Range of Care

Learning and Development

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It is our aim to give each unique child the opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.

Within the guidelines of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum our highly qualified and motivated staff provide a variety of activities and learning experiences covering the 3 prime and 4 specific areas of learning.

The observation, assessment and planning cycle for each unit is carried out in accordance with the EYFS and the 'key worker' is responsible for ensuring that all activities are planned to meet the individual needs of all the children. It is our aim to give each unique child the opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.

Our nursery is separated into three main units, babies, toddlers and pre-school. Each one is led by a senior member of staff holding an appropriate level of qualification. They are responsible for the overall operation of each area and work with a team who are consistent to the same unit.

Staffing ratios for all under 3's are 1 carer:3 children (compulsory ratio for 2-3 years is 1:4) and over 3's have a ratio of 1 carer:8 children (compulsory ratio for this group is 1:8). Where new staff are introduced to a unit, they will undergo a carefully planned induction programme, including all aspects of our procedures and policies.

Baby Unit (4 to 18 months)

A safe, stimulating and calm environment where children can learn through play.

Our baby unit is on the same floor but completely separate to our toddler unit. It comprises 2 rooms and a separate cot room. Our babies are cared for by consistent staff all of whom have lots of previous experiences working with babies. All babies have a key worker who begins to follow their learning journey and shares this progress with parents.

It is our aim to provide a safe, stimulating and calm environment where children can learn through play. You and your child’s feelings of security in our environment are of paramount importance. Babies will not make the transition into the older unit until they are fully mobile and becoming more independent.

The main room is a quiet, calming area where the youngest babies have an assortment of toys, rattles and equipment to stimulate their sensory skills and co-ordination. They also have access to a fully equipped craft and wet play area for creative and messy activities. These activities are planned into the babies’ routine on a regular basis. Our staff will be happy to tell you about the activities and your child’s experiences at nursery at any time.

As the babies become more mobile and independent they will start to integrate and access the adjacent toddler unit. This generally happens around 18 months but each individual children's needs are catered for and transition will only be made when both key worker and parents are in full agreement.

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Key Worker

The key worker will take responsibility for ensuring all the needs of the children are met individually and they will communicate with parents daily. During your child’s time in the baby unit, a personal profile will be started, to record their stages of development and to collate evidence of your child’s milestones. This is also used to plan activities and ensure all the areas of learning identified in the EYFS are being met. This is available for you to see at any time and can be discussed with any member of the baby unit team.

Communication

Good communication between staff and parents is a vital aspect of nursery care. You will be informed of your child’s key worker at the time of the information session and you can contact that person at any time during their working day. A daily diary is completed and shared with you at the end of each day and can be used by to add any additional information that you feel needs to be passed on.

Sleeping & Feeding

We recognise each child as an individual and will discuss their regular feeding and sleeping routines with you at an initial visit. Please help us to provide the best possible care by keeping us up to date with any changes in your child’s routine. It is our aim to continue with any routines you may have established at home and make transition to nursery as smooth as possible.

Induction

We offer a series of visits to make the ‘settling in’ period as smooth as we can. During your first visit, we will share information with you and give you the opportunity to discuss your child’s specific routine and any special requirements. We will then arrange a couple of sessions where you can leave your child to become familiar with their new environment and careers.

Toddler (up to 36 months)

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A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances.

Children move over to the toddler group at approximately 18 months. The toddler unit has 2 main rooms allowing continuous access to all the 7 areas of the EYFS. The children have free-flow access through the 2 main rooms covering all areas of continuous provision. Throughout the unit the key worker continues to collate and record their achievements in their personal profile.

As in all other areas of the nursery, staff are dedicated to one particular age group and other than for absence replacement, remain consistent to that area. This allows key-workers to work closely with parents and children and plan for the individual needs and interests of the child.

Transition

A child’s individual needs are always the most important consideration, and as they become more active and skilful, the transition from the toddler unit will begin. Children will move down to the pre-school room at around 3 years. All decisions will be discussed with parents and the prime importance during the initial stages is the child’s feeling of security within the new environment. This is achieved through a gradual process of visits catered to suit each individual child. The key worker always ensures smooth transition through the units and will inform parent in the usual way.

