We are pleased to share with you our most recent Care Inspection Report which has now gone live on the Care Inspectorate’s website.
The entire team here in the centre are delighted that the inspection went so well and that the inspectors got a real sense of our family centre. Thank you to all of our parents and carers who completed questionnaires and spoke to the inspectors when they were here.
The grades we were awarded are:
The Excellent grade for the quality of our environment is extra special to us as we place such a high value on children learning outdoors and in the forest. This is what the inspectors said
“The service were committed to providing children with valuable outdoor experiences both within the nursery garden and in the wider community. All of the children had continual access to the nursery garden and we observed them moving freely between the two areas. Outdoor clothing was available for all the children which meant they were not restricted by poor weather. We were impressed by how the children aged two to three moved confidently between the two areas.
They were supported by enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff who planned for and extended their interest, curiosity and supported them in taking appropriate risks. Children had grown vegetables to make soup and during our visit they were making crumble from rhubarb grown in the garden. Towards the end of the day several children toasted croissants on the fire pit.
The head teacher was a qualified Forest School leader and led a programme of woodland visits to local woods. She was supported by staff who shared her enthusiasm. All children were part of a programme of visits to a local woods, some had the opportunity to spend a day in the woodland. We saw that the staff team were skilled in leading learning outdoors and the benefit to all children of engaging in natural settings was clearly evident.”
Please click on the link below to access the full inspection report.
Additional nursery sessions can now be purchased by parents on an ad hoc basis, according to availability.
The available sessions will be uploaded to the ParentPay portal four weeks in advance and will provide additional support for parents on particular days when some extra childcare is needed on a one-off basis, such as for attending a medical appointment or going for an interview.
All sessions must be booked and paid for at least 48 hours in advance and are non-refundable. Sessions are charged at the rate of £2.25 per hour.
Please find below a guide to buying ad hoc nursery sessions on ParentPay and please speak to Janet in the office if you require further information.
This morning in the toddler room the children had great fun doing music and movement, every child picked their own instrument They each played and sang together very well experimenting with different rhythms; loud and soft, fast and slow.
The children enjoyed joining in with the Hokey Cokey and if You’re Happy and You Know It, great fun was had by all.
What a great week we have had getting back out to explore the forest. The children have been learning about the route to the forest, looking at all trees on the way.
A little bit of rain has fallen today but it has certainly not dampened our spirits!
The toddlers have been very busy in the nice weather making changes to our outdoor space. They are absolutely loving our new water feature wall which gives them lots of early numeracy experiences as they pour and fill whilst playing with water.
We also have new storage for the children’s wellies and they are developing their coordination and independence skills by attempting to put their shoes and wellies on themselves! They are very proud when they manage to do it!
They enjoyed the freedom of painting outdoors and playing in the purple sand. The children have also loved exploring othe new dinosaur kingdom. One of our toddlers was delighted to find a snail and make a little house for it from grass and leaves.
We are looking forward to some more great changes coming to our toddler garden soon!!
The children were smelling the flowers in the garden saying how pretty they were so we decided to make pictures with them. The children harvested lots of different flowers and herbs which they made self portraits with.
What a busy day it was today in our garden, we were trying to build a car but one of the boys said he had built a bike, suddenly everyone wanted their own bike so we all got to work in our bike shop before cycling off on our bikes.
It was so lovely this morning in the garden we decided that we should do some cooking. What could we make? What else but our Cart Mill favourite, pancakes! The children mixed the batter and watched as it changed from a liquid to a solid as it cooked over the fire, it was just like magic.