Prospectus

  • Ofsted Registration number EY481775

    “Our excellent reputation is based upon providing high quality care in a home from home environment your child will love”

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    We hope that this prospectus will provide you with all the information you need.

    We have an open door viewing policy which welcomes you at any time to come

    and see how we operate and meet our team so please feel free to do so. This

    is an ideal time for us to discuss your childcare needs and any suitable

    vacancies available.

    We feel confident that if you choose Bedale Day Nursery Ltd to care for

    your child you will not be disappointed as we offer the highest standard of

    care, our staff are dedicated and highly motivated.

    We offer FREE settling in sessions, and 15 hour free Government funding is

    available for 2,3,4 Year olds.

    We look forward to meeting you soon.

    Yours Faithfully

     Maxine Cocks  (Nursery Director)

  • INTRODUCTION

    It is understandable that entrusting your child into the care of others is probably the most difficult decision you will ever have to make. Here at Bedale Day Nursery Ltd we aim to ensure that your child is happy and cared for in a home from home environment your child will love.

    We work within the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum to encourage and assist each child to develop emotionally, physically, and intellectually to his or her full potential.

    Our nursery is run by a mother and daughter for almost 20 years. We operate in a purpose built day nursery set in a prime location convenient for parents travelling from Bedale, RAF Leeming, and the surrounding villages. We are also handy for those of you who need to get on to the A1. We have employed architects, designers and child care specialists who have joined forces to develop a safe, stimulating and secure environment for your child. All aspects of comfort and play, as well as mental and physical development have been considered when designing the layout of the interior and garden area to ensure that we can meet the needs of all children – from babies to children requiring before/after school care.

    We offer your child the scope to acquire skills, learn to communicate, gain confidence and most of all to have fun!

    Starting nursery is a big step both for your child and for the family, we would suggest that you visit us a few times with your child so that they become settled when he/she is left in our care.

    There are many factors which make Bedale Day Nursery Ltd the number one choice for parents, not least the experience, dedication and enthusiasm of all our staff. We have a long established team, many of which have been with us since the day we opened. Not only have they watched the children grow and develop until they leave for big school but also the staff members themselves have benefited from working with colleagues they know and trust; both of which help foster a sense of belonging for the children in our care.

     

  • THE CURRICULUM

    We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (2012). We ensure that we provide quality and consistency to allow every child to make good progress throughout their time with us.

    By following the EYFS we provide a secure foundation through learning and development opportunities for each individual child’s needs and interests. The children are continually observed and assessed which in turn informs our planned activities and continuous provision of resources ensuring that each child reaches their full potential.

    We pride ourselves on our partnership working between parents, carers and us as practitioners. We value parents and carers views and provide an ‘open door policy’ to ensure that we are always on hand to offer advice and support, to ‘signpost’ to other professionals such as speech and language drop in centres or other healthcare services, and of course to provide continued updates and reviews on your child’s time with us across all areas of learning.

    We value our ethos on equality of opportunity and have developed a strong culture of inclusive practice within the setting and the local community. “We strive to work in partnership with all who use our setting. We value, respect and celebrate each child as an individual, enabling them to feel a sense of belonging and thrive to the best of their ability”

     

    Overarching Principles

    The following four overarching principles of the EYFS shape all practice in  early years provision and at Bedale Day Nursery Ltd we strive to adhere and embed these principles in everything we do:

     

    ‘Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

    • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
    • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
    • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

     

    The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years

    • provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

    Characteristics of effective teaching and learning

    There are three characteristics of effective teaching and learning which move through all areas of a child’s learning:

    • Playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’.
    • Active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy their achievements.
    • Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

    Within the EYFS there are 7 areas of learning and development

    There are Three Prime Areas, which reflect the key skills and capabilities all children need to develop and learn effectively, and become ‘ready for school’. It is expected that the balance will shift towards a more equal focus on all areas of learning as children grow in confidence and ability within these prime areas.

