We offer sessional childcare during term time only.
We are open Monday to Thursday 9.15am - 12.15pm (with an extended hour of 12.15pm - 1.15pm available to children once they receive their funding)
On a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we are also open 1.15pm - 3.15pm. It is possible for funded children to attend from 9.15am - 3.15pm on one or more of these days. Please speak to us about the session options available.
At Cublington Nursery School we aim to:
provide high quality care and education for children aged between two and five years of age
work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop
add to the life and well-being of the local community
offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity.
Parents are regarded as partners in our setting. We aim for collaboration and the right to be
valued and respected
included at all levels.
We aim to ensure that each child:
is in a safe and stimulating environment
is given generous care and attention, because of our ratio of qualified staff to children
has the chance to join with other children and adults to play, work and learn together
is helped to take forward her/his learning and development by being helped to build on what she/he already knows and can do
is allocated a key person who makes sure each child makes satisfactory progress
is in a setting that sees parents as partners in helping each child to learn and develop.
Children's development and learning
The provision for children's development and learning is guided by The Early Years Foundation Stage. Information about the guidance for settings can be found by clicking here.
Learning through play
Play helps young children to learn and develop through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children learn to think. Our nursery uses the practice guidance Early Years Foundation Stage to plan and provide a range of play activities which help children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development. In some of these activities children decide how they will use the activity and, in others, an adult takes the lead in helping the children to take part in the activity. In all activities information from the practice guidance to the Early Years Foundation Stage has been used to decide what equipment to provide and how to provide it.
We assess how young children are learning and developing by observing them frequently. We use information that we gain from observations, as well as from photographs of the children, to document their progress and where this may be leading them. We believe that parents know their children best and we ask them to contribute to assessment by sharing information about what their children like to do at home and how they as parents are supporting development.
The nursery keeps a learning journal for each child. Staff and parents can work together on their children's journal. This is one of the ways in which the key person and parents work in partnership. Your child's unique journal helps us all to celebrate her/his achievements. We can work together to provide what your child needs for her/his well-being and to make progress.
Working together for your children
In our nursery we maintain the ratio of adults to children that is set through the Welfare Requirements. This helps us to:
give time and attention to each child
talk with the children about their interests and activities
help children to experience and benefit from the activities we provide
allow the children to explore and be adventurous in safety.
How parents can take part in the nursery
Our nursery recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children. All of the staff see themselves as partners with parents in providing care and education for their child. There are many ways in which parents take part in making the nursery a welcoming and stimulating place for children and parents, such as:
exchanging knowledge about their children's needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff
sharing their own special interests with the children;
joining in community activities in which the setting takes part
building friendships with other parents.
We welcome parents to drop into the setting to see it at work or to speak with the staff.
Key person and your child
Each child is allocated a member of staff as their key person. This key person activity is seamlessly integrated into the normal staff interaction with all the children who come to nursery. It enables us to identify and develop specific growth areas and then focus on them. Each key person is responsible for a number of children thus enabling us to share the workload. Parents are always able to speak to the key person or any member of staff about their child’s progress.
The nursery's timetable and routines
Our nursery believes that care and education are equally important in the experience which we offer children. The routines and activities that make up the day are provided in ways that:
help each child to feel that she/he is a valued member of the nursery
ensure the safety of each child
help children to gain from the social experience of being part of a group
provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning.
We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from and work at, a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.
Outdoor activities contribute to children's health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have the opportunity and are encouraged, to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities, as well as those provided indoors including two-weekly Children's Yoga Sessions led by a qualified Yoga teacher.
The Extended Session (available to children the term after they are 3)
Children may attend for extended sessions Monday to Thursday (12.15 - 1.15pm). During this period the staff and children will eat their lunch, that they have brought with them from home. This session is a great opportunity for children to further develop their social interaction skills and build relationships with peers and adults.
On a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, there is also the opportunity for a further extension of two hours (1.15 -3.15pm) to enable a child to receive six hours of nursery education in one session.
The nursery makes snacks a social time at which children and adults often eat together. We plan the menus for snacks so that they provide the children with healthy and nutritious food. Do tell us about your child's dietary needs and we will make sure that these are met.
Copies of the nursery’s policies and procedures are available for you to see at the setting. Our policies help us to make sure that the service provided by the nursery is a high quality one and that being a member of the nursery is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for each child and her/his parents.
As part of the setting's policy to make sure that its provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs a child may have. The setting works to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2014). Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is Jackie Raw.
The fees for under three’s are payable half-termly in advance We are in receipt of nursery education funding for three and four year olds;. Where funding is not received, then fees apply.
We also qualify to offer nursery education funding for two year olds who meet the criteria set down by the Local Authority.
Starting at our nursery
The first days
We want your child to feel happy and safe with us. To make sure that this is the case, we will work with you to decide how to help your child to settle in.
We encourage children to gain the skills that help them to be independent and look after themselves. These include taking themselves to the toilet and taking off, and putting on, outdoor clothes. Clothing that is easy for them to manage will help them to do this.
We hope that you and your child enjoy being members of our nursery and that you both find taking part in our activities interesting and stimulating. The staff are always ready and willing to talk with you about your ideas, views or questions.