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The right environment, by design...

  • Qualified Nursery Team
  • New Chapel Renovation
  • Friendly & Approachable
  • Bespoke Children's Furniture
  • High Staff To Child Ratios
  • Ages 6 Months To 4 Years

The Nursery

Our nursery has 3 different areas for the children- Babies, Toddlers and Preschool. Our baby room is located in the mezzanine floor of the nursery and our toddlers and pre-schoolers share our open plan downstairs area. The age groupings are flexible according to the needs and development of the individual children. We have allocated a senior staff member to each area of the nursery to supervise their staff team.

Babies

We care for up to 6 babies in our comfy baby room, situated on the mezzanine floor of the nursery. We have divided the room into 3 areas: a safe crawl/sleeping area, an active/role play area, and an art/messy play/dining area. We also have a dedicated milk room and nappy change room. The ratio of 1 member of staff to 3 babies is always met and is often exceeded. In addition, there is always at least 1 member of staff qualified to NVQ Level 3 or equivalent with at least two years experience in caring for babies and children under the age of two. In the baby room we aim to follow each child’s individual daily routine to help him or her settle in and feel safe and secure in their new surroundings. Activities in the Baby room are based upon a child’s first experiences of the world; this is encouraged through the use of sensory equipment to stimulate development. Our trained staff interact with the babies as they explore treasure boxes full of different textured materials, musical instruments, board books, small world toys, such as the farm and animals, bubble blowing, exploring the paint and much more.

Toddlers

Our toddler area is on the right hand side of the downstairs area, and caters for up to 8 children aged 2- 3 years.  The ratio in toddlers is 1 staff member to 4 children. The toddler accommodation includes a purpose built role-play house, a block area and cosy reading corner as well as a wet and messy play area, which they share with the pre-schoolers. We recognise that our toddlers are really starting to find their 'feet' and often want to feel independent as well as supported. We ensure that the toddler room is packed with a diverse range of equipment for the children whilst ensuring that there is plenty of space to move around. Our toddlers are involved in activities such as sensory and sorting games, large construction, role-play and messy play activities.

Pre-Schoolers

Our preschool area is on the left hand side of the downstairs area, and caters for up to 7 children aged 3-4 years. The ratio for preschool is 1 staff member to 8 children. Our pre-school area features a kitchen and shop role-play area, a writing area, block and construction area and an inviting purpose built book corner. The pre-school room is equipped with resources specifically for older children and enables them to have some time in small group situations doing an adult initiated activity that specifically focuses on the children’s individual learning needs. We base everything we do around the children’s interests, as we believe that if the children are interested in something they want to know more about it. We will be giving our pre-schoolers lots of hands on experiences, drawing on their interests and emerging skills. They will be enjoying lots of imaginative and role play activities. Our pre-schoolers will be learning more words and sounds through the use of phonics, and learning more concepts through carefully planned play activities, in preparation for school. From January 2017 we became registered Early Years education providers through Newport City Council. Our Early Years sessions run every morning, Monday to Friday, during term time.  Please contact us for more information on eligibility. During this time children are engaging in focused activities as well as having free choice over a variety of activities set out in the preschool room. Our qualified preschool room leader works alongside children to extend their learning and support children where needed.  Contact us today for more information...

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