A home away from home

We provide a safe, ‘home away from home’ environment where children can learn, grow and have fun.

As an Ofsted-registered day nursery set in nine acres of beautiful woodland in Stoke Bishop, we provide a safe, happy, and stimulating environment for children where they can feel at home while they play and learn. Our small size (we are registered for 28 children) means lots of individual attention, strong relationships between our staff and children, and strong friendships between children.

Each child is appointed a key person, who will work closely with both you and your child to help them settle into a good routine at nursery and to monitor their development through their time with us. Your child’s key worker will create an individualised play plan for him or her, which will promote personal development, confidence in new areas, and growing independence. As staff members plan for the group as a whole, they take into account the needs and interests of each child. Our low staff-to-child ratio means lots of individual attention.

The children are cared for in two different groups: Ladybirds (3 months to 2 years) and Busy Bees (2 to 4 years). Each group is managed by a separate team that is focused on providing the best care for that age group. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, which helps children to grow in confidence, build positive relationships, and begin to develop vital skills for later learning. We’re also able to support children with disabilities and special educational needs, as well as those for whom English is not their first language.

All of our 3- and 4-year-olds are entitled to government-funded hours; we also offer a free holiday entitlement, and a discount for children who attend nursery more than three days each week. All meals are included in the fees.

We have a team of dedicated, caring, and qualified staff, who work hard every day to make sure your child is flourishing. Our Nursery Manager is Helen O’Neill, NNEB. Our Ladybirds team is led by Jackie Shaw, NNEB, and our Busy Bees team is led by Jenna Jefferies, CACHE Level 3, Forest School Leadership.

Download a copy of our most recent Ofsted report.

 

Learning diaries

Throughout your child’s time with us we will collect observations, photos and artwork in a Learning Diary as a record of their experiences at nursery.

This helps show the progress they are making and is also fun for you and your child to look through together so they can show you what they’re doing while they’re apart from you. We also love it when parents contribute to the Learning Diary, writing short notes about what the children have been doing at home or including photos or drawings.

The diaries are worked on and stored at the nursery, but will be given to you to keep when your child finishes his or her time with us.

Minimise morning stress

We know that school mornings can be stressful for parents and children alike, and so we work with you to minimise morning stress as much as possible.

We have on-site parking just off of Stoke Hill, as well as a bus stop around the corner. This simplifies drop-off and pick-up, and allows you to focus on your child’s transition into nursery. We offer free nappies and wipes, as well as a place to store clean clothes and weather-appropriate clothes and shoes, so you don’t need to pack anything on nursery mornings. During busier weeks at work or at home, you can purchase extra ad hoc days at nursery.

Mealtimes

mealtimesWhen it’s time for lunch or tea, we offer carefully planned, nutritious meals, cooked by our chef.

All of our food is naturally reared and locally sourced, including free range chicken and grass-fed beef. We believe in the value of eating together as a community, and find that the children are more open to trying new foods, understanding how to act at a table, and making healthy choices for themselves as they watch one another and learn together. You can view a sample menu here.

Our relationship with Trinity College

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Our nursery has been serving families in Stoke Bishop for twenty years in affiliation with Trinity College, a theological training college.

Our connection with the college means that the nursery is Christian in ethos, but we do not discriminate on the basis of religion and warmly welcome children of all faiths or none.