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Parent Partnership

What Ofsted say about us

Overall This provision is good
Full report, 2018 Read

• Children are happy and settled at the nursery. Staff know the children well and plan purposefully for them by offering a variety of activities to help support their ongoing learning.

• All children make good progress in their learning and development. Staff observe and track children's development well to build on what children know and can do.

• Staff support children's self-esteem and behaviour well. For example, they encourage children to share and take turns well and offer consistent praise in all achievements.

• Communication with parents is good. For example, parents receive regular verbal feedback from staff about how their children are progressing, and are offered their children's learning records to add in their observations from home.

• Strong recruitment, induction and ongoing appraisal programmes are in place to ensure all staff working with children are suitable and capable within their roles.

• Self-evaluation methods are strong in allowing the management team to identify and advance areas for development to provide consistently good-quality care for children.

1st October 2018


We recognise the importance of a parent partnership therefore we endeavour to build the best relationships to guarantee excellent two-way communication to ensure our standard of service remains high.

Parents are consulted on all issues that affect the welfare, well-being, learning and development of their children. We ensure that a child’s Key Worker shares information about their care and development on a regular basis. In addition our management are always available.

As well as our personal approach we provide a detailed online parent portal and weekly parentmail to ensure parents remain up-to-date.

1st October 2018

New child settling in sessions

The first few weeks when a child is settling into ABC Nursery is a time of crucial importance to their later happiness in the setting. All children are individuals and while some children will adjust fairly easily to the new environment and new routines, others will take longer to feel comfortable and secure.

Sometimes we can overestimate a child’s ability to cope with transitions and settle in and happily substitute a group of unfamiliar adults and children for their parents.

The lure of the toys doesn’t always compensate! The experience can be overwhelming for some children especially if they have not had experience of another form of care outside of the family.

As parents and as early years practitioners, we can take steps to ensure that the transition into the early years setting goes as smoothly as possible. Research shows that when the settling in period is positive for the child, it can not only impact on their happiness throughout their time at the early years setting but also on how the child views future transitions both within the setting and eventually to primary school.

Children who have a positive start to their new environment are more likely to feel comfortable, relaxed and valued, feel good about themselves and have a sense of belonging to the pre-school community. Most children settle in without too many concerns but there are some children who need more time to develop trust.

Once a child has a place confirmed, the Manager and Key Worker will arrange a number of settling in sessions to ensure that the child has a smooth transition into nursery life.

30th September 2018

Areas of learning

The Early Years Foundation Stage sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

Your child will mostly be taught through games and play.

The areas of learning are:

- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development
- literacy
- mathematics
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design

29th September 2018

Learning journeys

Every child is supported with a learning experience planned from the child's starting point, their activities are challenging yet achievable so that they can continue to enjoy learning.

Your child's Key Worker will be sensitive to the individual development of your child to ensure that the activities they undertake are suitable for the stage that they have reached.

Practitioners will therefore complete on-going observational assessment in their Learning Journeys each month to inform planning for each child's continuing development through play-based activities. The records are shared with parents regularly and include parental involvement at every stage.

28th September 2018

Food and drink

Before a child is admitted to the setting we will obtain information about any special dietary requirements, preferences and food allergies that a child may have, and any special health requirements.

We have suitable facilities for the hygienic preparation of food for children, including suitable sterilisation equipment for babies’ food. Our freshly cooked onsite meals, snacks and drinks are healthy, balanced and nutritious. Fresh drinking water is available at all times.

All our staff receive training in food hygiene.

27th September 2018

Childcare after ABC [ages 4-11]

KIDACTIVE Holiday Club at St Andrews Primary School, Headington [next to Coop] offers primary aged (4-11) children a sociable experience with a wide range of choices to keep them engaged throughout the school holidays. They operate all school holidays between 815am and 615pm. For more details click here

11th April 2018