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Dukes & Duchesses Nursery

An award winning full day care setting twice rated outstanding by Ofsted .  Our aim is to provide quality childcare and education in a teacher led setting.  Situation in the heart of the city centre with secure drop off facilities and easy access.

Many of our team have worked at the setting since we opened 17 years ago and have gained additional qualifications whilst working with our children and families.

We currently have 6 Early years teachers plus and additional 3 staff who are graduates specialising in early years.  All of our team are fully qualified with additional qualifications in leadership, Special needs, Music, Speech and Language, and physical education.

All of of team are qualified in paediatric first aid.

We work in partnership with Edgehill and John Moores university to support research into effective practice. 

One of the most important aspects of our setting is our understanding of "family"  we aim to know and understand each child and their families as individuals and aim to work in partnership with them to make a difference.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Liz Ludden

Where to go

Dukes and Duchesses Day Nursery
1, Dukes Terrace
L1 4JS

City centre based.

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£57.50 per Day
£58.50 per Day for under 2's
Prices includes all food, formula milk, nappies and wipes.
Offering Tax Free Childcare.

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access
The setting is on one level and is fully DDA compliant. We have a number of families with disabilities and have previously employed a member of staff who uses a wheelchair.

Special Needs

Special Needs
Experience with
Hearing Difficulties
Emotional needs
Medical Needs
Language impairment
Learning difficulties
Autistic Spectrum Disorder ASD
Serious allergy / Anaphilaxis
Motor impairment
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Physical impairment
Downs syndrome
Visual impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Severe dietary needs
Social development impairment
Challenging Behaviour
Our EYFS lead has past experience of teaching in a school for children with special educational needs and disabilities. We have an early years teacher who works to support the team at the nursery to support children with special needs and ensure that they are learning and developing to their full potential. Individual staff have also gained additional qualifications in working with children and families who need individual support.

Dietary Needs

Dietary Needs
Experience with
We have a fully qualifies chef who prepares all meals on site. We have a number of children who have dietary requirements and/or restrictions and these are fully supported within the menu of the setting. Our aim is to ensure that the alternatives to the main meal offered is as similar as possible to ensure that no child feels excluded.

Cultural Provisions

Cultural Provisions
Experience with
We ensure that all cultures and faiths feel valued within the nursery setting. We do this through our environment and through celebrating different festivals and cultures. We use our own knowledge and understanding as well as working with families, using their own experiences to support our understanding.

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
Date updated

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 07:30 18:00
Tuesday 07:30 18:00
Wednesday 07:30 18:00
Thursday 07:30 18:00
Friday 07:30 18:00
Baby Facilities
Educational Activites
Sand and Water Play
Arts and Crafts
Parental Involvement
Healthy Eating
Songs and Rhymes
Visit & Outings
Dressing up
Open Space
Drop-in Facilities
Out-door Play
Private Nursery Garden
Messy Play
Quiet Area

School Pickups

Offers School Pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer


1. How does the setting know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs? 

When you join the setting we talk to you about what your child enjoys and what they can do already.  We work closely with you at all times to track their progress and to ensure that they are reaching their appropriate developmental milestones.

If you are concerned or if the children are not reaching their milestones we will work with the family to find alternative ways to support them. 

We have a trained special needs coordinator and a qualified tacher who has experience of working in a school for children with additionmal needs.

We are well placed to be able to support your child and be able to sighpost you to other agencies should this be needed. 

2. How will the staff in the setting support my child? 

The progress of all children is monitored and reviewed regularly and shared with parents. We measure progress by:

v  Working with parents to find out the children’s starting points on entry to the setting

v  Observing and tracking their progress linked to the early years foundation stage.

v  Feeding back to parents and gaining their opinions

v  Planning stimulating activities based on their interests and their next steps in learning.

v  Offering an established key person system to ensure that links between the setting and home are maintained.

3. How will the curriculum be matched to my child's needs? 

We have 6 separate rooms, which are organised to suit the stages and stages of development of the children. 

The child’s key person plans activities, which are based on the children’s individual stage of development, what they enjoy and what parents have observed at home.

The key person shares action plans with the parents at 3 monthly intervals. 

4. What specialist services and expertise can be accessed by the setting? 

We are active members of the Liverpool consortia; we work closely with the speech and language team, the educational psychologists and the local authority.

We are members of the national day nursery association.

All staff are qualified in first aid, and have accessed training in ADHD, speech and language, behaviour management, epilepsy management, epi-pens, asthma and allergies, play plans working with others, portage. And visual aids.

We have 4 early years teachers and a qualified teacher with experience of teaching in a school for children with additional needs. 

5. How accessible is the setting? 

The setting is wheelchair accessible, being all on one level.  We have disabled facilities for both children and their families.

We are happy to discuss your child individual needs and to make reasonable adjustments

6. How will the setting support my child in transferring to the next stage of education? 

We work closely with all schools in Liverpool.  We organise sessions for teachers to visit the nursery and have attended transition meetings with parents.

We plan activities for the children in preparation for their move to school such as packed lunch day, uniform day.  We also slowly introduce stories and games related to school experience. 

7. How are parents involved in the setting? How can I be involved? 

We invite parents to discuss their child's progress regularly.  We hold regular breakfast meetings with your child’s key person.

We use ipad and email technology as well as social media to keep you informed. 

We hold family events such as Christmas parties, forest school events, and stay and paly sessions.

We link with our local children centre and parent groups.











Contact Name
Liz Ludden
Contact Telephone
0151 709 1186
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0 to 5)
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