We provide breakfast, a morning fresh fruit snack, a two-course hot lunch, afternoon tea and an early evening snack for the children, which is prepared on site daily. Milk and/or water is available at all times. Staff will liaise with you and our cook to ensure appropriate food is provided for every stage of development and individual requirements are catered for.
At meal times a member of staff sits at a table with a small group of children to help encourage them to eat and try new foods they may have otherwise declined. Meal times for our youngest children follow their home routine with regards to timing and the foods they have been introduced to. We encourage the children to feed themselves with support and provide double handled cups with a lid to enable independent drinking.
Our Strider room children are sat at a table in small peer groups with an adult, to help provide a family atmosphere. They are served their food and assisted in cutting it up, before being encouraged to feed themselves. The children are introduced to drinking from an open top cup.
Children in preschool are encouraged to self-serve their own food. At lunchtime, our cook prepares the children’s food and dishes it up into numerous serving bowls with child-friendly serving spoons as required. The staff encourage them to take one spoon of each food choice to start with, and to help and share nicely with their friends on their table, we find the children enjoy the responsibility and independence and in turn are more willing to try new things they might otherwise have declined. At Teatime we have a self-service buffet arrangement where the children get called up by table to take a plate or bowl (food depending) and help themselves to what’s on offer.
Preschoolers are also chosen during mealtimes, affectionately called "Team Leaders", to help with little jobs from setting a good example on how to sit, to helping to set the table with cutlery or tablecloths. We encourage the use of both a knife and fork at meal times, to drink out of open-top cups and to wait for everyone to be served before starting, we manage this by singing the following little ditty about manners, once everyone has their food, so they know everyone is ready to begin and enjoy "Please and thank you are words I like to say, when I use them I feel good inside, so I use them every day, enjoy!"
Each room within the nursery follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) the seven areas of learning are:
Personal Social & Emotional Development
Communication & Language
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts & Design
Planning includes adult directed and child initiated activities daily, based on the children's individual interests, developmental stage and characteristics of effective learning.
We use "Tapestry" an online learning journal to encourage both the partnership with parents and to record observations of the children, which helps us as educators as well as parents to record, track and celebrate children's progress in early years education.
Shake, Rattle and Groove
"Music Lady" Sarah attends the nursery every 2 weeks to engage in music sessions with the children. The children get to experience a range of different instruments and join in with new and familiar songs.
Local Walks & Outings
All children have the opportunity to investigate our local area, including visiting the local garden centre and village park. We also arrange outings to our local library and woods.
We have an extensive outdoor area which is accessed daily by all rooms, allowing plenty of scope for a range of physical activities, exploration and imaginative play. The garden is an extension of our indoor space, the children have easy access to this area and have the opportunity come rain, shine or even snow to explore and enjoy their outdoor environment.
We have areas laid with grass, bark and slabs for a range of different purposes. We have digging areas with mud kitchens, a purpose built sandpit, water walls, free construction balancing area and den building, climbing and sliding equipment to name but a few. The slabbed area is predominantly used for cars, bikes and scooters and is an ideal flat surface for toddling.
The vegetable patch and flower beds encourage the children to develop their understanding of how seeds/plants need to be looked after and cared for to help them grow and/or produce food for us to eat.