I was incredibly anxious about returning to work, the thought of leaving my baby was a heavy weight on my heart and mind.. but as soon as we looked around Little Owls baby nursery (Tawny Owls) my heart and mind were immediately put at ease.
Firstly, the staff are incredible. From day one (when we were shown around the setting) our family were treated like part of the Little Owls Family. My daughters key worker spent time listening to my concerns about returning to work/leaving my baby for the first time and reassured me and took details about her routines/likes/dislikes and personality. The way Little Owls is run and managed is superb. We receive weekly news letters, information and policies.. details of local events and “what’s on this week” so we can keep up to date with what the children are learning about.
Secondly, the setting is brilliant! My daughter attends the scarning site, but I can vouch for both Toftwood and Scarning Nurseries – they are bright, clean, safe, fun and I’m always amazed by the sheer amount of resources/books/natural & wooden toys/sensory objects and themes they have each week. My daughter has had a ride on a real tractor that visited the site, fed carrots to the ponies in the neighbouring field, planted plants in the garden, learnt to climb the steps of the climbing frame independently – so she can slide down the slide (her favourite), played outdoors in the safe/rubber matted play area, baked cookies and cakes and painted/coloured/created all kinds of topical creations.
Learning is paramount at Little Owls, each week the nursery explores a particular topic or theme, for example “spring”, “under the sea”, “vehicles”, “farming”, “health & wellness” weeks…
Parents of children attending Little Owls can log on to ‘Tapestry’ (an online platform where your child’s individual key worker can share photos of your child at nursery), you can also view learning outcomes and keep up to date with the different stages of your child’s development.
But what REALLY makes this nursery special is the staff and nursery nurses. They do a fantastic job everyday. I have absolutely no concerns about leaving my child in the kind, knowledgeable and safe hands of her key worker and nursery nurses.
My daughter recently moved up to Snowy Owls (2+) and she LOVES it. Her key worker greets us every morning and gives a comprehensive update of her day when I collect her.
I love looking at the updates on Tapestry (which is helpful to put my mind at ease whilst I am working, seeing her play, happy and smiling is priceless and reassuring)..
I can not recommend Little Owls Nursery enough.
They are part of our extended family and I will be sad when my little girl grows too big to attend. Going back to work was hard, but Little Owls truly helped the transition and I can’t imagine life without the Nursery as a major part of it.
Thank you Little Owls, to all the staff, Justine & Johnny and Edens Key Worker who is literally a star ?