The setting was purpose built and opened in March 1995. It provides Outstanding facilities for children and families around Stamford and Rutland. The setting was inspected by OFSTED in November 2010 and given an ‘Outstanding Grade’ in all areas.
We have four separate well equipped rooms for children from 0-2 years, 2-5 years. Toys and resources are stored at the children’s levels so they can independently choose what to play with. The setting also has a free-flow policy, which means that the children can choose whether to play inside or outside at all times. We have 2 outdoor play areas so children can play outside safely and confidently within their age range. Both areas have various surfaces so that children can venture outside in all weather conditions. Children also have access to a ball pool and soft play. We are able to use the college grounds and sports hall when they are not being used by the students.
The setting encourages children of different age ranges to mix socially. This will enable siblings to spend time together during the nursery session, promoting a family atmosphere and caring attitudes among the children. The adult: child ratios are maintained at all times. These are 1:3 for 0-2 years of age, 1:4 2-3 years of age and 1:8 for 3-5 years of age.
Our qualified and sensitive team understand the importance of children having access to a well planned environment in which they can relax, have fun, socialise, explore, experiment and most importantly learn through child initiated play, which staff skilfully encourage.
The experiences that the children have are planned around their individual needs, interests and level of development. The nursery is provided with guidance in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The children learn through a play based curriculum. The majority of the children’s activities are child/parent/carer initiated, allowing the children to be at the forefront of their own learning and encouraging parents/carers to get involved in nursery life. As well as building upon the interests of the children and their families, the nursery develops the culdren’s knowledge of the world by discovering new cultures, religious festivals and holidays that are celebrated throughout the world. Each child has their own development record, from which the staff are able to monitor and record the progress of their key children. The records are available for parents/carers to look at and feed into.
Partnership with Parents and Carers
We realise that as parents you are the child’s first and most important educator. As such we will work in partnership with you to ensure that your child is happy throughout their time in the setting and their development and learning needs are met. We achieve this by finding out about your child’s interests at home and build on what he or she already knows and can do.
The nursery is open for 51 weeks of the year, closing between Christmas and New Year plus all Bank Holidays. We open at 7.30am and close at 6.00pm.
Meals and Snacks
Hot lunches are provided by the college ‘Courtyard’ during term time. Non-term time hot lunches are cooked on the premises. The menus are posted in the foyer. Please inform staff of any dietary requirements.
Parents of babies are asked to provide sufficient bottles of either ready made up formula or breast milk for their session at nursery. Pureed meals will be provided by the nursery.
Water will be readily available to all children throughout the nursery day.
We also provide water, milk and a healthy snack during the morning and the afternoon session.
Breakfast is the only meal we do not provide. If you wish for your child to have breakfast at nursery you need to supply cereal and milk for them.
Breakfast is served up till 8:30am for Big Room Children.
Daily Routine and Curriculum
Children start to learn for the moment they are born. The care and education we provide helps children to continue to do this by providing them with interesting activities appropriate to there are and stage of development.
The nursery believes that care and education are equally important in the experiences that we offer children. The routines and activities that make up the nursery day are provided in ways that:
- Help each child to feel that he or she is a valued member of the nursery.
- Ensure the safety of each child.
- Help to gain from the social experience of being part of a group.
- Provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning.
- Are mostly child initiated
Rooms are organised so that children can make independent choices and play at a range of activities. Children will be encouraged to participate in free-flow play between indoor and outdoor environment. Staff will ensure that the children are always observed and safe. Adult:Child ratios are maintained at all times to extend and support their fun and learning.
The nursery will ensure its provision meets the needs of each individual Children. We take into account any Special Educational Needs a child may have, in accordance with the requirements of the Education Act and The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.
Experiences planned for all children are based on their individual needs, interests, levels of development and guidance given in the Early Years Foundation Stage. This is a play based curriculum. Most activities and topics are child/parent/carer initiated. All children have development records kept which Parents/Carers are welcome to look at and feed into.
3 & 4 Year old Free Early Years Entitlement
This funding is available to you and your child from the term after their 3rd birthday.
The funding has now become working parent and child friendly. As parents you have the choice.
- 15 hours per week term time only. (38 weeks)
- 11 hours per week for 51 weeks of the year.
This can be used how you would like at the nurseries discretion and availability. (Minimum 2.5 hours per day and a maximum of 10 hours.) Morning and afternoon snacks with milk is included. These funded hours will be free of charge at source. However extra hours attended and meals that are included in that time will be charged to you.
If your child attends more than one provider the hours can be divided between both settings.
A copy of your child’s birth certificate will be required so the setting can claim this through the local authority.
For full day care children the grant will be deducted from their fees.
Working Tax credit/Child Tax Credit and Voucher scheme
Working Tax Credit is available for parents accessing employment. Information and advice can be found by phoning the Inland Revenue Helpline on 08453003900. Textphone can be used on 0845300399 (for people with hearing or speech difficulties). The Inland Revenue can also provide leaflets in Braille, audio and large print.
We are registered to receive funds from several childcare voucher schemes. If your work place subscribes to these, details can be gained from the manager. If your workplace is registered to a different scheme we will endeavour to enrol with them wherever possible.