Buttercups believes that whilst our children are learning they should have the opportunity to blossom and shine and have a happy day every day.

We believe that a child’s early years are the most important years for learning. Therefore, at Buttercups we strive to provide high quality care and education for all children which is appropriate for their individual needs and their unique personalities. We believe that a child’s learning should be fun and by creating a stimulating environment, we encourage every child’s natural curiosity to observe, experience and learn. This approach creates a flying start to their educational journey.

We see Buttercups as a family – a loving, caring community where children are known as individuals that matter.  Therefore, we make this promise.

We promise:

  • A big smiley welcome every day.
  • A hug when you are upset, hurt or just having a sad day.
  • To take the time to listen to you.
  • To keep you safe.
  • To have fun.
  • We warmly welcome you to our unique Pre-school

What are Buttercups' values and how do we deliver our services?

B is for believe and being better. We encourage children to believe in themselves and achieve the best they can.  We firmly believe in aspiring to be better with excellence in everything we do.  We value everyone’s opinions and are open to hear any suggestions of how we can improve our setting and services.
U is for understanding. We work with children and their families to provide the care and education you want and expect for your child.
T is for time. We take time to really listen to each child and understand their feelings, needs and individual personalities.
T is for teach. We teach and help children learn and try new experiences through play and creating a stimulating environment.
E is for environment. Our learning environment is integral in providing the children with a sense of security and belonging and enriches their learning and development.
R is for respect. We have respect for individuals and each other.
C is for community. We strive to be a big part of the local community; helping out at community events and working with the people in our community.
U is for unique. We provide a tailored service to each child and help develop their individual personalities and skills.
P is for partnership. Working in partnership with parents/carers is fundamental for the holistic development of every child. We strive to build positive relationships with every family, so that we can work together, to provide individualised care and learning experiences.
S is for keeping safe. Safeguarding is paramount to everything we do at Buttercups and is our highest priority.

Who we are?

We are a community-based Pre-school, located within the Meadow School, Balsham, South Cambridgeshire. We are not part of the school, but a separate registered charity.

We take children from 2 and they an stay with us until they start school.

We take funded 2’s and 3’s and provide flexible sessions.

We operate during term time only.

We have informal links with the Meadow School and the Meadow Out of School Club (who can provide wrap-around care).

What Our Parents Say

What our parents say

”The staff are exceptionally friendly and welcoming, always greeting me and my children with a smile. The room is always set up with exciting and fun looking activities that my children are quick to explore. Every time I’ve picked them up their faces are beaming with smiles and they are happy to tell me all about their day.”

”Buttercups has now provided both of our children with a safe supportive and well resourced environment in which to complete their pre-school education. We are very grateful for the well thought out topics and activities you have shared with our son, you have engaged him in each area of learning and development and we can see this through his advances in speech and understanding and the positive things he tells us about his time at Buttercups.”

”Thank you all for giving my son such a fun filled and extremely happy time at Pre-school. Everyday he is happy and enthusiastic about coming. His confidence has increased hugely. The love, kindness and support from all is wonderful.”

”My child has been fantastically prepared for his transition to school and has been encouraged to expand on his academic abilities throughout his time at Buttercups. The parent/carer links are fantastic and we loved getting all the newsletters and summaries of his day. We shall be very sad to leave.”

”We asked our son what he likes about Buttercups and he said everything. We asked him to be specific and he said I like playing with the dinosaurs, playing outside and drawing. I like everything. I asked is there anything about Buttercups you don’t like? He said no.”

”I can see that the children are at the centre of everything you do.”

”You are fantastic at communication and keeping us all in the loop and feeling involved.”

”All the staff seem lovely and everything seems so well organised.”