Our Day Nurseries and Preschool provide happy and safe environments where children are free to explore and learn through a range of experiences and activities.
Within these happy atmospheres, our children are able to grow and develop to their full potential. We promote positive behaviour where our children respect each other and their surroundings.
Our children are at the heart of our nursery, and activities are created based on their interests, thoughts and ideas.
Our outdoor play area promotes a healthy lifestyle and encourages children to explore and learn about the natural environment – developing crucial skills, such as physical and spatial awareness, as well as keeping fit and having fun!
We are an inclusive nursery and all children receive the same opportunities to unlock their potential regardless of their age, ability, race, faith or culture.
The children are the driving force behind our nursery.
The safeguarding and security of all children in our care is so important to all of our nursery team.
Designated safeguarding leads and deputy’s are clearly identified to parents at each setting as well as contact information for the local children’s safeguarding authority. Our safeguarding and child protection policies are available upon request.
Whilst the safety and well-being of our children is at the centre of everything we do, we wanted a way to communicate such vital messages to our children in a manner that is clear and easy to understand.
Dotty is our health and Safeguarding mascot. Our little ladybug is here to help us to teach important personal, social and health education messages to our children including safeguarding.
We love our little ladybug and hope our new Minibug families and children do too.
We only employ staff who understand our childcare philosophy, believe in it themselves and love working with children and supporting them in developing their individual personalities and interests.
Every child has a key worker who will be responsible for their care routines, planning activities to extend each child’s skills and knowledge focused on their interests and will be a parent/carers main point of contact in each nursery.
Highly Trained Team
Our super Minibugs nursery team are all advanced paediatric first aid trained and accredited to ‘Millie’s Mark’ standard. They are all trained to level 2 or above in safeguarding and early years child development. Skills and training needs are regularly monitored, and we are committed to ensuring our staff are knowledgeable around the latest child development best practise.
Millie’s Mark is awarded to childcare providers that go above minimum statutory requirements by having 100% of staff trained in paediatric first aid. This award provides reassurance to parents that all childcare practitioners at their child’s nursery are paediatric first aid trained and competent. All of our settings are accredited by Millie’s Mark.
At each of our nurseries, Minibugs Ambassadors are selected Nursery Practitioners, within the team who work alongside the Nursery Management team to take a lead in helping to deliver the highest standards and continually improve the following areas:
- Special Education Needs
- School Readiness (Transitions)
- Health and Wellbeing
We pride ourselves on supporting our team to thrive within the Minibugs family.
Learning and Development
Children learn and develop in many ways; through their imaginative play, social interactions with their peers and adults who care for them, by having fun, being physically and mentally active, exploring new experiences as well as building upon things that they already know and can do. Children who begin their education in a positive learning environment that is vibrant, purposeful, challenging and supportive stand the best chance of developing into confident and successful learners.
You can find out more about the Early Years Foundation Stage programme we follow here.
Children’s Learning Journey
We use ParentZone which is an interactive online learning journal that helps us to record, track and celebrate your child’s progress in the nursery.
Keyworkers’ use their observational skills and child development knowledge to give a full picture of each child’s stage of learning, current interests, learning style, areas of strength or identify where extra support is needed. We use this information to plan for children’s’ “next steps of learning” using our stimulating learning environments, well planned focussed activities and high-quality interactions from our practitioners.
Our relationships with the children
Our relationships with the children in our care are extremely important to us as they are the foundation for them developing into happy, confident, able and resilient young people.
We are positive role models in helping the children to understand their feelings, appreciate other views, make and maintain positive relationships. Through our warm, responsive and consistent care children are encouraged to develop to their full potential taking into account their starting point, learning style and capabilities.
We value the vital role that parents, carers and the home learning environment play, in supporting the future well-being and achievements of the children in our care.
Parent partnerships are so important to us. Our nursery team will keep you updated on daily activities and observations via your daily electronic diary (ParentZone) and key worker handovers at drop off and pick up times.
We continually welcome feedback so that all parents/carers feel involved with their child’s learning journey.
At Minibugs we work with parents/carers to monitor, assess and evidence each child’s individual learning journey. Parent/carer meetings are held as necessary, but more formal parents’ evenings are scheduled in at key stages of your child’s development. We encourage parents/carers to participate in different activities and events within the nursery and provide ideas and resources for use at home.
We provide lots of opportunities to strengthen this relationship. In addition to the communication channels identified above, examples include:
- Monthly parents newsletter
- A secure parent/carer nursery setting community group on Facebook
- Parent briefings linked to key transitions
- Our school readiness programme (including our Minibugs graduation ceremonies)
Our partnership with parents doesn’t stop at the nursery doors. Your local nursery team will offer parents lots of ideas, advice and suggestions for activities to try at home.
