Welcome to Dream Catchers Nursery, Stag

336A Herringthorpe Valley Road, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S65 3AB

Dream Catchers Day Nursery, based at the Stag Roundabout, Herringthorpe was established in 2011 and is proud to deliver high quality childcare, with a Good Ofsted inspection report.

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With a ‘home from home’, family orientated ethos, the staff cater for the needs of each individual child, developing them to their full potential and supporting them throughout their critical early years.

Our Management team consists of:

The nursery is owned by Mrs Rachael Massey, NNEB, CERTED (Certificate in Education) (D32, D33) Assessor, (VI) - Internal Verifier. Over 20 years experience in the Child Care Industry. Quality assessor for National Day Nurseries Association. Safeguarding Officer. Lead Health and Safety Officer.

Mrs Kate Fruin Smith

Nursery Manager, Student Mentor, NVQ Level 3 in Childcare, NVQ Level 2 in Room Leadership, currently working towards BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies.
Miss Abigail Elliott Deputy Nursery Manager. NVQ Level 3 in Children’s and Young Peoples Workforce
Miss Naomi Collins Pre school Manager, NVQ Level 3 in Children’s and Young Peoples Workforce

Our Staff team all receive up to date training within the childcare sector and hold mandatory training in Paediatric First Aid, Food Hygiene and Basic Safeguarding.

At Dream Catchers your child will be based in a room specific to their age group. Our ‘Daisy’ room caters for our babies from birth up to approximately 18 months of age, our ‘Daffodil’ room caters for our toddlers up to approximately 30 months of age and our ‘Sunflower’ room caters for our preschool children up to them leaving us to transition to full time education.

All rooms are well equipped and children will have access throughout the day to a range of activities and equipment appropriate to their development stage. Activities are planned to meet individual needs according to The Early Years Foundation Stage document, (EYFS).

All children are allocated a Key Person, who will ensure that each child is observed closely and monitored to ensure that the nursery caters for their needs and they meet the essential milestones through their early years journey.

All our observations, photographic evidence, planning and tracking is stored on an electronic data system, Emag, which allows us to ensure that children’s progress and development is recorded and monitored to the highest standard. Parents and Carers are also invited to attend regular review meetings with their Key Person to ensure that each child’s achievements are recognised and their progress can be discussed.


The rooms offer homely, stimulating, fun and inspiring environments that encourage exploration and investigation through play. They offer a bright, lively and busy environment where children can develop self-confidence and belief in themselves. They also offer children the opportunity to learn through a combination of planned activities, play and first-hand experiences in a colourful, attractive and stimulating environment.

Our nursery offers extra activities such as sports coaching, language support, visits within the local community to a residential care home, local libraries and recreational grounds.

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We are proud to be an award-winning nursery with runner up prizes and certification for the NDNA Nursery of the Year Award 2016 and NDNA Technology of the Year award 2017.
We provide an inclusive service which includes meals and snacks, wipes, bedding, and utensils. We ask that you provide nappies/pull-ups and several sets of clothes for your child to change into should the need arise. Coats, hats, gloves and scarfs are provided by the nursery in winter and sun hats and sun cream in summer, but you are welcome to provide your own if you wish.

We provide fresh milk and children have access to water throughout the day. The nursery is committed to offering children healthy, nutritious and balanced meals and snacks which meet individual needs and requirements and are within the guidelines set by the Local Early Years team.
The meals and snacks we provide are prepared freshly on site by our cook and provide a healthy, balanced diet. All babies have a daily diary in which staff record food and fluid intake. Staff also discuss with Parents/Carers what their child has had to eat on a daily basis.