Nurturing & Learning
In the nursery we have adopted a nurturing culture whereby children are always encouraged and supported with their learning and challenged to give them the confidence to reach their full potential.
Indoors we provide a wide range of activities which have been carefully planned for around the varying needs of the children. The resources are at the children’s level so they are able to self select and make their own choices of what to play with.
We have many resources of varying levels of difficulty and through our key-worker system staff are able to track each child’s progress and provide activities which meet the needs of each individual child. Detailed records are kept on each child and their progress is monitored and recorded. Records are available at our twice yearly parent’s evenings but can also be looked throughout the year by each child’s parents / carer.
The nursery meets the children’s emotional needs and the key-worker system encourages strong attachments between children and staff. The children are happy and enjoy nursery life and this is visible at drop off time when children are happy to come in and greet the staff and find an activity that interests them.
Role and Responsibilities
The main role of the key person is to:
help ensure their key children feel safe, secure and confident, so they can develop to their full potential;
build secure and trusting relationships with the parents/carers of their key children to establish their child’s individual needs;
complete a ‘Two Year Old Check’ in the term the child turns two, detailing their development;
arrange meetings with the parents/carer to discuss the child’s progress and/or any developmental concerns;
ensure that parents/carers are kept informed of their child’s day to day experiences;
assist with their daily intimate care needs, such as their key child’s nappy changes, clothes, washing hands and feeding;
assist the parent/carer and their key child with the settling-in process, taking time to listen to questions and provide answers; and
liaise with another key person where a child is moving from one room to another, ensuring all information is passed on correctly.
We recognise that a child’s first impressions of the world begin at home and it is therefore vital that both the nursery and parents are working together. Parents are encouraged to share their ideas with us to help shape the service we offer to the children.
We value the contributions made by parents and will actively seek a partnership, through which the children will benefit by having continuous and consistent care. This is an essential ingredient in supporting their confidence and developing their learning potential.
We understand that regular communication and exchange of information is the key aim of our parent partnership.
Information is available to parents via:
daily verbal reports about each child (eating, sleep, learning and care updates);
paper learning journal;
parent and room notice boards;
parent consultations with their child’s key person;
accessible policy handbook;
weekly nursery updates;
Regular parent and children activities
Open door policy
Comments and Suggestions via a questionnaire.