News

01/02/2017 – Holiday Club

The Akhter Early Learning Centre has started a holiday club for 5-10 year olds. Please enquire at reception or call 01279 927020 for further information.

01/02/2017 – Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers

The Akhter Early Learning Centre is collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers and would be grateful for any vouchers donated. Vouchers are redeemed for active equipment to help encourage children to have a healthier, active lifestyle. A collection box can be found in reception. Thank you

16/09/16 – New Facebook Page

The Akhter Early Learning Centre has launched a new Facebook page. Please follow to receive up to date information, news and special offers.

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06/09/16 – Ofsted Inspection

The routine inspection took place on Tuesday 6th September and I am pleased to announce that the Akhter Early Learning Centre was awarded an overall ‘Good’ rating. Ofsted carry out routine inspections to ensure that the learning, development and welfare of children is meeting the standards laid down in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. Ofsted have judged the Akhter Early learning Centre as follows;

  • Effectiveness of the leadership and management is good
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare is good
  • Outcomes for children are good

Being awarded a ‘Good’ rating is a tremendous achievement by all concerned at the AELC especially given Ofsted’s ever-increasing tightening of rules for rating early years providers. Despite this achievement we will not rest on our laurels. Our goal is to be awarded an ‘Outstanding’ rating and although difficult to achieve, I am confident that the staff at the AELC have the necessary qualities to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating in the very near future.

Jason Taylor – Director


24/08/16 – Childcare Manager Change

From 24th August Karen Thomas will be taking over the childcare manager’s role from Jacqueline Ward. Jacqueline leaves the Akhter ELC to start a new position at a nursery and preschool in Cambridge. We thank Jacqueline for her hard work and dedication in making the Akhter ELC such a special place for children to learn and develop in and wish her the very best in her new role.

A big welcome to Karen Thomas. Karen brings with her over 20 years experience in childcare and is suitably qualified to take over the childcare manager’s role. Karen is looking forward to developing the centre into the number one choice in Harlow for parents to trust the education, development and care of their children to.


29/04/16 – ‘Hilary’ Bus

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The Akhter Early Learning Centre takes delivery of the ‘Hilary’ Bus.

The bus was kindly donated by Mr & Mrs Ward in memory of Mr Ward’s sister Hilary.


12/04/16 – Atrium Available for Private Hire

Planning a children’s party? Why not have your child’s party at the Akhter Early Learning Centre. The centre offers a spacious 18m x 7m indoor atrium area and is available for 2 hour hire slots.

Looking to hire a bouncy castle? No need to worry what the weather will be like on your child’s big day as our atrium benefits from a high ceiling that will easily accommodate an indoor inflatable bouncy castle.

Please speak to a member of staff for availability and pricing


20/02/2016The Gateway Nursery and Preschool is renamed the Akhter Early Learning Centre

Harlow Star Article – Harlow’s Gateway Nursery is renamed, rehomed and re-opened.

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A new and improved Harlow nursery has been renamed, relocated and officially re-opened for youngsters to enjoy.

The Gateway Nursery has moved to the other side of Perry Road to become the Akhter Early Learning Centre Nursery and Pre-School.

Harlow councillor Joel Charles cut the ribbon last week to officially open the larger centre which will double the child capacity from 130 to 260 children

Jacqui Ward, manager of Akhter, said: “We are delighted with the facilities our new home offers and the children of Harlow are very lucky to have such a wonderful learning environment that has a focus on nature and outdoor learning.

“There are plans to develop the nursery further and increase the services we offer to families are in the early stages.”

The nursery provides care and education for children aged five and under for five days a week, 51 weeks of the year from 7.30am – 6.30pm.

A new feature is a high ceiling atrium area which can be hired out at weekends for children’s parties and can also hold a bouncy castle.

Parents interested can view the facilities and meet staff at an open day, held on Saturday March 12, Saturday April 16 and Saturday May 14. Call 01279 927020 or email info@AkhterELC.co.uk for more information.


04/01/2016The Gateway Nursery and Preschool Moves To A New Home

The Gateway Nursery and Preschool has moved across the road to a new purpose fully refurbished and resourced building that provides excellent childcare facilities and security for local children to learn and develop in.  The new building offers six children rooms that can in total accommodate up to 124 children at any one time.