CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF QUALITY CHILDCARE
Upp-Starts Nursery & Pre-School Prospectus
Contents Welcome to Upp-Starts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5 Early years foundation stage . . . . . . . . 9-12 Every child matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Our fantasic groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-14 Learning through play . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9
Welcome to Upp-Starts A warm welcome to Upp-Starts Nursery and
Our aim is to provide a safe, happy and
stimulating environment for your child where they are able to learn, play and develop
Upp-Starts Nursery are dedicated to the
through the highest quality care. In 2007
needs of our children and parents. We hope
we were proud to be accredited with the
that this is reflected in our high standard of
â€˜Rutland Quality Assurance Scheme Awardâ€™
communication with you.
in recognition of our very high standards of
We want to ensure that you have every
opportunity to contact us whenever you
If you would like to know more
need to via telephone or e-mail, or face-to-
about Upp-Starts Nursery
face at open days, parent evenings and at
call us on
01572 821210 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org www.ucc.rutland.sch.uk/uppstarts Our policy is one of Equality and Diversity for children and staff. This policy is fully set out in our policies booklet and includes children with Special Educational Needs. We are situated in a secluded corner of the Uppingham Community College grounds. 1
While enjoying a quiet and convenient location, children in our care are also able to benefit from some of the wider amenities offered by the College. For example, the safe outdoor playing fields for the more energetic activities and games. All food, including any special dietary needs, is prepared and cooked on site. We are able to accommodate a maximum of 32 children at any one time, including a total of 12 Under 2â€™s
of the local community and adult learners
who have their own separate room. Upp-Starts
using the College facilities. We aim to making
break-even financially, including limited
organisation which operates for the benefit
funds for the continued development of the setting. We are dedicated to taking the best
Did you know?
care of your child.
We have banned the use of mobile phones with digital equipment within the nursery, but for emergencies and outings we supply our staff with mobiles that have no recording equipment.
Our Team We believe that our highly qualified and experienced team is Upp-Startsâ€™ most
All Upp-Starts personnel have an enchanced CRB. This is currently the highest level of checking available. New staff must have two employment references checked before starting at the nursery and we can ask for additional educational references where applicable.
valuable asset. Every individual within the childcare team has achieved relevant qualifications, with most at level 3 plus. All members of staff are trained in paediatric first aid.
All adults collecting children from the nursery will have to be nominated and identified beforehand and will need to quote an agreed password.
Staffing ratios conform to National Day
by Kathryn Pullan with Jo De-Bar as her
Care Standards and are as follows:
under 2 years - 1 adult to 3 children
2-3 years - 1 adult to 4 children
Our bright and homely building, which
3-5 years - 1 adult to 8 children
was opened in August 2000, has a warm
The Staff are actively encouraged to
family atmosphere and offers a caring but
pursue personal development programmes. Training is on-going to ensure that everyone is up to date with the latest thinking and practice in childcare. Occasionally, we provide valuable and practical work experience
students from local colleges. Students are not included in our staff ratios and are supervised by qualified staff at all times. They represent welcome additional individual support for your children.
stimulating environment for all children in
The Upp-Starts team is led and managed
our care. Safety is our utmost priority. The facility is self-contained with the building,
Did you know?
external development areas and garden
All of our permanent nursery staff hold a recognised childcare qualification. Currently have Ofsted Outstanding rating. Is a member of the NDNA.
being surrounded by a wooden fence. External doors are secure and locked at all times. 3
Our outdoor area has cushioned flooring,
is able to gain access to the building unless
for added safety. We have a learning
admitted by a member of staff. Outside
environment outside and in. The garden area
activities are fully supervised at all times.
includes a water wall, climb through tunnel,
All members of the Upp-Starts team and
sandpit and pulley system, creative and
anyone else who is authorised to work with
building areas plus a table for digging.
them, in any capacity at any time, have
Fire & Safety
received the necessary police clearance to do so. This is a standard legal requirement.
The safety of your child is our top priority.
