Whilst the environment, furniture and resources are important, the most valuable resource of all is the adults who work with the children. The quality of the relationships between the adults who work with the children is vital.
Our practitioners are skilled at working with young children and understand about their role in enabling children to become strong, confident, competent learners. They understand about how babies and young children learn, and observe, reflect on, and record children's progress, to help them to plan to meet the needs of each individual child. Our administrators, cooks and cleaners share this vision, they work closely with our practitioners as an integrated team, and all have a passionate commitment to the centre and its aims.
To provide the best possible care, our ratio of adults to children is:
- 0 - 2 years 1 practitioner to 3 children
- 2 - 3 years 1 practitioner to 4 children
- 3 - 5 years 1 practitioner to 8 children
We have four nursery rooms:
Out of School Club
We provides breakfast from 7.30 until 8am, before school activities from 8 am and after school care until 6pm for children from Woodford School.
During school holidays both sessional and full day care is available for all children aged 5-11.
Healthy Child Quality Mark
We have been awarded the Healthy Child Quality Mark for Early Years. This is an exciting opportunity to celebrate best practice and to identify areas for improvement. It links closely with Plymouth's THRIVE initiative and the Department of Health 'Healthy Child Programme'
Kitchen and meals
Mealtimes are a very important part of our day, when children come together socially to eat. Children are supported in helping themselves to food from serving dishes on each table, this enables them to select the food they like, and to try small portions of new foods they are not yet sure about. It encourages independence and the social skills of sharing and passing serving dishes around the table.
We are very proud of our home cooking, offering children healthy, nutritious, tasty meals and snacks. Our cook plans a variety of meals - lunch, tea and snacks, which are changed frequently. The menu for the week is displayed each week for parents to see. If parents have any special requirements or wish to discuss their child's eating habits with us, our cook will be happy to talk through any issues. We know how important it is to listen to parents to gain a better understanding about each child's needs.
- Ofsted rating: Outstanding See the report for the school
- Day nursery
- Breakfast Club
- Out of school care
- Nursery - under 5
- Two year old funded
- Three / four year old funded
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