This page only outlines some of the key points within the prospectus. The full document can be read here
Our setting aims to:
§ provide high quality care and education for children below statutory school age;
§ work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop;
§ add to the life and well-being of the local community; and
§ offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity.
Parents are regarded as members of our setting who have full participatory rights. These include a right to be:
§ valued and respected;
§ kept informed;
§ involved; and
§ included at all levels.
We aim to ensure that each child:
§ is in a safe and stimulating environment;
§ is given generous care and attention, because of our ratio of qualified staff to children, as well as volunteer parent helpers;
§ has the chance to join with other children and adults to live, play, work and learn together;
§ is helped to take forward her/his learning and development by being helped to build on what she/he already knows and
§ has a personal key person who makes sure each child makes satisfying progress;
§ is in a setting that sees parents as partners in helping each child to learn and develop; and
§ is in a setting in which parents help to shape the service it offers
Children's development and learning
The provision for children's development and learning is guided by the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation
The framework outlines the learning and development, assessment, safeguarding and welfare requirements for the early
Working together for your children
In our setting we maintain the ratio of adults to children in the setting that is set through the Welfare Requirements. We also
have volunteer parent helpers where possible to complement these ratios. This helps us to:
§ give time and attention to each child;
§ talk with the children about their interests and activities;
§ help children to experience and benefit from the activities we provide; and
§ allow the children to explore and be adventurous in safety.
We are open for 39 weeks each year.
We are closed School Holidays
We are open for 5 days each week
The times we are open are From 7.45 am to 4.30 pm
We provide care and education for young children between the ages of 2 and 5 years
How parents take part in the setting
Our setting recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children. All of the staff see themselves as
partners with parents in providing care and education for their child. There are many ways in which parents take part in
making the setting a welcoming and stimulating place for children and parents, such as:
§ exchanging knowledge about their children's needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff;
§ helping at sessions of the setting;
§ sharing their own special interests with the children;
§ helping to provide, make and look after the equipment and materials used in the children's play activities;
§ taking part in events and informal discussions about the activities and curriculum provided by the setting;
§ joining in community activities in which the setting takes part; and
§ building friendships with other parents in the setting
The setting's timetable and routines
Our setting believes that care and education are equally important in the experience which we offer children. The routines
and activities that make up the 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; and
§ provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning.
We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from, and work at, a range of activities and, in doing so, build up
their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in
adult-led small and large group activities which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well
as helping them to learn to work with others.
Outdoor activities 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 child-chosen and adult-led activities, as well
as those provided in the indoor playroom(s).
Snacks and meals
The setting makes snacks and meals a social time at which children and adults eat together. We plan the menus for snacks
so that they provide the children with healthy and nutritious food. Do tell us about your child's dietary needs and we will make
sure that these are met.
Our setting has a duty under the law to help safeguard children against suspected or actual ‘significant harm’.
Our employment practices ensure children against the likelihood of abuse in our settings and we have a procedure for
managing complaints or allegations against a member of staff.
Our way of working with children and their parents ensures we are aware of any problems that may emerge and can offer
support, including referral to appropriate agencies when necessary, to help families in difficulty.
As part of the setting's policy to make sure that its provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of
any special needs a child may have. The setting works to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and Special
Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years (2014).
Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is Kelly Bubb
The management of our setting
This setting is owned and governed by Gaye Hooker
Starting at our setting
The first days
We want your child to feel happy and safe with us. To make sure that this is the case, the staff will work with you to decide on
how to help your child to settle into the setting. The setting has a policy about helping children to settle into the setting: a
copy is enclosed in this prospectus.
We provide protective clothing for the children when they play with messy activities.
We encourage children to gain the skills that help them to be independent and look after themselves. These include taking
themselves to the toilet and taking off, and putting on, outdoor clothes. Clothing that is easy for them to manage will help
them to do this.
We hope that you and your child enjoy being members of our setting and that you both find taking part in our activities
interesting and stimulating. The staff are always ready and willing to talk with you about your ideas, views or questions.