"As our son started when he was 9 months, we were a little anxious but we didn't need to be! It has been lovely to see how he has settled in and we know he is very happy there" Mum of 14 month old
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Growing organically as a childminding business over the last 8 years, we made the
decision to expand to a nursery in January 2018 to offer more childcare places. We now
have three rooms; The Nest accommodating children from 3 months to approximately 18
months, Little Explorers for children 18 months up to age 3 and then our new classroom
for this Summer the Forest Hub for our children 3+. We can accommodate 21 children
in total over the 3 rooms. Whilst our registration permits us higher ratios, we aim to
keep to 1:4 children for those children aged 2-5 years and 1:3 for under twos. We feel
this allows us to engage on a greater level with the children as individuals and follow a learning programme that is specifically for each of them.
We encourage child-initiated play using loose parts both indoors and outdoors. We like to use real life objects in play too for example instead of a toy plastic phone we have old mobiles, instead of plastic teapots we use old stainless-steel teapots. We like to offer the children a ‘free-flow’ environment allowing them to choose which area they like to play in. We offer exciting ‘invitations to play’ which have been created based on the children’s current interests. The unique opportunities allow the children to explore with curiosity, their senses and imaginations. We are inspired by many great pedagogical approaches such as Reggio Emilio, Montessori, Steiner/Waldorf, Forest School, Froebal and so many others.
We are enthused about giving the children the best start we can offer and monitor
their progress carefully and offer interventions where necessary. For example, we
deliver a Communication and Language program called EARLY TALK BOOST that aims to
bridge the gap for those children who need it before they start school. We also work
closely with outside agencies such as Occupational Therapy & Speech Therapy. We
support children when needed in all areas including emotional support, developmental
support and behavioral support.
We are very passionate about the service we provide and we contiunally reflect upon how we have done and look at what we can do to improve.