Our Heath Mill Nursery

As the newest of the Sandhills Day Nurseries Group, and now operating from brand new premises, the home from home feeling we have created in our setting is one of our best features.



Sandhills Day Nursersies strive to offer children the ‘best start in life’ and here at Heath Mill we do that by ensuring we provide a welcoming, exciting and stimulating environment with a high standard of care and education delivered by a caring, well-qualified and passionate team.


We pride ourselves on providing a happy, safe, enjoyable and healthy environment for all children and their families. We are based on the ground floor of Heath Mill house the nursery is accessible to all children and their families. Ample parking is available for the drop off and collection of children. Entry to the building is gained using fob release doorways; staff must allow parents access to each room and visitors are required to report to the office before entry is granted by management. Additional security is also provided using CCTV cameras.

Our nursery provides opportunities for both indoor and outdoor learning for all ages and children are provided with regular access to the outdoor area during all weather conditions. All our practitioners bring a depth of knowledge and experience from a variety of early years backgrounds. Practitioners work together to provide a stimulating, learning environment for all the children and each act as a Key Person for a small group of children. Practitioners will observe each of their key children and plan exciting and adaptable activities to suit each child’s individual learning and care needs. Our team also undertake regular Safeguarding, Paediatric First Aid and Food Hygiene training to ensure that all children receive an exemplary level of care whilst attended our setting.

All children are offered a variety of healthy foods to suit their individual dietary requirements and are encouraged to make healthy choices. Our outdoor play routine also supports these healthy choices with the opportunity for regular exercise and practitioners support children to further the development of self-care skills throughout their daily practices regarding feeding, toileting and personal hygiene.

As a setting, we value the importance of partnership with parents and feel this is a vital relationship to develop. The management team and practitioners encourage communication daily as well as providing the opportunity for sharing further, more detailed, information during the induction process and parent’s evenings.


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Sandhills Day Nurseries are Rated Outstanding with Ofsted
Highly motivated and successfully strive for and achieve excellence...
“The provider and leaders within the nursery are highly motivated and successfully strive for and achieve excellence. The nursery's practice is worthy of dissemination.”

