Our Cubs room welcomes children between two and three years old. We can accommodate up to 12 children each session and as a minimum, we always have 3 members of staff with the children. The children experience a wide variety of both indoor and outdoor activities to stimulate and further their abilities. Each child has an online learning journal, which is regularly updated by their key worker. This will contain observations and photographs and is available to view at any time. As we feel that communication and interaction between parents and staff are vital, we offer and open-door policy with your child’s key worker where you can ask questions, raise concerns, or simply get a more detailed account of your child’s progress.
We have introduced the Teddies room this year. This room is for children turning three or three years old but not in their preschool year. We have created this room to support our younger three-year-olds with communication and social skills as well as focusing on their individual development and next steps. The children enjoy indoor and outdoor activities and experiences and are supported by the staff to build confidence and independence.
Our Bears room welcomes our preschool children. We can accommodate up to 32 children per session and as a minimum we always have 4 members of staff with the children.
To allow all our children to develop, we provide a balance of adult led and child-initiated activities that can be both indoor and outdoor.
We have a ‘Forest School Site’ which the children love to visit, where we can enjoy activities such as den making or discovering wildlife in their natural habitats, all under the supervision of our trained forest school leader.
EYFS – The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development, and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries, and school reception classes.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children.
As well as being the core document for all professionals working in the foundation years, the EYFS framework gives mums and dads confidence that regardless of where they choose for their child’s early education, they can be assured that the same statutory commitments and principles will underpin their child’s learning and development experience.
For further information please visit https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/eyfs-statutory-framework/
Famly is the Nursery Platform we use for all our administrative needs, including invoicing, registration, etc. It also provides parents with a ‘real time’ view of what their children have been doing at nursery and is our way of communicating with parents.
We keep an online learning journal for each child via our Famly program. Your child’s learning journal helps us to celebrate together her/his achievements and to work together to provide what your child needs for her/his well-being and to make progress.
Your child’s key person will work with you to keep this record. Together you will collect information about your child’s needs, activities, interests, and achievements. This information will enable the key person to identify your child’s stage of progress. You and the key person will then decide on how to help your child to move on to the next stage.
You will receive login in detail and will be able to upload photos and achievements to a secure profile. You will be able to review their profile at any time and see observations, photos, and assessments.
You can download the Famly app via the app store, or please follow the link to access via desktop https://app.famly.co/#/login
During morning and afternoon sessions, we offer the children snack, this includes a choice of milk or water and a piece of fruit or vegetable. This is prepared on site by our staff who have all have the relevant food hygiene certifications. Before eating, we encourage children to wash their hands. When sat at the table, children independently choose the snack and drink they would like.
We can accommodate for special dietary requirements so please detail this on their application form.
Children who are staying for lunch have a choice of a hot meal (both meat and vegetarian options are available each day), jacket potato or a sandwich. Parents can choose their meal option daily when their child comes into the nursery. If your child has special dietary requirements, please speak with a member of staff who will be able to discuss various options with you. The meals are cooked and prepared by the Thomas Jolyffe school kitchen.
We are very lucky at Clopton Nursery to have access to a fully equipped Forest School area (shared with Thomas Joylffe School). Our fully trained Forest School Leader, Jane, organises regular sessions for our children to enjoy various activities such as den building, nest making, learning about the local wildlife and of course getting lots of fresh air!