At Nursery Rhymes the quality of the childcare provided for each individual child is of paramount importance. We aim to provide a happy, safe and stimulating environment, in order for each child to reach their full potential.
Staff at every level will endeavour to be readily available at all times to deal with parents/guardians queries, concerns or anxieties so as to discuss any aspect of their children’s care or well being.
- Provide a play-based framework that is underpinned by the Early Years Foundation Stage.
- To provide children with a caring and nurturing environment, which facilitates and promotes their individual development.
- To support and extend learning and development appropriately and sensitively incorporating each child’s individual interests.
- Value and appreciate what a child can do and recognise that this will be different for all children.
- Incorporate positive opportunities for all children through inclusive practice, respecting diversity and ensuring equal access to the provision.
- To promote good partnerships with parents/guardians, by respecting and valuing their views as the child’s prime carer.
- To provide a valuable service within the local community, that meets the needs of all the children and the families who use the setting.
The required staffing ratios outlined within the Statutory Guidance of the Early Years Foundation Stage are as follows:-
Children aged 0 to 2 years - 1 member of staff to every 3 children
Children aged 2 to 3 years – 1 member of staff to every 4 children
Children aged 2 to 5 years - 1 member of staff to every 6 children
Each room has a designated Room Manager who oversees the running of the playroom on a daily basis and is supported by a team of early years practitioners. We aim to ensure that staff are based in the same room and do not rotate around the nursery to ensure continuity of care for the children.
OFSTED stipulate that 50% of the staff who care for children within a nursery setting should be qualified. Nursery Rhymes have a policy of running our qualified staffing levels well above this required level. We actually endeavour to have all staff qualified to a minimum of NVQ Level 3.
Although this in itself is a fantastic achievement, we believe that continual professional development is essential for all staff to ensure that they are kept up to date new thinking and developments within early years. Regular training is accessed through our local Early Years Childcare Partnership along with external providers, which enhances the care and experiences provided for the children.
The setting is currently supporting the Nursery Manager in achieving Early Years Professional Status, which is a Government requirement for all private sectors to have in place by 2015.
All staff employed by Nursery Rhymes are vetted for their suitability to work with children. An enhanced Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check is undertaken on behalf of any new member of staff joining the organisation.
OFSTED stipulates that a nursery should have one member of staff on the premises at all times, with a current first aid certificate. We believe that in the event of a serious accident this is not adequate and to avoid any confusion and delay in attending any such incident. We insist that all our staff hold a current first aid certificate, which is renewed every three years.
An essential part of our role is to provide an environment that promotes health, safety and protection. We have several policies and procedures that govern the way we operate the nursery and these underpin everything we do. The nursery regularly reviews and updates such documentation in line with changes in legislation and practice. All staff follow and implement the setting’s policies, procedures and risk assessments on a daily basis to ensure the safety of the children at all times.
Copies of all our policies and procedures are available for parents to view at any time and can be found in the main lobby area or your child’s playroom. Please see a member of staff if you would like to refer to a particular document.
Our aim at Nursery Rhymes is to assist all children who attend the setting to achieve their maximum potential. All staff at Nursery Rhymes acknowledges that children learn in different ways and at different rates and therefore plan for this accordingly by creating positive play environments for the children.
We promote the relevant frameworks set by the Department for Education, namely the Early Years Foundation Stage, which supports and enhances children’s learning and development holistically through play based experiences. We view all aspects of learning and development as equally important ensuring a flexible approach is maintained which responds to children’s learning and developmental needs.
We aim to provide activities according to each child’s individual needs, based upon key person observations which help to inform future planning and as well as drawing on children’s needs and interests. This is promoted through a balance of adult focussed and child-initiated opportunities both indoors and outdoors.
The nursery’s layout has been designed around the children’s needs. Each playroom is creatively decorated and makes use of various wall and ceiling displays to stimulate the children’s senses and imagination, with plenty of provision for fun play based activities which are so important for each child’s development.
We have three playrooms the first two are situated on the ground floor, the third on the first floor:
- “Humpty Dumpty’s Room” for children aged 3 months - 2 year olds.
- “Little Bo Peeps Room” which is dual registered to care for children less than 2 years of age or from 18 – 30 months old dependant upon the number of children within these two age groups.
- “Jack & Jill’s Room” is our toddler to pre-school room catering from a child’s 2nd birthday to school age.
Each room has its own individual handbook that details the care routines, activities and record keeping that takes place specific to each age group within the nursery. You will receive a new handbook and transition information each time your child progresses into a new room.
At Nursery Rhymes we have a self-contained, safe outside play area with a range of resources and experiences to stimulate and encourage a child’s development. Activities such as den building, exploring the environment and nature and large scale sand and water play are regular features of the outdoor provision throughout the year. All children are encouraged to use the outdoors for at least one hour everyday. Nursery Rhymes actively promotes the benefit of using the outdoors to enable children to be healthier, happier and become fitter. The nursery follows the ethos of, ”There is no such thing as inappropriate weather, just inappropriate clothing”, therefore we encourage parents to remember hats, coats and wellington boots for lots of outdoor fun in all types of weathers.
Nursery Rhymes operate an intercom security system to gain access into the building. No unauthorised person will be admitted without verification and no direct access in to a playroom is possible without the authorisation of a staff member.
Any adult who you have previously registered with Nursery Rhymes, giving collection permission may only pick up your children.
If for any reason you require an unregistered adult to collect your child, as this will be done over the phone, this adult and yourself will be required to use our password procedure.
If at any stage you require to remove of any person from the list of responsible adults who may pick up your child it is imperative that this is done in writing along with an up to date photograph.
Nursery Rhymes will provide a drawstring material bag for you to bring your child’s belongings in each day. Please provide a spare set of clothing, as it is much more pleasant for a child to wear his/her own clothes if they have had an accident. Please note; all items of clothing should be clearly labelled.
Parents/guardians are requested to provide toothbrush and toothpaste, to assist with your child’s personal hygiene, and to provide sun cream and hat during hot weather.
Nursery Rhymes accept no responsibility for
items brought in from home.
- Potty/Toilet training will only be started on the instructions of the parents/guardians.
- Staff will advise parents/guardians if they think a child is ready to begin this practice.
- Please provide adequate amounts of clothing i.e. briefs/pants, outer wear, socks and spare pair of shoes/slippers.
- Your child will be encouraged to use the potty/toilet at regular intervals throughout the day without putting any pressure on your child.
- Staff will offer praise, stamps and stickers as a reward for performing.
- We would like to remind parents/guardians,
that this is a continuous partnership, which needs to be reinforced at home
and not just a practice carried out at nursery
Bed linen is provided by the nursery, each child will have their cot / bed made up prior to sleep time, when not in use the bed linen will be stored in the child’s personal drawer and washed at the end of your child’s week at nursery.