Parent Testimonial

  • The staff are amazing
    I was making the biggest decision of my life, who do I leave my baby daughter with before I go back to work! I visited many nurseries to see who we was both comfortable with... Sandhills ticked all the boxes. They offered settling in hours / days, and are very welcoming. The hours suited us perfectly as I didn't need a full day. They help me when I need more hours or days and it's never to much trouble. The staff are amazing and so happy to see all children. They comfort them when needed and also teach them manners.
    – Ruth Sault
  • Overall great nursery!
    My daughter has been attending Sandhills day nursery since April 2015 she is going to be 3 this month I would fully recommend Sandhills. It took around 6 months for her to fully settle and get used to it all but now really enjoys going and coming home to tell us about what she's been doing. They have a great, thought out menu which all meals are provided. Lovely ladies that are very helpful and supportive with parents and child's needs. Overall great nursery!
    – JG
  • We feel they are happy, safe and well supported
    Sandhills has been a lovely and supportive environment for Jess and she will miss it, she has developed strong friendships and a lovely bond with Emma her key worker. We have kept both of our children at Sandhills because we feel they are happy, safe and well supported.
    – Jennifer Waller
  • Thank you for your patience and kindness
    Thank you for your patience and kindness when settling us in when mommy returned to work and for all the messy, fun and laughter along the way whilst watching us grow (nothing has been too much trouble). Thank you for remembering our ‘best bits’ and telling Mommy. We will miss you. Hugs and cuddles.
    – Candice, Alfie and Scarlett Barrett-Davies
  • You’ve made such a difference
    Thank you…. For holding my hand, for wiping my noise, for picking me up when I trip on my toes. For teaching me things like how, what and why, for holding me tight when I just have to cry, for playing with me and guiding me too, for all of those things, I’m grateful to you. A teacher is known for the lives that they touch, you’ve made such a difference so thank you SO MUCH!
    – Love from Holly, Rachel and Glenn
  • Hardworking and dedicated staff
    Amazing nursery! Hardworking and dedicated staff who provide a caring, welcoming and rich learning environment. My children didn't settle in their previous nursery, however they get excited about going and seeing their amazing key-workers!
    – TH
  • You have supported her brilliantly on a very special early journey
    I can’t believe the time has come for our little girl to leave nursery. Thank you to everyone for everything you have done. You have supported her brilliantly on a very special early journey – from learning to crawl and talk to now confidently running, playing, building and mark-making!! Thank you also for helping her to develop socially and emotionally. With your help she is a very confident little girl who is now able to build relationships well with other children. She has had a fantastic few years here at Sandhills and I know she will miss you all very much (as will we!).
    – LH
  • Fantastic care and attention of the staff
    The one thing that we have ALWAYS loved about Nursery is the fantastic care and attention of the staff – we have felt like every single person knows, cares and has Seb’s very best interest at heart – you all somehow make us feel like he is as important to you as he is to us. He is well prepared  for school (more so than us) and we are so unbelievably grateful to you all. A very heartfelt thank you.
    – Claudine, Iain and Seb
  • She has loved every minute of her time there
    Thank you so much for everything you have done over the last year for our daughter. She has developed amazingly under your care, and she has loved every minute of her time there. I know she will miss nursery but thanks to your continued hard work she will be prepared to take the next step.
    – AS
  • We are so grateful for the love, care and learning
    The end of an era – you’ve been like part of our family for the last 6 years. We are so grateful for the love, care and learning you’ve given to our children – we’ll miss you!
    – LS
  • You have all played a key role in him
    Just want to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has been part of Nirmaljots early years of education. He has flourished and grown into a confident little boy and I am very pleased with him. You have all played a key role in him achieving this. He has thoroughly enjoyed coming to Nursery and made a lot of good memories and enjoyed his time here. Thank you again. 
    – Nimaljot and Mum
  • It's been worth every penny spent
    My daughter has been there 2 years now and enjoys every day to the point she asks me now, when is it time for school!? (she means nursery, I call it school) She's come on leaps and bounds and I can only praise the staff there as to helping her over the last two years. It's been worth every penny spent. When the time comes for my daughter to go to school it will be a sad time for us leaving Sandhills nursery.
    – Chris Sault
  • Thank you for caring
    Putting Charlie into nursery was a big step for me , the moment I walked through the door I automatically felt comfortable and knew Charlie would be happy and well cared for of which he certainly is. Thank you for caring for Charlie and ensuring he is kept safe and happy while I am at work.
    – Charlie’s Parents
  • Thank you for all your help
    Thank you for all your help in making Michael the awesome little person he has become! 
    – Hannah, Richard and Michael
  • Sandhills is child centered and that is the most important thing.
    As my daughter Lily is now 10 and I have Joshua at nursery. I have seen your early days and how it is today. There was no choice to make when choosing a nursery for Joshua, although it was 8 years on. Sandhills is child centered and that is the most important thing. I always recommend if anyone asks. Thank you all.
    – Amy Franklin
  • Such an outstanding nursery
    Our grateful thanks to you and your wonderful team for helping Millie and her Nanny and Grandad through recent sad events. Coming into Nursery we always felt we were enveloped by such care and compassion from everyone we met. Millie has been so lucky to attend such an outstanding nursery and we are sure it has prepared her well for ‘Big School!’ Tom and I will miss our chats but all of you will remain in our hearts and memories.
    – Much Love,  Jeanne and Tom
  • Would definitely recommend Sandhills
