Our main aim is whilst your child is with us at nursery they are happy, learning and enjoys their time here. This starts with them having their settling in period planned so they can get to know us and we can take some time to get to know them and what their needs are. We will arrange some stay and play time for your child to settle in and having time to build a relationship which is key to enable them to feel happy and secure whilst at nursery.
Your child will be allocated a key person who will ask you some questions to find out more about your child's interests, likes, dislikes and specific needs. Our aim is to ensure that you and your child feel happy about starting nursery.
Your key person will also be responsible with keeping records for your child and making the required observations about your progress. If a family has 2 or more children attending, the children will have the same key person.
We know environments are not just physical spaces, they are the atmosphere created through warm and caring relationships, where children are respected and valued and their well-being comes before anything else. Here at the Column Nursery our children’s voices are listened to and they thrive socially and emotionally. At The Column Nursery we aim to provide a homely, relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Our food has won a Gold Healthy Eating Award from Shropshire Council. We use a variety of fruit and vegetables to encourage children to eat healthily. Our in house cook creates a fresh and appealing weekly menu which changes regularly, incorporating a range of foods to promote an interest and enjoyment of different foods and flavours.
Breakfast is offered between 7.45 and 8am of either weetabix, porridge or toast
Morning Snack - This changes day to day and can be fresh fruit, toasted teacake, a slice of wholemeal toast, cheese and apple. The children have milk every day to drink freely and are offered water throughout the day, including lunch time.
Lunch - These are freshly prepared and cooked in our own kitchen. Dishes vary each week and can be meals like vegetable pasta bake, beef chilli or chicken curry with wholegrain rice, roast dinner with vegetables.
Afternoon Tea – This is served around 4pm and is again changed each day. There is a variety of choice from sandwiches with vegetable sticks and houmous to cheese with fruit and crackers.
Our dishes can be adapted for weaning babies and we will work with parents to ensure happy meal times whilst young babies are becoming used to new foods.
If mothers are still breastfeeding, we can arrange a quiet, comfortable space for you to feed at nursery and we can also safely store expressed milk for baby during the day.
If your baby has formula milk we can make this freshly for each feed but we ask you to please provide the milk of your choice and a bottle which we will clean and sterilise after each feed.
During the year we also like to grow our own food such as tomatoes, strawberries and potatoes as we have found that the children will eat more when they have actively been involved in sowing and growing seeds into plants which provide their food.
What happens if my child is ill?
Our policy for ill or infectious children is discussed with parents at the time of admission. We will contact the parents during the day if a child becomes ill to discuss the best course of care for their child.
While we endeavour to comfort and care for any child taken ill during the day; we cannot take responsibility for a child arriving at nursery with a temperature or other symptoms.
We cannot provide care for children who have an infectious disease or sickness and diarrhoea. Children or adults who have these symptoms must stay away from nursery for a minimum of 24 hours after the last symptom has cleared.
Staff can advise you on exclusion periods for common illnesses or talk to your health visitor or family doctor.
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