Playdays Prospectus

Playdays Nursery Prospectus

Welcome to Playdays Nursery. The following information is intended to answer any questions you may have, if there are any other queries you have, or you require further information, please phone Angie Ward [manager] on 07914 716765, or call in to see us during opening hours.

Playdays is a private nursery, registered and inspected by OFSTED, we currently have a good rating from our last OFSTED inspection.

Playdays aims to provide a happy, safe and secure environment within which the children can play, learn and develop. We provide a wide variety of equipment and activities to promote learning through play, both indoors and outside in our enclosed garden area.

We follow the new E.Y.F.S. [Early Years Foundation Stage] guidelines, and are able to provide government funded places for your child including the 30 hour funding if you are eligible, tax free childcare and we are an approved Nursery to provide funded 2 year old spaces if you qualify for the funding.

Playdays Nursery is situated in Room 1, Caister Community Centre, Beach Road, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk, NR30 5ER.

We are registered to enrol children from the age of two to five years, at a maximum of 17 children per session.

Session Times
Morning:             Monday – Friday                 9.00am              –             12.00pm
Lunch club:        Monday – Friday               12.00pm              –             12.30pm
Afternoon:          Monday – Friday               12.30pm              –               3.30pm

Wrap-around care is available from 9am-3.30pm.
Also on some days breakfast clubs and afterschool clubs are available.

We operate a waiting list and parents/carers will be contacted when a place becomes available for their child. We will discuss the number of sessions required with you, as each child has different needs.

When your child begins at Playdays, we make every effort to settle them in happily. We gather information before they start from the parents about any likes or interests the children have in their home environment that may help them or us to settle them in at Playdays. We realise that all children are individuals and therefore have different needs. We encourage parents, where possible, to bring their child to a few sessions before they begin, so that the child, and adult, can get to know the surroundings and us. On their first enrolled session we are more than happy for parents to stay, if they feel this will help their child to settle in. However we realise there may be certain circumstances that require a different enrolment approach. We therefore accommodate each individual’s needs.

Plastic aprons are provided for messy activities, but parents/carers are asked to dress their children in clothing suitable for physical, practical activities and outside play. Playdays Nursery uniform is available at Harrisons Uniform shop in Great Yarmouth, but is your choice if you want your child to wear it.

We are able to accommodate children who are still in nappies; however we do ask that you provide a spare nappy or pull-up at each session, in a named bag.

We ask that only those people authorised to do so on their enrolment form collect children. If for any reason this is not possible, we must be informed in advance who is collecting them, as by law we are not allowed to let them go with anyone else. We are sure you realise this is in the child’s best interest, and ask for your cooperation.

In the event of a parent or named person failing to collect a child after a session, we will continue to reassure, and play with the child. After a suitable amount of time allowed for the child to have been picked up, we will start to phone every contact number on the child’s enrolment form, and make every effort to contact you. If we still are not able to, we then would follow the directives set out in the ‘collecting children’s policy.’

Each session offers a wide range of activities designed to encourage a child’s development. The following activities are available at all sessions:

Maths/Science activity table
Writing/Drawing activity table
Craft activity table, including cooking
Sand, water or dry pasta pit
Role play activity
Playdough table
ICT computer etc
Construction toys
Small world role play
Book corner, with a wide range of books
Outdoor activities

Each session includes singing, stories, discussion time, snack time, free play, one to one learning or craft activity. We have pictures of what we do at Playdays on our wall for the parents and children to see.

All the staff and helpers at Playdays are suitably qualified, and DBS checked, and dedicated to providing the children with as many learning opportunities as possible through play.

At Playdays we encourage children to be creative and produce their own work, we have literacy and numeracy weeks each half term, we encourage them to write their own names as soon as they are able. As the children begin to make marks on paper they are encouraged to form letters and shapes, so please check the scribbles your child brings home, you could be surprised!

Curriculum and Learning

The curriculum within the Early Years Foundation Stage is organised into four themes:

  • The Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Development

 These themes work alongside the seven areas of learning which are:

The 3 Prime areas:

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development –  Developing independence and confidence.
  2. Communication and Language –   Talking, listening and mark making/writing
    3.      Physical development       –   Strength, skills and muscle development.

