0151 639 0202
info@ashhousedaynursery.co.uk

 

Parent Information Pack

Mission Statement

ASH HOUSE NURSERY will provide a quality, childcare service at affordable prices by creating positive relationships with children and their families through a fun, learning childcare facility.

ASH HOUSE NURSERY will give opportunities for the children to grow and reach their individual potential.

ASH HOUSE NURSERY aims to encourage healthy, happy and confident children who will become caring and valued adult members of society.

ASH HOUSE NURSERY will care for the children physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually in a safe, stimulating environment - a home from home.

ASH HOUSE NURSERY is committed to supporting and developing our valued staff members by gaining national qualifications and participating in relevant identified development opportunities.

ASH HOUSE NURSERY will operate an equal opportunities environment that recognises the diverse backgrounds and needs of our children, their families and staff.

 

"Home from Home - Caring for your Children"

 


Welcome Letter

 

Ash House Nursery

 29 Withens Lane
 Wallasey, Merseyside
 CH44 1BB
 Telephone: 0151 639 0202
 Email: info@ashhousedaynursery.co.uk
 Web: www.ashhousedaynursery.co.uk

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

WELCOME

We would like to take this opportunity of welcoming you to Ash House Nursery and to explain the facilities we are able to offer to you and your children.

Ash House is a large detached building in spacious grounds, established as a Nursery in 1989.  We are open 51 weeks per year, Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 6.30pm.  Ash House Nursery is located near to Liscard Village with easy access to all bus routes and in close proximity to the M53 motorway and the Wallasey tunnel, making it an ideal position for serving the Wirral area.

These are important formative years and it is our aim to provide a warm, stimulating and educational environment in which your child will feel happy and secure.  Our provision is aimed at allowing your child to develop physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually through a wide range of activities.  We meet the children's needs through sensitive and appropriate interactions that promote children's self esteem.

The Nursery is well equipped with toys and learning materials and our qualified staff (please see information below) have the expertise and experience to provide a calm and organised environment, in which children progress happily.  We have a range of outdoor play activities and a good supply of outdoor equipment.  Ash House is ideally situated for such activities, being set in its own grounds, which are fully enclosed and include grass, safety surface and paved areas.

EDUCATION

We respect parents and carers as the primary educators of their children and ask that you join with us in a partnership, which will enable your child to enjoy his or her time at the Nursery.  Our aim is to assist you in developing your child to his or her full potential.  Parents are welcome to come into Nursery at any time and also, will be invited in, to discuss how your child is developing in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).  However, appointments with your child's key worker or the Manager can be made at any time. 

We follow The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework which is designed to cover 7 areas of learning. It consists of 3 prime areas which are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development. These 3 areas are the most important areas from birth and build the roots for the rest of a child's learning.

There are also 4 specific areas which are: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. These 4 specific areas strengthen the prime areas and help us to apply the prime areas within a nursery setting.

The 7 areas are interconnected and most of our activities cover more than one area at any one time. The wide and varied range of activities we offer provides children with not only a grounding in numbers and letters, but a wealth of learning experiences, allowing children to progress to their next stage of education with a sense of achievement and confidence. Practitioners consider the individual needs, interests, and stage of development of each child in their care, and use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience for each child. All activities are planned to follow children's interests and are developed from what children already know. Because of this we have found children want to be more involved in their learning and therefore can achieve their full potential.

The children undertake a wide variety of activities to make the very most of their natural enthusiasm for learning. All of our activities are planned, observed and tracked along the EYFS framework by the child's individual key person. 

More information on the EYFS will be available during your child's settling in period and throughout his or her time at Nursery.

KEY WORKER SYSTEM

All children will be allocated a key person who will play a vital role in your child's settling in periods. The key person will support the child's emotional wellbeing and help to meet their individual needs while they are in our care. The key person will usually be responsible for feeding and changing their key children along with offering security, reassurance and continuity. As the key workers will build a strong bond with the children they are in the best position to conduct observations, track the child's development/progress and plan for future activities based on their individual interests, age and stage of development.  Key workers work in partnership with parents and carers to develop strong relationships in order to support children's care and development.

FUNDING

Nursery Education Grant for 2, 3 and 4 year olds are available.  We accept childcare vouchers for payment of fees and accept payment via Care to Learn (C2L).

OUR SETTING

Our Nursery is organised into 3 rooms: a baby room, a tiny tot's room and pre-school room.  Each room is staffed and equipped to meet the individual age and stage of development of the children.

BABY ROOM - from 6 weeks

Our self-contained baby room offers a "Home from Home" environment in which the individual needs and routines of every child are followed, ensuring lots of loving care and attention.  We aim to make your baby's day enjoyable, safe and stimulating.  A typical day would include a selection of: musical play, messy play, physical play, arts, crafts and free play - both indoor and outdoor, encouraging growth and development.  Individual daily diaries of your child's day are completed for parents' information.

When your child is ready to move on from the Baby room, the experiences gained will have prepared them for the more advanced activities planned in the Tiny Tots room.

