We are looking to recruit. If you know of anyone who has a passion to care and educate children please get in touch. Level 3 or above in childcare and knowledge of the EYFS is essential.
In support of World Down Syndrome Day, Weds. 21st March, We would love it if the children at the Nursery took part in the ‘Rock Your Socks’ event and come along dressed in odd socks. Donations for the Down Syndrome Association would also be much appreciated.
Foundation stage trained
We support the teaching of The Early Years Foundation Stage throughout the year with our qualified staff. The EYFS teaches children to be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. Children learn to be strong and independent from the loving and secure relationships they form with you and us. Our carefully planned environments support your child’s learning and development and shows them how to learn in different ways.
Each child’s individual character flourishes in a setting that encourages variety, flair and effective self-expression, in a pattern of positive social values, personal relationships, and personal discipline. We respect all children as individuals to ensure they feel valued and able to confidently explore all the learning opportunities available to them.
Learning does not mean staying indoors! We fully embrace free flow incorporating both stimulating indoor and outdoor learning environments and are passionate about our Forest Schools we have created at our settings.
Children deepen their understanding by playing, talking, observing, planning, questioning, experimenting, testing, repeating, reflecting and responding to adults and to each other. The Polkadot team understands that children learn in many different ways.
The curriculum that will be offered in the nursery encourages children to develop positive attitudes to people who are different from themselves. It encourages children to empathise with others and to begin to develop the skills of critical thinking. We do this by:
- Making children feel valued and good about themselves
- Ensuring that children have equality of access to learning
- Reflecting the widest possible range of communities in the choice of resources
- Avoiding stereotypes or derogatory images in the selection of materials
- Celebrating a wide range of festivals
- Creating an environment of mutual respect and tolerance
- Helping children to understand that discriminatory behaviour and remarks are unacceptable
- Ensuring that the curriculum offered is inclusive of children with special educational needs and children with disabilities
- Ensuring that children whose first language is not English have full access to the curriculum and are supported in their learning
- To extend an awareness of the variety, range and purpose of language and communication
Today the business cares for some 400 children across 9 Ofsted registered settings and employs some 50 staff on both a full and part-time basis. Our key business objectives are:
- To provide innovative high-quality care and education in a happy, caring, safe and secure environment.
- To encourage each child to reach their potential – at their pace.
- To provide a flexible service to help parents achieve a better work/life balance.
- To retain a strong and committed team of professionals.
- To continuously improve everything we do.
- To grow the business sustainably without over extending and thereby effecting service quality and delivery.
All children in England get 570 free hours per year. It’s usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year, but you can choose to take fewer hours over more weeks, for example. You can get it from the term after your child’s 3rd birthday.
You may be able to get up to 30 hours free childcare (1,140 hours per year, which you can choose how you take).
If you’re eligible for the extra hours, you sign up online to get a code to give to your childcare provider to reserve your place. You’ll get the extra hours once the next term starts.
You can usually get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are:
- in work – or getting parental leave, sick leave or annual leave
- each earning at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week – this is £120 if you’re over 25
- This earnings limit doesn’t apply if you’re self-employed and started your business less than 12 months ago.
You’re not eligible if:
- your child doesn’t usually live with you
- the child is your foster child
- either you or your partner has a taxable income over £100,000
A huge thank you to every that came to our Macmillan coffee morning, we raised £116:83!
Also thanks to the wonderful nursery team who made so much effort to make it a success.
M – O – T – H – E – R
“M” is for the million things she gave me,
“O” means only that she’s growing old,
“T” is for the tears she shed to save me,
“H” is for her heart of purest gold;
“E” is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
“R” means right, and right she’ll always be,
Put them all together, they spell
A word that means the world to me.
Howard Johnson (c. 1915)