“Happy Children, Happy Families, Happy Team.”
Creating a fun and inclusive community nursery for all our children to flourish and achieve, through being independent learners.
We are committed to providing a stimulating learning environment where learning takes place through play following children’s individual interests and working in partnership with parents.
We know that children’s learning needs to be fun and exciting and we deliver this in a safe and engaging learning environment. We work to all OFSTED regulations and cover all aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Children have free flow access to play both indoors and out. The outdoor area is secure and enclosed for children’s safety and is accessed in all weathers throughout the year.
We have a mud kitchen area where children are encouraged to have fun and get messy; a large sand pit to build models and to dig for treasure; and numerous other resources that promote a child’s natural instinct to explore, climb and make as much noise as possible. Children are also encouraged to help with planting and caring for all the vegetables and flowers in our vegetable garden.
Curriculum, Planning and Assessment
The Early Years Foundation Stage is based around seven areas of learning and development. When children first enter our setting, we focus on the three prime areas:
- Communication and Language
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
These areas cover the knowledge and skills required to form the foundations for learning for the rest of the EYFS. The Prime Areas develop through effective relationships and experiences, supporting learning in all other areas and remain fundamental throughout the EYFS.
The four Specific Areas of learning and development extend from the Prime areas and provide important opportunities for extending knowledge:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive arts and design
Children are continually observed and assessed through play experiences to ensure they are making progress. We hold regular meetings with parents to discuss how your child is progressing through the EYFS.
At The Life Nursery we respect parents as their child’s first and most enduring care-givers and educators. From settling in and day-to-day care to assessing and planning, we include and value parents’ contributions.
We feel it is important for children to observe good relationships between parents and practitioners. We encourage parents and carers to complete settling in documents to ensure that we know what your child likes/ dislikes before they start at nursery with us. We work closely with parents to ensure that any observations that parents make at home, are included in their child’s learning journey. We have an ‘open door’ policy and parents are encouraged to talk to staff at drop off and pick up times.
Here are some comments from our Parents:
“My eldest has Downs and he’s doing brilliantly and is so well supported and integrated in everything. He’s absolutely loving it here!”
“Lovely nursery. Lovely teachers. My son absolutely loves going.”
“My boy loves going here, always talks about his friends at nursery and has come on so much more since starting here. His talking and behaviour has improved lots, highly recommended.”
Our community partnerships are a vital part of The Life Nursery. We work with two strong organisations in our community to provide a better offer to our children. These are: BD4 Family and The Life Centre. Each partner brings a unique flavour to bear on our provision
- BD4 Family is involved in parental support, an alternative learning experience for children and their carers in the same environment and organise experiences for families of preschool children.
- The Life Centre keeps up with many of the practical tasks in and around the building to help make it a safe place for the children, and facilitate opportunities for children and families to meet up with the wider community through special events and other community programmes.