Our Nursery is situated on the grounds of Old Buckenham Primary School; it is staffed by dedicated and well qualified individuals. The group aims to provide a high quality nursery experience for children aged from two to five years old and serve the needs of their parents and carers. The group is registered with OFSTED for full day care and complies with all relevant regulations under the Children Act.
The Group is registered to take a maximum of 26 children per session with a maximum of 10 children aged under three years. We aim to maintain a ratio of 1 adult to 6-8 children for 3 – 5 years old, and 1 adult to 4 children for under 3s.
This enables us to give more time and attention to each child, to help children to experience and benefit from the activities that we provide, and allowing the children to explore and to be adventurous in safety.
The Nursery encourages each child to develop and flourish in a happy, supportive and secure environment, enabling them to be confident, challenged, and successful and to have high self-esteem.
We work in partnership with parents and local advisors to understand and provide the highest quality childcare for each child.
We embrace the Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS) and apply the three Characteristics of Effective Learning; Playing and exploring, Active learning, and Creating and thinking critically to the basis of our approach to early learning and development.
To provide a high quality Nursery experience for children aged from two to five years old and serve the needs of their parents and carers.
To help children develop and learn though play from which early mathematical, scientific, literacy and social skills can be acquired.
To maintain high quality childcare with a happy atmosphere within a safe, secure and stimulating environment.
To encourage the development of self-esteem and independence which will help children to make a natural transition to full time schooling.
To ensure each child is supported in developing their potential at their own pace ensuring that provided activities and experiences are planned to meet the individual stages of development within the Early Years Foundation Stage.
To always look at ways to improve and update the environment, layout, equipment and resources available with the Nursery.
Our Nursery is run as a continuous provision which means that the children can play with any of the toys and equipment that is in the room. We encourage the children to recognise numbers, letters, shapes, colours, and their name, and to join in with PE activities, music sessions, story time and circle time (registration). They are also taught some practical skills such as putting on their coats and shoes, and dressing and undressing for a PE session.
Outdoor activities contribute to children’s health, physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children receive opportunities and encouragement to take part in outdoor child chosen and adult led activities, as well as those provided indoors.
The emphasis is on learning through play – and we believe it should be fun!
The Nursery has excellent links with the adjacent Primary School and Old Buckenham High School. We have regular contact with the Reception Class Teacher Mr Briscoe, who is overall EYFS lead.
We are aware that our Nursery also serves the needs of those in surrounding villages without playgroups and invite the Reception Class Teacher from their respective primary schools to visit the term before the children start in September so they may introduce themselves and observe the children in their familiar Nursery environment.
Facilities and Equipment
A number of activities will be set out at the beginning of the session which are drawn from the large stock of activities, toys, games and early years equipment. The children have the opportunity to choose what toys/activity they would like to play with, as we run a continuous provision.
The group has a good selection of books that the children can access at anytime. We also have story time once per session. As the older children move towards starting school they can borrow books on a weekly basis.
We have a separate cloakroom with boxes for their shoes and low pegs for their coats, which are all individually named. Also with our Nursery being purpose built comes the advantage that the children’s toilets and sinks are specifically designed for use by Nursery children, making it easier for them to become independent.
We also have our ‘Caterpillar Cafe’, which is where the children have their snack. It is open in the morning at 9.30am onwards and in the afternoon at 1.30pm. In the Café there is a choice of water or milk and healthy snacks such as toast, bread sticks and a variety of fruit. We must be told of any children’s dietary needs and we will make sure that these are met. At the ‘Caterpillar Café’ children are encouraged to be independent – selecting and pouring their own drinks and helping themselves to their own snacks, with adult guidance. This is a very social part of their day.
Outside, we have our fenced in garden with grass to play on in the drier weather and a tarmac area we can make use of all year round, which is especially good for bikes and ride on toys.
We have a covered decked area, so we can still go outside when it is raining, or have shade from the sun. We also have a garden for the children to help us grow vegetables and flowers and a quiet corner with benches and a birdbath, which we also use, in the finer weather.
Hours & Sessions
The Nursery follows the main school terms, and is open five days a week from 8.30am -3.00pm.
Our sessions are organised as follows:-
Morning 8.30am – 11.30am
Afternoon 12.00pm – 3.00pm
Wraparound care 11.30am – 12.00pm (lunchtime)
The wraparound care lunch session, is when children eat a packed lunch supplied by parents, supervised and assisted by lunchtime staff.
Each session at Nursery is charged as follows:-
For children receiving government funding
Government funding is presently available for all children living in Norfolk and Suffolk from the term after their third birthday, at present funding is for 15 hours per week. We will also be offering 30 hours free for those children that are eligible. We can also offer free early learning and childcare for 2 year olds – please ask to see if your child is eligible for up to 15 hours a week.
The Nursery automatically liaises with the parents of these children establishing the number of sessions sought. Please note that funding must be requested in advance and an increase in the number of sessions attended part way through a term cannot be accommodated in the grant. In the instance that all your funding entitlement is used the standard fees are charged for the extra sessions.
Fees are billed termly, with the opportunity to pay in instalments where negotiated.
Fees are reviewed annually before the spring term.
NB if your child does not attend a session, for whatever reason, fees for that day must still be paid as our overheads remain the same.
We require a minimum of four weeks notice if you no longer require a place for your child at Nursery.
As part of the settings 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.
The setting works to the requirements of the 1993 Educational Act and The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2014.
Key Persons and your Child
Our setting has a key person system. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom she/he is particularly responsible. Your child’s key person will be the person who works with you to make sure that what we provide is right for your child’s particular needs and interests. When your child first starts at the setting, she/he will help your child to settle and throughout your child’s time at the setting, and will help your child to benefit from the settings activities.
Records of Achievement
The setting keeps a record of achievement for each child. This is called their Learning journey. Staff and parents work together on their children’s learning journey, this is one of the ways in which the key person and parents work in partnership. Your child’s learning journey helps us to collaborate together her/his achievement and to work together to provide what your child needs for her/his well being and to make progress
Your child’s key person will work with you to keep this record. To do this you and they will collect information about your child’s needs, activities, interest and achievements. This information will enable the key person to identify your child’s stage of progress. You and key person will then decide on how to help your child to move on to the next stage.
The Nursery commits itself towards achieving the early learning goals for children in early years education as required in the national Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
Our aim is to implement the learning and development requirements and the welfare requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. These are arranged into 7 areas of learning and development. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first.
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Physical development and
- Communication & Language
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in four specific areas.
- Understanding the world and
- Expressive arts & design
You will receive a written assessment of your child’s development from the age of 2 – this is called a 2 year progress development check. You will also receive a transition report when your child leaves to go to Primary School that can be passed onto their class teacher.
Please speak to a member of staff if you would like more information on delivery or details of the curriculum. We had a good OFSTED report in November 2014, all reports are available online.
The staff that work at our setting
Name Job Title
Victoria Pratt Nursery Lead
Claire Hancy Nursery Assistant
Lesley Coates Nursery Assistant
Emily Buck Nursery Assistant
Laura Shurey Nursery Assistant
Jo Erith Relief staff & MDSV
Frances Roche Administrator
We hope that you and your child will enjoy being part of our Nursery and find taking part in our activities interesting and stimulating. The staff are always ready and willing to talk with you about your ideas, views or questions