About us

Chuckles began in February 2008 following extensive refurbishment of premises in the centre of Needham Market. The nursery is managed by the owner Bridget Barker who is an experienced childcare professional.

Bridget has used the wide experience gained whilst working in a variety of settings over the past 30 years to create a homely, stimulating and safe environment in Chuckles nursery. This was endorsed by Ofsted when they visited in September 2008 and September 2014 with good judgments (view report hyperlink to Ofsted report).

Working in partnership with parents/carers we build a loving, trusting bond with the children so that they feel emotionally secure to develop their optimum potential. We are always keen to help each child with their individual needs.


The staffing ratios will vary to suit the needs of the children with a minimum of:

1:3 for babies 3 months – 2 years
1:4 for toddlers 2-3 years
1:8 with children 3 years up

Chuckles staff are continually upgrading and building on their current qualifications.


We aim to:

• provide high quality care and education for children from the age of 6 months

• recognise that parents are the first and most important educators of their children and work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop

• offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity

• encourage children to gain age appropriate skills including those that help them to be independent and look after themselves

• to be flexible offering different care options.

  • All year round or term time only care.
  • Early Education grant funded sessions for 2,3,&4 year olds
  • Stretch options for grant funding to include sessions in the school holidays