At Noddy's Nursery School we aim to create a feeling of a home from home where your child can feel inspired, grow in confidence and receive the best level of care and attention.
Open from 7.20am until 6.30pm, 51 weeks a year, both of our nurseries take children from 3 months to 5 years either on a full time basis or a minimum of 2 full days per week.
We provide a varied and stimulating timetable following the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum as well as sports, dance, ballet, music, drama and cookery being a part of daily activities.
Each child's own development is the main emphasis on our teaching with our key carers planning weekly activities to meet each child's specific needs in order for them to gain the most from their time at Noddy's.
We provide a friendly and supportive atmosphere alongside a varied and stimulating timetable ensuring your child enjoys their first experiences of school whilst fostering an enthusiasm for learning. Group sizes are kept small within each classroom so staff can provide the necessary care and attention for each child to enable them to reach their full potential.
At Noddy’s we recognise that children under 5 are learning all the time through everything they do and that each day is a new learning opportunity which we seek to optimise. By following the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS) we can assess each child as an individual and provide accurate feedback to parents and what to expect, when?
The EYFS provides 7 areas of learning and development, which are all inter-connected. Whilst all the areas are important, there are 3 areas which are crucial as they encourage a child’s curiosity and enthusiasm and build their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
The 3 prime areas are:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and language
- Physical development
In turn, the nursery will also support your child in the 4 specific areas through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied. For under 2's we concentrate predominantly on the prime areas. Accordingly, if they are showing signs of interest in the specific areas we will plan for these too.
The specific areas are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Letter and number work are taught individually whilst collaborative projects, art and creative work are carried out in groups of up to 8. Dance, playtime, sports and creative activities are incorporated into the weekly timetable and significant developments made by your child are observed and documented in their record of achievement books and their EYFS file.
Once your child reaches main school at the nursery we encourage critical thinking, literacy, mathematics, art and design so that they leave Noddy’s fully prepared for school.
Parents may request to see any records of their child’s learning and view photographs of their activities at any time.
At Noddy’s, our carers are always available to discuss anything regarding your child’s development and needs, for example, ensuring that routines established at home are continued at the nursery too.
Key carers plan activities based around your child’s individual needs by tracking and observing their development. Each child is assigned a key carer who you will be introduced to you during your induction when first joining the nursery. They will discuss your child's progress with you on a regular basis and a detailed learning journey for your child is provided each term. Parent and key carer meetings take place once a term. Sleep, food and nappy charts are completed daily and are available in all classrooms for you to view. In addition you will receive verbal reports from your child's carers when collecting your child at the end of the day.
Our carers hold varying qualifications ranging from NVQ levels 2 - 6, Diplomas in child care, QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) or an NNEB in Nursery Nursing. Training is carried out continuously by our in-house training team to ensure that staff development is in line with the EYFS. We have Special Education Needs & Disabilities Co-ordinators (SENDCO) and senior first aid officers at both nursery's who are supported by others holding certificates in paediatric first aid. All our carers have had Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) checks and references obtained prior to them joining us.
Our extra curricular activities take place throughout the week in both nurseries with the children taking part in sport, dance, ballet, music and drama.
Freddie, our “Small Sports Club” coach, teaches twice a week at both nurseries where the children participate in rugby, basketball, football and kwik cricket sessions in our garden (weather permitting of course - on rainy days, sessions take place indoors). The sessions are carefully planned to be age specific and covers 3 areas; motor skill development, specific sport skills development and educational activities and games using numbers, letters, shapes and colours. Each of the sessions enable the children to learn and progress while exercising and of course have fun! The sessions also help to build children’s confidence and teach them how to participate in team sports.
“Teddy Tennis” sessions take place once a week for our main school children at both nurseries and offers an opportunity for the children to develop their co-ordination and racket and balls skills through games. Each session is designed to cater for the age of the children in the group so that each child can participate and benefit from the activity. Again, these sessions also help to develop each child’s self-esteem and build their confidence.
Dance and ballet are taught weekly by our teacher Holly Mayer, Principal of Holly Mayer Academy of Dance. Holly is a professional dancer and qualified teacher from the Royal Academy of Dance. The children are taught to listen to the music whilst learning to skip, jump and dance and hold different poses. These activities help the children to develop their balance, range of movement, and posture along with learning and understanding timing and rhythm.
For our younger children, those who are still a little too young to participate in the sports and dance activities, we have “Hartbeeps” sessions once a week. The sessions are all set to music and brought to life with puppets and age appropriate sensory props. Our babies go on “trips” to African safaris, into space, have discos in the duck pond and even go diving under the deep blue sea! Each class is developed in line with the Early Years Foundation Stages and are carefully considered to aid your child’s development of fine and gross motor skills, spatial awareness, attention, listening, empathy, language and social skills.
Music sessions with Jane cater for all of our rooms in the nursery. The baby sessions focus on singing and movements along with having the babies use percussion instruments which they can use to make their own music. The older children learn to sing songs, participate in rhymes and rhythm activities and make sounds with percussion instruments which are linked to the topics they are covering in their classrooms. Puppets are also used to stimulate the children. These sessions encourage the children’s creative development and allow the children to express themselves.
Spanish and French lessons take place one a week at each nursery. Spanish is taught at Trinity Church Hall by our Senior Nursery Nurse, Iraide Rodriguez-Rueda, whilst French at Gwendolen Avenue is taught by an external teacher Lucie Metcalf. Both teachers are native speakers and have experience of teaching preschool children languages. Each session introduces new words through games and songs, helping them the children to build confidence, develop their language and communication skills and have fun whilst learning. The sessions are all 30 minutes long and are for the main school children.
All our extra curricula activity teachers are DBS checked and professionally trained.
|Day||Gwendolen Avenue||Trinity Church Hall|
|Monday||Small Sports (AM) / Hartbeeps (AM)||Spanish (PM)|
|Tuesday||French (PM)||Ballet and Dancing (AM)|
|Wednesday||Music (AM/PM) /Teddies Tennis(AM)||Rugby (AM) / Hartbeeps (AM)|
|Thursday||Ballet and Dancing (AM)||Small Sports (AM)|
|Friday||Rugby (AM)||Music (AM/PM) / Tedddies Tennis (AM)|
Our qualified chefs at both nurseries design healthy and nutritionally balanced menus catering for all allergies, vegetarians and religious requirements. We tailor our baby food and milk formula to individual baby requirements and we also support baby led weaning.
Breakfast is provided to children who arrive before 8.20am. A healthy mid-morning snack is also provided, followed by lunch at midday. Tea is served at 4.15pm. Daily food charts are available for parents to view and weekly menus are displayed on our notice boards. All our menus are nut free.
We attach great importance to mealtimes encouraging the children to use a knife and fork, learn table manners and to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.
Both our nurseries hold a 5 star rating in food hygiene.
Please see below an example of our menus. Our vegetarian menus are available to view on both nurseries.
At Noddy's we really care about your child's education and helping you to find the right path for them once they leave us to join the next level of education.
We have strong links with many of the local private pre-preparatory and primary schools and during your child’s time at the nursery we will be more than happy to offer advice. Many of the local schools are in great demand and we recognise that it is important to consider options at the earliest opportunity ensuring as good a match as possible.
Below are some of the schools we recommend. Please click on the name of the school to be redirected to their website.