Our Nurseries are both open between 7.30am and 6.00pm for 51 weeks each year, only closing for statutory Bank Holidays and a few days over the Christmas period.
Security & Access into Nursery
This aspect of our nurseries is always at the forefront of our minds and all of our nurseries have their own dedicated entrances. All entrances are fitted with security systems with additional security systems added to the main gated entrances to the Tawny, Barn and Snowy Owl nurseries at Toftwood and a touch pad telephone intercom system at our Scarning nursery.
Our Nursery is managed by a team of qualified, caring and experienced staff. Within our Tawny Owl baby Nursery at Toftwood we operate to a staffing ratio of 1 member of staff per 3 babies, our Snowy Owl Nurseries operates on a ratio of 1 member of staff to every 4 children and our Barn Owl Nurseries operates to a ratio of 1 member of staff to every 8 children. Within each nursery we employ a supervisor and senior nursery nurse and our all managers are both employed on a supernumary basis. We are delighted to inform you that the entire staff team employed at both Little Owls nurseries all hold a recognised childcare qualification with a minimum requirement of Level 3 up to Ba (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Studies.
Our Nursery at Toftwood provides care for our children between the ages of 6 weeks to 4 ½ years old. Whilst our Scarning nursery provides care for children from approximately 22 months to 4½ years old.When leaving Nursery to commence to school, our parents have the option of placing their children within Hoots, our Breakfast, After School and Holiday Clubs. This is dependent on availability however; Little Owls children receive priority on all bookings.
We pride ourselves at both Nurseries with our approach to nutritional foods. We operate a “snack bar” for the children during the morning and afternoon sessions whereby a selection of fresh fruit, vegetables, milk and water is available to all of the children.
We employ our own in house cooks who cook our children's midday meals on a daily basis. We operate a fortnightly menu, which ensures a healthy and nutritious diet is offered to our children. Vegetarians and special diets can also be catered for and a copy of our current menu is available upon request.
Parents /staff rooms
We are able to offer parents the use of designated rooms whereby parents who are settling in new or young children are able to enjoy light refreshments or read a magazine before returning to the nursery to be re-united with their child.
Outside Play Area
Both of our nurseries offer outside plays areas consisting of a high quality impact absorbent safety surface, which ensures the highest safety of the children at all times. At our Toftwood nursery we offer timber play equipment complete with climbing frame, bridge, stilt walk, and balancing beams. In addition to this we also offer our children an allotment area and grassed area accessed to via our tawny owl nursery. Within our main play area our children also have access to a large under covered sandpit.Within our Scarning nursery we have a wonderful outdoor forest style green garden.Children have perspex viewing points in the fence where they can view the horses and wildlife as well as a sheltered wooden music gazebo area and a separate allotment area.
Our Little Owls Toftwood mud kitchen is a totally bespoke resource designed for our youngest and oldest children. This has been achieved by incorporating different height workstations and a universal timber table and bench for all children to enjoy and utilise. Our mud kitchen includes elements of our children's much loved role play areas within the nursery but are hugely enriched through the special nature of being outside.We are at present in the process of implementing a brand new mud kitchen area at our Scarning site
During your children’s stay with us at Little Owls our staff will consider the individual needs, interests and different stages of development for each of our children and will use this information to plan challenging and enjoyable experiences in all areas of learning and development. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum where we provide a wide and diverse variety of meaningful enriching experiences for the children to access as well as many opportunities to engage in active learning.Each area of learning and development will be implemented through planned, purposeful play through a mixture of adult and child initiated activities.
Our Nursery aims, assisted by qualified and experienced staff to develop your child intellectually, emotionally and socially for their years ahead at school. Please note that we have produced our own information booklet for parents explaining the Early Years Foundation Stage in greater detail. This pack is provided for each parent, within their Welcome Pack, when their child joins our Nursery.
“The staff at Little Owls Day Nursery work exceptionally well together to provide an outstanding learning environment for the children.” Ofsted 2014.
The Key Person System
Within all of our nurseries every child will be allocated their own Key Person. Within the Tawny ( Toftwood ) and Snowy Owl nurseries, your key person will be responsible for your child’s day to day routine which includes nappy changes, meals and sleeping times. Your child’s Keyperson is directly responsible for observing your child throughout their Nursery sessions and then updating your child’s Learning Journey accordingly. We hope that the Key Person system will provide you with the opportunity to forge a special working relationship with the staff and give you an invaluable in-depth insight into the progress of your child.
We are delighted to inform you that all of our staff who are employed within our Tawny Owl nursery are fully trained in the baby sign language “Tiny Talk” nursery programme.This training is updated and validated on a yearly basis.
Toftwood Infant School Visits and Sports Day
As part of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum we work closely with other providers/schools in the local community. Toftwood Infant School invites all children within our Barn Owl nursery, who will be commencing school in the next academic year, to attend the school, alongside the Barn Owl staff, for an activity session once every half-term. We also invite parents to attend sports day which is held during the summer months.
Mini Me Yoga
We are pleased to inform you that we have two members of staff who are trained in the practise of Mini Yoga. Recent studies have found that the children's yoga helps children to release stress and retain more information whilst increasing their confidence. Yoga encourages the children's capacity to learn and be gentle with each other and to grow strong mentally and physically. We have introduced simple yoga techniques using exercises designed to make it fun and engaging in mindfulness. Our Barn Owl and rising three Snowy Owl children participate in small groups whereby yoga gym mats and relaxing music and scented atomisers help create an environment conducive to yoga.
We are able to offer on site parking at both of our nurseries for easy access into the Nursery buildings.
Our children at our Toftwood nursery are encouraged to participate in the caring of our Nursery pet and currently, we have Bugsy our guinea pig. Children have the option of taking Bugsy home for weekends if desired. Please inform the staff if your child has any allergy regarding pets, so that we may take the relevant action.
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