The 4 Specific areas:

  1. Maths                               –              Size, numbers, times and shapes.
    2. Literacy                                                                               –              Books, reading, listening to stories.
    3. Understanding the World                                               –              Learning about the world through discussion
    4. Expressive Arts and Design                                             –              Ways to represent feelings and experiences

We have a high adult to child ratio at each session allowing the children to have one to one sessions with the staff. This is especially helpful when a child needs extra attention. Our ratio is higher than that required by law. 1:4 for 2 year olds, and 1:8 for 3 and 4 year olds.

We operate an equal opportunities policy and all children whatever their class, ethnic origin, religion, disability, or gender will not be turned away, and all will be treated equally.

Registration documents/ Funding forms and any paperwork regarding your children are kept on the premises, but are securely locked away and remain confidential. All personal information is stored securely as set out in the GDPR Legislation.

All staff and students are made aware of the central importance of confidentiality regarding the children, their families and those working at Playdays.

Any personal, sensitive and confidential information parents tell the manager is logged and locked away in a secure mini cabinet, which only the manager has a key to.

We have both Child Protection policies, and Safeguarding policies in place ensuring we at Playdays Nursery take all necessary steps to safeguard children, to keep them safe and protect them. We as staff regularly attend new and revised training to keep up to date with all new procedures to ensure that we follow all guidelines and directives sent to us by Norfolk County Council, and these can be found either in the copies of our policies [available on request] or the procedures we carry out as professionals. If we have any concerns about a child we follow all the steps demonstrated on our flow charts on the Information Board located inside the playroom. The Safeguarding Lead Practioner is Angie Ward, and the Deputy SLP is Sophie Ward.

During your child’s stay at nursery, we observe his/hers play and learning so we can plan the next steps for your child’s progress. Our planning is based around the children’s interests and ideas, and developed to extend their learning through play, craft activities, music etc.

We record our observations of your children and put them in their learning stories, together with some of their work, and photos of their activities. We encourage parents to contribute any photos, or drawings by the children. These learning stories are available at all times for the parents to see.

From the observations we identify the next step in the child’s learning and record this, together with the date of achieving it, and then set another next step, [e.g. playing alone, and then playing alongside, and then playing with. Or counting to 5, and then to 10.] Using this information we send out an annual report at the end of the summer term, regarding your child’s progress. We also now prepare a 2 year old progress check, soon after your child starts with us aged 2, so we gain a basic understanding of what your child can achieve. We share this information with you, and give you a copy.

All Staff are involved in observing the children and sharing this information with other staff and parents, we also have Home/School link books, so you know the areas your child has been accessing and allows Parents to tell us information about their child’s achievements from home, or any other comments. Each child develops socially and educationally at his/her own pace, and we are sensitive to each child’s needs. Each child is treated and valued as an individual.

We believe that any children, who have special needs, have a right to access all areas of the curriculum. If a child has additional needs we will endeavour to ensure he/she accesses the curriculum with appropriate help. We will work closely with the parents at all times, because their knowledge of their child is deep and informative. We will all work together for the benefit of the child, taking into account everything the child says. Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is Laura Reed.

We believe that our children should be in a safe environment, and be encouraged to follow healthy practices, as outlined in our Health and Safety policy. Steps are taken to prevent the spread of infection by keeping the premises clean and safe. Children are encouraged to wash their hands. Children who are ill and waiting to be collected are comforted by staff. We have clear policies about children who are sick or who have infectious diseases and these are shared with the parents on the notice board. Children who have been sick should not return to Playdays until 48 hours have passed.

As a group we discuss being kind, caring and helping each other, and the adults provide good role models.

All members of staff are careful to use gloves when needed, and cleaning regularly takes place. All equipment is clean, and in good repair.

We whole-heartedly believe that praise for good behaviour encourages children to behave well in the future. Our aim is therefore to catch them being good, and praise them.

