Kate’s Kindergarten is situated on the border of Hindley Green and Bickershaw in a semi-rural area which is located and linked to various primary schools and children’s centres within the local area. The nursery is positioned, set back off a main road and has car park facilities for both parents and staff.
The building is surrounded by extensive areas of outdoor gardens and children’s play areas, which are mainly situated at the back of the building, we secured a grant from the ‘Mental Health Championship – Wigan Council’ to develop a ‘sensory garden’, which focuses on our children with special needs, this area also has fruit trees and growing plots where the children can help to plant, nurture and harvest a range of vegetables.
We have a very low turnover of staff that are all checked via the Disclosure and Baring service, these are rechecked every three years. All our practitioners have been trained in paediatric first aid and access training every three years to refresh and update their knowledge.
Our team has excellent transitional procedures in place for all children and our main priority is the children’s welfare and education, this philosophy is paramount and is at the heart of all we do. We are continually striving to provide quality provisions which are constantly evaluated.
Our nursery frequently liaises with multi - professional agencies which provide us with support and information regarding the children’s individual progress and development. We closely work with our Local Authority Advisors, which ensure all our children are given extra additional support when required this enables our children to reach their full potential.
The indoor layout consists of three ‘aged appropriate’ nursery rooms which are well ventilated and spacious, the building consists of two floors with one stair case access.
Our SENCO practitioner plans appropriate support plans to meet the specific needs of children with additional needs, taking in to account targets set by other agencies involved with the child and liaising with parents/carers, the inclusion team and other agencies. She is also our Early Language Lead Practitioner and ‘sign along’ practitioner, who cascades her knowledge to both children and staff.
Children are introduced to the nursery environment by a series of ‘taster sessions’ which we highly recommend to parents and children. Practitioners assess and evaluate each visit and from this conclusion we extend the period of time that they may need to feel settled and confident to stay the ‘whole session’.
By observing and assessing children through the EYFS Learning Profile, Key workers are responsible for planning their children’s ‘next steps’ and they support their children in achieving and exceeding their potential. Our practitioners endeavour to make learning fun and deliver this through play activities which are child centred and child led. Practitioners involve the children constantly in the planning of the day’s activities and areas of ‘continuous provision’. They promote play which is child initiated and developed from their individual interests.