Ideas will be sent out each month linked to topics and activities we are covering in the settings and may be shared via monthly newsletters, our secure parent/carer Facebook communities, or take-home packs.
Your child’s journey – Preparing them for each stage
Children make many transitions in their lives and they are an important part of life offering opportunities for new experiences and personal growth, but they may also include feelings of anxiety and uncertainty.
It is important that your child has sufficient time to adjust and settle into their new nursery routine and get to know the staff and children they will be spending their time with.
So, when your child joins the Minibugs family, we will work with you to understand individual needs through our ‘All About Me’ form and settling in stage.
We will ensure you and your child have sufficient time to adjust and settle into the new routine and get to know the staff and children they will be spending their time with.
Key Worker System
Every child in our care is assigned a key worker who works with you and your child to prepare them for each transition with the nursery.
Your key worker will generally be the person who welcomes you and your child into the nursery and supports them in settling into the session. They will also be the main practitioner carrying out the child’s intimate care needs, such as putting to sleep, nappy changing and physical closeness. Any information shared with the parents is also done mainly through the key person.
Each child deserves to have a special relationship with someone within the nursery and the key person approach effectively celebrates this. It provides you and your child with a sense of security.
Developing a secure bond with their key person allows them to explore and play freely but feel safe within the environment. They will have activities and quality learning experiences planned for them based on their individual needs.
Our Dotty’s Discoverers room covers children up to the age of 2. This can vary dependent on the stage of a child’s development.
Our Discoverers focus on different activities from our babies improving their motor skills and learning how to control their bodies through to increasingly independent toddlers where we aim to develop you child’s mobility, dexterity and language skills as they start to explore their environment and curiosity.
Our Dotty’s Explorers covers children from 2 upwards to 5. This can vary dependent on the stage of a child’s development.
Activities and resources within this room are developed to support growing independence and support the Early Years Foundation Stage framework 7 areas of learning and development.
Indoor and outdoor resources to support imaginative play, maths, literacy and understanding the world are regularly adapted and changed dependent on the topics and activities being covered.
Mealtimes and bathroom visits are part of the daily routines to encourage independence, health and wellbeing and social and communication skills.
Positive behaviour is continually reinforced throughout the day with positive rewards and the promotion of expected behaviour within the nursery.
Dotty’s Preschool – School Readiness Programme
Our Preschool activities are further enhanced by our School Readiness Programme which aims to support our older children through the important transition period from nursery to school.
The programme will support the children to grow in confidence and independence so that they can thrive in their new school environment.
We aim to focus on key development areas to prepare and encourage each child, so they are ready to settle into school more easily.
The school readiness programme provides more structured, appropriately focused learning activities that are designed to be fun and encourage children to build upon their natural curiosity and their desire to learn new things. At this stage children need confidence and the skills and desire to think for themselves, to solve problems, to work with others, to communicate, and to gain an increasing understanding of the world and how it works.
The School Readiness programme will cover the following Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum areas:
- Math’s skills
- Group discussions
- Physical development
As part of this programme. we will observe and monitor each child to ensure that they are provided with activities, which are appropriate for their level of development in each separate area of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.
Our aim is to help each of our children to achieve the best that they can in all areas of their development by extending them in their areas of talent and supporting them when additional needs are identified.
We promote a healthy eating and living culture at Minibugs. We provide an environment that gives children of all ages a happy, relaxed and social occasion during mealtimes.
Mealtimes are time when children’s natural curiosity for exploring new concepts will be extended to introduce new tastes and textures
- Meals and snacks are freshly prepared and cooked on-site every day
- Menus are changed seasonally
- Our menus are accredited to the local area healthy eating award scheme
- Cultural and dietary requirements are considered for all meals and snack times
- We encourage children to experience foods from different cultures.
Special Education Needs and Disability
At Minibugs Nurseries we believe that all children have a right to be cared for and educated alongside their peer group and that their special needs should be met within the nursery in an inclusive way. All children and their families are welcome at Minibugs.
- All children have a right of full access to Early Years Education through the Early years Foundation Stage Curriculum
- All children have a right to expect to learn in a caring and considerate environment where the staff and the children are all valued for their contribution to nursery life.
- Minibugs is committed to the early identification of children with additional needs / Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND).
- Minibugs is committed to working closely with parents who are fully involved in all decisions that affect their children’s education
- Minibugs will provide, within available resources, the highest possible quality support and inclusive education for children with SEND.
How will my child be supported?
We have a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) in each of our nurseries. The SENCO will co-ordinate the Special Education Needs provision within our setting.
The SENCO will work in partnership with parents and the appropriate external agencies for advice and support in order to assist the child’s needs and help progress developmentally through the Foundation Stage Curriculum
Please contact your local Minibugs nursery setting if you wish to discuss your child’s needs further.