0121 706 8889
APRIL 2013 and JANUARY 2016
We continue to strive for outstanding Ofsted results by improving outcomes for all children and families
Children's Private Day Nursery in Yardley, Birmingham, B25 by the A45 Coventry Road; next door to Yardley Ex Serviceman's Club a few doors down from Yardley Library
'Our aim is to provide a safe and caring environment in which you will be happy to leave your child'
Children need to feel they are in safe and loving surroundings, in order to settle happily.
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. As it is 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.
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.
We accept all childcare vouchers such as Busy Bees, Kiddi Care as well as Birmingham City Council etc
The nursery is situated on the Yardley Road near the Swan Island, giving good access to routes into the City Centre and Solihull via the Coventry Road. We have large car parking facilities making it convenient for you to bring your child into nursery.
We have been open since August 2001 and have built the reputation of the nursery by delivering a high standard of quality Childcare for Children aged 3 Months to 8 Years of age.
At the rear of the nursery we have a large playground for the children to enjoy.
There is a hard service area for bikes, scooters, prams etc.. with road markings, so the children can use the equipment for a purpose and also begin to have concept of road safety.
The play area has soft mats so that our babies can explore the outdoors too.
All areas have their own planters where children help to plant seeds and flowers for the different seasons. They also grow tomatoes, potatoes and carrots so that Julie, our nursery cook can use them for her cooking. This is a popular activity as the children like to explore the soil and take it in turns to water the plants, helping and watching them grow.
All the activities the children take part in outdoors are age appropriate. Children are supervised at all times when outdoors.
In 2013 we were busy fundraising for the equipment pictured above.
Throughout 2014 we will contuine to raise money to furthur develop the outdoor area.
For further pictures of the outdoor area please have a look at the gallery.