The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child respects the rights and responsibilities of parents and carers to provide guidance and direction to their child as they grow up (Article 5). It also recognises that some parents may need support and help to do this (Article 18). Researchers and early years workers recognise that the earliest years are some of the most important developmental periods in a child’s life. Fathers and mothers who engage with their child’s development from birth have a direct positive link to a child’s future economic wellbeing, health, educational attainment and relationships during adulthood. By forging a true partnership with parents we can have a major impact on children’s outcomes while they are in our care that lasts beyond their time in our setting.
Our setting aims to be a place your children look forward to attending and a place you, as a parent, feel fully confident and assured when leaving your child in our care.
We offer a fresh, clean, vibrant, and tranquil ambience indoor, whilst outdoors we offer a large play learning environment as well as a forest school in our private forest, petting area, 5 play areas and 3 lakes.
Evidence shows that higher-quality provisions have greater developmental benefits for children, particularly for the most disadvantaged children and this is what we strive for. Our children are encouraged to explore, play and think for themselves and we allow them to access risk and challenges to promote this.
We work to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is mandatory statutory guidance in England. The EYFS sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children under 5 years learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. With us, your child’s development is shared with you daily on our web application in your families hub to ensure you are up to date and can work with us to support your child’s development.
Our aim is to ensure that the children in our care are able to learn and develop at their own pace, through quality play learning experiences, with the support from our wonderful team of practitioners.
Our practitioners are put through a thorough recruitment process prior to starting to care for your children.
They have relevant qualifications and training to ensure your children are safe, well cared for and able to help your child meet their developmental milestones and beyond.
As a company, we are trying to provide a working environment that positively impacts our practitioners’ wellbeing so that they can offer their best performance.
We will only move children on to their next stage when they are ready and able to cope. This is individual to each child’s need and will be determined by our practitioners and management in partnership with parents.
We strongly believe that children learn from their peers as well as understand the importance of a change of surroundings, therefore, we ensure we regularly integrate our children during their play learning experiences with other rooms. This also allows sibling to integrate during their nursery day.
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Research shows that children learn and develop to their best potential when they are able to access challenges and explore risks.
We aim to enhance these areas of your child’s learning by conducting regular risk assessments, as well as risk-benefit assessment with the children’s involvement where possible.
Our staff will regularly review our setting and the continuous provision against your child’s individual needs.
Assessing Our Quality:
Within our setting, we evaluate our practice alongside our strategies, the government framework, and your child and family’s individual needs and feedback.
We monitor our children’s development and staff performance through a cohort tracking system each term.
We will consult with our children, staff, and parents on a very regular basis and evaluations will be reviewed and acted on within a reasonable time.
Ofsted is the sole arbiter of quality in the early years and has graded us as a Good setting in our first inspection.
We work in close partnership with our local authority, Central Bedfordshire Council who have a legal duty to provide information and training on meeting the requirements of the EYFS, meeting the needs of children with SEND, and on effective safeguarding for providers who we work closely with children on a regular basis.
British Sign Language (BSL):
During the early years, your child will embark and learn lots of amazing skills. One of the biggest areas is the skill of communication.
The use of sign language is rising dramatically because of its benefits in supporting and encouraging communication in babies and children. Creating an inclusive environment provides the child and the practitioners a fun way to learn together thus enhancing their understanding, learning, memory and expressive skills.
Teaching our children BSL right from when they are babies helps eliminate some of the frustrations you often see in babies and toddlers.
We work in close partnership with Jules from The Signing Company. Jules attends the setting once a week to support our children and practitioners and this is then fed back to our parents to ensure there is continuity.
In the moment planning:
We work alongside a model known as In The Moment Planning. This approach differs from many typical nursery settings, where activities are pre-planning to meet the needs of children. Within our setting, we use the children's existing interests to extend and develop their learning. Each child will be developing different milestones, therefore In The Moment Planning provides a uniquely tailored approach towards their development. The children are learning every minute of every day, which we can enhance and utilise, to best meet the needs of the children. Whether your little one shows particular interest around dinosaurs, fairies or vehicles, our knowledgeable practitioners direct their learning in line with their existing and child-led play. This is also beneficial for developing and maintaining strong partnership links between the setting and parents. We ask for frequent updates regarding your child's experiences at home and incorporate these within the setting, to maintain consistent learning and development. We can use this information to further develop and expand on existing experiences, such as a visit to the farm with family at the weekend, we can extend this further by visiting our on-site petting corner and the sheep that we visit locally. This supports the children in developing schemas and making links between their world around them. In The Moment Planning focuses on the child's needs and interests, and ultimately develops a unique learning journey for all, to enhance your child as an individual.