About Us

About Us

YMCA Beacon Nursery

Beacon Nursery is located in the centre of St Helens town, just a stone’s throw from the main shopping area. Based within the YMCA Beacon building in a purpose-built nursery setting.

Whilst Beacon Nursery has its own identity it shares the common YMCA ethos to be the Heart in the Community and operates with the values and ethos of YMCA St Helens at its core.

The nursery has a ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted (October 2016). Staff are fully trained to a minimum of Level 3 and some of the team have Level 5, with the manager holding a Bachelors Degree and Level 4 Montessori Early Years Professional status. Practitioners have full Paediatric First Aid certificates and the nursery holds an award from the First Aid Industry Body to recognise its efforts in keeping your children safe.

YMCA Beacon Nursery is passionate about the safety and welfare of your children and encourage their exploration of the environment to challenge and extend their interest in learning, while preparing them for what comes next in their development.

At Beacon Nursery, we believe your children deserve the best start in life in a safe and nurturing environment. Learning is differentiated through three rooms, Ladybirds-babies, Caterpillars-toddlers and Butterflies-preschool, with an encouraged transition, fully enhanced for your child’s next steps.

Here at Beacon Nursery we have a key worker system, where you may share information to your specific child’s adult or other members of staff or the managers. Information is always shared with the relevant person.


What Parents Say

My children started here at the beginning of the pandemic, the manager and all the team went above and beyond for me and my children more than once. At a time of uncertainty and anxiety, my children were completely unaffected and settled in brilliantly. I was happy with their policies and procedures to keep their setting Covid-secure, and believe they have been excellent in keeping my children safe. I am so happy with the bonds they have made here, my daughter will be sad to leave, she has such an amazing day, every day and that's thanks to the fabulous staff here. Both of my children came on leaps and bounds in the time spent here and I would recommend this nursery to anyone and everyone! We will miss you!

    Christy B


    The nursery is fantastic I really can’t fault it at all. The staff are brilliant and management always help with anything I ring up about. My son has come on so much since being here and my daughter will soon be joining. I couldn’t recommend this nursery enough.

      Alex W


      The staff at the nursery are all excellent within their roles. They are very good at answering any questions relating to my grandchild and any concerns I may have. My grandchild is always happy at nursery and I can check on his progress on the parent app. He is an only child so nursery is helping him with social skills and building his confidence. I know I can telephone the staff with any questions and they will be answered. I am impressed with their website as it shows every member of staff and also the qualifications they have and their expertise within their roles. I would highly recommend this nursery as I am very happy with everyone I have come into contact with. The staff are adhering to all guidelines relating to Covid-19 and everyone entering the building has to wear a face mask.

        Jennifer C


        My four-year-old daughter has just left the nursery for school. She has been here since she was a baby and has loved every minute of being here. She has loved the friendly staff, they have put lots of love and attention into my daughter.

          E I


          My daughter has been coming here since she was eight months old. She is now three and absolutely loves it. It's a fantastic nursery and the staff are fantastic. I would recommend the nursery to anyone. My little boy will be starting when I go back to work also.

            Anna W