Each child is allocated a professional qualified practitioner who is responsible for a child’s learning and development and helps to build a secure and welcoming relationship with the child. Each day the key person ensures that they plan activities based on their key child’s interest ensuring the activities are age appropriate and stimulating. The key person will feed back to parents and carers ensuring that parents and carers remain fully up to date with their child’s day at nursery. The key person holds termly parent meetings to feedback on progress.
Parents as partners:
The Nursery Manager operates an open-door policy whereby parents can speak to the Manager anytime they wish to. We encourage parents to play an active role in the learning and development of their child and continuously provide help and support to parents.
The key person system is embedded in our nursery and works well to keep parents informed of their child’s progress and our commitment to their child’s learning and development.
We hold regular stay and play sessions with parents and parent feedback sessions so that our parents are fully informed. We ask parents to provide us with feedback which in turn helps us to grow as a setting.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and plan activities which will help children to learn and develop. We understand that each child is unique we tailor our approach to meet children individual needs. With children who are 2 and below we focus on the Prime areas of learning which are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language
Children need to feel safe and secure in their environment which then helps them to explore and learn.
Children who are 3 years and above, we focus not only on the prime areas, but we also look at the specific areas. Key person’s will plan activities which will help your child learn and progress. The specific areas of learning are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and designs
The Nursery Manager along with the Early Years professionals have carefully selected resources to ensure that they are both age appropriate and efficiently stimulating. We have three rooms as follow:
Busy babies – 3 months to under 2-year olds. our baby room has been designed for babies to ensure the surrounds are safe and comfortable allowing your child to learn and develop. Staff are trained to build bonds with children ensuring your child is supported emotionally. All the resources we use are age appropriate and help to develop your child in the Prime Areas of learning which are: Personal, Social and Emotional development, Speaking and language, Physical Education. Staff feedback to parents daily providing in-depth information about your child’s day.
- Caterpillars 2-year We have two free flowing rooms with neutral décor to ensure children play in a calm and inviting environment. The resources within the rooms have been chosen by our highly experienced team, ensuring children’s learning needs are met. The resources are both stimulating and challenging. The Nursery routine for the caterpillars is fun and flexible, and provides children with group interactions, stimulating activities based on their interests and discovery areas to encourage exploring and interest in young children. The room is spacious with low accessible units, your child will experience lots of sensory activities as children learn best using their senses to explore their environment. Example activities would include water, sand, jelly play, shaving foam, cornflour and many more. Our team constantly change the areas of the rooms to provide lots of stimulation and learning. The practitioners are constantly looking at new ideas to promote your child’s learning and development in a fun, challenging and exciting way.
- Butterflies – 3-5-year olds. We have three pre – school rooms which are designed to provide stimulation for preschool children. The pre – school rooms have been structured to prepare children for Reception by encouraging them to reach their full potential at their own pace through active learning and support. The routine for the pre-school rooms take into consideration, children’s interests, needs and stages of development. The environment has been developed to enable children to challenge themselves, investigate, discover their surroundings, and build confidence through purposeful play with a mixture of activities which are adult led or child initiated.
Children will be preparing for “school readiness” this will be achieved by promoting independence during mealtimes, toileting and getting ready to play out.
Dining room – all the children in our setting that stay for lunch, enjoy home cooked meals on site Children learn to socialise, learn about portion control and using knives and forks. Children learn to self-serve and pass the serving bowls to their friends. Staff accompany children at the dinner table to model good behaviour and etiquette.
(this is a huge selling point for us as the surrounding nurseries don’t have such a big space. We need pictures of this and captions from OFSTED)
Our outdoor play area has been divided in to two areas. Children under the age of three years have a playground which has soft flooring and artificial grass installed. All the facilities are at the children level for example the walk-in sand pit and mud kitchen. There is fresh running tap water for children to help themselves. We have a walk-in storage area and small children are encouraged to select the toys they would like to play with.
The pre – school play area is much more challenging, and the resources are open ended, allowing children to decide how they would like to play. Children are free to explore and investigate their surrounds. Staff continuously provide support to children creating a classroom outdoors environment.