Contacts, Fees & FAQs

Call on: 01609 749152
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Mini Explorers Nursery, Little Holtby, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL7 9LN

Finding us

We are situated off Bowbridge Lane, just a couple of minutes’ drive from junction 51 of the A1M (Exelby / Coneygarth Services). We are within easy reach of Bedale, Northallerton and Richmond and just a short drive of both RAF Leeming and Catterick Garrison. Follow signs for Hackforth and Crabtree Hall Business Centre.


The Nitty Gritty

The nursery’s full terms and conditions are outlined in our Parent Contract and within our policies and procedures. These will be made available to you upon registration.


Mini Explorers has an Admissions Policy which parents can request. Our registration allows us to provide early years care and education for children aged 3 months to 11 years


If your child is ill, or if you choose to take your child out for a family holiday, you will still be invoiced for your child’s full fees.


Mini Explorers is closed for Bank Holidays and across the Christmas period each year (parents will be notified of these dates). See our Critical Incident Policy for details of other closures.

Fee Payment

Our daily rate is fully inclusive and there are no hidden costs. Fees will be invoiced on the 1st of each month and must be paid for by the 8th of the month. We accept payment by childcare vouchers, cheque or BACs. A £95 registration fee is payable (this is non-refundable) when you apply for a place. For funded children, a reservation fee of £120 will be applied to your first invoice. Families will be given one month’s notice of any change to our fee structure.


Mini Explorers cannot care for an ill child. Please note that placing your child with us means you accept our current Sickness & Illness Policy. Only prescribed medicines can be given.

Job Vacancies

If you are a childcare professional with a genuine passion for the great outdoors, please do get in touch. We always welcome enquiries and would be delighted to keep your details on record.

Late Collection

Details are available in our Parent Contract and our Late & Non-Collection of Children Policy.


Our most recent OFSTED inspection was carried out in November 2016. A copy of the report is available to read online.

Session Times

Mini Explorers Crabtree Nursery is open from 7am to 6.30pm.

Your Mini Explorers are welcome to join us for either a full day or a half-day session. We strongly recommend an absolute minimum of two sessions over two days which we feel is needed to ensure a child builds strong relationships and develops a sense of belonging.

When free spaces permit, additional days/times may be booked on a more casual basis.

Settling In

You and your child are encouraged to join us for 2 x 1hr sessions and 1 x 2hr session over lunch or tea period at no cost.

Next steps…

If you would like your child to join Mini Explorers, please fill in an application form and return it with your registration fee to the address above. The manager will contact you to confirm your child’s place, and arrange a convenient time for some settling-in sessions.

Personal belongings

All personal belongings should be clearly named. Please do not leave valuable items, sweets or nuts at Mini Explorers in your child’s bag.


All Inclusive Fees

Full Day
7 – 6.30pm
1/2 Day
7am – 12 noon / 1pm – 6.30pm*
0-2 Years£56.00£35.00
2-3 Years£54.50
5-5 Years & Holiday Club£54.00
Lunch hour (12 noon – 1pm)£6.00
Additional services (for children receiving Government Funded hours)£1.35 per hour

We accept all employers’ vouchers and we offer a 5% discount for military families.

A sibling discount is available.

Mini Explorers is registered for tax-free childcare – if you are a working family, please visit to see if you qualify

Funded Childcare Hours

Mini Explorers are delighted to offer both 15hrs and 30hrs free early years educational childcare to eligible families. If you have any queries regarding your child’s eligibility or entitlement, please contact our lovely manager, Rachael Lattimer, who will discuss your individual requirements: or 01609 749152.

What is all inclusive?

At Mini Explorers we know what it is like to be a parent and in an effort to make the start of your day as easy as possible we have included the following in your child’s care.

  • Nappies
  • Wipes
  • Nappy cream
  • Formula milk
  • All snacks and meals
  • Outdoor clothing – waterproofs, wellies, hats and gloves

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