Our Nursery

Welcome to North London’s first
PAYG Nursery, Co Working and Event Space!

Our beautiful, brand new, purpose-built building is light, airy and inviting with a wraparound garden for your child to enjoy.

We are located just off Whetstone High Road; we have ample parking, but we are also a short walk from Totteridge and Whetstone tube station and are well served by various bus routes.



How It Works

Mara Nursery is a place with Children at the heart, inspired by the best memories of childhood everyone has. Play together, learn through risks and achieve growth.

Our Flexi-hours service allows you to book ahead for times that suit your child.

Our highly trained, nurturing and qualified staff are constantly developing and innovating as a team. Staff knowledge and training is of paramount importance and the Nursery is committed to an ongoing professional staff development programme to ensure that we are continually up to date. All our staff are trained in Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection and Food Hygiene. So rest assured, when your child begins their journey at Mara Nursery, they are in a home from home.



All our staff are paediatric first aid trained

Safe & Flexible Nursery

Our Nursery Fees

PAYG FEES - Flexible rates
0-21 hours per month £16 per hour
22-39 hours per month £14 per hour
40+ hours per month £12 per hour

With PAYG fees we are only able to offer one PAYG space per Nursery room (Chickpeas/Wild Yams and Elderberries)

These must be booked a minimum of 48 hours in advance and paid for in advance of arrival, subject to availability.

You must book a minimum of three hours childcare as part of the PAYG package.

To cancel any of these PAYG sessions, please give us a minimum of 48 hours’ notice. You are not bound by any contract, so you have flexibility to book childcare as you need and pay for as you need.

You will also be given access to a desk in the Co Working Space. You will not pay for this as it’s part of the PAYG tariff. When you book your PAYG hours please advise us via info@maranursery.com when you wish to use your Co Working Desk so we can block this out on our booking system to guarantee your space.

MARA NURSERY - Fixed

6-16 months (Chickpeas)

£95 per day (8am - 6pm ONLY)

16-24 months (Yams)

£95 per day (8am - 6pm)

£48 per morning (8am - 12.15pm)

£48 per afternoon (1.30pm - 6pm)

2-3 years (Sweetpeas)

£85 per day (8am - 6pm)

£45 per morning (8am - 12.15pm)

£45 per afternoon (1.30pm - 6pm)

3+ years (Elderberries)

£75 per day (8am - 6pm)

£40 per morning (8am - 12.15pm)

£40 per afternoon (1.30pm - 6pm)

Our fees include: All meals, snacks, milk and baby milk, wipes and nappies up to Size 6.

Please note that our fees for Under 3's are slightly more expensive as we need a higher staff to child ratio

Set hours must be agreed in advanced and booked via our FAMLY app that you will be sent a link to. You will receive an invoice at the end of each month and your invoice must be paid by the 5th of each month or you may be subject to a late fee charge. Your monthly bill is calculated on your weekly set hours, multiplied by 52 and divided by 12.

PAYG/Flexible Childcare.

HOW DOES PAYG WORK?

Purchase a minimum of 21 hours at £16 per hour
Book at least 48 hours in advance with a minimum of 3 hours per slot

Meet The Team

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How to book

You can book using our Famly App. This app keeps parents in the loop and saves staff hours every day. With personal news feeds, care updates, invoices, payment processing, messaging, registration and so much more, Famly helps staff say goodbye to paperwork and hello to more time with the children.

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Funding

Your child may be eligible to receive 15 or 30 hours of free government funded childcare.

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Workplace Nursery Incentive

We are excited to inform you about our partnership with 'Enjoy Benefits'. If you are working for yourself, are able to pay yourself through PAYE & use the co working hub as your workplace, then you could save up to £2700 per annum by using this scheme. Please take a look at this link for more information and if you need to call Enjoy Benefits, they can take you through the registration process which is very simple. This is a completely free benefit. Our nursery also benefits as we get an allowance from this scheme to spend on equipment.

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Chickpeas

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Wild Yams

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Sweetpeas

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Elderberries

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Our Nursery

Example of Curriculum

At Mara Nursery we follow the Curiosity Approach and Planning in the Moment.

Following is a brief description of each.

If you would like more information, please contact us by email: info@maranursery.com.

A Baseline assessment is completed with the parent after the child’s initial six weeks in the nursery. This entails a zoom meeting between the parent and the child’s key person.

Planning: children are planned for individually. Each child is ‘focused’ on regularly. Parents are invited to help us to decide on the child’s next steps of learning which are facilitated during the two-week focus period.

We carry out three types of observations which help us to support the focus child’s learning and development.