    Prime areas

    • Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Making Relationships / Self Confidence and Self-awareness / Managing feelings and behaviour.
    • Physical Development: Moving and Handling / Health and Self-care
    • Communication and Language: Listening and Attention / Understanding / Speaking
  • Overarching Principles

    The following four overarching principles of the EYFS shape all practice in early years provision and at Bedale Day Nursery Ltd we strive to adhere and embed these principles in everything we do:

    • ‘Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
    • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
    • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
    • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.
    • The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
  • Characteristics of effective teaching and learning

    There are three characteristics of effective teaching and learning which move through all areas of a child’s learning:

    • Playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’.
    • Active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy their achievements.
    • Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

    Within the EYFS there are 7 areas of learning and development

    There are Three Prime Areas, which reflect the key skills and capabilities all children need to develop and learn effectively, and become ‘ready for school’. It is expected that the balance will shift towards a more equal focus on all areas of learning as children grow in confidence and ability within these prime areas.

  • Prime areas

    • Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Making Relationships / Self Confidence and Self-awareness / Managing feelings and behaviour.
    • Physical Development: Moving and Handling / Health and Self-care
    • Communication and Language: Listening and Attention / understanding / Speaking

    There are also 4 Specific areas

    • Literacy: Reading/Writing
    • Mathematics: Numbers/Shape, space and measure
    • Understanding the World: People and communities / The World / Technology
    • Expressive Arts and Design: Exploring and using media and materials /Being imaginative
  • Your child’s Learning journey

    We record your child’s progress and development in their very own ‘Personal Portfolio’. This is a brightly coloured, child and parent friendly folder that celebrates your child’s achievements.

    The portfolio contains many photographs, observations and children’s work, along with their next steps for their individual journey of learning.

  • Other Agencies

    At Bedale Day Nursery Ltd we work with other agencies in order to share expertise and knowledge for the benefit of all individual children and for the development of the staff.

    These agencies may include:

    • Health Visitors
    • The Area SENCO
    • Portage workers
    • Child development unit
    • Community Paediatric Nurses
    • The Local Authority Early Years Service
    • Sure Start
    • Speech and Language therapist
    • National Early Years Organisations
    • Any other local or national agencies
  • Environment and resources

    • The learning environment indoors and outdoors is planned carefully to ensure that children can access and participate in all areas of provision.
    • Resources are organised to allow children to access them independently by appropriate use of the floor, treasure baskets, low shelving, silhouettes and picture labels.
    • Resources include bought, found and improvised items.

    Planning

    • Play experiences are planned in response to observations of the children and knowledge of the child gained from parents and other sources. They include possible learning and development, but also allows for play to arise spontaneously from children’s own ideas.
    • Possible learning intentions in short term planning are drawn and developed from the EYFS and long term planning.
    • Short term planning is completed weekly informed by observations, assessment and evaluation but spontaneous activities may be added in response to children’s interests, needs and responses.

    * Free flow play between inside and out side is available all day.

    This routine may vary slightly depending on the age of your child and which room they are in.

    Although all of our rooms offer free play / spontaneous activities and focus activities which promote age appropriate learning and development.

  • BABY ROOM

    The babies are catered for in their own room which is warmly decorated with individual care and attention and provided with toys to stimulate their physical and intellectual development.

    Staff ratios for babies are one member of staff to three children. The staff are always the same providing your baby with continuity of care and enabling them to begin to form a special bond with the staff caring for them. You will be given a daily record sheet everyday which gives you all the information on your child’s day including sleep times, feeding times, nappy changing details and any other relevant information.

    The babies participate in a wide variety of activities and the resources enable them to be creative and explore the rich environment.

    “Babies delight in wheeling their toy cars through shaving foam and use their fingers to make marks” OFSTED, 2014.

    Our babies have their own newly renovated garden area which enables them to get plenty of fresh air.

    We also have a trained baby signing teacher who visits us weekly, these sessions are tailored and delivered with ‘fun’ in mind. The babies learn to sign to popular songs and nursery rhymes with the help of puppets and props. To guarantee your baby a place at our nursery we will require a non refundable £200 deposit, which will be deducted from your first months bill. This amount equates to a full week in the setting.

