Quality Childcare

Quality Childcare

Our nursery is designed to suit the needs of young children;

  • With large play areas using natural light
  • All complete with modern indoor equipment
  • A variety of age appropriate toys
  • Benefits of an outdoor space offering age appropriate equipment.
  • Outdoor stimulating features, sensory play areas, water features, sandpits, wildlife areas, building site, reading garden and a playhouse.

St Christopher’s nursery combines caring with education by following the appropriate curriculum. We believe that learning should be stimulating for young children, so play times are educational as well as fun. We are continuously developing new and exciting ways of encouraging child development in a safe and stimulating environment. Childcare initiatives have been developed by our Head of EYFS in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), helping to improve key skills at every level.

Our nursery also offer a range of extra-curricular activities that are integrated within our curriculum. These include French, Spanish, Gujarati, Yoga, Theatre bugs, Teddy Tennis (during the summer term), cookery and gardening sessions.

Play equipment

A range of play equipment is available to help children develop an array of skills, and great care is taken to choose materials that will create an inspiring sensory experience. As well as toys, we use;

  • Real life props, such as brushes, material and gardening tools
  • Small-world toys to help build a child’s imagination and language skills
  • Construction play such as building blocks, to help children develop fine motor skills, spatial awareness and problem solving
  • Physical play equipment such as tricycles, bicycles, scooters, balancing beams and car tyres to encourage physical activity
  • Creative play to build a child’s imagination, creativity and co-ordination
  • Supporting social interaction, including role play, den making, and small group activities

Key people

A friendly atmosphere is created within our nursery environments, based on warm and caring relationships between our nursery and reception staff and the children in their care. Toddlers are encouraged to communicate, and their attempts at conversation are valued to ensure they receive an affirming experience, encouraging development, confidence and security. Our EYFS staff all act as role models within the setting, and recognise that children lead by example and are constantly learning through observation. Common courtesy, mutual respect and patience are demonstrated at all times throughout our settings.

Your child is allocated a ‘Key Person’ within their room, who is responsible for your child’s well-being, ensuring your child feels individual, secure and cherished while they are away from home. Your child’s Key Person will liaise with you at the end of each day, keeping you informed of your child’s experiences at nursery and ensuring you don’t have to miss out on any aspect of your child’s day.

Nursery staff carry out regular observations of every child in our care, ensuring your child’s learning and development incorporates their interests and needs. These observations cover all areas of learning according to the framework, as well as records of special moments, like kindness towards others or eating something for the first time, and spontaneous moments, which captures your child’s response to certain activities or events as they happen. All of your child’s experiences at nursery are recorded in their unique Learning Journal, enabling you to look over your child’s time at nursery for years to come.

 

Cake sale 2019

We are so excited! We had our very first cake sale this year. It was held in our school hall after school. The cake sale contained cakes, pastries, muffins and other delicious treats that were donated by our parents. We went along before the buzz began just to get a little glimpse of what was…

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Cake sale 2019

We are so excited! We had our very first cake sale this year. It was held in our school hall after school. The cake sale contained cakes, pastries, muffins and other delicious treats that were donated by our parents. We went along before the buzz began just to get a little glimpse of what was…

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Black History Month celebrations 2019

It’s Black History month celebrations here at St Christopher’s! The Early Years have been hard at work learning all about the achievements that Black American people have made and their impact on the lives of millions around the world. Martin Luther King & Rosa Parks were the 2 significant people we were looking at throughout…

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Black History Month celebrations 2019

It’s Black History month celebrations here at St Christopher’s! The Early Years have been hard at work learning all about the achievements that Black American people have made and their impact on the lives of millions around the world. Martin Luther King & Rosa Parks were the 2 significant people we were looking at throughout…

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The travelling book fair 2019

The book fair is back at St Christopher’s! Our teacher’s took it in turns to set up the book stalls. We went to explore the range of books that are on sale today with our teachers. There were books about animals, nursery rhymes, dinosaur stories and many more. There were even funky stationery available for…

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The travelling book fair 2019

The book fair is back at St Christopher’s! Our teacher’s took it in turns to set up the book stalls. We went to explore the range of books that are on sale today with our teachers. There were books about animals, nursery rhymes, dinosaur stories and many more. There were even funky stationery available for…

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Durga Puja celebrations

We were all in for a treat today! We had a lovely parent coming into talk to us about a very special festival. It’s called Durga Puja. This is a major festival of Hinduism, traditionally held for 10 days in the months of September and October. Durga Puja celebrates the victory of the Goddess Durga…

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Durga Puja celebrations

We were all in for a treat today! We had a lovely parent coming into talk to us about a very special festival. It’s called Durga Puja. This is a major festival of Hinduism, traditionally held for 10 days in the months of September and October. Durga Puja celebrates the victory of the Goddess Durga…

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