Tell us a little about your nursery: Junior’s Day Nursery is a family run nursery with an experienced management team in place which continues to develop and enhance its practice. In 2014, we were awarded ‘outstanding in all areas’ by OFSTED and we received the Kent Quality Mark for the enhanced learning and development of our outdoor areas.

How are days structured? The nursery is open from 8am-6pm. Our fantastic qualified team of staff provide a safe, secure and stimulating indoor and outdoor environment in which babies and young children can learn and develop. When batteries need recharging nutritional meals are provided and dedicated sleep/quiet areas too.

Tell us about EYFS: The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the term used by the Government to describe the time in a child’s life between birth and five years. Day by day every child will be learning skills and acquiring new knowledge. We use the seven areas of learning and development in the EYFS to help all children demonstrate their understanding. Under the EYFS, children learn by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking which takes place indoors and outdoors.

Can you explain the key person system? The key person approach is central to our practice and ensures each child has consistent care which enhances their learning and development. Every child’s key person will produce a learning journey which will show their progression and incorporates each child’s unique needs and interests.

How do you include parents in nursery life? Our parents play a vital role within the nursery and we understand the benefits of a collaborative approach. We will keep all parents/carers up to date with their child’s progress and encourage them to share with us their unique needs and interests. We hold parent’s evenings twice a year where parents have the opportunity to discuss their child’s development with their key person as well as view their learning journey. We also host social events throughout the year giving the opportunity for parents to meet other families.

What’s included in the sessions? Junior’s offers full day sessions, morning sessions and afternoon sessions. All of these include snacks, drinks, meals, nappies and wipes.

How do you ensure children get a balanced diet? All meals are home cooked, nutritious and healthy and we cater for all dietary requirements. Meals contain no added sugar or salt and natural yoghurt or fruit is provided for dessert. Water is available to the children all day and organic milk provided during breakfast and snack time. Junior’s holds a 5-star food hygiene rating and a healthy eating award.

Can you explain the government’s current free childcare legislation? The government currently offer 15 hours of funding for 2, 3 & 4 year olds. This funding is available term time and is for all 3 & 4 year olds and for 2 year olds that meet criteria set by the government. From September 2017, 30 hours of funding will be available term time for working parents of 3 & 4 year olds that meet the criteria set by the government. For more information, you can visit childcarechoices.gov.uk.

 

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