ESTABLISHED NURSERY FOR 17 YEARS

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Fully Installed CCTV

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Achieved quality assurance award

EEL AND BEEL

2016




 "Children enjoy ample opportunities to be active, and extend and test their physical skills. The nurturing staff team places a clear focus on promoting the children's personal, social and emotional development."

  

(Ofsted, January 2016)





Food hygiene rating '5' achieved for the ninth year

  running 2017




"Disabled children and those with special educational needs are fully included and valued. Staff work sensitively with children, planning precisely for their learning and ensuring they make sustained progress in relation to their starting points."



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''Staff are highly responsive to the needs of children to secure their safety, welfare and well-being. As a result, the children show a real sense of belonging, confidently exploring their environment and are happy."

(Ofsted, January 2016) 




Food Hygiene rating '5'Achieved again for the ninth year running 2017 

 




"The leadership team has an excellent overview of the nursery, staff practice, quality of teaching and the progress children make. Self-evaluation is used astutely to drive continuous improvement."

(Ofsted, January 2016)

 

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Welcoming families to Little Swans 

 

As part of our settling in procedures at the nursery we feel it is important to get to know your child and their family and for families to get to know nursery and the routines. 

 

Therefore as part of the process we provide families with a welcome email which includes valuable information about nursery to enable parents to prepare for the transition as well as asking families to provide us with information about their child via our 'All About Me' document.

 

If you would like to preview these documents and complete them in preparation for your child's transition please click the links below. 

 

All About Me document

 

Things to know about nursery booklet

 

Safeguarding procedures for parents 

 

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Toilet Training at Little Swans

 

Q: What is the right age to start toilet training?

 

Start when your child is ready to start and not because they have reached a certain milestone, such as

moving areas within the nursery or have reached the age of 2 years. Some children may be ready to start around the age of 2 years, but it varies a lot from child to child and could be much later – girls are usually toilet trained slightly earlier than boys.

Before bringing your child into nursery wearing pants, you need to discuss the changes you are making with your child’s key person or the supervisor within the base room. It is very distressing for a child to be put into pants and expected to join other children using the toilet when they have not done this before. It is a different experience compared to the home environment.

Do not feel pressured by other peoples stories of children who have been toilet trained when very young, as in our experience at the nursery, having trained many children over 11 years, is there is no point in starting the process before your child is ready. If you start too early the process will simply take much longer and be more fraught, and the finishing time will be the same as if you had waited.

Most children will be dry and clean in the day for a year or so before they are ready to come out of nappies at night.

 

Q: How can I tell when my child is ready?

 

They may be ready if they:

• Start to tell you they need a wee wee and pat themselves. This means they are starting to feel the sensations that they need to go; this is the main one we look out for in nursery

• Can indicate when a bowel movement is taking place by grunting, squatting or telling you about it

Once you feel they are at this stage you can talk to your key worker and plan your toilet training together so that we are all consistent in our approach.

Please do not start toilet training if there are other big changes going on in your child’s life, for instance moving up from Jelly Babies to Smarties; the birth of a new sibling; a change of key worker.

 

Q: My daughter seemed to be keen on using the potty but now, a few weeks later, she’s lost all interest and has constant accidents

 

Over the years we have found the common reason for this is that the parent tried too early, before their child was quite ready. Don’t worry if this has happened to you, you need to put them back into nappies and try again in the future; refer to “How Can I Tell When My Child Is Ready?”.

 

Q: my son will wee in the toilet or potty reliably, but insists on pooing in either his pants or his nappy at  night time

 

 

This is not as unusual as you may think. Try not to be cross about it and deal with the mess in a matter-of-fact-way. In our experience success with toilet training means children will know how to wee wee on the toilet/potty before they learn to poo.

When you have consulted with your child’s key worker, prior to starting any training, we will ask you to put your child in pull-ups if we agree and feel they are ready. We will keep you up to date with their progress.

 

 

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Dress Code for Children Attending the Setting

 

 

> Please make sure children attending the setting wear practical inexpensive clothing,  as they will be involved in lots of messy activities as well as lots of outdoor play, and nursery cannot be responsible for damage to clothing.

 

> They need to feel free to explore without worrying about keeping their clothes clean and dry.

As long as they always carry a spare full set of clothing, labelled in their bags that's all that matters.

 

> We also ask that velcro closed shoes are worn and  that the children can put on themselves and learn to do up.  Please do not send your child with lace ups, buckles or open toe shoes as these can be hazardous during play.

 

> Dungarees are not practical and very hard for the children when they are learning to use the toilet.

 

> Children in all areas apart from pre school need to bring a good supply of bibs each day of attendance (at least 4).  These will be sent home at the end of the day.

 

> All children that have a sleep during the day need to have a cot blanket brought in from home at the beginning of the week.  They will go home at the end of every week/fortnight to be washed and returned.

 

 > All items into nursery from home need to be labelled with your childs full name.

 

Many thanks for your cooperation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Useful Links for families and other professionals

 

Below you will find a list of useful websites. Why not take a look at them?

Ofsted Governing body
To find all info on your child care entitlement please follow link provided
Information on Childcare services in the city
Information on how to apply for a reception place for your child in Birmingham
Information about how to claim
Information for parents about the EYFS
Information on funding for childcare in Birmingham
Information on food for infants and pre school
Information about childcare support