top of page
Ofsted .jpg

Welcome to Keep Guard Day Nursery


Like you, I am a parent and therefore understand the importance of supporting children to grow and develop into happy, healthy, and successful individuals.


I have over 45 years-experience working as a qualified Nursery Nurse and opened Keep Guard Day Nursery in 1996, gaining a BA in Nursery Management in 2008. Keep Guard, Keep Safe, Keep Playing states our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children through a safe, stimulating and child-centred environment. Play is the major learning process, through which children extend and acquire new knowledge. From the moment of birth, children use play to make sense of the world, establishing through play a pattern for learning, which they will continually return to throughout their adult life when encountering the new and unfamiliar.


Through play children deepen their understanding, practice familiar skills, and learn new ones. They develop attitudes that will help them to learn and that will encourage them to be competent members of the wider community and develop as an individual and as a whole person.


Keep Guard Day Nursery’s quality environment allows children to play, make choices from a variety of activities and experiment with different resources. Children are able to interact with others and adults, return to the same things, to rehearse skills and consolidate their learning also developing the skills to listen, talk and reflect.


The role of our Early Years Practitioners is to provide a safe, stimulating, play centred, learning environment that enriches a child’s development. Developing relationships that are warm and trusting to support children encouraging their confidence, independence, learning readiness for school and self-esteem through capturing the teachable moments in their play.


Keep Guard Day Nursery’s staff team look forward to welcoming you and your family.


Lynn Carmichael

Proprietor/Senior Setting Leader

The Setting

Keep Guard Day Nursery provides a learning adventure for your child, set in a truly unique setting of a castle with twelve purposefully designed playrooms and two external spaces to explore as part of their learning adventure.


Keep Guard Day Nursery offers a total child care service with early years education for children aged from 6 weeks to 5 years of age within a safe, secure, and stimulating environment, from 8am - 5pm Monday to Friday, 49 weeks a year situated in the heart of Kempston.


We are delighted to offer FREE PLACES for some 2-year-olds and all 3- and 4-year-olds accessing the 15 or 30 hours of Free and Flexible Extended Entitlement (FFEE) within our Nursery and Pre-School.


We are registered by Ofsted under The Children Act 1989 and are inspected regularly. Ofsted said ‘Children are motivated and enthusiastic learners. Given their starting points, they make good progress. When the time comes, they are ready for school. They are able to identify the letters in their names and can work out simple mathematical problems. Staff accurately gather information to identify children’s next steps in learning. They use this in conjunction with their knowledge of children’s interests to help extend children’s knowledge through planned activities and their self-chosen play. Key Person relationships are strong. Staff know children and their families well.’ To view our most recent Ofsted Inspection please go to


Keep Guard Day Nursery practice is underpinned by policies and procedures which meet the safeguarding and welfare requirements and are available through our online management system eyLog in the resources section when your account is activated.

All photographs used within this piece were kindly taken and donated by James, from James Kendall Estate Agents based in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire.



FREE - Mother and Baby Group for non-mobile babies. 

Every Friday, term time 9:30am-11am



Summer Holidays: Monday 22nd July to Tuesday 3rd September 2024



Summer Closure: Monday 5th August to Friday 9th August 2024

Bank Holiday: Monday 26th August 2024

bottom of page