Our Setting

At Halesworth Day Nursery we strongly believe that children will not be able to reach their full potential if they do not feel safe, secure and happy within their environment. For this reason we place children’s well-being as our highest priority. 

 

When a child achieves high levels of wellbeing they engage in the deepest levels of involvement during play – it is then that learning and development occurs.

 

In each of our rooms we have worked hard to create a comforting and nurturing environment where children feel safe. These calming, natural spaces support every child’s growing need for independence and plays a vital part in children’s wellbeing. They are rich in opportunities to explore and develop through play, igniting children’s natural curiosity and offering opportunities to use their imagination. 

 

Children at Halesworth Day Nursery, from birth to the age of 5, are grouped together by age and developmental stage throughout their time here. These groups are organised into three rooms: Our Baby Room (0-2yrs), Our Nursery Room (2-3yrs) and Our Pre-School Room (3-5yrs).

 

Each of our rooms is led by a Room Leader who works closely with a small team of qualified practitioners within key person roles.

Outdoors

Outdoors is the very best place to practice and master those emerging physical skills. It offers vast opportunities to ignite children senses, enabling them to make connections between what they already know and new information.

 

Halesworth Day Nursery has two outdoor areas and we are also very fortunate to be located within a short walking distance of additional outdoor spaces offered within our local community. Our local park, green space and woodland walk offer safe environments where children can take manageable risks when challenging their physical abilities and exploring their natural world. These spaces are visited regularly by staff and children – with permission of course.

It is in the outdoors that children can fully and freely experience gross motor skills like running, leaping, balancing and jumping. It is also the most appropriate area for the practice of ball-handling skills, such as throwing, rolling, catching, and kicking. It is within these areas children can perform other such manipulative skills as pushing a swing, manoeuvring a wheel barrow, and lifting and carrying movable objects.

Outdoors

Outdoors is the very best place to practice and master those emerging physical skills. It offers vast opportunities to ignite children senses, enabling them to make connections between what they already know and new information.

 

Halesworth Day Nursery has two outdoor areas and we are also very fortunate to be located within a short walking distance of additional outdoor spaces offered within our local community. Our local park, green space and woodland walk offer safe environments where children can take manageable risks when challenging their physical abilities and exploring their natural world. These spaces are visited regularly by staff and children – with permission of course.

 

It is in the outdoors that children can fully and freely experience gross motor skills like running, leaping, balancing and jumping. It is also the most appropriate area for the practice of ball-handling skills, such as throwing, rolling, catching, and kicking. It is within these areas children can perform other such manipulative skills as pushing a swing, manoeuvring a wheel barrow, and lifting and carrying movable objects.

Staff

If you were to ask us what makes Halesworth Day Nursery a superb choice for childcare and early education we would say “our staff”. We are incredibly proud of our team, made up of nurturing, conscientious and inspiringly creative practitioners who are committed to their own professional and personal development and to that of our team. They truly go the extra mile! Their infectious enthusiasm, innovative delivery of the Early Years curriculum and child centred approach achieve the very best outcomes for children. Recognising staff as our most the important resource within our nursery, we work hard to ensure each and every one of them are as happy as they could possibly be within their influential role. As a result we have a very low staff turnover and are proud to have many dedicated, long serving members of staff within our team. This consistency achieves a very stable environment for our children which is fundamental in maintaining high levels of wellbeing.

 

Settling In

Our settling in process is of the highest priority – children need to feel happy, safe and secure to fully engage in the learning opportunities and experiences available to them. Our vision for each child is that we achieve this as quickly as possible and therefore have a robust settling in process to support this aim. 

 

In response to a family’s request for a place within our nursery, families are invited to come look around our setting and are encouraged to bring their child along. This initial introduction provides an informal and relaxed opportunity for you and your child to explore our nursery and hear all about what we offer our children and their families. To limit the risk of Covid-19 transmission, these visits are currently being hosted outside of our nursery opening hours and adults are required to wear face masks for additional protection. 

