'Our aim is to provide a safe and caring environment in which you will be happy to leave your child'
About Little Swans
At Little Swans we have many ways of providing this reassuring atmosphere, but a key factor for most young children is building a relationship with, or attachment to, the people who are caring for them. It's hard for children to come into a new setting and make several attachments at the same time, at Little Swans we help the children separate from their parents by providing a key worker system. This means that one adult in the setting will take responsibility for your child, and that they build a special relationship with each other. We also carry out a home visit, please refer to the Home Visit page.
Children tend to feel more reassured when they know what to expect. This means that routines and consistency are important in each area of the nursery. Therefore, our routines are flexible, but are structured enough for our children to be able to anticipate what is likely to happen next. For example, to know that after going outside they will be washing their hands and that after story time they will be going home. Frequent staff meetings and policies ensure that we work together in a consistent way so that children in our care feel secure within the nursery environment. All children are treated as individuals and we strive to fulfil the needs of the children and their parents/carers at the nursery.
We are an educational nursery and follow a well-planned curriculum for children in all areas. Each term we have a different topic that we plan lots of exciting activities around. Please look at our OFSTED report. This details our positive approach towards childcare and children's education.
About our EEL & BEEL qualification:
In October 2014, our nursery was awarded the EEL and BEEL Quality Assurance Certificate for our work around child education. Effective Early Learning (EEL) and Baby Effective Early Learning (BEEL) awarded by CREC (Centre of Research in Early Childhood), is an 18 month curriculum, which provides an indication of the fact that the nursery provides well above the minimum standards required by OFSTED. The quality improvement programme has empowered and developed nursery staff, through child observation methods and planning the next steps of each individual child.