Our Nurseries are usually 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. We will let you know when these times will be reinstated.
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.
Within every external nursery entrance we have bespoke wooden fencing erected to create an additional safe zone which includes an extra security element for the safety and wellbeing of all of our children.
Our Nursery is managed by a team of qualified, caring and experienced staff. Within our Tawny Owl baby Nursery 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 nurseries provide care for our children between the ages of 6 weeks to 5 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.
Moving on from our work with Neil Griffiths the creator of the critically acclaimed Story-sack phenomenon and highly popular author of many children’s picture books and educational publications, we have appointed Sharon (Toftwood Deputy Manager) and Laura Edwards (Scarning Manager) to be our Little Owls Literacy Champions. The role of our literacy champions is to inspire, train and resource our nurseries so we are able to deliver literacy within the EYFS to the highest standard.
This includes embedding books within all areas of provision. Ensuring our children have access to different types of literature including non-fiction books to develop understanding that some books carry facts and information. Providing opportunities to engage with different types of text such as Braille, different languages, maps, instructions and menus.
We have lots of ways you can get involved at home. Upload photos or videos to Tapestry of your children enjoying their favourite books and magazines at home. Use small toys or every day items to create imaginative play around a story.
Don’t be afraid to use props or silly voices to create fun and laughter around a book, encourage your older children to suggest a different ending or character.
In every nursery we have weekend bags for our families to enjoy. We also have a book bag and library card for each of our Barn Owl children to broaden their access to different types of literacy through our nursery library. Using this facility is also great preparation for school helping our families to develop the habit of regular reading as well as changing their books.