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Thinking about choosing our nursery for your child?

As a mother and experienced childcare professional our Manager Nicola recognises that choosing childcare for your child is an important decision and welcomes you to visit our setting, look around and ask our staff questions. As a Nursery it is our ethos to value every child, parent, carer and member of staff for themselves and the unique contribution they make to our setting, and to aim to meet individual needs.

If you choose our nursery you and your child will begin by being welcomed through our free prior settling-in visits. This is when you will meet the fully qualified Nursery Nurse who will remain your key point of contact throughout your child’s time at nursery. They will work closely with your child, filling in their progress and educational records which you will be able to access at any time.

We believe that through stability your child’s confidence to join in the many activities available each day will grow and it is one of our priorities to maintain high staff ratios and to minimise staff changes in order to ensure familiar faces in each room. This is enhanced through a very low turnover of staff within our nursery.

Our Nursery Environment

Within our purpose-built setting, each room is decorated and equipped for the appropriate age range in order to encourage the developmental needs of your child and to create an atmosphere where they can develop their learning, independence and confidence. For our pre-school children this includes access to an interactive white board.

Outdoor play is incorporated into each day and all children will have access to outdoor space which includes one area specifically for under 3’s with its own wooden play house and small digging and growing area.

Our nursery families and staff are also very proud of our second play area which enables us to offer extended outdoor play opportunities for the children. Designed for over threes and for use by our out of school care provision, children have free access to equipment including bikes and scooters, bats and balls, construction materials, as well as sand and water play.

Home-Made Meals

We take healthy lifestyles seriously and employ an in-house cook to prepare nutritious, tasty home cooked food for the children. The current menu can be viewed as a pdf document by clicking here. Recipe requests for popular dishes are welcomed from parents and she has also been teaching the children some early cooking skills!

From September International Days will be introduced – once a month the children will get to experience foods from other countries. This will also be incorporated through the childrens play and experiences in nursery

Our Pets

Having fish at nursery teaches children how to care for animals, they really enjoy helping to feed them each day and are often keen to go and say hello to the fish on arrival at nursery in the morning which sometimes serves as a distraction if a child is feeling emotional. The children learn about why the fish need to be given clean water regularly and often go for a walk to the local pet shop to buy more fish food. Our fish have been named Peppa and George by the children. In the pre-school room we also have fibre optic jelly fish that the children love to watch.

Learning and Development in our Childcare

Well qualified staff understand how children learn. Staff take into account children individual needs and interests and provide opportunities for children to engage in self chosen activities.
Children arrive enthusiastically and are motivated and eager to play and learn. Toddlers delight in making patterns as they squeeze glue onto paper and children welcome independence and confidence and demonstrate high levels of self esteem.
Positive relationships exist between children and their key persons.
OFSTED Inspection 2016.

From birth to five years old, the Early Years Foundation Stage has been planned to meet children’s individual development as well as their age. It is set over several developmental areas, grouped as: Communication and language, physical, personal, social and emotional, literacy, maths, understanding the world and expressive arts and design.

We encourage children to learn through play and plan activities around topics and themes. As part of the planning, staff in each room will link these to the EYFS development areas and information about the topics and areas of development will be displayed in each room for all parents/carers to access.

Additional activities available include taking the children to swimming lessons.

Keeping Parents Updated

Parents/carers are welcome to visit the nursery at any time to see how their child is during the day. They can also telephone the number below and to be put through to the staff in their child’s room, or speak to the Nursery Manager Nicola Ambler, contact number 01942 274 684.

Child Safety & Protection, Other Policies

Children’s safety is paramount to us. All staff members have responsibility to ensure that they are vigilant at all times. Management responsibilities for child protection are in place and are well known by te staff who benefit from a rolling programme of training.

All policies and procedures are available in a number of formats and are displayed around the nursery. If you would like a copy, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Ofted Inspection Report

For further information on our Nursery contact: reception@ymcaashton.org