The Nursery

The setting
Active play
Healthy eating
Working in partnership
Key person

The setting

The Nursery is located on the Newton Park’s beautiful campus and in two adjoining houses. One house provides care for children aged between 6 months – 2 years, although children can continue to attend this house until they are 30 months. The other provides care for children aged between 2 – 5 years, although children can attend after they turn 18 months.

Whilst the nursery is situated in two houses children spend the majority of their day accessing learning opportunities outdoors. This supports the UK physical activity guidelines for Early Years that children should receive 3 hours of physical activity each day. The continuous provision that we offer reflects what is available for children both outdoors and indoors.

Active play

To support the government’s Change for Life initiative the nursery is working towards a number of awards one of which is the Active Play Award. This award focuses on promoting an active lifestyle for children. The nursery’s Active Play Policy is implemented to ensure all children are physically active throughout the day and the amount of time that is spent on sedentary activity is minimised. The enabling environment fosters, encourages and provides physical activity for all children.

Healthy eating

The nursery is also working towards the Healthy Eating Award. The nursery’s four week menu has been developed by the nursery manager with input from the catering team. Using fresh ingredients, all dishes are prepared by the catering team each day and portion sizes follow the Eat Better Start Better guidance.

The nursery provides a snack for children twice a day which consists of fruit, sandwiches, crackers, rice cakes, breadsticks, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and cheese. Children also prepare and cook their own snack once a week using healthy and wholesome ingredients, for example salmon dips with vegetable crudités or soup.  Children have a choice of milk or water to drink at snack time and are offered water with lunch. Children are supported to serve themselves and independent feeding is encouraged. Parents/carers are asked to supply a water bottle for their child that children can access throughout the day. The water bottle is kept at nursery and refilled with water at the beginning of each session.

Working in partnership

Nursery practitioners at Oak Tree Day Nursery are committed to working in partnership with parents and carers. It is essential that parent/carers and practitioners work together to support the child to progress to their full potential and to ensure the child’s individual needs are met. Parents/carers are encouraged to be involved in nursery life through the nursery adopting an open door policy; whereby parents/carers can visit the nursery throughout the day to spend time with their child. Parents/carers can also arrive early to collect their child and between the hours of their agreed sessions.

Nursery practitioners work in partnership with parents/carers to obtain the knowledge and expertise of the parent/carer when planning for the provision and care for their child.

Key person

Each child is allocated a key person who has special responsibility for a group of children giving them consistent care and support. The key person works closely with the child’s parent/carer and is the parent/carers first point of contact when sharing information about the child’s progress, any changes to the child’s care and wellbeing.

The key person maintains Learning Diaries for children which documents the child’s learning, development, areas of interest and achievements. The key person uses the Practice Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to support the growth, learning and development of children.