8.00 am to 6.00 pm Monday - Friday (all year round, only closing between Christmas and the New Year and Public holidays)
At ABC Day Nursery we pride ourselves on the love and care we offer all our children. We understand that choosing day care for your child is an important and difficult time and so we strive to make this move stress fee and exciting for both you and your little one.
By providing an extension of the high quality care of a home setting we aim to support every child's holistic development through a blend of play, exploration and positive relationships.
"The quality of adult interactions is very good. They encourage and praise children appropriately and join in sensitively with children's play."
"Babies are particularly relaxed and are very happy in the care of the baby room staff."
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Our Children benefit from a large outdoor area which has lots of incidental learning opportunities waiting to be discovered. We have transformed a corner of their garden to bring the cooking experience to the outdoor environment which the children can explore through play. Since the arrival of the mud kitchen there has been an exciting hive of activity in this once forgotten corner of the garden. The children have thoroughly enjoyed experimenting with the creation of mud pies, mud curry, mud ready brek, mud soup, mud tea, and not forgetting muddy cakes! The different sized spoons, trays and pans provided, allow the children to explore capacity and quantity. As the children move the mixture through different containers they investigate the mathematical concepts of space shape and measure. Providing real world tools allows the children to practice moving and handling them effectively and safely. Baking trays and small spoons encourage the children to refine their fine motor skills and allow for focused concentration. The mud kitchen ingredients (which include sawdust, wood chippings, straw, leaves and the all important mud and water), provide opportunities for the children to explore a range of textures and notice a change in consistency in the mixtures they create. Children are encouraged to dress themselves in protective clothing including an all-in-one and wellies. This repeated practice enables the children to practice forward planning and self help skills. Since the mud kitchens first arrival at ABC it has evolved and expanded to incorporate a picnic bench and mud mark making board, which enables further opportunities to access different elements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Next step – exploring the washing up!
We also involve the children in a number of 'Green' projects; one of them being the Wormery. The worms seem to devour anything we throw in; cooked food, uncooked food, even shredded paper – they love it all! We add the compost to house plants and containers, and use it when planting out new plants in the garden. Plus, the organic liquid produced gives our plants in the garden a real boost. We have installed a number of Water Butts to reduce mains water use for economic and environmental reasons, and aid self-sufficiency. Children independently collect the water in cans and use it to water their plants and to clean the equipment. We also involve the children in sorting out and recycling materials such as paper, plastic and tins.
As a registered nursery we follow a framework called
which specifies requirements for learning and development and for safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare. Please read below to find a summary the Early years foundation stage Principles and how we meet the standards of care for your child.