TINY TOTS ROOM - from approximately 18 months

Our self-contained Tiny Tots room has a friendly and welcoming environment, with a bright, colourful décor.  The room is well equipped with age appropriate toys.  A typical day would include a selection, both indoor and outdoor, from the following:
Messy play e.g. sand and water
Art and craft e.g. painting and glue
Music and movement e.g. instruments and dancing
Physical play e.g. bikes, balls, rockers and climbing frame
Cooking - hot and cold
Role-play - acting out and dressing up
Visits to local shops and parks.

When your child is ready to move on from the Tiny Tots room, the experiences gained will have prepared them for the more advanced activities of the Pre-School/Rainbow rooms.

PRE-SCHOOL ROOM - from approximately 3 years

This area, situated on the first floor of the Nursery consists of a large play/activity room, with a separate messy play room ideal for small group work or quiet time.  A typical day would include a selection from the following:
Art and craft, messy play, physical activities (indoor and out), colours and numbers, ring games, role play, group activities, topic work, story time/quiet time, TV/discussion time, visits to local shops, beach, parks, libraries.
Spanish lessons, Karmatime (Yoga for children) and Dance sessions are all provided on a weekly basis at no extra charge.

Each area is specifically designed to cater for the age and stage of development of the children in that area and is equipped accordingly. The age range stated for each room is only a guideline as we endeavour to meet the individual needs of each child therefore transition may take place earlier or later.

STAFF QUALIFICATIONS

Christine Taylor the Nursery's Director/Manager, is a qualified nurse (RGN) and has a BA (Hons) degree in Management of Childcare Provision.  2 members of staff are qualified to Early Years Professional Status (EYP), 4 members of staff have a BA Honours degree in Early Years Practice and 1 has a foundation degree. 90% of our childcare staff are qualified to at least Level III in Childcare and Education.  A high percentage of staff hold a current first aid certificate.  We have a highly trained Special Educational Needs co-ordinator (SENCO) who works with both children and parents to meet the needs of the individual child.  All staff hold an up to date, enhanced DBS disclosure and the Manager has completed training in relation to safer recruiting.  Staff attend regular training courses, both mandatory and those of particular interest to them.

COMPLAINTS

Many concerns can be resolved quickly by an informal approach to the appropriate member of staff.  If this does not achieve the desired result, the following procedures should be used.

How to Complain

A parent who has any concerns should first talk over any worries and anxieties with the Team Leader/Deputy. Most complaints should be resolved informally or at this initial stage.
If this does not have a satisfactory outcome, the parent should talk to the Manager and put the concern or complaint in writing, if they so wish.  An internal investigation will be completed and a meeting will be arranged if necessary.  The outcome will be shared with parents within 28 days. 

If the matter is still not resolved to the parent's satisfaction, the parent may wish to contact the governing body, OFSTED, at the following address:

OFSTED
Piccadilly Gate
Store Street
Manchester
M1 2WD
Tel No:  0300 123 1231

 


Our Menu

We are Health Promoting Early Years Status Nursery, we actively encourage healthy eating and our menus are specifically tailored to give the children a healthy balanced diet.

Fresh food is prepared daily in the Nursery kitchen by our qualified cook. The menus are varied, offering a balanced, nutritional and appetising diet, using locally sourced produce.

Our meat is bought from a high quality local butcher who cuts the meat into child size pieces or minces to order.  Our fruit and vegetables are supplied by a local, independent greengrocer. A vegetarian alternative is always available and special diets can be catered for on request.

Fresh drinking water is available throughout the day and diluted fresh orange juice is offered at lunch time.

 

In Our Menus

"Assortment of Sandwiches" include a selection of the following: Ham, Cheese, Cheese and Grated Carrot, Egg, and Tuna Mayo.

"Bitesize pieces of salad" include a selection of the following: Tomatoes, Cucumber, Celery, Carrot and Lettuce.

"Homemade cakes" include: Carrot Cake, Banana Muffins, Sultana Slice, Rice Crispy Cakes.


This is not intended to be a completely comprehensive menu and items may vary occasionally.

 

Sample Menu

 

Breakfast

Toast with drink of milk  (baby breakfasts available)

Mid Morning

Drink of milk 
Selection of fresh fruit/breadsticks

Lunch

Chicken Korma Rice and Peas
Fruit Yoghurt

Mid Afternoon

Drink of milk
Selection of fresh fruit/breadsticks

Tea

Assortment of sandwiches on white and wholemeal bread
Bitesize pieces of salad

Homemade cakes


Our Fees


Morning: 7.30am - 1.00pm £26.00       

Afternoon: 1.00pm - 6.30pm £26.00    

Full Day: 7.30am - 6.30pm £39.00

Special Rate for Full Time Place - £175.50 per week.

10% discount for 5 morning or 5 afternoon sessions.      

10% discount for 2nd Child.

 


Exclusion Procedure For Illness & Communicable Disease

 

For information on our exclusion procedure for illness and communicable disease click here

 


Application Form

 

Click the link below to download our application form, please email it back to info@ashhousedaynursery.co.uk

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