Your Child in Our Care

Key Person

Key Person

Each child is allocated a member of staff as a "Key Person". That member of staff will be responsible for a small group of children and they will be their principal carer. The Key Person will help your child to settle into nursery on their first day and build an ongoing relationship with your child and the whole family. This helps to promote a sense of security for their child. Their Key Person will ensure that the child's individual needs are met.

Your child's Key Person is also your child's first point of contact and they will be happy to discuss any aspect of your child's care, progress and development.

Early Years Foundation Stage

All activities and experiences for those children aged from birth to three years are based around the Early Years Foundation Stage.

There are 7 areas of learning and development that shape our educational programme. Staff use the areas to observe and assess children and plan activities and experiences based on the children's individual needs and interests. All areas of learning and development are important and interconnected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

These three areas, the prime areas, are:

We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:

Planning for Children's Learning

Planning for Learning

The activities and experiences we provide for all the children are based around individual children's interests, their abilities and strengths and knowledge of home experiences from parents/carers.

By closely observing the children, we can gain a great deal of information about the individual child and use this to provide appropriate activities and experiences to motivate, and support their all round development.

We are committed to providing equality of opportunity for all and welcome and celebrate diversity. We promote this through our planning and by celebrating a variety of different festivals, which incorporate a number of exciting activities and experiences. We also provide a culturally rich environment, such as displays, pictures, books and resources.

Out of School Club

Our out of school club and holiday club facility based within the Willows Primary school provides care for 16 children aged 4-11 years. During term time we provide a breakfast club from 8am - 8.45am and after school care from 3.15 - 6pm. During school holidays we are open 8am - 6pm. The out of school club is closed the same dates as the daycare.

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Meals and Snacks

We are committed to providing good quality nutritious food for our children and believe it is our role to promote this.

Additional Needs

We have a full time special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) who will work in partnership with the child's parents and any agencies involved, to help aid the development and progression of the child.

Clothing

We provide a variety of experiences for your child during the day, such as painting, sticking, gloop and dough, in which they may get a little bit messy - even when wearing aprons - so we request that you do not bring your child in their best clothes!

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