If the children behave in an unacceptable way [by unacceptable we mean spitting, swearing, biting or any other anti-social behaviour] we explain to them why their behaviour is unacceptable and encourage the child to say sorry if someone has been hurt, Angie Ward is in charge of Behaviour Management.

We maintain links with several other services including:
Caister Infant and Nursery School
Caister Children’s Centre, and its services
Local community links [e.g. lifeboat]
Norfolk county advisors
Other local pre-school providers
OFSTED
Caister Library
Health Visitor

Fees are £4.50 per hour or £13.50 for the 3 hour session. These can be paid either daily or weekly, or in advance. We have to charge even if your child is absent due to holidays or sickness, as the place is reserved for your child and is not transferable, and overheads still have to be met.

Enclosed in the prospectus are extracts from some of our policies. Copies of all our policies are on display, or available on request.

All staff access training courses on a regular basis to update their knowledge of current practice, and all staff including the manager are available every day to discuss any issues parents may wish to share.

Staff Qualifications

Angie Ward [Manager]                  –            Level 4 in Childcare and Early years
Emma Turner                                –            Qualified Teacher
Laura Reed                                   –            Level 3 in Childcare and Early years
Sophie Ward                                  –           Level 3 in Childcare and Early years
Cassie Stamp                                –           Student Lvl 3 / One-to-One Support Worker
Poppy Lake                                    –           Student Level 2

Bank Staff:
Melissa Warner                                –              Level 3 in Childcare and Early years
Sophie Hewitt                                   –              Level 3 in Childcare and Early year
Katie Ward                                       –              Level 2 in Childcare and Early years
John Kirby                                         –              I.T.

During the year staff also regularly attend training courses, to make sure we are up to date with all the latest information.

These courses include:
First Aid
Child Protection
Health and Safety
Fire Safety
Risk Assessment
Food Hygiene
Delivering the E.Y.F.S.
Data Protection
Safeguarding
Self Evaluation
Social and Emotional Aspects of Development
Various courses in Special Needs

Our main objective at Playdays Nursery is to ensure your child has a very happy and enjoyable time with us while learning, and that you as Parents feel that your input into your child’s development is valued and respected, and that you are aware that you are always welcome to discuss any hopes or concerns you may have, with us at anytime.

We hope you enjoy your time with us at Playdays.

Here is a plain text version of our prospectus in full.

Playdays Nursery Prospectus

Welcome to Playdays Nursery. The following information is intended to answer any questions you may have, if there are any other queries you have, or you require further information, please phone Angie Ward [manager] on 07914 716765, or call in to see us during opening hours.

Playdays is a private nursery, registered and inspected by OFSTED, we currently have a good rating from our last OFSTED inspection.

Playdays aims to provide a happy, safe and secure environment within which the children can play, learn and develop. We provide a wide variety of equipment and activities to promote learning through play, both indoors and outside in our enclosed garden area.

We follow the new E.Y.F.S. [Early Years Foundation Stage] guidelines, and are able to provide government funded places for your child, starting the term after their third birthday, and are an approved Nursery to provide some funded 2 year old spaces, in certain circumstances, and if your application is successful.

Playdays Nursery is situated in Room 1, Caister Community Centre, Beach Road, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk, NR30 5ER.

We are registered to enrol children from the age of two to five years, at a maximum of 17 children per session.

Our session times are Monday – Friday 9am – 12pm and then during the academic year, we do offer some afternoon sessions which run from 12.30pm – 3.30pm. On a Tuesday and a Thursday we offer both morning and afternoon sessions plus a lunch club so wrap-around care is available from 9am-3.30pm.

We operate a waiting list and parents/carers will be contacted when a place becomes available for their child. We will discuss the number of sessions required with you, as each child has different needs.

When your child begins at Playdays, we make every effort to settle them in happily. We send home a home book before they start, where parents can put in photos from home and any likes or interests the children have in their home environment that may help them or us to settle them in at Playdays. We realise that all children are individuals and therefore have different needs. We encourage parents, where possible, to bring their child to a few sessions before they begin, so that the child, and adult, can get to know the surroundings and us. On their first enrolled session we are more than happy for parents to stay, if they feel this will help their child to settle in. However we realise there may be certain circumstances that require a different enrolment approach. We therefore accommodate each individual’s needs.

