At Once Upon A Time Day Nursery our mission is to create a nursery where children are perceived and valued as individuals and their achievements are encouraged and celebrated.
We want to provide you and your child with first class child care in an environment which is safe and secure as well as being happy, healthy and stimulating.
At Once Upon A Time Day Nursery we create an environment where children are encouraged to develop their individuality and creativity while helping to encourage their self confidence and self worth.
We have three settling in sessions to help children adjust, engaging them in activities. If necessary a parent could remain for a short while to calm the child and help them to feel secure. When children are away from their main carer it is important that they feel secure and happy and we aim to provide a safe and relaxed atmosphere where the children can feel they belong.
Once Upon A Time Day Nursery has chosen to keep the number of children at the nursery limited, with a maximum of 32 children, as we feel that the children will have more opportunity to form close knit relationships with the staff and other children attending the nursery. Every child in our care will feel secure, valued and listened to and will be encouraged to develop the confidence and independence to experiment and investigate. We have a wide range of appropriate learning materials and stimulating toys with planned activities throughout the day both inside and outside.
Children are provided with a varied and healthy diet, fresh air and exercise, rest and play, which all help to contribute to their development, physically, emotionally and educationally. Surrounded by their peers they can develop at their own pace through the activities, learning new skills and fully supported by our staff.
We aim to:
To provide a happy, safe and stimulating environment in which very young children can develop emotionally, socially, physically and intellectually.
To ensure that children feel secure, valued and confident and are able to develop a sense of achievement through learning which is a pleasurable experience.
To offer a broad, balanced and diverse curriculum which will enable them to achieve the early learning goals by the end of the Foundation Phase.
To provide the children with opportunities to learn through play.
To offer equal opportunities for all children by making them active in their own learning.
Once Upon A Time Day Nursery believes that learning can be and should be, a thoroughly enjoyable experience
Play in a secure environment with effective adult support allows the children to explore, investigate and enjoy the learning experience. We help them to practice and develop ideas, concepts and skills in a unique and non-threatening way, without fear of failure.
We deliver the early year's curriculum in a number of ways, through:
Construction and small world play
Treasure baskets that contain a variety of different objects to help stimulate babies’ senses.
Gross & fine motor skills and experiences
Literacy and numeracy skills
Role play and imaginative opportunities
Water, sand and malleable experiences
Stories, rhymes and songs
Mark making (the marks that children make through a range of media, such as messy play, paint, water, sand, pencils and the meanings that they give to them)
Walks and outdoor opportunities
Exploring and investigating science and nature
We work with the parents to give the best individual care to the children and help prepare them for the next stage in their lives.