Hello and welcome to Nelly’s Nursery at Lancaster Avenue.
My name is Elaine Alexander and I’m the Nursery Manager here.
I have been in childcare since 1999 in both the state and private sectors. I first started in childcare by doing my school work experience at a nursery in Nunhead in 1995. As I really enjoyed the placement in 1997 I went on to study for my NNEB. While I was studying I was recommended by my tutor to work part time in a nursery school based in Brixton. Since finishing my NNEB course I have worked in a number of different nurseries as a nursery nurse, team leader, deputy manager and finally nursery manager in 2009. While I have been working, I have completed a number of relevant childcare qualifications. All these years on and I am still fascinated by these delightful little people.
Lancaster Avenue Nursery
What makes us special as a nursery is our outdoor play space. We are fortunate to have such a large garden complete with a huge sandpit, vegetable patch, mud kitchen, lawn and decking area - all the while keeping a natural feel with lots of plants and trees. The children have constant access to our outdoor area, able to choose at all times whether they’d like to be indoors or outdoors, which contributes positively to children's behaviour, development and wellbeing.
Our nursery is a large detached Victorian property, which has been carefully refurbished and equipped to a high standard, with generously proportioned rooms for babies and toddlers aged 3 months to approximately 24 months; and our older children - aged 2, 3 and 4 years old.