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  • TODDLER ROOM

    This room is brand new for 2015. We have employed a dedicated building team who have designed an exciting new room for our toddlers. This room gives the children space, resources and activities specifically for their age group. Giving them the freedom to explore their surroundings and investigate the world around them. There is chance for messy play, role play, rough and tumble but also a cosy sleep area is available for those who still need to rest.

    The toddler room is next door to our baby room with doors which may be left open at times so in quiet periods the babies can wander between rooms, this makes the transition between rooms run so smoothly as the children are already familiar with the toddler room and staff prior to moving up.

    Some of the activities we get up to in the toddler room include:-

     

    – Painting – Dressing up
    – Story time – Hide and seek
    – Play dough – Soft play
    – Dancing – Tunnels and tents
    –  Musical Instruments – Stickle bricks and Duplo
    – Counting – Role play
    – Sand and Water play – Jigsaws
    – Collage making – Sensory play

    This room shares the outside area with the both the babies and the big room, this gives the children a wide scope of opportunities for outside play including the ride on bikes and cars, the sand and water activities and growing and sensory activities. On a daily basis the activities available inside are also taken outside for the children who prefer to spend their time in the fresh air!

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  • PRE SCHOOL ROOM

    This room is all about giving the children the independence, confidence and spirit they will need to proceed on their journey to school.

    The children take part in a wide range of age appropriate, challenging and exciting activities. The room works on a free flow basis which means the children are able to choose where they play and participate in activities they enjoy and are interested in. However because the continuous provision is set up in such a way the children will always be learning and the experienced staff will be there to scaffold their learning and help each child to reach their full potential.

    The staff set up focused activities on a daily basis which are monitored and observed and are set up to help the children gain specific outcomes which will then be documented in their personal portfolio.

    We believe children should be outside as much as possible, with this in mind we have provided easy access through the pre school room to encourage free flow access to outside facilities. Our garden has been carefully planned to promote the seven areas of learning and ensuring all our children’s needs are met. We have a wide range of outdoor equipment including a wooden play house, sand pit, water tray, black boards, digging area, sensory herb garden, musical area, balancing beam, stepping stones and lots of ride on bikes and cars.

    We work closely with the local schools to ensure the transition from our setting to school is a smooth one, we take the children to a variety of events set up by the different schools including Christmas nativities, sports days, and harvest festivals.

    We also try to get the children out into our local community as much as possible, this includes weekly visits to the library, seasonal walks in the woods and visits to the shops and the church.

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  • AFTER SCHOOL / HOLIDAY CLUB

    This room is also Brand new for 2015. Our school children now have their own room upstairs! Our recent renovation means the school children have a new large room with everything they possibly need to relax after a busy day at school or to enjoy the school holidays.

    This includes a cosy TV / reading area, role play area, computer games consoles and laptops, messy and creative activities and games galore. We cater for children before and after school and during school holidays.

    We pick up from the following schools :-

    • Bedale Primary School
    • Leeming and Aiskew School
    • Leeming and Londonderry School

    Activities are planned accordingly to the children’s needs, interests and age. The activities could be arts and crafts, sports and outdoor play, messy play, computers etc.

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  • We have recently purchased three new vehicles we use specifically for the school runs, although in the holidays we use them to take the children on exciting day trips! In the past these have included Brymor Icecream Parlour, Monk Park Farm and Aquatic Finatic.

    Here at Bedale Day Nursery Ltd we hope to forge strong links with our parents, this is vital to ensure the individual needs of your child are met. We want you to feel very much involved in our nursery life and aim to keep you as involved as possible. Policies are displayed in the reception area.

  • SNACK AND MEAL TIMES

    Here at Bedale Day Nursery Ltd we promote healthy eating providing a varied nutritional diet for all children using fresh produce bought from local shops i.e. Cockburns butchers.

    If your child has special dietary requirements we will try to meet these accordingly.

    Mealtimes at our nursery are happy, social, occasions where staff encourage good eating habits, independence and good table manners. We endeavour to provide your child with the recommended daily requirement of five pieces of fruit / vegetables per day.

