Our nursery is designed to suit the needs of young children, with large, bright, play rooms, all complete with modern indoor equipment and a variety of age appropriate toys. It is important that parents know their children are safe in our care, so all our nurseries feature secure access systems throughout, with many offering CCTV.
Our nursery enjoys the benefit of outdoor space, which is utilised at every opportunity. Our gardens offer a variety of age appropriate equipment, as well as stimulating features and sensory play areas, such as water features, sand pits, wildlife areas and playhouses.
Horseshoe Day Nursery Nurseries combine caring with education by following the Department of Education’s learning framework, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Horseshoe Day Nursery believe that learning should be stimulating for young children, so play times are educational as well as fun. Horseshoe Day Nursery are continuously developing new and exciting ways of encouraging child development in a safe and stimulating environment. Childcare initiatives have been developed by our Childcare and Curriculum team inline with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), helping to improve key skills at every level.
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 and gardening tools, and small-world toys to help build a child’s imagination and language skills. Construction play is also available, such as building blocks, to help children develop fine motor skills and spatial awareness, as well as problem solving. Physical play equipment such as tricycles, balancing beams and tunnels are available to encourage physical activity, as well as creative play to build a child’s imagination, creativity and co-ordination.
A friendly atmosphere is created within our nursery environments, based on warm and caring relationships between our nursery staff and the children in their care. Babies are encouraged to communicate, and their attempts at conversation are valued to ensure they receive an affirming experience, encouraging development, confidence and security. Our nursery environments also support social interaction, including role play, den making, and small group activities, encouraging children to play, talk and learn together. Our nursery 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 Worker’ 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 Worker 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 development according to the EYFS, 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.