Sam Read- Deputy Manager
Sam has her Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies, she supports Donna in the running of the nursery and is an experienced trained SENCO.
Sam has 2 lively children of her own.
In the baby room we take children from 8 weeks old until 2 years old. In this room we follow the children’s individual routines and we plan for their interests to help their development. The baby room reflects a home from home environment we have a lounge area where children can play and explore our treasure baskets, which encourage the children to learn through a variety of activities promoting the prime area of the EYFS. We have a dining area where children eat their snacks and meals together, encouraging social skills from an early age. There is also a bedroom area where the children can sleep, rest or enjoy quieter activities. The baby’s have their own separate garden which is enriched with sensory experiences they have access to this all day as we offer free flow in all our rooms. We follow the early years foundation stage and the children’s learning is tracked and shared via tapestry which allows you as parents to view throughout the day as well as contribute your own learning experiences at home with your children and share with us the setting.
We pride ourselves on good communication with the parents and in the baby room we have a daily diary which we fill out every day they are with us so you know what they have enjoyed. There is also a section in the diary for you to keep us informed of your child’s routines and any changes they might have.
All the children in this room have a key person to promote parent partnership and build a strong bond, all with a staff ratio is 1 adult to 3 children.
In our big room we have children aged from 2 to 4 years old. In this room we plan on the children’s interest. We use ‘in the moment planning’ so if the children come into the setting and ask to go for a walk then that’s what we do. We help them develop their learning by staff scaffolding the children’s play to build on specific areas of learning within the EYFS. We also further the children’s development by using next steps, this builds on their learning experiences and enhances their understanding of them, this is done through observation and recommendations generated from Tapestry, their online learning journal. In our big room we provide all areas of learning from the EYFS, these include; role play in the form of our resident ‘Grandad’s’ house which reflects a real home, messy play, construction, literacy, maths, small world and investigation as well as providing open ended opportunities for creating art and design.
We have a separate garden to the babies, which reflects the areas of learning from inside the setting with many opportunities for learning. We also carry out many of our activities in the outdoor area. Our garden has lots of open space with natural resources to enhance our areas for the children to explore using all their senses.
MEET THE STAFF
OUR NURSERY SETTING
Donna Goring – Owner, Manager
Donna has a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies and is also SENCO trained. Donna is also a level 3 qualified Forest School teacher.
Donna has four boys who keep her busy when at home.
We recognise the need and importance of routine and the all the children in the big room follow an implemented daily routine with differentiation for the 2-3 year olds and the 4 year olds who are preparing to go to school. These routines reflect the age appropriate understanding of the groups of children. All children join in welcome time, however this is extended for the older pre-school children focusing on letters and sounds and longer discussions regarding days of the week and the weather as well incorporating maths with number recognition and formation.
We often take the children on trips out this includes walks to the local spinney and church as well as outings to the seaside, local farms and zoo’s.
Gemma Sowerby – Baby Room Leader and Key Person
Gemma has her level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development
She has a one year old daughter to keep her busy in her spare time.
Courteney Rivett - Toddler/Pre-School Room Leader/Deputy Manager
Courtney has a level 3 qualification in Children's Care, Learning and Development. She has been working within early years for the last 4 years.
Meggie Oliveira – Toddler/Pre-School Key Person
Meggie has recently completed her level 3 in Children's Care, Learning and Development. She is fully trained in Makaton and speaks fluent Spanish.
We have a strong relationship with the local school, The Bytham’s Primary School which ensures transitions are easy and comfortable for the children. We take the children on regular trips to the school including sports day, nativity plays and taster sessions.
Railway Children's Day Nursery
We are a small rural nursery with lots of open space. We offer a friendly personal service in our “home from home” setting. We have various flexible sessions for children aged 8 weeks old to 4 years old. We focus on the children’s interests and plan in the moment.
We have 15 hour funded spaces available for 2,3 & 4-year-old children.
As of September 2017, we offer 30 hours funding.