PARENT'S ZONE

OFSTED Regulated

Ofsted is the Government regulator responsible for ensuring all nurseries in the U.K. meet certain stringent standards such as ratios of staff to children, first aid trained members and the acceptable number of qualified staff.

Regular thorough inspections are carried out by specially trained professionals to make sure these standards continue to be met.  We are registered with OFSTED under the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), and their registration certificate and details are displayed in our reception areas.

Our aim is to not only meet these standards in our day to day running of the nursery but surpass them and strive to go that extra mile.

     WE ARE RATED “GOOD”

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Food & Health

We ensure that all children are provided with a varied and healthy diet that contains the correct balance of nutrients to aid their growth and development.

All food is cooked fresh on-site in order to provide children their recommended 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. We are mindful of dietary requirements with vegetarian, nut, wheat and milk free options available for our little ones who require or prefer them.

For our babies, solid food is prepared to suit the individual needs of each child. Weaning starts with freshly prepared vegetables and fruit purees and gradually the introduction of meat/ fish. We are aware of the traditional weaning methods as well as baby-led weaning and will work with parents to ensure that children develop healthy appetites and interest in food.

The food our children eat affects every aspect of their lives: their mood, behaviour, growth, even their ability to concentrate. Good nutrition is vital to a child’s health from building strong bones and teeth to the healthy development of internal organs and overall growth.

All our food is healthy, tasty and cooked on nursery premises in well equipped kitchens using fresh, wholesome ingredients. All of our nurseries have a dedicated professional chef who is well trained in producing the excellent standards of food required, using only fresh ingredients.

We always help children to practice good table manners. They use cutlery, serve themselves from serving dishes and scrape their own plates clean when they have finished. We encourage them to wait patiently before they begin, eat with their mouths closed, and no elbows on the table.

We believe that meal-times should be a happy, sociable time where different, healthy foods are tasted and eating skills can be developed.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Our curriculum follows the Early Years Foundation Stage, a framework set out by the Department of Education, which recognises the overall nature of development and learning of children from birth to 5 years old.

There is an emphasis on children learning through interaction with people and exploring the world around them.  EYFS identifies the individuality, efforts and achievements of children and recognises that learning and development take place during each different activity, encouraging them to be lifelong learners and allowing them to develop to their full potential.

We ensure that our key persons work closely with individual children, observing their particular interests and planning activities for them based around those interests which help to promote their learning and development. We have a sophisticated tracking and assessment system in place to make sure that we have a clear understanding of each child’s stage of development and how we can best support their further development.

Care and Education is offered within the following Age Ranges:

6-12 months

A homely atmosphere helps young babies settle into nursery life. Babies are treated as individuals and a key person ensures that all babies are provided with warmth and security of care ensuring their basic needs are met.

1-2 years

A large variety of activities help the ever-inquisitive toddler to develop independence, social and communication skills, and to develop strong muscles and coordination through physical play.

2-3 years

A well-planned environment means that children can play with a wide range of resources and take part in well-planned activities and experiences which will enable them to continue to develop social skills in turn-taking, co-operation and how to communicate with adults and their peers. They will have access to a range of activities to encourage their creative skills and imagination.

3-5 years

The continuous provision areas ensure children’s free choice of activity within a structured learning environment. They can continually access these areas in order to develop, practice, repeat and refine skills in their own time.  Carefully planned resources offer the chance to experiment, observe and explore their surroundings and enable the children to discover information for themselves. Parent partnership is strong and children’s interests are used all across the settings to plan exciting games and activities making sure learning is fun. Through the seven learning areas, children will be supported in reaching their full potential and achieving the stepping stones, giving each child a wide range of experiences and knowledge to draw upon when they enter school.

When a child is ready to move onto school (or a new setting) information is gathered about the children and shared with parents and the school in order to make transitions easy and for the children. Teachers are invited to our setting to visit the children.

First and foremost we want your children to be happy in our Nursery and hope that during their time with us their development will make the transition to school an enjoyable one.

Useful links

Here are some useful resource of government links and links to organisations aimed at providing support and information for parents and child-related issues.

Childcare Choices – Childcare Funding
Government help with childcare costs for parents. This is a useful site where you can establish whether you are eligible for any help with childcare and can obtain your code for the 30 hours offer.

HM Customs & Excise – Child Childcare
Information about childcare including important details about the government’s childcare voucher scheme.

Education
The Department for Education is responsible for education and children’s services. Find out about the academies programme which provides schools with greater freedoms to innovate and raise standards.

Ofsted
Ofsted is the inspectorate for children and learners in England. They provide impartial information about the quality of education and care.

NDNA
The National Day Nurseries Association is dedicated to the provision, support and promotion of high-quality care and education for the benefit of children, families and communities. All of our nurseries are members of the NDNA.

National Childbirth Trust (NCT)
The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) offers support in pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood.

RCM
The RCM is the voice of midwifery, providing excellence in professional leadership, education, influence and representation for and on behalf of midwives.

Useful Forms – click to download

Enrolment form

Change of Attendance Form