Mulberry & Willow

Our two pre-school age groups use the same rooms, however great care is taken in organising the day, to ensure that the two individual groups are provided with the age appropriate care and attention they need and only come together during certain times of the session. Our two groups are known as Mulberry and Willow Team.

INDUCTION PROCEDURE

If you decide you would like to leave your child in our care, then we ask that you arrange a series of visits.  This is to enable both you and your child to become familiar with the surroundings and staff.  After the first visit you may be asked to leave your child with us for a short period and then come and collect her/him.  The length of time the child is left will depend on the number of visits and the nature of the child. 

Mulberry Team

Manager:Room Seniors Flora Jackson – NVQ3    Nicky Fowlie – NVQ3
Ages: 2 ¾ – 3 ½ years (approx. when the child is dry)
When open:

Term Time if required – 2 ¾ until the term after 3 years then, Full Year – 51 weeks care

Staffing ratio:

Fixed session times:

 

 

1:6


8.00 am – 12.00 am

12.30 pm – 4.30 pm (with tea option and up to 6 pm if required)

8.00 am – 4.00 pm (up to 6 pm if required)

 

Willow Team

Manager:

Room Seniors:

Jacky Corcoran – NNEB NVQ 4

Aimee Bastable – Level 3 National Certificate     

Ages:

3 ½ – 5 years (approx.)

When open:

Full Year – 51 weeks care

Staffing ratio:

Fixed session times:

 

1:6

8.00 am – 12.00 am

12.30 pm – 4.30 pm (with tea option and up to 6 pm if required)

8.00 am – 4.00 pm (up to 6 pm if required)

 

 

Mulberry

The Mulberry team provide a nurturing environment where we encourage children to enquire about their world, foster consideration for each other and develop a feeling of self-worth.  We prepare the children for Willow by extending their language, communication and social skills.  We build on their knowledge of their own experiences and help them to explore colours, shapes, numbers and mark making skills. 

We help to develop the children intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically through a range of exciting and practical activities.  With this good grounding the children will be prepared and ready for their exciting move to the next stage of development and learning, Willow.

If you would like to visit or require any extra sessions, which are now available, please contact Jacky Corcoran or Flora Jackson as soon as possible.

Willow

By now the children are well settled into a nursery school routine.  In order to help them with this routine and benefit fully from their environment, we ask that your child attends a minimum of three 4 hours sessions per week.  This enables the child to transfer knowledge from their short-term to long-term memory.  If you wish to increase their sessions staff will be happy to discuss this with you as well as keeping you informed of your child’s progress and continued development.

To facilitate and structure your child’s learning, our in house teaching staff have developed routines which integrate with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.  These routines ensure that all parts of a child’s development are covered and enable you to follow your child’s progress through the record of development summary.

The Willow team provide a caring environment with a high staff to child ratio where children are encouraged to be confident and considerate.  All the children are treated and respected as individuals as well as being taught to consider the group.  Qualified and experienced staff work with the children individually and in small groups to help them reach their full potential. 

We prepare the children for school, develop their language, pre-reading, literacy and number skills.  With this grounding and the extra emphasis, we place on personal, emotional and social development, we feel the children will be well prepared and ready to move to the next stage of their education.  As our children approach an age of better understanding, emphasis is placed on high standards of self-discipline, considerate behaviour and general preparation for their subsequent schooling.

If you require any additional sessions or would like to visit Willow, please contact Jacky Corcoran as soon as possible.

ROUTINE FOR BOTH WILLOW AND MULBERRY

During each session the children will be offered;

Choosing time, Register and Group time, Snack time, Activity time, Playtime, Story and Singing.

Choosing time The children are welcomed into a child friendly environment, where they are free to choose toys, games and puzzles available at their level in areas around the room.  Willow children will also self register at this time.  Our qualified staff use this time to play with the children and create conversation to learn more about them.  They help support their confidence in language, thinking and communicating with both adults and their peers.  This time also allows opportunities for parents to talk with staff if they wish.  This is the ideal opportunity in a relaxed environment for the children to learn to share, take turns and have empathy for others.  At the end of choosing time the children are encouraged to tidy up with the sand timer as support.
Register and Group time The children settle into the quiet areas in each room, where Mulberry will sing their group song and call the register while Willow will use Makaton and sing their day song and count the children.  Each group will then move into Group time.  Children are grouped according to their Key persons in each room.

Resources are selected and organised to use with the children that reflect the breadth and balance of our curriculum and provide coverage of all 7 areas of learning, both inside and out, creating fun and exciting activities for the children, and staff.

We use this opportunity to move children forward in their learning and are able to differentiate between individual children’s needs.  This is also one of the times where we are able to observe our children and record their progress, which we are able to share with parents/guardians.

Snack Time We ensure all our children have a choice of 2 or 3 healthy snacks, which include a variety of fruit and vegetables and other snacks (listed outside the Willow/Mulberry rooms).  Children also choose between milk and water as well as having access to a ‘water station’ throughout the day.  We use snack time to promote healthy choices and discussions about ‘Being Healthy’, which also include the importance of hand washing and keeping active.
Playtime We believe outdoor play is vital to young children’s learning and helps them to develop intellectually, socially and emotionally as well as physically.  We provide rich and relevant resources outside to help children explore all 7 areas of learning and help to develop their natural curiosity about the world around them, through play and having FUN.

We have a large play area with access to grass, playground.  We use climbing frames, cars, bikes, trikes, ball games, role play, construction and nature to stimulate our children’s development.

Activity time We gather the children for a brief discussion about the topic and the choice of activities available.  This is very much child initiated learning where the children have continuous access to play in the creative area, investigation area, role play, sand and water as well as many other activities that reflect the topic of the moment.  Staff play alongside the children, helping to develop their learning and social skills, enabling them to become more confident and independent individuals and most of all to have FUN
Story and Singing The children are encouraged to settle into the quiet corner for a relaxed story and singing session.  We also use this time to reflect on their experiences throughout the day, before going home.
We ensure our nursery day has a good balance between adult led and child initiated activities to help fully develop their social skills and help prepare them for school.

The afternoon session follows the same pattern.  Except that children who are staying all day will have the activities etc. varied.  Each session is carefully designed to provide a balanced range of experiences for your child, to stimulate educationally and to provide fun emotionally and socially.  They should help your child grow in every way.  Please give us feedback, any ideas are welcome.