We promote a relaxed, calm and homely environment supported by a team of caring, qualified and experienced staff, who follow each child's personal routine. Our aim is to encourage an interest in learning using direct experiences to develop concepts, acquire skills and use language effectively. The nursery and preschool are arranged so that children experience freedom of choice, where they are supported and encouraged to join in with the opportunities and activities available, whilst learning at their own pace.
Learning and Development
Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people and in the world around them. Development is not an automatic process, however. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.
At Woodentots we are committed to working within the Early Years Foundation Stage framework (EYFS) to support all children in their developmental progress, in a way that reflects the unique needs of each child. We observe each child closely to discover their development stage, along with their current interests and then carefully plan next steps to support their individual journey of learning and development.
Partnerships with Parents
We value parents as equal partners with the staff and actively encourage continuous information sharing. We recognise that as parents, you know your child better than anyone, therefore, please do not be surprised if the staff ask you lots of questions about your child's likes and dislikes, not only at the initial meeting but also throughout their time at Woodentots.
Parents and carers are consulted on all issues that affect the welfare, well-being, learning and development of their child and are encouraged to frequently share information about their child’s needs and development through the online learning journal system used by the nursery.
Each child has a key person from the day they start at Woodentots, who ensures the children in their group experience a wide range of activities and experiences. Each key person works in partnership with parents to ensure they learn from you, as well as letting you know how your child is progressing.
Each child has a Learning Journal, in which key persons regularly contribute to; providing information about the children’s develop and experiences they have participated in. This is in an electronic format which provides parents with an opportunity to access it at a time and on a device that is convenient to them.
We believe it is essential that we provide the right nutrition to ensure your child grows and develops well. Our menus and recipes have all been nutritionally analysed to ensure they meet the 'Caroline Walker Trust eating well for the under 5s in child care' guidance.
All of our meals are made from fresh produce and are prepared on-site by a qualified chef, who has an exceptional understanding of the nutritional requirements of young children. All of our recipes have been designed so they can easily be adapted to suit children with allergies, intolerances or alternative diets.