  • Objective led planning - when we work with the child we will have the identified next step in mind. We follow the child’s interest to support their learning.
  • Planning in the moment – this is when we notice an opportunity to support the child’s learning during their play, this may or may not be linked to their next step.
  • Spontaneous observations – we notice something the child is doing that we wish to record but we do not feel it appropriate or necessary to intervene.

Information including observations and photographs are entered onto a Nursery software programme called Famly which parents have access to. Parents can also add their own photos and information.

Running alongside the work we do with the Focus Children we have pre-planned Continuous Provision. Each age group (room) has a personalised Continuous Provision plan. The Continuous Provision plan offers age-appropriate ideas for activities in selected areas of learning to ensure we are offering the children a broad, rich curriculum full of exciting provocations to play and learn.

Workshop style opportunities run alongside to facilitate independent learning. Continuous Provision is on a 6-weekly cycle, it is flexible and adapted to meet children’s needs and interests.

The Curiosity Approach

Curiosity is the very foundation of learning. It is what drives children in the early years to explore, do, and think for themselves. It is the key to fostering that curiosity lies in the way you set out your environment.

In a Curiosity Approach setting, you won’t find brightly coloured walls and hundreds of shiny plastic toys. Instead, you will see wooden materials, natural resources, and neutral backgrounds that allow the colour to shine. Of course, stimulation is key to developing little brains and building those connections that help them learn. But bright, busy and plastic provisions are not doing it in the right way. Plastic all smells the same and feels the same. On the other hand, if you are recycling and sourcing open-ended resources and natural materials you are bringing different elements, textures, feels and smells. A sense of curiosity and wonder will come with it.

Example Menu

Our Summer Menu, which shall start on April 6th has been devised by the Parents and Staff at Mara Nursery.

On the first Friday, we shall ask the Elderberries childrenwhat they would like and they can vote for a favourite every day, using their name cards.

Mara Menu Week One - Over 1 Year olds - Younger Children have simplified versions of this menu

Day Snack 9:30 Lunch 11:30 Snack 2:30 Tea 4:30
Monday Fruit Xanthe’s Cod/Salmon & vegetable rice
(V) Tofu
Fruit/Yoghurt/Raw Veg & Crackers Denise’s Sweetcorn & Spinach Fritters
Tuesday Fruit Carley's creamy mushroom pasta Fruit/Yoghurt/Raw Veg & Crackers Tia’s Beetroot hummus with Pitta bread & carrot sticks
Wednesday Fruit Xanthe’s Moroccean Chicken & Couscous
(V) Butternut Squash
Fruit/Yoghurt/Raw Veg & Crackers Carleys’ Fish Cakes, cucumber & tomato slices
(V) Broccoli Cakes
Thursday Fruit Sues Jellof rice, Coleslaw & Chicken
(V) Quorn
Fruit/Yoghurt/Raw Veg & Crackers Xanthe’s Lentil Curry with Rice
Friday Fruit Paras Mediterranen baked mix veg with rice Fruit/Yoghurt/Raw Veg & Crackers Children’s Choices
Day Snack 9:30 Lunch 11:30
Monday Fruit Xanthe’s Cod/Salmon & vegetable rice
(V) Tofu
Tuesday Fruit Carley's creamy mushroom pasta
Wednesday Fruit Xanthe’s Moroccean Chicken & Couscous
(V) Butternut Squash
Thursday Fruit Sues Jellof rice, Coleslaw & Chicken
(V) Quorn
Friday Fruit Paras Mediterranen baked mix veg with rice
Day Snack 2:30 Tea 4:30
Monday Fruit/Yoghurt/Raw Veg & Crackers Denise’s Sweetcorn & Spinach Fritters
Tuesday Fruit/Yoghurt/Raw Veg & Crackers Tia’s Beetroot hummus with Pitta bread & carrot sticks
Wednesday Fruit/Yoghurt/Raw Veg & Crackers Carleys’ Fish Cakes, cucumber & tomato slices
(V) Broccoli Cakes
Thursday Fruit/Yoghurt/Raw Veg & Crackers Xanthe’s Lentil Curry with Rice
Friday Fruit/Yoghurt/Raw Veg & Crackers Children’s Choices

Mara Menu Week Two - Over 1 Year olds - Younger Children have simplified versions of this menu

