Little Lions Pre School & Nursery

Little Lions Pre School & Nursery


So proud of my little Princess Amber-Rose. Her review from nursery was really positive & she has come on so much since starting here in January thanks to the amazing & dedicated staff. Thankyou so much for all you have done with her Rosena Jackson & Kirsty Ludlow & you continue to do
Thankyou to all the amazing teachers who have worked with my little lady Krystal-Mae since she started at your wonderful nursery & thankyou for the lovely messages you left in her learning journey. It was so lovely to read through # # #
Do you know any little Princesses?
Would they love to have fun, play games and meet a Princess?
Then come to our Princess Party on Saturday 30th September 2017 at 3pm-5pm at Wormley Community Centre, Fairfield Drive, Wormley EN10 6DX.
Lots and lots of fun and games and free gifts. Hurry, tickets are selling fast. Cost is £15 per ticket.
Contact Phoebe on 07821 529801 or [email protected] for more information.
Hope you all have a wonderful garden party today for end of term. Fingers crossed rain stays away x

Little Lions Pre-School and Nursery is a quality provision in Hatfield run by Sarah Heywood and Jo R

Little Lions Pre-School and Nursery is brand new to Hatfield run by Sarah Heywood and Jo Rochford.

Operating as usual


This may help during the summer holidays everyone! X


Hi all…. Please come down to the car boot sale this Saturday 8th July between 11-3pm at Oxlease Methodist church. Little lions are hoping to have a stall, selling dressing up clothes, toys, potty’s and putting on some craft activities (providing we can man the stall, as sadly there has been a bereavement in the family of who was planning on running it). All proceeds raised at the car boot sale will go towards a new heating system for the building. Spread the word and bring your friends and family to support your nursery.

Thank you xx

Photos from Little Lions Pre School & Nursery's post 03/07/2023

Hopefully your children may have spoken to you about the caterpillars and butterflies that we had at nursery. We watched them eat lots of fruit, build their cocoons and eventually turn into butterflies. As a group, we then released them into the wild. It’s a lovely thing for the children to watch and learn about. They all thoroughly enjoyed it, each day excited to see if they have changed yet. Now when we see butterflies in the garden they sometimes ask if it’s one of our butterflies-we like to think it is! Lol x

Photos from Little Lions Pre School & Nursery's post 19/06/2023

Here are some of our activities from the past couple of weeks. As you can imagine, there has been a lot of water play, to keep the children cool in the hot weather!

We always set up our nursery with a variety of activities to engage the children, support them with sharing and then taking, empower them to have their own ideas and to challenge their thinking. Have a look and see what you think x


Dear parents/carers
A reminder - we have individual school photos being taken tomorrow. If your child does not attend on Tuesdays and you would like photos to be taken, please phone/text and we can book an appointment. Thanks Little Lions team

Photos from Little Lions Pre School & Nursery's post 14/05/2023

Here are some of our activities from last week. Our theme has been propel who help us, focusing on the fire brigade and dentists.

Plus a picture of our first butterfly that has transformed from a caterpillar. The children have loved watching, talking and learning about their life cycle and transformation. Soon they will be able to release them all into the wild!

Photos from Little Lions Pre School & Nursery's post 02/05/2023

Some photos of today’s activities.


Dear parents and carers,
We are learning about the upcoming Coronation this week. We have been busy today starting some of our art activities. 🎨

There has been a lot of ‘tea parties’ and ‘picnics’ today too! The children will be helping to make cucumber sandwiches tomorrow for snack, spreading butter and cutting fruit. We also have some party treats to enjoy during snack times this week. 😋

The children and staff are welcome to wear clothes with red, white, and/or blue to join in the celebrations this week too. 👑🇬🇧


We will be closed on Thursday 4th May 2023 as the building is being used as a polling station for the elections.

Photos from Little Lions Pre School & Nursery's post 28/03/2023

Morning everyone, here are some of todays activities and some from the last couple of weeks.

