Emphasis is placed on a homely atmosphere particularly in the youngest baby area. The Nursery is sensitive to the needs of new parents as well as the child, especially during a potentially difficult settling in period.
Good liaison with staff at this time is essential. A Key Person takes responsibility for new children starting and a bond is encouraged but it is also important for the children’s development and socialisation that they respond well to other members of staff.
Children move up to the next area of the Nursery when we feel they are ready. We take great thought and care over this and introduce short regular visits prior to the transfer.
We sometimes make it possible for children to transfer in pairs. We envisage the Nursery as a whole, and continued contact between all staff and children. We also encourage siblings to have regular contact with each other. We hold a Transition Policy available to parents in our Policy and Procedures Folder.
Each room has their own routine and a daily plan of activities which are displayed for parents.
We always discuss sleeping arrangements with parents. We can provide cots, sleeping mats and bedding for all children according to their needs.
We have a large on site kitchen, and our experienced cook prepares fresh food for the children every day.Meat, fresh vegetables and fruit are delivered on a regular basis. We do not use nuts in the Nursery.
Breakfast is available until 9 am, with a choice of cereal, toast and fruit. A healthy midmorning snack of fresh fruit or vegetables, bread sticks or crackers and milk or water is offered at 10 am. A cooked meal and dessert is served at 12.00 pm. At 3.30 pm a hot or cold tea is provided, with fresh fruit or yoghurt.
We encourage children to be respectful of others at meal times and we teach them good table manners.
Catering for food allergies are a matter of priority in our Nurseries. Our practitioners and cooks are aware of children’s individual needs and have undertaken training in allergen awareness, where necessary. As all of our meals are freshly prepared at each of our settings we are able to cater for a variety of needs. Our weekly menu displayed in each of our settings has numbers along side the meals that relate to an allergen food, alternatives can be offered in the event that a child has an allergy to that particular allergen.
Babies are offered an appropriate diet that does not contain extra salt, sugar or unnecessary additives. We keep parents informed of the meal plans and our nutrition policy is displayed in the entrance hall.