    My little girl started Sandhills last year there were a few weeks of her crying and being unsettled which made me sad, but the ladies there are all amazing and soon settled her they are all so kind and my child absolutely loves them all, they also help with the potty training etc can't praise them enough. Would definitely recommend Sandhills to other parents wanting somewhere safe and caring to send their children.
    – LM
  • We feel that she has thrived with this approach
    We have been delighted with the care provided to Annabel over the last 3 years. There appears to be the right balance of care, learning , fun and discipline. We feel that she has thrived with this approach.
    – Katie Shaw
  • Brilliant care and attention over the last 7 years!
    Thank you very much for all your brilliant care and attention over the last 7 years! We will miss you all.'
    – Carron Sintler
  • Wouldn't of chose any other nursery
    Sandhills nursery is a fantastic nursery and my daughter has grown so much confidence since she's been going since sept 2015. My daughter has grown the confidence to talk a lot more, she interacts with kids a lot more and is learning more and more each time she's there. Wouldn't of chose any other nursery. Definitely recommend this nursery.
    – MW
  • An excellent nursery
    Really excellent nursery, with very professional staff. I was apprehensive as I have had a bad experience sending my 2 year old to a different nursery before, but I really shouldn't have been. Staff are all very warm and friendly and excellent with the children. My son comes home with things he has made whilst beening there, which is great because they do a lot of messy, crafty things (saves my house getting so messy) :-) Also there is a fabulous garden area with sandpit and lots of other things for the children to do and explore. They keep you updated on what your child has been up to and if they have any concerns etc. Excellent staff and venue, resulting in an excellent nursery.
    – JW
  • The menu choice is great
    The menu choice is great Millie is often more keen to try new foods at nursery and will eat veg that she wont eat at home. Millie also talks about exercise she has been doing outside'
    – Lucy Haynes-Johnston
  • Welcoming atmosphere
    Friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere within whole nursery, both of my children go to this nursery and I have never had a problem with anything there. They always have great parent partnership and always care for the children in the best way they can.
    – PC
  • They have learnt so much at Sandhills
    My twins were only 6 months old when they started, only just eating solids. Now look at them! Starting school in September. They have learnt so much at Sandhills, much more than we could ever have done at home with them. They have enjoyed themselves – never wanting to come home! Thank you.
    – RD
  • She is a well rounded happy individual
    Words escape me to express my sincere gratitude for how you have looked after and developed Eden. She is a well rounded happy individual and that's a real credit to you all, as she has been with you since she was 5 months old and you have made such an impact.
    – Rachel Smith
  • Everyone is friendly and approachable
    Daisy is happy and comfortable at Sandhills Nursery. Everyone is friendly and approachable. We have always felt involved in her development at nursery and well informed. Being at the nursery for the past 3 ½ years has certainly helped Daisy in her development.
    – Suzanne, Daisy Vickerage
  • Thank you for all the care, kindness and support
    Thank you for all the care, kindness and support you have shown to our daughter during her time with you. She has loved it and you have helped prepare her for big girl school. She’s already looking forward to popping back to pick up Isaac and tell you all about her adventures!
    – AW
  • The team there are friendly, helpful and supportive
    My son has ASD and needs extra support and can be very challenging. Sandhills Day Nursery has provided him with all the help he needs to develop social skills his ability to communicate, his behaviour and understanding of his emotions. The team there are friendly, helpful and supportive. It was most certainly the right choice for my son and we are all very happy with Sandhills Day Nursery.
    – DB
  • Her speech is developing really well
    Sandhills is great with my daughter. They settled her in beautifully and always keep her occupied. And she loves the dinners they make, she never comes home hungry and she's made plenty of friends. Her speech is developing really well since she has been there.
    – AC
  • Is a lovely intimate nursery
    Sandhills Barnt Green is a lovely intimate nursery. It's small size is a benefit; staff know all the children by name and all the children get to interact with each other, both older and younger, at times during the day. The environment is very home-like and all the children are happy, secure and stimulated. We visited a lot of local nurseries before choosing Sandhills and I continue to feel we made exactly the right choice. Our son thrives there; developing great social skills, confidence and a love of singing rhymes!
    – Louisa Long
  • You all do such an amazing job
    Thank you so much for doing such an amazing job looking after Riley! I have seen him become so confident and sociable since coming to Nursery and everyday I’m shocked at there’s something new he has learnt. You all do such an amazing job and we will miss Riley having so much fun at Nursery. Thank You!
    – Riley and Chloe
  • I think the quality of provision at Sandhills is excellent
    I think the quality of provision at Sandhills is excellent. Millie is a bright and confident 3 year old which staff at Sandhills have contributed to greatly.
    – Lucy Haynes-Johnston
  • Really professional
    I have experienced lots of different nurseries and Sandhills Barnt Green nails it. It is small enough that the staff really know and care about the kids but still really professional.
    – Rebecca Chandler
  • Lovely family atmosphere
    Two of my children attended Sandhills nursery and at both times I cannot thank the staff enough for the things they did for my children. Very dedicated staff, always with a smile on the face, lovely family atmosphere. :)
    – MS
  • It's been wonderful journey
    My little girl leaves Sandhills after 4 happy years. I have to say the care has been outstanding throughout. Consistency in nursery staff, activities and efforts made to nurture the children has been at the highest level in all the key stages, from the baby room upwards. It's been wonderful journey and a massive thanks for all you have done for Arabella.
    – Ophelia King
  • Made lots of friends and happy memories
    Molly has been really happy at nursery and made lots of friends and happy memories. We really appreciate the work you do to create such a positive environment.
    – Lottie Newbury