Our Ethos and Aims

At Little Skaters Nursery and Pre-school we believe that children learn and develop when they are in an environment that is safe, stimulating and designed to reflect each child’s culture, learning style and interests. Most importantly though, we want your child to have fun and enjoy themselves.

Our team of highly skilled professionals are committed to establishing relationships with children and their families that are nurturing, patient and fun; an approach that ensures each child is valued and respected as an individual.

  1. To ensure all staff are qualified, have opportunities for professional development and have relevant up-to-date training in the Safeguarding and Welfare of children.
  2. To provide parents/carers with flexible childcare and excellent customer service.
  3. To work in partnership with parents to help their children learn, develop and thrive.
  4. To work within the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework to plan exciting and appropriate activities, carry out observations as children play and assess their development to ensure children progress.
  5. To offer children and their families a service that values diversity and equality.

Our Story

Little Skaters is owned by husband and wife team, Nick Porter & Ruth Dicken.

Ruth and Nick opened Little Skaters in September 2015. Ruth was originally the manager but later became Early Years Director of TCS Childcare Ltd and oversees the quality of childcare & education at Little Skaters and our other nursery in Herstmonceux.

Meet some of the Team

Apart from the children who come to us, the 'Team' are the most important part of the nursery and pre-school. We are a family-run business who really value our colleagues. We make sure that the adults who care for and educate your children are people that we could trust our own children to be with!!!! Here's some information about the team

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Ruth Dicken

Owner & Early Years Director

Ruth has worked in childcare for almost 20 years and is a qualified and very experienced Early Years Teacher, as well as being a qualified workplace assessor. Ruth’s experience and knowledge places her at ‘the top of the game’. Ruth is our Safeguarding Director. 

Ruth is still very much hands-on at Little Skaters and you will see her there on a regular basis.

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Beverley Smith

Manager at Little Skaters

Bev is an exceptional Manager with many years of experience in early years. Bev has a degree in childcare & education and has been a manager for over 10 years.

Bev is responsible for the day-to-day running of Little Skaters and is very approachable and 'hands-on' should you need to chat to her about your child.


Nick Porter

Owner and Managing Director

Nick is ‘Managing Director’ of TCS Childcare and owner of the nursery. Nick supports Ruth by managing the ‘business side’ of the nursery (as well as cleaning, cooking, washing-up etc, etc.....it bit like Cinderella really!!!). Nick’s role is to formulate the strategic direction of the business and the nursery and ensure the team have everything you need to deliver that strategy. Nick was a police officer for over twenty years before taking ‘early retirement’ in 2014 to start TCS Childcare.

Contact us

To reserve your child's place or make an enquiry, please call us on 01424 717857 or email tcschildcare@outlook.com