If you ask someone other than yourself to
The Upp-Starts building and perimeter
collect your child, we ask for a password
fence are designed to ensure that children
from you. This is recorded in our â€˜Collections
are free to move around without being able
Bookâ€™ to ensure that we hand them over
to unlock external doors or gates. No one
safely to the authorised person only. The Upp-Starts building complies with all fire regulations, as do others nearby. In the unlikely event of a fire, all staff have been trained to carry out fire procedures including
assembly points. We do regular training, practice drills and risk assessments.
Opening Times Upp-Starts is open 51 weeks of the year from Monday to Friday between 8.00am and 6.00pm. We are closed between Christmas and New Year and on all other Bank Holidays.
Secure perimeters around the nursery and all exits are controlled.
We offer full time day care; morning (8.00am to 1.00pm) or afternoon (1.00pm
Strict entry procedures with secure door entry.
to 6.00pm) sessions and also more flexible hours are available by prior arrangement.
All equipment used is suitable and safe for the children. For instance, chairs with metal legs have been replaced throughout with wooden ones.
Drop-in sessions can be accommodated provided that capacity and staffing levels permit.
All toys and equipment are checked regularly for safety. All portable appliances are subject to stringent rountine safety checks.
Every child matters
Before opening, the nursery is checked every day by management for potential safety issues.
Safeguarding and promoting childrenâ€™s welfare forms a large part of our statutory
A fire risk assessment is completed every year for each setting.
responsibilities and covers most of the requirements of our registrations with
Learning through play
Ofsted. Effective child protection is essential to Upp-
Starts. The welfare of every child we look after is paramount and everyone (including
Children learn individually and with others
all staff, students, volunteers and visitors) has
through play. We offer our children a play-
a respoinsibility to ensure that any areas of
based curriculum which supports all aspects
concern involving a child who may be at
of their learning and development. It
risk of harm, are recognised and dealt with
encourages their in-built curiosity and desire
to make sense of the world around them
We ensure the safety and security of the
and helps them to discover that learning is
premises and equipment by the following
interesting and fun. This is vitally important if
children are going to remain keen learners 5
for the rest of their lives.
The Nursery Environment
Play in a secure environment with effective
We believe that children are active learners
adult support allows the children to
from birth and that if we provide them
explore, investigate and enjoy the learning
with the right environment, support and
experience. We help them to practise and
experiences, it will help to encourage their
develop ideas, concepts and skills in a
curiosity, imagination and creativity. We also
unique and non-threatening way, without
need to ensure that we stimulate each child
fear or failure.
emotionally and intellectually by providing
We deliver both the Birth to Three Curriculum
the best circumstances to promote active
and the Curriculum for Excellence in a number
of ways through:
We have designed our nursery environments to be cosy and exciting and they are
construction and small world play treasure baskets that contain a variety of different objects to help stimulate babieâ€™s senses
Did you know? Sand play enables children to create different worlds and act out their own experiences. They learn about weight and volume and can practice mark-making, thereby developing early writing skills. Using chalks, crayons, pencils, paints and other mediums with many different types of paper, envelopes and card, children can learn to mark-make. This can be extended into role-play and they learn the benefits of writing for a purpose by becoming secretaries, postal workers, waiters or police officers. They learn to express their thoughts and record their experiences. By using role play and dressing up, children learn more about the world. They develop new vocabulary and social acceptance and understanding or other backgrounds and cultures and develop life skills for the future. They can experiment in an adult world by exploring familiar scenes and develop relationships with other children.
large and fine motor skills and experiences literacy and numeracy skills role play and imaginative opportunities water, sand and malleable experiences stories, ryhmes and songs mark-making - the marks that children make through a range of media, such as paint, water, sand, pencils and the meanings they give them creative workshops outdoor opportunities exploring and investigating science and nature dance, music and sensory experiences 6
and linked to the Birth to Three Curriculum or Curriculum for Excellence which allows for every child’s individual development to be monitored and their progress recorded in their individual Learning Journal. This is a record of your child’s interests, significant achievements and development throughout their time with us and we encourage you to access your child’s journal at any time. Planning for your child will consist off:
structured in such a way as to promote a child’s independence, decision-making and
These can be significant moments that have
been observed either at nursery or within
the home environment. The Key Person, other
team members, parents, grandparents or anyone else in contact with your child can
We believe that careful planning is required
contribute and they are detailed obervations
to ensure that play is of a high quality. A
of the play and experiences your child
Key person (member of staff) is assigned to
your child to ensure that they are engaging
in the right kind of activities. This helps to
plan future experiences and opportunities to build you child’s knowledge, skills and
These focus on your child’s particular interests
abilities which will lead to new learning and
based on the observations made by the Key
Person and yourselves. It is this information that helps the Key Person to plan experiences
Observations of each child are evaluated 7
Partnership with Parents
that support the interests and future learning of your child.
