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Windy Arbor Nursery

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Thank you for your interest in our nursery at Windy Arbor.  We are a 42 place Neighbourhood Nursery that offers care for children aged 6 weeks up to 11 years.  Here at Windy Arbor you will find a warm welcome and staff with big friendly smiles as well as high quality child care.

The nursery operates from 7.30am to 6pm, 51 weeks of the year, we are closed for a week over Christmas and on Bank holidays.  We offer full day care, morning & afternoon sessions, wrap around, and before and after school care.  For Parents wishing to introduce children into nursery, we offer short sessions for children aged two and above.  Feel free to contact the nursery for more details.

Our 9 place baby room offers a home from home environment where every child’s individual needs are met through qualified nursery staff working closely with each child and family.  When your child’s journey begins here at Windy Arbor, we let you and your child choose their staff key worker.  This enables a smooth transition from home to nursery, building on positive relationships for the child to develop friendships with peers and staff. The baby room staff plan activities around each child’s routine; this promotes a fun and enjoyable environment with lots of natural materials for exploring, messy play to investigate and toys which engage learning through play. Staff capture children’s development and learning through observations, learning stories and these are kept in an individual profile to track progress.

We have a Tweenie room accommodating 12 children. The children continue to have stimulating activities planned around the nursery topics, but furthermore the staff work closely with the children by finding out their interests. This helps us to provide further activities to engage your child’s learning and extend their thinking and curiosity.  Staff promote ‘Parent Child Interaction Therapy Strategies’ to support children’s play, interactions, speech and language.  The Early Years Foundation Stage is embedded in all our daily practices, alongside routines and activities which is demonstrated through staff quality of teaching, children’s work, records and stimulating environment within our Tweenie room.

Preschool room offers 13 spaces, which children have plenty of opportunities and experiences to thrive to their full potential.  Staff again work closely with children to plan activities around the Early Years Foundation Stage, focusing on ‘The Characteristics of Effective Leaning’, within this staff plan an interesting environment alongside opportunities for children to play and explore with the resources available.  The staff allow children to become confident learners allowing them to be motivated individuals. Staff will observe children’s abilities to think critically and give time for them to ask questions. We provide a balance of adult directed activities and child led activities.  Again evidence of this can be seen within the room environment, children’s work displayed and the quality of staff teaching.

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The learning environment is extended into the garden area as each room has access to outside play in all weathers. Children have a large space to explore outside and plenty of opportunities to develop learning further. The large areas provided and equipment give children more choice to develop their physical skills and the natural materials provide children with real life experiences.

And finally our Out of School Club operates from 8am to school starts and after school to 6pm. Our club is popular with the children who alongside staff plan enriched activities around children’s interests and school topics.  Staff engage the children with fun based activities and games both indoors and outdoors.  Children enjoy building positive relationships with each other alongside resources to play, cook, get involved and make lots of mess.

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