 

Upon receiving a completed enrolment form from a family we then set to work arranging a suitable date and time for a home visit. For more information about what a home visit involves please follow the link below. (link to Your questioned answered sheet) ** Unfortunately due to the risks presented by Covid-19 we are not able to carry out home visits at the moment, however rest assured that your child’s key person will ensure that additional settling sessions are arranged within nursery if needed. **

 

You as parents and your child are then welcomed into nursery for a minimum of two settling sessions, these are planned for with your child’s individual needs in mind and remain flexible and child centred.

Settling In

Our settling in process is of the highest priority – children need to feel happy, safe and secure to fully engage in the learning opportunities and experiences available to them. Our vision for each child is that we achieve this as quickly as possible and therefore have a robust settling in process to support this aim. 

 

In responce to a family’s request for a place within our nursery families are invited to come look around our setting and are encouraged to bring their child along. This initial introduction provides an informal and relaxed opportunity for you and your child to explore our nursery and hear all about what we offer our children and their families.

 

Upon receiving a completed enrolment form from a family we then set to work arranging a suitable dates and time for a home visit. For more information about what a home visit involves please follow the link below. (link to Your questioned answered sheet)

 

You as parents and your child are then welcomed into nursery for a minimum of two settling sessions, these are planned for with your child’s individual needs in mind and remain flexible and child centred.

Transitions

Transitions upwards through the rooms and onto school or other settings are handled sensitively and planned for in partnership with parents with a highly successful child centred approach. We have built strong relationships with our local schools and childcare settings and strengthen these through the organisation of termly meetings.

SEND (Special Educational Need and Disabilities)

We are a fully inclusive setting where all children and families are welcome and valued. We have a qualified and experienced Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) who draws upon her experience, knowledge and resources to ensure we are able to meet all SEND needs successfully.

 

Our well-structured SEND Policy is reviewed regularly and followed by all staff within the nursery, it is also available to parents at all times. Our team has a breadth of experience and training in supporting children with additional needs, specific training includes:

    • PECS training
    • Mental Health in Early Years
    • Makaton
    • Behaviour – ‘understanding why?’
    • Listening, Understanding and Speaking
    • Behaviour – Observation and Planning
    • Suffolk’s Need Met – an introduction to emotional well-being
    • Creating Happier Choices
    • Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator – inclusive of regular SEN days to aid professional devleopment

All staff are trained in the use of Makaton and signs and symbols are used daily by staff and children as a successful tool in supporting children’s communication and language development.

 

Our commitment to working in partnership with parents/families enables us to understand and meet children’s individual needs quickly and effectively during the settling-in process, particularly those with SEND. We recognise parents of children with SEND as a hub of information and aim to work with you to better understand your child’s needs and how we can meet them.

 

We adopt a solution focused approach and believe through making reasonable adjustments, taking time to learn and most importantly keeping the child at the heart of all decisions we can ensure that all children with SEND can access and benefit from their time within our nursery.

 

Our Nursery SENCoDanielle is a highly valued member of our team – she successfully applies her qualification and experience to the role of Special Educational Need Coordinator at Halesworth Day Nursery. 

Illness

If your child is unwell we ask that you do not bring them to the nursery, as doing so isn’t fair on your child, our staff, other children, or their parents. In all health matters we follow the guidance provided by ‘Public Health England’ and have policies in place within setting which are followed closely to limit the spread of illness. If your child cannot attend nursery due to illness please inform us via telephone or email as soon as possible.

 

Covid-19 Policy – We have a robust policy in place, this has been constructed in line with government guidance, is reviewed regularly and is implemented throughout our setting. All parents are provided with a copy of our Covid-19 Policy to ensure understanding and compliance.

Parking

Our nursery is located down a private lane which is also used by local residents. Unfortunately the nursery does not benefit from a car park and therefore we ask that parents use local parking facilities where possible to ensure that the lane remains a safe place for children and residents to use. 

We look forward to welcoming you into our nursery community to experience how we provide the highest standards of care and education!

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Halesworth Day Nursery
School Lane
Rectory Street
Halesworth
IP19 8BW

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