Please remember this Friday is our last day before the Easter break. We hope you all enjoy your time at home xx


Just a reminder World Book Day is this coming Thursday.
We have a variety of dressing up outfits available if your child would like to wear one of our outfits on the day. Please speak to a member of the team to arrange. Thanks

Photos from Little Lions Pre School & Nursery's post 21/02/2023

Welcome back from half term everyone. This week we celebrate pancake day. The children will have the opportunity to try some pancakes and to make the most of a learning opportunity, they can spread some honey or jam on them too.

Here are some of our activities this week…


We have had a fantastic start to our spring term 2023, learning lots, having fun and settling lots of new children in. It’s been wonderful getting to know our new families and catching up with our older families too. Today is our last day f tho half term. We return on Monday 20th.

Here is some ideas on how to keep your little ones busy over the half term. Enjoy! See you in a week x

Photos from Little Lions Pre School & Nursery's post 31/01/2023

Here are some of last week’s activities that the children enjoyed. Our theme was nursery rhymes


The real story behind the life of an Early Years Teacher...

As well as teaching children to learn through play, we have to recognise issues in child development, liaise with speech & language, psychologists and psychiatrists, teachers, therapists, undertake 2 year progress checks, be first aid trained, identify special or additional needs, cater for dietary and health requirements, manage complex family issues, look for signs of extremism and terrorism, safeguarding and child protections issues, drugs, alcohol & mental health issues, domestic violence, health and safety requirements, undertaking risk assessments, substances hazardous to health, infection control, food hygiene. To adhere to Ofsted, the Local Authority, Environmental Health and the Health Protection agency. We plan, observe and assess children based on their characteristics of effective learning, we see schemas in their play and plan appropriate next steps to ensure they are ready for their next stage of learning. We care for these children as if they are our own, we hug, we reassure, we praise, we celebrate their achievements. We ensure children learn to share, take turns, be kind, have excellent manners, socialise with their peers. We go the extra mile for parents wherever we can, we are there for them when they are experiencing difficulties, struggling to cope, when they feel there is no one there to help or listen.


Tuesday 13 December 2022

We are open today!

Please take care and allow extra time for travelling. We will open as usual at 9:15am, however if you would prefer to arrive a little later to avoid queuing in the cold that’s absolutely fine.

It is extremely cold, please ensure children are wearing extra layers and
appropriate warm clothing this week.

Many thanks
Little Lions team 🦁


Monday 12 December 2022

Little Lions will be closed today due to the weather and the safety of everyone travelling to and from Nursery.

We hope you keep warm and safe, and apologise for the inconvenience.


Come along to the Christmas Tree festival at Oxlease Methodist Church this Saturday 10th between 10-4pm, to see our Little lions Christmas tree that your children have created! It’s going to be a lovely day full of Christmas activities, stalls and festive games! Entry is free and open to all the public, so bring your friends and family! Little lions will have a stall too. All money raised will go towards upgrading Oxlease hall. We can’t wait to see you all there x


Don’t forget our last day of term is Wednesday 14th December. Our Christmas party is on Thursday 15th December from 10-12. Please come along with your children. There will be party games, singing, food and a santas grotto with the main man himself!

We return from the Christmas holidays on Monday 9th January xx

Photos from Little Lions Pre School & Nursery's post 30/11/2022

Here are just a few pictures of our activities from this weeks theme ‘road safety’


As it’s halloween tomorrow us adults will be dressing up at nursery. Please join us by dressing your children up too to make it extra fun and spooky x


Hi everyone

With Halloween looming and our half term next week, we will be turning our nursery into a spooky setting this week. The children can dress up in their Halloween outfits throughout the week if they wish, we will also have our own dressing up out so please don't feel you need to rush out and buy them an outfit.

We return from our half term on 31st October, which is actually on Halloween, so us adults will join the children in dressing up spooky on this day too!

Photos from Little Lions Pre School & Nursery's post 20/09/2022

Hey everyone, hope you all had a nice weekend. Here’s a few pictures from last weeks play activities… our theme was from the story ‘dear zoo’. To go along with the theme we were lucky enough to say hello to my mums puppy too, she brought her into the garden for the children to meet if they wanted to. They all loved her!

Photos from Little Lions Pre School & Nursery's post 12/09/2022

Hey everyone, we had a fantastic first week back last week, settling the children back in. We have some new children starting this week, that we look forward to welcoming into our ‘Little Lion Pride’ also!

