Our Nursery

Nursery

Our nursery has a creative room and an activity room fully equipped with toys that are both educational and non-violent and which are designed to stretch your child’s imagination, build up confidence and encourage independence. There are also large outdoor play areas with lawned and dry areas at both. There is also a fixed play space offering swings, slides and activity frames, all sited on all-weather surfaces enabling the children access to outdoor equipment regardless of weather conditions.

It is very deceiving looking at our nursery from the front, you only see a detached house. What you don’t see are the vast outside areas that we have and that the children can explore, play, rest, read, ride, swing, slide, get wet, plant, chalk and experiment in. Courtesy of Chris Parkes, Surf Works we now have colourful banners describing our areas….

Kidderminster is OFSTED registered and is inspected under the revised Children Act (2004) and receive regular visits to ensure our practices and procedures are in accordance with the Welfare Requirements of Every Child Matters.

Children attending nursery come from varying social/racial backgrounds and are encouraged to mix together and to learn from one another. Good manners, social behaviour, as well as personal hygiene are all incorporated into the daily routine of the nursery, with the children caring and sharing with and for each other throughout the day. We aim to create an even balance between adult-led and child-led activities.

Take a look at our visual typical day plan:(pdf)

Safety in our Nursery

Staff in our nursery are qualified to Level 3 in childcare with over half of them also being qualified  Level 3 in Playwork and the other half holding a further Level 3 qualification in the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) !!! Our staff are also required to supplement their qualifications by training in Paediatric 1st Aid, Food Hygiene Awareness, Safeguarding (Child Protection), SEN Planning, and Health and Safety Awareness. Further professional training is offered throughout the year and all staff are encouraged to persue their own professional development route.

The staff:child ratio in both of our nurseries is 1:3 babies, 1:4 toddlers and 1:8 pre-school. Further qualified supernumerary staff are available to supplement sick days, holidays and meetings away from the premises. All staff, including the management are qualified in childcare at level 3 or above.

Standards and ratios are maintained both inside and outside the nursery. The gardens are fully secure with both gates and lighting throughout the gardens.

Food and Nutrition – All meals and snacks are included in the price !!!! Check our menus..

The Kiddies Day Nursery  took part in a nationwide initiative ‘Promoting Health in Early Years Settings’. They achieved the Bronze Award in 2008 and in 2009 achieved both the Silver and the Gold Award.

Part of this Award included a section on Healthy Eating which the nursery continues to promote through their own menus and also through their pre-school programme, when ‘theme’ work reinforces healthy eating practices. We discourage all sweet ‘treats’ and continually reinforce the ‘healthy option’ ethos.

Our meals are based on a  5-choice basis, over 5-days, rotated over 5-weeks. They include weekly selections of:

a traditional roast lunch

a vegetarian meal

a fish meal

a multi-cultural choice

a children’s choice

This method is also duplicated in the afternoon tea menu, enabling all children to experience different tastes and choices at each meal time. Snacks also mirror our ‘healthy’ diet by offering a selection of:- dried fruit, fresh fruit, vegetable pots, bread sticks and oat based selections.

Food conditions/dietary awareness/allergy awareness – are discussed on an individual basis when enrolling at the nursery.

Our Standards

Staff are all qualified to Level 3 in childcare. Over half of our staff are also qualified to Level 3 in Playwork and the remainder also gained a Level 3 qualification in the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage). All staff undergo a CRB/DBS investigation (Criminal Records Bureau/Disclosure & Barring Service) including the management, the catering and maintenance staff and with effect from September 2010 all staff will be required to enter their names on the newly developed ISA register (Independent Safeguarding  Authority) as well as updating their own CRB/DBS check every 3 years

A safe, secure environment is obviously of great importance to any parent leaving their child in a nursery setting.

Our Admissions policy is very thorough and at the time of booking your child’s place you will be asked to complete an ‘Authorised persons to collect your child’ form which will also ask for a password to be given, known only to yourself and the nursery, and only those people with that information will be allowed to collect your child. Your child will be signed in on the register each time they attend nursery and signed out when they are collected.

Any visitors or contractors must produce a form of ID before they gain access to the Nursery and they are required to sign a visitors/contractors book; which is monitored regularly to ensure that relevant procedures are being followed.

Health and Safety  plays an important part in nursery life. We ensure that our nursery provides a safe environment for all children, parents and staff. Our in-house procedures and practices are monitored on a regular basis to ensure compliance. Our nursery staff receive regular training and updates on Health and Safety issues and each nursery has a named Health and Safety Co-ordinator who is responsible for all issues within their nursery