Day Snack 9:30 Lunch 11:30 Snack 2:30 Tea 4:30
Monday Fruit Paras’ Jacket Potatoes with beans and grated cheese. Fruit/Yoghurt/Raw Veg & Crackers Claude's Arancini balls stuffed with bolognese (meat or fish) served with salad (children to choose)
(V) Mozzarella
Tuesday Fruit Vicky’s Chicken Vegetable & Pasta Carbonara
(V) Mixed Beans
Fruit/Yoghurt/Raw Veg & Crackers Coral's Salmon Tagliatelle with cheese sauce.
(V) Mushroom
Wednesday Fruit Yaow’s Stir fried vegetables with ginger & garlic & egg fried rice Fruit/Yoghurt/Raw Veg & Crackers Jerleen's Pizza Bagels
Thursday Fruit Miriam's macaroni cheese with broccoli, and sweetcorn Fruit/Yoghurt/Raw Veg & Crackers Robyn's Tomato & Tuna Pasta bake
(V) Pepper, aubergine, courgettes
Friday Fruit Yaow’s Roast chicken, new potatoes with avocado & mango guacamole
(V) Tofu
Fruit/Yoghurt/Raw Veg & Crackers Tia’s Spanish Omelette
Red Pepper, onions, waxy potatoes
Day Snack 9:30 Lunch 11:30
Monday Fruit Paras’ Jacket Potatoes with beans and grated cheese.
Tuesday Fruit Vicky’s Chicken Vegetable & Pasta Carbonara
(V) Mixed Beans
Wednesday Fruit Yaow’s Stir fried vegetables with ginger & garlic & egg fried rice
Thursday Fruit Miriam's macaroni cheese with broccoli, and sweetcorn
Friday Fruit Yaow’s Roast chicken, new potatoes with avocado & mango guacamole
(V) Tofu
Day Snack 2:30 Tea 4:30
Monday Fruit/Yoghurt/Raw Veg & Crackers Claude's Arancini balls stuffed with bolognese (meat or fish) served with salad (children to choose)
(V) Mozzarella
Tuesday Fruit/Yoghurt/Raw Veg & Crackers Coral's Salmon Tagliatelle with cheese sauce.
(V) Mushroom
Wednesday Fruit/Yoghurt/Raw Veg & Crackers Jerleen's Pizza Bagels
Thursday Fruit/Yoghurt/Raw Veg & Crackers Robyn's Tomato & Tuna Pasta bake
(V) Pepper, aubergine, courgettes
Friday Fruit/Yoghurt/Raw Veg & Crackers Tia’s Spanish Omelette
Red Pepper, onions, waxy potatoes

Routines during the day

Our daily routines for the younger children are split into morning and afternoon sessions.

The morning sessions run from 8am until 12.30pm. The afternoon sessions run from 1.30pm until 6pm.

Older children follow "The Curiosity Approach" with Prime areas incorporated throughout the whole day: personal, social and emotional development, physical development and communication and language.

Trips and visits

Unfortunately, due to the current Covid19 pandemic, the Government advise against educational trips and visits at this time. This advice will be kept under review.

When it is deemed safe Nursery trips will resume. Trips from the nursery are pre-planned and we aim to give parents at least a weeks’ notice. The ratio of children to staff is 2:1 regardless of age so children tend to go for trips in smaller groups.

We welcome any suggestions for local trips and visits. Please request our trips and visits policy from the office.

Some examples of trips that we conduct include; going to the post office, going to the local shops, a trip to the park or to Brook Farm Open Space. All trips must be risk assessed prior to the children leaving the nursery. Staff are required to complete an observation on the trip to show the educational significance of their trip and why it was carried out.

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Mara Connect

Our community based charity

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My son really struggled with detachment from myself due to being in lockdown since he was 6 months old, so transitioning to Nursery for 6 hours a day was a big change for him. There were times I wanted to stop and pull him out but the staff at Mara reassured me and supported me and my son throughout. They went above and beyond to make the transition as smooth as possible for both me and my son. Now 5 months in and Regan is so excited for Nursery and to see his teachers. I no longer get noticed by him at the nursery doors. He has so much fun and loves the environment. I am so happy that I stuck it out, going through the tears and tantrums even though it was super hard. Regan is an only child and has not had the opportunity to mix with other children due to lockdown and covid. He can be very challenging but since being at Mara I have seen a massive change within himself down to every last detail, he’s starting to try and express himself more with his speech, he’s learning to share and so much more. Thank you so much Mara, we can’t wait to grow more and more with you.

Katie
March 30, 2021

Great secure location with the added bonus of parking. The staff were very friendly and it was clear the children adored them. We were made to feel very welcome. The facilities are great. I was pleased to see all of the things my son enjoys doing available to him and outdoor space for the children to enjoy come rain or shine. Would definitely recommend a visit.

Sheniz
March 11, 2021

Lovely, bright, and welcoming place with lots of activities for babies and children! I was especially enamored by the forest school outside and the playframe inside.

