Safeguarding children is a priority at St George’s Nurseries and all of our staff team are fully trained. All of our Managers are highly qualified to deal with any safeguarding issues and to support the staff team.
Your child’s well being whilst with us is our top priority.
All parents are required to have their own secure password which must be used when your child is being collected from the nursery by anyone other then the parent. Each of our sites has CCTV and a restricted entry system so no one can enter the building without access from a member of staff.
All our nurseries are inspected by OFSTED and our inspection reports are available at the nursery or by logging onto the Ofsted website.
Our staff teams are committed to providing the highest standard of care and education and take great pride in their roles and their settings. From the minute they walk through the door until they go home the team ensure that the environment for your child is a happy and exciting one. They are passionate about what they do; they will nurture and build a strong caring relationship not only with your child but with you also.
The nursery staff receive detailed induction and ongoing training such as health and safety, first aid and safeguarding children, to name but a few. Each of our nurseries has a fully trained designated Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO). St George’s has an extensive safe recruitment policy and employment is subject to rigorous checks and clearances.
At St George’s we recognise that leaving your child for the first time is not always easy, we therefore encourage parents to arrange both home visits and pre-visits to the nursery. The home visit will be undertaken by your child’s key person; and it is from these visits that the relationship will begin to form. These home visits enable you and your child to share any information such as dietary requirements, your child’s routines at home, your child’s first language and anything else that may assist with ensuring your child settles well into nursery life. This in turn starts the process of positive relationships from the very beginning.
The Key person will be responsible for ensuring that introduction to the nursery goes as smoothly as possible. They will be responsible for monitoring and recording your child’s progress, covering all aspects of learning and development. This information is recorded in your child’s Learning Journey and is available to you at all times. Your child’s key person will also keep you informed on a daily basis of your child’s well- being and development.
We believe parental involvement is vital to your child’s education, learning and development. A close relationship with parents is important to help achieve a happy and relaxed environment. That is why at St George’s we welcome parents input from day one. We encourage you to stay at some of the pre-visits, as this will help your child to settle into nursery life. We also welcome you to attend stay and play sessions where you can experience all the fun that your child experiences on a daily basis.
A positive partnership can only be achieved through regular contact and we take every opportunity to achieve this. Both the key person and the Manager are available daily; and to keep you informed, we publish regular newsletters, use social media, parental surveys and parents’ evenings. We also encourage parents to contribute by discussing any developments at home with the key person as this has a positive influence on your child’s development.
All of our nurseries have an enclosed and secure outdoor play area for older children and a separate outdoor area for younger children, where they can play safely. Children laugh and squeal with delight as they make “mud pies” in our well-resourced mud kitchens, or as they build dens and play hide and seek. They enjoy splashing in muddy puddles or just putting their feet up and relaxing with a good book. We like our children to have fun in the outdoors therefore clothing must be provided for all weathers.
Children are frequently taken on Nursery outings. These may include having a yummy picnic time at the park, brushing up on our reading at the library and broadening our knowledge of the world at the museum or at a show. Safety is always a priority, and risk assessments are carried out before every outing and a qualified first aider is always present.
We introduce your child to many different foods and taste experiences, something that’s important from a young age. Mealtimes are used as an opportunity to develop good social skills and our staff teams enjoy having their meal with the children displaying excellent practice and social skills. The older children are encouraged to serve their own meals and drinks, thus encouraging independence.
If your child has specific dietary requirements or allergies, we cater for them on an individual basis. A vegetarian option is available daily. Weekly menus are displayed on the Parent’s notice board. Young babies have a slightly different menu choice at times to older children within the setting and this will depend on what stage your baby is at within the weaning process.
The nursery is open from 7.30am – 6.00pm, 51 weeks a year, except for public holidays and approximately one week at Christmas. Exact dates are published each year