PROSPECTUS

We Take Care

To provide a safe, caring and stimulating environment that is thought provoking and interactive.
To promote an atmosphere of equal opportunities whatever the cultural background, ability or gender.
To consider each child as unique with very individual feelings and needs.
To encourage appropriate manners and behaviour that both respect and consider other children and adults.
To build self-esteem by providing positive learning experiences relevant to each child’s individual development.
To fully enable every child to gather an interest in the world around them and beyond.
To structure each day to combine fun and learning that encourages a child’s natural curiosity.
To support children, in a developmentally appropriate way, towards the aims identified by the government’s ‘Early Learning Goals’.
To reassess and evaluate our working beliefs and values, on a regular basis, to exceed our expectations in a changing world.
To build partnerships that add balance and judgment to our values.

“Even with all these aims and objectives, any child who simply wants a cuddle will not be disappointed”.

After School Care
Between about 4 and 8 years we are able to offer after school care for children. This is particularly beneficial when the child has already been to the Nursery and can relate to the Nursery Nurses and continue their friendships. Experience has shown that they also act as ‘mentors’ to the younger children; helping where they are able… it is all very positive.

We know that children develop in different ways at different paces. The experiences of each child will develop individual needs to realize their own potential whilst feeling happy and secure. Weekly activity sheets will be displayed on the parent’s notice board. You are encouraged to take an interest in the variety of subjects and perhaps continue some elements of the programme in the home environment.

Our Nursery includes activities and experiences that will influence attitudes to learning for years ahead. Indeed, a child that has experienced a good pre-school is much more likely to find the transition to school and the National Curriculum Key Stage One learning programme much less traumatic.

High quality pre-school programmes have been found to improve adult status and are of lasting importance… you will not be disappointed with your choice.

Educational Needs
The government has replaced “Desirable Learning Outcomes” following advice from the Qualifications as Curriculum Authority.

All children’s nurseries will be inspected based partly on advice now detailed in the “Early Learning Goals”. This is in addition to existing requirements detailed in the Code of Practice for special educational needs and the Office of Standards in Education. It is on the successful completion of the inspection by OFSTED that successful registration depends.

The `Early Learning Goals’ retain the six areas of learning identified in the `Desirable Outcomes`, with the addition of emotional development to personal and social progress.

As before, each area has its own set of specific goals. They are:-

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Language & Literacy
Mathematical Development
Knowledge & Understanding of the World
Physical Development
Creative Development

Our curriculum needs to be carefully structured and requires quality time with each child. Within the structure we have three strands:-

Provision for different starting points from which children develop their learning; building on what they can already achieve.
Relevant and appropriate content which matches the different levels of young children’s needs.
Planned and purposeful activity which provides opportunities for teaching and learning both indoors and outdoors.

Our curriculum is structured but flexible to individual children’s needs and circumstances.

It is the base on which we build and permits everyone to achieve a measured progress to a self- motivated programme of self-improvement.

The Dining Area
This area allows social interaction during meal times and provides the perfect opportunity to develop good table manners with a knowledge of food that is further encouraged through cooking activities.