Our nursery staff are:
- Mrs A Balaam Nursery Manager
- Mrs K Holmes Nursery Nurse
- Miss L Kellett Nursery Nurse
We are open 8.00am – 4.00pm Monday – Friday, term time only.
Our setting aims to:
- provide high quality care and education for children below statutory school age
- work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop
- add to the life and well-being of the local community
- offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity.
We aim to ensure that each child:
- is in a safe and stimulating environment
- is given generous care and attention, because of our ratio of qualified staff to children
- has the chance to join with other children and adults to play, work and learn together
- is supported in her/his learning and development by being helped to build on what she/he already knows and can do
- has a personal key person who they build a strong relationship with
- is in a setting that sees parents as partners in helping each child to learn and develop
- is in a setting in which parents help to shape the service it offers.
Learning through play
The daily interactions and experiences that children share with their peers and adults, is how they learn about the world around them. These interactions involve play. Play is a powerful and important activity. It has a natural and positive influence on children’s social, physical, emotional and cognitive development. Our Nursery uses the practice guidance Early Years Foundation Stage to plan and provide a range of play activities which help children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development. In some of these activities children decide how they will use the activity and, in others, an adult takes the lead in helping the children to take part in the activity.
We assess how young children are learning and developing by observing them frequently. We use information that we gain from observations, as well as from photographs or videos of the children, to document their progress and where this may be leading them. We believe that parents know their children best and we ask them to contribute to assessment by sharing information about what their children like to do at home and how they as parents are supporting development.
We make periodic assessment summaries of children’s achievement based on our ongoing development records. These form part of children’s records of achievement. We undertake these assessment summaries at regular intervals as well as times of transition, such as when a child moves into a different group or when they go on to school.
Adult roles and key person system
In our Nursery we maintain the ratio of adults to children in the setting that is set through the Welfare Requirements. This helps us to:
- give time and attention to each child
- talk with the children about their interests and activities
- help children to experience and benefit from the activities we provide
- allow the children to explore and be adventurous in safety.
Our Nursery uses a key person approach. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom they are particularly responsible for. This helps to ensure that every child’s care is tailored to meet their individual needs and the key person can build strong personal relationships with the child and their parents or carers.
We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from, and work at, a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.
Outdoor activities contribute to children’s health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities, as well as those provided in the indoors.
Copies of the school’s policies and procedures are available for you to see on-line on the school website. The school’s policies help us to make sure that the service provided by the nursery and school is a high quality one and that being a member of the Nursery is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for each child and her/his parents.
We are in receipt of the universal 15 hours funding and also the extended 30 hours funding. The fees are payable in advance and must still be paid if children are absent.