Jess
March 11, 2021

After looking at several options for childcare for my little girl and not really feeling happy with any of them, I found the Mara Nursery and co-working space. I was immediately impressed with the staff and how attentive they were to the children's needs. The staff are so friendly and clearly enjoy their jobs which made me feel happy and comfortable leaving my little one with them. The nursery is clean and the children also have an outdoor space which they use regularly. I also love the co-working space, it's awesome to have such a lovely light space to work where I can concentrate away from all the jobs I need to do at home.

Charlotte
March 11, 2021

My two children started with Mara a few weeks ago and as a Mother, I could not have been more happy than I am. First, due to its proximity to my home, I was dreaming of the 'empty' building becoming a nursery. Well, Eileen and her team made that possible in very challenging times and turned 'that shell' into the most beautiful nursery that you will see inside and out. Second, I cannot praise enough each and every member of staff, including the Chef for their fantastic work and tremendous energy. My children are happy enjoying their first steps in life and I am happy that they are safe and well looked after.

Sadiya
March 8, 2021

The team have made so much effort to settle Elenor in and I feel they really care about the children there. At a time when a lot of family is off limits, it is great that the staff make such an effort to create a bond with your child. It is a lovely bright space with great activities/toys indoors and outdoors for the children to explore. I'm really happy with it!

Beth
March 8, 2021

Our daughter is so happy at Mara. The indoor and outdoor space are both great with such a vast amount of equipment to keep them busy all day. The menu is really well varied and our veggie daughter is brilliantly catered for. However, what makes Mara really stand out are the wonderful staff. Always full of smiles, they make the nursery so welcoming and have set up such a nurturing, fun and child-led environment that I feel confident my daughter is receiving the best possible care (and she's always telling us what a brilliant day she's had!)

Leila
March 8, 2021

"My son is almost two and has been at Mara since it opened last year. I loved the space as soon as I saw it; the rooms are bright and airy and so well designed with natural materials, and they have a lovely garden. It was just the kind of nursery that I had envisioned my son attending. I knew I had found the right place for him when they told me that they have a ‘gentle’ settling procedure for the children as starting nursery is a big transition for them and for parents too. It was his first time away from home and we all struggled with the separation, but with the care and patience of the wonderful Mara staff he did settle and now he absolutely loves going to nursery!" "The whole team at Mara are so wonderful and I know that it is the little things that they have each done for my son that has helped him to feel secure and happy in his first ‘home away from home’."

Shruti
February 12, 2021

"Would like to thank Mara nursery for settling in my little boy especially during lockdown and uncertain times. The staff are amazing friendly and kind. Always keeping me informed of his progress. Would highly recommend this lovely nursery."

Ben Shapley
February 4, 2021

"I am so comforted and happy with Rose being in Mara nursery. She is just so happy and content. I can’t believe how much progress you have made in one week. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you taking the time to get to know her as an individual and how you have embraced her little schedule and sleep needs- it means so much. I feel such a relief knowing she is settling and being so happy. You are wonderful at your jobs."

Ashling
February 4, 2021

"My little boy started Mara nursery when he was approx 18 months old. Even though he was my second child I was still full of anticipation but we were met with so much warmth from the team and after just a few days he was running in! Once I’ve done drop off I head straight upstairs to the working hub to get on with my day job. The space is clean and bright and refreshing to be working somewhere else other than home. Ultimately though my boy walks out smiling and that makes me happy"

Sam
February 4, 2021

"We were thrilled when Mara opened at the very moment we needed to send our 10 month old to nursery. We were nervous about sending him while he was so little, but he settled in very quickly and clearly adores his time there. We love the daily updates and pictures that are sent to us - it’s such a relief to us to know he is in such a safe and nurturing environment while we are at work. The team are warm, approachable and extremely quick to respond to any questions. The working hub is a real bonus which we look forward to using when we need to!"

Sarah, Mitch and Henry
February 4, 2021

"My son loves going into nursery, he goes straight to the staff and doesn’t even turn around to say bye to us! The staff put on amazing activities and aren’t afraid to get messy. The messier the clothes the better day he’s had in my opinion!" "Mara has a lovely outdoor space, attentive staff, clean rooms and a diverse menu of food. What more could you ask for. Practically the drop offs and pick ups are very easy due to the on-site parking which is a huge bonus." I have no hesitation in recommending Mara to families looking for a lovely nursery for their child.

Carly
February 4, 2021

"Our little girl joined Mara nursery (Elderberries) in January and settled in very quickly. The staff are great and our daughter enjoys being there which ultimately is the most important thing."

Jenny
February 4, 2021