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  • An example of one our daily Menu

    Morning Snack
    Toast

    Lunch
    Shepherds Pie Homemade lemon drizzle cake

    Snack
    Homemade fruit & cheese scones Cucumber and carrot sticks

  • ILLNESS

    When children first begin nursery they are prone to coughs and colds. This is recognized as normal and therefore accepted unless they are not fit enough to attend. However, some childhood illnesses are very contagious. In these circumstances we require you to keep your child at home. If a child becomes ill whilst in our care we will inform parents, who will be requested to collect their child straight away. If a child is sent home from unwell fro nursery we will not accept them the following day. Also we cannot accept children on Antibiotics for the first twenty four hours of treatment. Please find below the details of the most common childhood illnesses and the exclusion times.

    DISEASE 

    DISEASE Exclusion time
    Diarrhoea 48 hours after symptoms stop
    Gastro – enteritis 48 hours after symptoms stop
    Chicken pox 5 days after the on set of the rash
    Threadworm After treatment is completed
    Scabies During the time specified by the scabicide product (usually 8 – 24 hours)
    Head lice Until treatment has been administrated
    Impetigo 24 hours after treatment begins
    Conjunctivitis 24 hours after commencing antibiotics
    Meningococcal meningitis Until clinical recovery
    Hand, foot and mouth Until clinical recovery
    Diptheria Until bacterial examination is clear
    Measles 4 days from the onset of rash
    Mumps   Until swelling has subsided
    Rubella 4 days from the onset of rash
    Whooping Cough 21 days from the onset of episodic cough
    Polio At the direction of the consultant
    Hepatitis A 7 days from the onset of jaundice
    Scarlet Fever Until 24 hours after commencing antibiotics
  • GENERAL INFORMATION

    ADMISSIONS

    When Bedale Day Nursery Ltd have places they will be offered to children whose names are on completed registration forms supplied by the nursery.

    The staff will work with each parent and child to ensure positive entry to the nursery.

    INCLUSION

    Bedale Day Nursery Ltd believes that no child should be excluded from the nurseries activities because the child has special needs or disabilities as defined by the Children Act 1989 and/or the Education Act 1993. Bedale Day Nursery Ltd will support children with learning difficulties and disabilities and will work with outside agencies to meet the child’s needs. We will offer staff training where possible to increase their knowledge and skills to ensure that each child is offered equal opportunities within the nursery.

    SAFEGUARDING

    As part of the registration process we are duty bound to inform social care of any worries we have regarding a child’s welfare and safety.

    SECURITY

    The security and safety of all the children in our care is our main priority. Therefore we ask that you comply with our policies to guarantee this. The password system for non parental collection must be adhered to if we do not have this your child will not be able to leave the setting with anyone other than the main carer.

    THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

    • We value your input and ideas and because of this we have a suggestions box for your constructive comments in our reception area
    • Topics and planning are on display in reception for parents to read
    • Newsletters will be regularly sent out to keep parents up to date with any developments at nursery
    • Parents are asked to be aware of other peoples children as well as their own, especially when entering or leaving the building. All parents must close the front door after them to prevent any child leaving the building. It also prevents anyone else gaining entry without a member of staff letting them in.
    • If your child cannot attend nursery when expected please let us know before 9am or you may be charged for a full days fee.
    • We do use aprons during messy play however mishaps do happen so
    • please dress your child accordingly.
    • When it is your child’s birthday we will recognize his / hers special day, therefore you are welcome to bring a treat or cake in to celebrate.
    • On your enrolment form you will be asked for the details of 2 other people who may collect your child. If somebody else is picking your child up they will be asked for a password on arrival. You must inform staff beforehand of this security password.
    • Please keep us informed of any changes to your registration details.
    • Please ensure your child’s belongings are clearly labeled.
    • Children’s development portfolio’s are available for parents on request.
    • Parents are to keep us informed of any circumstances which may have an effect on your child’s emotional wellbeing e.g. bereavement, illness, separation etc.
    • If your child is leaving nursery you will need to give us one months notice

    There will be a late pick up fee of £5 for every 5 minutes you are late after 6pm.