Here are some of our activities from last week. The theme was all about me and settling in….

Timeline photos 06/09/2022

Timeline photos

Every 3 and 4 year old can have 15 hours free early education regardless of parents' circumstances. Find out more at


Great opportunity!

We are currently recruiting a Deputy Manager- Maternity cover. This is to begin on 1st November 2022- December 2023. There is also potential for a full time position beyond this date. Applicant must be at least level 3 qualified in childcare and have experience working in a busy nursery setting in a leadership role. Competitive rates of pay. Position is term time only for 38 weeks of the year.

If you would like any further information, or know someone who may be interested in more information, please contact either Jo or Sarah on: 07731 399 773 or e-mail: [email protected]

Thank you


Spaces available for September!
Little Lions Pre-school & Nursery provide quality care and education in a stimulating environment for children aged two years to rising five. We are a dedicated enthusiastic team with experience and knowledge in delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Our inclusive outlook welcomes all families to work in partnership with us, to support their child’s development whilst playing and having fun!

We operate during term times only.
For more information or to book a visit call:07731 399 773 or e-mail: [email protected]

We have a range of session options from Morning sessions: 9:15-12:15p2m Monday-Thursday @ £20
Afternoon sessions: 12:30-3:30pm Monday-Friday @ £20
And our All day sessions: 9:15-3:30pm @ £42

Our sessions are accessible for 2-year funding, 3-year funding, 30 hours funding and private paying spaces

Photos from Little Lions Pre School & Nursery's post 30/07/2022

Check out this play idea for your little ones during the holidays. Also, great to know where children can eat for less or for free during the long summer break. Enjoy everyone x


Good morning all, don’t forget to bring your picnic and blankets along to our end of year garden party this morning, between 10-12. We’re looking forward to celebrating with you all x


Good morning everyone, I saw this and Thought it could be helpful with the summer holidays and any long car journeys coming up x

It's ✨summer time✨...

Are we there yet? Check out some of our ideas of games to play on a road, bus or train trip! 🚗🚌🚂



Evening everyone, just a quick update… we have two members of staff off with covid this week. We aim to remain open but will have to see what each day brings us in the way of staff and ratios etc. We will keep you updated if anything changes xx



Photos from Little Lions Pre School & Nursery's post 23/06/2022

Sorry I’ve been so slack on the pictures recently. Here are a few of our activities over the last two weeks. Our themes have been ‘On the beach’ and ‘Underwater’


Some summer ideas to keep your little ones busy! X

Photos from Little Lions Pre School & Nursery's post 26/05/2022

Our platinum jubilee celebrations at little lions!


How lovely is this…. It’s so nice to hear positive feedback. It just highlights to us how important we are to the young children that come to Little lions and reinforces that the hard work that we all put in pays off! Thank you so much for sharing Jenna x


Hi everyone, just a few reminders.…

We have the photographer booked to come into nursery this coming Tuesday (24th) to take professional photos of your children. We won’t be getting any messy play out before they have all had their pictures done! hahah

The weather is starting to heat up, so please remember to put sun cream on your children before they come to nursery. Those that sty all day, please supply us with a named bottle of suncream, to reapply in the afternoon. Also, can you please start to put sun hats on your children please.

Lastly, as the queens jubilee is approaching we will be celebrating it next week at nursery. The adults will be dressing up in red, blue and white clothes on Thursday and Friday, so please join us by dressing your children in patriotic colours too!

Have a great weekend! X

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Our Story

Little Lions Pre-School and Nursery is based in South Hatfield and run by Sarah Heywood and Jo Rochford. We opened Little Lions together in March 2015. We are driven by our passion for seeing and helping little ones thrive and develop, it is the most rewarding job in the world!

We have 9 qualified staff who support and encourage the children to learn and to be independent. We strive to get each child ready for their future by building strong foundations in their early years.

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Hi Everyone! Here is another ‘Storytime with Jo’ Hope you enjoy it!😊
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Remember keep happy, keep smiling, look after each other and keep safe! X
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Oxlease Methodist Church, Woods Avenue

Opening Hours

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Friday 12:30pm - 3:30pm
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