Little Jems Nursery and Out of School Club was established in 1988. We cater for children from 3 months to 11 years in a safe and homely atmosphere. The Nursery operates from two adjoining terraced houses, which are listed buildings in a quiet cul-de-sac a short walk from Carlisle City Centre. We are open from 8am until 6pm, 5 days per week 51 weeks a year, closing for 1 week between Christmas and New Year and for all Statutory Bank Holidays.

Little Jems is registered with Ofsted and creates an environment which facilitates the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum.

Little Jems has built up an excellent reputation largely thanks to our long-standing, and loyal staff. Having a low turnover of staff ensures good continuity of care for your children.

Our Philosophy

Little Jems are committed to empowering all children to reach their own potential. We do this through the provision of a secure, warm and inviting environment. Here, they can learn, explore and create, guided by our qualified, caring, experienced practitioners.

Our nursery facilities include four separate rooms so that childcare can be tailored to children according to their age and development. As well as an extensive range of age appropriate materials, toys and equipment, we also have outdoor areas where children can continue their learning including our ‘mud kitchen’ and ‘growing areas’.

As you can imagine our website is just a snap shot of life at Little Jems. For further insight you are more than welcome to contact us to arrange a visit.

You may be entitled to government funding for two, three and four year olds for more information please go to

Little Jems Nursery, Carlisle
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