We believe that parents are the primary
educators of their children and should be
Research has shown that a Key Person
centrally involved in their child’s experiences
approach is the most effective way of
ensuring that children develop a strong
Effective communication means there is a
relationship with a significant adult in the
two-way flow of information, knowledge
nursery. The Key Person approach gives
every child the reassurance to feel secure
staff. Staff are always available to give
and cared for, helping them to become
feedback about your child’s day and talk
familiar with the nursery environment and to
about significant events with you.
feel confident and safe within it. We recognise every child’s individuality, efforts and achievements and believe that relationships between adults and children are crucial for the child’s happiness and security. The Key Person meets the needs of each child in their care and responds sensitiviely to their feelings, ideas and behaviour.
Did you know? Children can explore and investigate with water play; learning new words such as float, sink, splash, pour, hot, cold and squirt. They discover the transparent properties of water and find out its many uses including drinking, washing, bubbling, floating and sinking. 8
table manners. The Pre-School children help to set the tables beforehand and act
We provide wholesome ‘home cooked’
as table monitors during the meals. Serving
meals and snacks from our kitchen each
the other children and helping to clear away
day for every child. Fees include all food.
afterwards encourages the development of
Daily menus are displayed on the parents’
social skills, numeracy and independence.
noticeboard. We guarantee that, if your child is with us
Early years foundation stage
the whole day, he or she will receive the recommended ‘five-a-day’ portion of fruit and vegetables.
‘Striving for Excellence’
‘Snack Time’ involves a snack bar during morning and afternoon sessions, providing
As with all registered childcare and other
fresh fruit and water. Each child has a snack
educational establishments, Upp-Starts is
photo card which lists any special dietary
subject to regular inspections by Ofsted
needs on the back, as agreed with parents.
(registration no. 260841). This ensures that
Every child chooses when they wish to come
acceptable standards of care and education
over for their snack. We also have a snack
time helper who helps to
that we fully conform with
prepare the snacks, including
washing fruit and spreading
We hold the Rutland Quality
Assurance Scheme Award
Lunch and tea times are relaxed
which took over two years
to achieve. The standards
Our staff sit and eat with
required were above and
the children to encourage conversation
beyond those required by
Ofsted. As mentioned earlier, 9
we also hold healthy eating setting status.
an Early Years degree. It also creates the
Thanks to our hardworking and dedicated
opportunity to offer limited training courses
team you, as parents, can therefore be
for parents. In the past we have organised
confident of the very highest quality
free ‘Paediatric First Aid’ courses and
childcare at Upp-Starts.
‘Treasure Baskets’ for the under 2’s. There may be courses available to both our staff
We’ve also qualified to share in what is
and our parents in the future. Approach a
known as the ‘Transformation Fund’. This
member of staff if you are interested.
government fund is set up to support staff
development and working with parents. It enables our team to continue their professional
As parents, you are the primary carers and
educators of your child. Working together
For example, a member of the team has
enables us to provide a happy and stable environment for him or her while in our care. Any information that you share with us, which may enhance our understanding of your child, is greatly appreciated and treated with the utmost respect. The information that we request is extremely important. Any changes in health or medical conditions, home and work addresses and telephone numbers are obviously essential. Please update us as soon as any changes occur so that we are able to contact you quickly, especially in case of an emergency. We are happy to continue routines that you follow at home e.g. potty training. This provides consistency and avoids confusion 10
for your child. Communication with parents
wish. Please feel free to share your skills
and involving you on a daily basis through
and knowledge with the children e.g. music,
informal conversations with staff is a priority.
foreign languages, gardening, baking etc.
