08/06/23 – Food Hygiene Inspection

Following an inspection from Harlow Environmental Health, the Akhter Early Learning Centre has retained a food hygiene rating of 5. 5 is top of the scale. This means our hygiene standards are very good and we fully comply with the law.

food hygiene rating

15/03/23 – Government Announces Additional Early Years Childcare Funding for Parents

Please see our Help Paying For Childcare page for further information

24/06/22 – Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal

Through your generosity £1,500 was raised for the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal. The money will be used to help the Red Cross continue to support people caught up in the crisis and help those affected get food, clean water, shelter, medicine and basic medical supplies.

“Situations like this are extremely challenging. But support like this, from you, is a reminder of the kindness and generosity that there is in the world”. The emergency appeal team, British Red Cross


26/04/22 – Woodland Themed Garden

An addition to our outside play areas, a new woodland themed sensory garden with bug hotel and storytelling area.

sensory garden

10/12/21 – Refurbishment of Outside Play Areas

Our Preschool and Toddler outside play areas have been extensively refurbished to now include a climbing wall, adventure tunnel, storytelling den, mud and water play, play bus, barn and shops.

preschool play area preschool play area 1

toddler side play area

18/08/20 – After School and Holiday Club

From September the Akhter ELC will be running an After School and Holiday Club for children aged 4 (Reception class) to 11 years (year 6). For further information on which schools we can collect from and session pricing, please contact reception on 01279 927020.

01/07/20 – Acquisition of Minibus

The Akhter ELC has purchased a 17 seater minibus. The minibus will be used to take children on local trips and outings. The minibus will also be used to expand our After School club from September by offering parents the option of having their children collected from local schools.

28/05/20 – Coronavirus COVID-19 update

Following government confirmation today, the Akhter ELC will welcome all children back from Monday 1st June. Please click on the link below to read about the preventative measures we have implemented to help limit the risk of coronavirus transmitting within our setting.

Parents Letter Re Open to All Children 28-05-20

20/03/20 – Coronavirus COVID-19 update

Following government announcement today, the Akhter ELC will close to all children with the exception of children of critical workers and vulnerable children from Monday 23rd March until further notice. Please contact us or visit for further information and eligibility criteria.

12/12/19 – Free Meals for Children Who Receive EYPP

The Akhter Educational Foundation has announced that from the Autumn 2019 term, children who qualify for Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) will have the cost of meals taken during funded sessions refunded. EYPP is additional funding for Early Years providers to help them improve the education they provide for disadvantaged 3 and 4 year-olds.

13/11/18 – Ofsted Inspection

The routine inspection took place on Tuesday 13th November and we are pleased to announce that the Akhter Early Learning Centre was once again awarded an overall ‘Good’ rating. Ofsted carry out routine inspections to ensure that a provision complies with the statutory framework for children’s learning, development and care, known as the early years foundation stage (EYFS). Ofsted have rated the Akhter Early learning Centre in the following four categories;

  • 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

  A copy of the full Ofsted report can be viewed by clicking on the link below

Ofsted Report November 2018

25/05/18 – New Data Protection Laws Come into Force

We have revised our Privacy Notice and Data Protection Policy to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) that come into force on 25th May 2018. Please visit our Privacy Notice page for more information.

03/02/18 – AED Fundraising

On Saturday 3rd February 2018 a fundraising event organised by the Akhter Early Learning Centre’s deputy manager Charlotte Miller was held in an attempt to raise around £900 for an automated external defibrillator (AED) for the Centre. Statistics show that if an AED is used alongside effective CPR within 3-5 minutes of a child/adult suffering a cardiac arrest, the chance of their survival  increases from 6% to 74%.  270 children die in the UK every year from suffering a sudden cardiac arrest at school.

Thanks to everyone that helped support the event, a staggering £1745.40 was raised. This has enabled the Centre to  purchase an AED and to put the remaining funds towards new equipment for the sensory room and garden. The Centre will now go on an NHS list as a place that holds an AED. The AED’s location can be given by the emergency services to callers in our locality who require the use of an AED.

Digital Camera

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.


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

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.

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 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.