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If you dont already know, we are now updating our facebook page every week, providing lots of news and photographs to show you what your little darlings have been up to each week.

If you click on the link right at the bottom of this or any page on our website, it will take you directly to our "Face Book Page." Like us, share us, remember to set notifications on and you will receive all our updates as and when they go on.

 

Changes to Nursery Education Grant For All Three & Four Year Olds

Prior to April 2013 you could only use your free entitlement over 38 weeks a year, which meant if you only required 10 hours a week, you lost the remaining 5 hours a week for 38 weeks, or you used childcare during those 38 weeks you did not actually require and then paid for childcare you did require during the remaining 14 weeks which were not funded.

You can now spread your entitlement of “Free hours” over the full year, using the above example your child could attend 10 hours of care at Nursery Rhymes for 52 weeks of the year for FREE.


 

Early Education Grant For Two Year Olds

Nursery Rhymes is now a Linked Childcare Provider, which means we are able to offer fifteen hours a week of free education for two year olds, where families meet a set criteria.

The current criteria is the same as the Free School Meals entitlement or for a child who is looked after.  Parents can claim Early Education for their two year old if they or their partner receives one of the following:-

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The ‘Guarantee’ element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided that are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed  £16,190

A child can access an Early Education place the term after their second birthday, until the term after their third birthday, when they will then become entitled to a Nursery Education place for three and four year olds.

If you feel that you currently meet any of the above criteria, please do not hesitate to contact the Nursery Manager to arrange a meeting.

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You will be pleased to know we now have a facebook page!

Please be assured this is not to replace our existing forms of cummuniaction but to add to them. Please feel free to make comments on our page.

Our Latest OFSTED Inspection Report - August 2013

We are very please with our latest OFSTED report, following our inspection on 5th Aug 2013

Click on the link below to read our latest OFSTED inspection report.  http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/oxcare_providers/full/(urn)/957307

 As we have never changed our company name, you will be able to read every OFSTED inspection report we have ever had

You can also access the report from the above link.

Latest OFSTED Report Aug 2013 (179kb)

Jabberwocky Club - April 2011
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In April this year, Nursery Rhymes expanded our care facilities, opening the "Jabberwocky Club" for children aged four to eleven years. The Jabberwocky Club offers before, after school and holiday care for 51 weeks of the year. The new space is purposefully designed on the top floor of the nursery building, to enable children to experience a home from home approach to their care, whilst providing a variety of fun and exciting activities to suit all interests.

Our role at the Jabberwocky Club is to ensure that every child who attends the setting enjoys their time with us. Our aim is to provide an extensive range of play based activities and experiences relevant to a child’s personal interests and individual needs. Activities and experiences are implemented through direct consultations with the children and practitioner support, which helps to inform the daily and weekly planning process within the Club.

At the Jabberwocky Club, we acknowledge that children participate and engage in different ways and therefore plan for this accordingly by creating a range of play situations that are implemented through the balance of practitioner lead and child-initiated opportunities within the indoor and outdoor environment.

A wide range of daily activities are provided to ensure that every child enjoys learning through play and different experiences. Learning opportunities are presented to the children in a fun filled manner, which encourage participation and involvement, both in individual and group situations.
All aspects of our setting may be adapted to extend learning opportunities. There will be regular trips out of the setting especially during the long holiday periods to enable the children to have plenty of fresh air and exercise.

 

Playground - May 2010

Our new playground is now complete; we have some fantastic new resources, which children have been using over the last few months, we have all had some fantastic experiences!  

 

Sand Play
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 Children are given the opportunity to explore the properties of sand on a larger scale outdoors. “Digging for treasure” and “Being at the sea side” are some of the fun things that the children have enjoyed so far.

Sand play is enjoyed by children of all ages. The feel of sand between fingers and toes is a wonderful feeling which the children love to experience.
 

 

Den Making
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Den making outdoors provides a range of physical and problem solving skills. The children can work and play co-operatively using their imagination to create a variety of scenarios using many large scale props and resources.

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Den play allows the children to create and act out many imaginative situations. It allows the children to take risks and direct their own play.

Mark Making
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Creativity outdoors enables the children to experiment with mark making resources on a larger scale. Opportunities to draw, paint and make patterns on a range of surfaces including the walls and floor help children to develop skills of large and small co-ordination and manipulation.

Gardening - Plants, Fruits and Vegetable
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Planting and growing fruit and vegetables is promoted in line with the seasons to help children understand where their food comes from. The children are encouraged to tend to the vegetables and checking their growth.

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The garden area is filled with flowers, herbs and plants which encourage the children to discover how things grow and develop.

Quiet and Sensory
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A cosy decked area provides the children with a place to relax and enjoy the outdoor environment at a quieter pace.

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Sensory explorations are heightened in the outdoors. Children use many of their investigative skills to discover why things happen and how things work.

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Water Play
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Children are given the opportunity to explore the properties of water on a much bigger scale outdoors. Experiencing concepts such as pouring, filling, measuring, floating and sinking help children to develop mathematical and scientific awareness.

Music
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Creating music and listening to sounds outdoors promotes children’s auditory discrimination. These skills later benefit children as they progress on their journey towards word formation and reading.

Exploring Nature
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Children can explore the fascinating world of minibeasts, looking for worms, ladybirds and spiders in their natural environment. The children love to go on “Bug hunts” to see what they can find!

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