The Day

The day is organised so that children can take part in a variety of child-chosen and adult-led activities. These take account of children’s changing energy levels throughout the day e.g. story time offering a time for rest and quiet through to physical activities outside for the more energetic times .

We believe that care and education are equally important in the experience which we offer children. The routines and activities that make up the session/day in the setting are provided in ways that:

• help each child to feel that she/he is a valued member of the setting
• ensure the safety of each child
• help children to gain from the social experience of being part of a group
• provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning.

We organise sessions so that the children can choose from – and work at – a range of activities to build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion.

Security

The nursery door is secured by a combination lock only known to permanent members of staff to prevent unauthorised access to the premises and to prevent children leaving unnoticed.

During times of arrival and departure a member of staff supports each child during their transition to ensure they remain safe and the exit is secure.
Each child is signed in and out on the daily register.

Snacks and Meals

Snacks and meals are a social time with babies and older children eating together. We plan the menus for snacks and meals so that they include lots of fresh fruit and vegetables providing the children with healthy and nutritious food. Each day our cook prepares fresh fruit for snack time, a two course lunch and sandwiches for tea. Research has proven that by giving babies lots of different foods to taste during weaning they will eat more foods be less fussy when they get older. We support this theory and offer them a puree of individual vegetables etc to ensure they have a good start with their first meals (Menus are displayed in the nursery every week). One meal is included in session fees. Special dietary requirements will be catered for wherever possible.

Outdoor activities

These contribute to children’s health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have the opportunity – and are encouraged – to take part in outdoor activities. We are in close proximity to Bosmere Primary School, the railway station, library, park, shops and Needham Lakes. We often take small groups of children on visits and walks outside the nursery in order to provide wider learning experiences and to stimulate the children’s interest in the environment. Parental consent for these visits/walks is included as part of the registration form.