Once security is established, the child will be ready to enjoy the full benefits of a more active group and form relationships with other staff and peers.

Letters and Sounds

Letters and Sounds  is a programme introduced by the Department for Education (DFE) which we use in Nursery to help to develop early communication, language and literacy skills. It has seven different aspects which we follow to help us to promote the development of early speaking and listening.

Upstairs Toddler Typical Day

7.30 – 8.30
Breakfast

8.30 – 9.30
Freeplay, free flow into wet room and focused EYFS activities

9.30 – 9.40
Letters and Sounds activities

9.40 – 10.00
Milk and Fruit

10.00 – 10.15
Introduction to the day, nappies and toileting to be done during this time

10.15 – 11.15
Outdoor play or music and movement

11.15 – 11.30
Wash hands for lunch

11.30 – 12.00
Lunchtime

12.00 – 1.45
Sleep, free play in both creative rooms until all children have woken up

1.45 – 2.45
Free play, focused EYFS activities, nappies and toileting

2.45 – 3.00
Letters and sounds activities

3.00 – 3.10
Wash hands for tea

3.10 – 3.40
Teatime

3.40 – 4.00
Group activities e.g. movement to music, bee-bot etc

4.00 – 5.00
Freeplay – Free flow into wet room and planned or craft activities

5.00 – 5.15
Snack

5.15 – 6.00
Free play until collection

All timings are for guidance only and subject to change on a daily basis.

Pre-school (3 to 4 years old)

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Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfill their potential.

The pre-school unit is a large airy room which leads directly on to an all weather surface, allowing for continuous access to the outdoors as required. Staff continue to provide a varied curriculum to secure strong foundations for future learning. Their experiences are further enhance through personal tuition from 'Kidslingo' who provide French classes for this particular age group.

Throughout nursery we implement the statutory requirements of the EYFS. These guidelines give us, as childcare practitioners, a clear understanding of how to provide a solid foundation of learning for your child’s future school career. In pre-school we continue to plan activities to incorporate the 7 areas of learning, always taking into account individual interests and needs. Staff provide a stimulating, enabling environment in which all children are encouraged to challenge themselves and increase their independence in readiness for school.
Communication with parents is still of utmost importance but is handed over verbally at the end of each day and the daily communication diary ceases on entry to the pre-school unit.

"A child is not a vase to be filled, but a candle to be lit."
Francois Rabelais

Transition

As a private, voluntary and independent setting our children move on to a variety of foundation stage units around the area. During the summer term we try to make contact with all transition schools and will make any necessary arrangements to ensure that their next move is as smooth as possible. All relevant documentation is passed on to the appropriate schools and parents will take home the learning and development record completed throughout their child’s time at nursery.

Letters and Sounds

The Letters and Sounds programme continues through from the toddler room and is formally documented to chart children’s progress with communication and listening skills. As appropriate children will move on to Phase 2 which is a robust programme of high quality phonic work.

A Typical Day

7.30 – 8.30
Breakfast

8.30 – 9.00
Freeplay

9.00 – 9.30
Introduction to the day

9.30 – 10.30

Free play, focused EYFS activities and enhancements, fruit and milk

10.30 – 11.00

Tidy up, letters and sounds activities

11.00 – 11.45
Outdoor play, focused EYFS activities and enhancements

11.45 – 12.00

Preparation for lunch, singing

12.00 – 12.30
Lunch

12.30 – 1.00

Group story time (naps as appropriate)

1.00 – 2.15
Free play, focused EYFS activities and enhancements

2.15 – 2.45
Tidy up, seadlings group time

2.45 – 3.15

Outdoor play, focused EYFS activities and enhancements

3.15 – 3.30

Preparation for tea, rhymes etc

3.30 – 4.00

Tea time

4.00 – 4.30
Group story time

4.30 – 5.15
Free play, table top, jigsaws, games etc

5.15 – 5.30

Snack time

5.30 – 6.00

Free play until collection