Plastic aprons are provided for messy activities, but parents/carers are asked to dress their children in clothing suitable for physical, practical activities and outside play. Playdays Nursery uniform is available at Harrisons Uniform shop in Gorleston High Street, but is your choice if you want your child to wear it.

We are able to accommodate children who are still in nappies; however we do ask that you provide a spare nappy or pull-up at each session, in a named bag.

We ask that only those people authorised to do so on their enrolment form collect children. If for any reason this is not possible, we must be informed in advance who is collecting them, as by law we are not allowed to let them go with anyone else. We are sure you realise this is in the child’s best interest, and ask for your cooperation.

In the event of a parent or named person failing to collect a child after a session, we will continue to reassure, and play with the child. After a suitable amount of time allowed for the child to have been picked up, we will start to phone every contact number on the child’s enrolment form, and make every effort to contact you. If we still are not able to, we then would follow the directives set out in the ‘collecting children’s policy.’

Each session offers a wide range of activities designed to encourage a child’s development. The following activities are available at all sessions:

Maths/Science activity table

Writing/Drawing activity table

Craft activity table, including cooking

Sand, water or dry pasta pit

Role play activity

Playdough table

ICT computer etc

Construction toys

Small world role play

Book corner, with a wide range of books

Outdoor activities

Each session includes singing, stories, discussion time, snack time, free play, one to one learning or craft activity. We have a picture timetable of the session, on our wall for the parents and children to see.

All the staff and helpers at Playdays are suitably qualified, and C.R.B checked, and dedicated to providing the children with as many learning opportunities as possible through play.

At Playdays we encourage children to be creative and produce their own work, we ask you to appreciate your child’s work, as they will have spent time and effort on their creation. As the children begin to make marks on paper they are encouraged to form letters and shapes, so please check the scribbles your child brings home, you could be surprised!

The curriculum within the Early Years Foundation Stage is organised into four themes:

  1. The Unique Child
  2. Positive Relationships
  3. Enabling Environments
  4. Learning and Development

These themes work alongside the seven areas of learning which are:

The 3 Prime areas:

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Developing independence and confidence.
  1. Communication and Language

–        Talking, listening and mark making/writing

  1. Physical development

–        Strength, skills and muscle development.

The 4 Specific areas:

  1. Maths – Size, numbers, times and shapes.
  2. Literacy – Books, reading, listening to stories.
  3. 3. Understanding the World
    – Learning about the world through discussion
  4. Expressive Arts and Design

–        Ways to represent feelings and experiences

 

We have a high adult to child ratio at each session allowing the children to have one to one sessions with the staff. This is especially helpful when a child needs extra attention. Our ratio is higher than that required by law. 1:4 for 2 year olds, and 1:8 for 3 and 4 year olds.

We operate an equal opportunities policy and all children whatever their class, ethnic origin, religion, disability, or gender will not be turned away, and all will be treated equally.

Registration documents are kept on the premises, but are confidential.

All staff and students are made aware of the central importance of confidentiality regarding the children, their families and those working at Playdays.

In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 records of children and information about them and their families are kept secure and private at the setting.

Any personal, sensitive and confidential information parents tell the manager is logged and locked away in a secure mini cabinet, which only the manager has a key to.

We have both Child Protection policies, and Safeguarding policies in place ensuring we at Playdays Nursery take all necessary steps to safeguard children, to keep them safe and protect them. We as staff regularly attend new and revised training to keep up to date with all new procedures to ensure that we follow all guidelines and directives sent to us by Norfolk County Council, and these can be found either in the copies of our policies [available on request] or the procedures we carry out as professionals. If we have any concerns about a child we follow all the steps demonstrated on our flow charts on the Information Board located inside the playroom. The Safeguarding Lead Practioner is Angie Ward, or in her absence her Deputy Heather Kirby.

During your child’s stay at nursery, we observe his/hers play and learning so we can plan the next steps for your child’s progress. Our planning is based around the children’s interests and ideas, and developed to extend their learning through play, craft activities, music etc.

