LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Working above the recommended staff:child ratios our team of dedicated, qualified practitioners nurture and guide children through their early educational years. They are committed to monitoring children's progress and sharing this with parents and carers. Each child is assigned a keyperson who will keep learning journeys for your children’s developmental progress across the seven areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Three times a year children are set Next Steps, which are targets taken from the 'Development Matters'. We help children achieve their Next Steps by carefully providing them with planned learning opportunities. Regular parent meetings give parents and staff the opportunity to share this information and discuss the progress of their child.
Children are offered a wide range of activities that encourage learning through play based on the children's interests. All activities are linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage. We plan themes to follow every term and each day we focus on a 'Key Activity'. This is usually an adult-led activity allowing staff to extend and scaffold the children's learning appropriately. We also enjoy cooking and incorporate this into our plans as often as possible.
We aim to promote the importance of healthy eating through these activities and snack time, which covers a diversity of healthy foods and often multicultural food.
We have a wealth of quality resources and extensively planned activities to stimulate and excite the children. Our Nursery offers children the opportunity to experience both adult and child initiated activities arranged into different zones throughout the room.
We encourage the children to make their own choices by accessing as many of the resources on offer independently, including drinking water.
Most of our resources are stored in child height units with clear written and pictorial labels allowing them to access these freely. Experienced staff are always available to lend a helping hand.
We are open Monday to Friday from 9.20am to 1.20pm term time. We also offer extended sessions Monday to Thursday 1.20pm to 2.20pm for children who are in receipt of 3 & 4 year old funding. Children bring their own packed lunches and enjoy a sociably lunch time with their keyperson.
All Children including those with special education needs are able to join our nursery from the age of 2. Children can join our waiting list anytime of the year. We have intakes into the nursery in September and January subject to availability.
We are registered providers of Nursery education and are able to claim a maximum of 15 free hours a week for some 2 year olds and all 3 & 4 year olds and up to 25 free hours a week for some 3 & 4 year olds (subject to availability) from the term after your child turns 3. No extra fees are payable should you not exceed 15 hours.