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approach and ethos

Here at the nursery, it is our vision to provide a caring environment, in which children achieve their full potential. We strive to provide a consistently high quality ‘learning through play’ nursery experience to enhance the pre-school development of our children, all within a safe and secure environment.

What we offer your child
• Education and care for children below school age and over two and a half years
• Individual care and attention made possible by a high ratio of adults to children
• Fun and friendship with children and other adults
• The support of a personal key person
• Opportunities for you and your family to be directly involved in the activities of the Nursery and in your child’s progress

The nursery is a non profit making organisation registered with the Charity Commission. We are based within St Johns CE Primary Academy, yet we are a completely separate entity, neither managed nor funded by the school. The nursery is registered and was inspected by Ofsted in November 2015 and was rated outstanding in all areas.

Children are offered a nursery education through a carefully structured programme of learning through play activities which follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. Our aim is to help children become confident and independent young children during their time at nursery.

Government funded sessions (3 +)
We offer Local Authority funded pre-school places for all eligible children, beginning the term following their third birthday. Our Foundation Stage learners will benefit from a broad range of educational activity from highly qualified and experienced staff. As an accredited provider we also offer free early learning education for eligible 2 year olds.

Parental support - key person
We operate a Key Person system where a member of staff is responsible for individually planning for your child through the Early Years Foundation Stage programme. This involves observing, recording, evaluating and extending your child’s learning in all areas. These achievements are monitored and recorded in a learning journey, held at nursery, which also includes photographic evidence and some of your child’s creative work. To effectively work in partnership with parents they are encouraged to view their child’s learning journey regularly and contribute any special events/experiences or achievements made at home. This valuable record of nursery life will be presented to each child when they are ready to leave for school.

Special needs
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. Our Deputy Nursery Manager is our special needs coordinator.

Helpful Documents

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