We record our observations of your children and put them in their learning stories, together with some of their work, and photos of their activities. We encourage parents to contribute any photos, or drawings by the children. These learning stories are available at all times for the parents to see.

From the observations we identify the next step in the child’s learning and record this, together with the date of achieving it, and then set another next step, [eg playing alone, and then playing alongside, and then playing with. Or counting to 5, and then to 10.] Using this information we send out an annual report at the end of the summer term, regarding your child’s progress. We also now prepare a 2 year old progress check, soon after your child starts with us aged 2, so we gain a basic understanding of what your child can achieve. We share this information with you, and give you a copy.

All Staff are involved in observing the children and sharing this information with other staff and parents, we also have Home/School link books, which we fill in at the end of each session, so you know the areas your child has been accessing that day, and allows Parents to tell us information about their child’s achievements from home, or any other comments. Each child develops socially and educationally at his/her own pace, and we are sensitive to each child’s needs. Each child is treated and valued as an individual.

We believe that any children, who have special needs, have a right to access all areas of the curriculum. If a child has additional needs we will endeavour to ensure he/she accesses the curriculum with appropriate help. We will work closely with the parents at all times, because their knowledge of their child is deep and informative. We will all work together for the benefit of the child, taking into account everything the child says. Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is Heather Kirby.

We believe that our children should be in a safe environment, and be encouraged to follow healthy practices, as outlined in our Health and Safety policy. Steps are taken to prevent the spread of infection by keeping the premises clean and safe. Children are encouraged to wash their hands. Children who are ill and waiting to be collected are comforted by staff. We have clear policies about children who are sick or who have infectious diseases and these are shared with the parents on the noticeboard. Children who have been sick should not return to Playdays until 48 hours have passed.

As a group we discuss being kind, caring and helping each other, and the adults provide good role models.

All members of staff are careful to use gloves when needed, and cleaning regularly takes place. All equipment is clean, and in good repair.

We whole-heartedly believe that praise for good behaviour encourages children to behave well in the future. Our aim is therefore to catch them being good, and praise them.

If the children behave in an unacceptable way [by unacceptable we mean spitting, swearing, biting or any other anti-social behaviour] we explain to them why their behaviour is unacceptable and encourage the child to say sorry if someone has been hurt, Angie Ward is in charge of Behaviour Management.

We maintain links with several other services including:

Caister Infant and Nursery School

Caister Children’s Centre, and its services

Local community links [e.g. lifeboat]

Norfolk county advisors

Other local pre-school providers

OFSTED

Caister Library

Health Visitor

Fees are £11.00 per session. These can be paid either daily or weekly, or in advance. We have to charge even if your child is absent due to holidays or sickness, as the place is reserved for your child and is not transferable, and overheads still have to be met.

We charge a one off registration fee of £10.00 payable on your child’s first morning.

Enclosed in the prospectus are extracts from some of our policies. Copies of all our policies are on display, or available on request.

All staff access training courses on a regular basis to update their knowledge of current practice, and all staff including the manager are available every day to discuss any issues parents may wish to share.

 

Staff Qualifications

Angie Ward [Manager]   –        Level 4

Heather Kirby                     –        Qualified Teacher

Emma Turner                     –        Qualified Teacher

Sophie Ward                       –        Student    –   Level 3

Melissa Warner                 –        Level 3

Katie Ward                          –        Student    –  Level 2

Bank staff                             –        Sophie Hewitt – Level 3

During the year staff also regularly attend training courses, to make sure we are up to date with all the latest information.

These courses include:

First Aid

Child Protection

Health and Safety

Fire Safety

Risk Assessment

Food Hygiene

Delivering the E.Y.F.S.

Data Protection

Safeguarding

Self Evaluation

Social and Emotional Aspects of Development

Various courses in Special Needs

Our main objective at Playdays Nursery is to ensure your child has a very happy and enjoyable time with us while learning, and that you as Parents feel that your input into your child’s development is valued and respected, and that you are aware that you are always welcome to discuss any hopes or concerns you may have, with us at anytime.

We hope you enjoy your time with us at Playdays.

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