ‘In the moment planning’.

All staff are suitably qualified with recognised qualifications, Talk Boost trained, ECAM trained, First Aid trained and DBS checked.

Book Corner
Book Corner


We are inspected by Ofsted and this is their summary of the key findings at our last inspection.

The manager and staff are enthusiastic and committed. They are forward thinking and place children at the heart of what they do at the pre-school. All staff promote good outcomes for all children in their care.

Partnerships with parents are strong. Parents speak very positively about the standard of care and learning their children receive. They are very well informed about their child’s progress and achievements.

Staff use their observations of children’s play to effectively assess the progress they make in their learning and development. They quickly identify any gaps in children’s learning and take swift action and seek early intervention from other professionals to support children to reach their full potential.

Children are happy, settled and quickly engage in their chosen activities. They make independent choices in their play. Children seek out their friends and staff to join in with their play.

The very good and secure key person system helps to ensure all children are emotionally well prepared to learn. In particular, those children who are preparing for their move on to school.

Outside Play Area
Outdoor Play Area
Sensory Garden
Sensory Garden