Early Years

Our nursery and early years programme aims to provide a warm, safe and nurturing environment to help children and their families through working together.

We strongly believe that everyone in our local community has a part to play, which is why the aspiration to become a child-friendly city is at the very heart of our programme. We strive to ensure our children are heard, engaged and respected at home, at nursery, and in their communities – wherever they are in Leeds and whenever decisions are made that affect them. This in turn sends the right message about how important their welfare is to us and how important they are to our future.

Childrens Nursery Harehills Leeds

Our early years provision provides 15 hours of free pre-school nursery for children aged 2 to 4 years of age. Our bilingual, fully trained staff have a great knowledge and understanding of the local community’s needs. This has helped establish our reputation for delivering reliable quality childcare.


In 2018 an Ofsted report awarded us ‘good with outstanding elements’. Shantona provides help, support and encourages families to participate in their children's learning and understanding the development of their children’s needs. 

‘Children thrive in this vibrant and highly stimulating nursery, managers and staff provide an extremely inclusive environment that highly values and celebrates children’s culture and diversity’ (OFSTED,2018)

Click here to contact the Shantona Womens Centre for more information about the early years provision.

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  • 'I came to the UK five years ago that time I wasn't able to speak any English. By attending Shantona women centres ESOL courses two years at the moment I am studying GCSE English with Thomas Danby College. Also, I'm involved in childcare volunteer with Shantona. I have done ESOL entry one and two, childcare level one, let's play together, story sacks numeracy which was provided by Shantona women centre. I would like to thank Shantona for helping me improve my confidence. Also, I will suggest people like me should come to Shantona and attend the activity they are providing and support them to go further.'

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  • 'I used to walk past Shantona all the time without knowing what they did, until one day I was referred through social care services. I received support and realised there were other women just like me and that I wasn’t alone and my bad relationship experiences were not normal. I joined in with DV awareness raising sessions and workshops, they made such a huge difference and helped me regain my confidence enough to start speaking out about my own experiences of DV during the '16 days of action' event.'

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  • 'I have learned how to stay safe online and using social media. I have become more confident to talk about my problems with my support worker and my self-esteem is increasing'

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  • 'At first I accepted that forced marriage was part of the cultural norm, but now I realise that it is wrong'

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  • 'I have seen changes in the students, the students are considering the bigger picture more and other aspects of issues affecting them. When challenged about their views or behaviour I see a more reflective student as before. I see Shantona's role as an external agency that can provide targeted intervention for groups of our young people who require closer attention. School do not have the expertise and knowledge to provide such material at the level and intensity that Shantona can.'

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  • 'I feel much happier and confident that I’m getting my life back on track. I have started to attend groups to help expand my knowledge and make new friends.'

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  • 'When the girls started to come to the girl's group all they were interested in was turning 16 and being able to get married…now they realise how important their education is and are looking to the future and thinking about going to University and getting jobs. Through informal education, we have raised their aspirations'

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