Your child’s development

Nursery_garden5A child’s experiences in the early years have a major impact on their future life chances. The ages of six months to five years are crucial.

Every child deserves the best possible start in life. We want to bring out the best in your child and our team at Jumpers! Nursery will do all that we can to ensure that we meet your expectations.

The sessions that we run are planned to ensure that all areas of your child’s learning needs are met. Our objective is to develop your child’s skills and understanding in each area of the curriculum working in line with the Early Learning Foundation Stage goals:

  • Personal/social and emotional development
  • Language and literacy.
  • Problem solving
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Physical development.
  • Creative development.

In their time with us your child will be encouraged to:

  1. Learn through first hand experiences. The emphasis is on the process of learning skills, concepts and knowledge.
  2. Use their natural curiosity to explore, apply and test their knowledge and skills.
  3. Make their own decisions where appropriate and to take responsibility for their own actions and behaviour and to learn to consider the feelings of others.
  4. Be positive about themselves and others and develop self-reliance.
  5. Interact and relate to the other children and adults in the group.

Your child’s key worker and staff ratios

Although the setting is child led, it is very important to ensure that your child is developing skills and learning at the expected rate for a child of their age, and identify any additional learning needs they may have as early as possible.

The relationship between your child and their key worker is the most important relationship within the nursery. Although all staff at the setting will work with your child, their key worker will specifically assist them to become integrated into the nursery, ensuring s/he understands the routine and is comfortable with the surroundings. She will monitor your child’s development through regular observations of their activities, and will feed this back to you on a daily basis both verbally and through daily sheets.

Our policy is that each staff member has responsibility for giving attention to the needs and development of a maximum number of children so that all children are properly supported. There is an upper limit of seven children in the baby room and nine children in the main unit.

Leading a healthy lifestyle

Our on-site restaurant, Y Lounge, prepares our breakfast, a mid-morning snack, cooked lunch, pudding and tea, and caters for special diets. Parents can see our weekly menus and we listen to feedback from children and parents about our choice of food.

Physical activity is an important part of a child’s development. As well as playing in our secure garden and nature trail, Jumpers! has special activity sessions in our on-site studio:

  1. Gym Kids
  2. Action, Songs & Rhymes
  3. Dance/Drama
  4. Soft Play

Children enjoy cutting and preparing fruit for snack time and sit together to enjoy a range of healthy foods.

They keep hydrated as they can access their individual water cups.

Ofsted noted in 2014:

“Staff support children’s understanding of the importance of leading healthy lifestyles well. They provide children with fresh drinking water, which children can help themselves to when they are thirsty. Children also have plenty of fresh fruit and healthy, balanced hot meals and snacks. For example, children enjoy hot meals of chicken and mixed vegetables.”


The importance of hygiene

Children are taught the importance of good hygiene as they independently use the toilet and wash their hands.

Learning to keep safe

Ofsted said in 2014: “Children have regular opportunities to learn how to protect themselves in the event of an emergency. Consequently, the management are taking all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of children and staff on the premises.”

A typical menu

All our food is prepared on site by Y Lounge. Advice is taken from the Ofsted standards and the expertise of child care professionals to ensure the highest standard of well balanced nutrition for children. We follow these principles: Our food meets the cultural, religious, and dietary needs of all our children. No meat will …

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