We also use a range of other communication
Supporting Learning with the Best Staff
media. These include diaries in the ‘Butterfly Room’, white boards in the main room, a
We want our nursery to be the best, which
parents’ noticeboard in the entrance area,
is why attracting and retaining the best
regular newsletters and open days/evenings.
staff is paramount. Our staff are crucial in
Periodically, we distribute questionnaires and
providing a memorable nursery experience
comment slips which ask for your feedback
and our aim is to offer them the best training
and ideas about Upp-Starts.
opportunities to support our childcare and
We greatly appreciate the support which we
receive from parents, including contributions
Our nursery staff are focused on providing fun and education, and they will work to ensure your child develops as an individual, whilst helping to nurture
through discovery and enjoyment. We expect all our staff to engage in skillful and sensitive interactions to support a child’s learning. This ensures that play opportunities, to your child’s development records. Our
resources and interactions indoors and
door is always open to you. You are welcome
outdoors are appropriate to the level of
to come with us on trips and outings and to
competence and maturity of the child.
join in our daily activities as and when you
Play Equipment 11
These are just some of our carefully chosen
that staff are able to record daily events
play equipment that has been found
for your child, especially developmental
to stimulate a child’s natural curiosity,
progress. Just as importantly, we will record
exploration, play and imagination.
sleeping times, feeding details and other
Treasure Baskets Developing natural curiosity Physical Play Increasing mobility and confidence Role Play Understanding the world Mark-Making Developing early writing skills and creativity activities to share with you. Equally, we welcome feedback about your child’s time
Our fantastic groups
at home. These personal diaries build into a special keepsake for the years to come.
Daily activities for the older children in the
‘Butterfly Room’ are planned around the Early Years Foundation Stage, including
The ‘Butterfly Room’ has capacity for babies
drawing and painting, water/sand play and
at any one time and includes a separate,
exploring the outdoors. Play activities also
fully equipped sleeping room. We have
take place outside in the garden during the
three regular members of staff assigned to
the ‘Butterfly Room’ to ensure continuity for
Each child has their own developmental
We ask parents to provide a diary so 12
photographs which chart their progress.
are plenty of outside activities, including
use of the tennis courts for cycling and ‘push
along’ fun, and the playing fields for picnics and nature walks.
The ‘Squirrels’ group occupies part of the
main room. The children’s daily activities
3-5 years Pre-School Group
are also planned using the Early Years Foundation Stage, which is designed to
The ‘Busy Bees’ Pre-School Group is
ensure that children develop their potential
also located in the main room which can
in six key areas of learning. Focused activity
accommodate up to 20 children at the same
sessions are planned every day to increase
individual capabilities in
The Pre-School Group
members of staff who
records are kept for
possess a wealth of
your child and are
Level 6 experience
available for you to
with the Early Years
see at any time.
Foundation Stage. The
The daily routine for
the ‘Squirrels’ involves
are planned around
free playtime, arts
the ‘Six Key Areas of
Learning’, as set out in
outdoor activities and song/rhyme time.
the next section. These are recorded in EYFS
Themed play boxes are changed daily
to encourage imagination and creativity,
Daily observations are recorded in each
cooking activities and also visits to the
child’s Personal Development Book and
College’s Community Lounge. The Lounge is
these are used as the basis for planning the
used for music and movement sessions. There
following week’s programme. This enables 13
us to build on the skills that your child acquires
As summer approaches,
as he or she develops,
those who are leaving
or to focus more on
to start Primary School
a particular interest
are able to invite their
which they may have.
Reception teacher to
Each child therefore has
party and in readiness
learning plan to help
for school life, for
them to achieve their development
getting changed for
Progress is discussed
with you, as parents, on a regular basis.
These activities and others are designed
We have a computer, which is available
to support a smooth transition as your child
everyday to encourage computer skills,
moves on from Upp-Starts.
literacy, numeracy, observation and artistic
We look forward to meeting you and
Weekly cooking activities are an integral part of our curriculum with all ‘Busy Bees’ joining in. This involves measuring, weighing, mixing, timing and creating pictorial records for personal recipe books. As with the ‘Squirrels’ group, spending time on outdoor activities and making full use of the various facilities is very important. The Pre-School children are in the process of developing our garden and using their ideas to create a 14
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