Simba’s Den started in 2009 after I had fallen pregnant with my first child Tallulah. I had always worked in childcare since leaving school and felt passionate about the early years.
I wanted Tallulah to attend nursery but I wanted something smaller; a relaxed homely style of care with beautiful surroundings. I felt so lucky to stumble across our current premises in Bulwick. The village is beautiful and the traffic is minimal; there are lots of places to explore and wonderful grounds adjacent to the nursery for outdoor play. I knew it was the right place for children to start nursery.
We opened in September 2009 and 10 years on our philosophy has stayed the same; the children are at the heart of our practice and the nursery has gone from strength to strength. We have developed and continue to develop around the children we care for; adapting our routine, environment and extra-curricular activities to suit the needs of the children.
Being a Mummy is and always has been my starting point for the nursery; I run Simba’s from a parent’s perspective and understand first-hand how hard it is to make the decision to leave children in anyone’s care. At Simba’s Den we listen to the children and observe their needs; which is where our extracurricular activities come from. Our forest school was born from the children’s desire to play outside and staff witnessing how much they enjoyed outings and having the freedom to explore. Our baby sign has been developed through the babies thriving from having early communication skills and the ballet grew from seeing how much our children love learning a new skill from an early age.
I love everything about the Early Years and view the care, education and environment as my highest priority. We are proud of everything the nursery has achieved and it really is a nursery with a difference; but our upmost pride comes from the fact that the children who come to Simba’s Den thrive in their Early Years.
Samantha (Owner and Mummy)