Yellow Wellies Prospectus 2021

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Yellow Wellies Durham Prospectus

ABOUT US Yellow Wellies Day Nurseries, established in 1997, are a family owned company. We have two outstanding nurseries, one in Durham City centre and one in Bishop Auckland. Providing attentive, professional, fun and engaging childcare and education; we work extremely hard; taking the time to get to know every child; finding out what they enjoy; what makes them happy; what interests and challenges them and how we can make their day magical. We are extremely well qualified taking the time to understand children and how they develop and learn. Please do come and take a look around, meet us and see why we are the right nursery for your child. Kate - Director of Early Education (Head of Cuddles) MA Ed, MSc, EYPS, BA (hons),

CONTACT US Yellow Wellies Avenue House, North Road, Durham DH1 4SG 0191 384 1444

BRING YOUR WELLIES. Yellow Wellies Day Nursery Durham


"By far the best nursery ever . I will forever appreciate everything you have done for [my son]. I honestly believe he wouldn't be where he is in his development if it wasn't for you all."


We have two rooms for babies - a cozy room' for rest, sleep, quiet times and sensory play' and a messy room, for loud, vibrant, physical play. From an early age, the babies are able to choose which room they prefer, according to their moods in the day. Caring adults ensure that babies' routines and needs are matched with home, providing them with reassurance in a safe, homely place.

Children select their own resources and explore while they make sense of the world around them. We have a quiet area, where construction, smallworld, role-play, mark-making, ICT and lots of books are available. The other houses our workshop, where children can independently explore with sand, water, malleable, mark-making, creative, musical and investigation equipment. Children have independent access to outdoors.



Our 'busy badgers' enjoy this beautiful space. They explore together - learning about the world and making friends; learning about other people; sharing ideas and starting to take turns. This fabulous stage of defiance is supported as they enjoy being independent in a safe environment and being creative in their own imaginary and explorative play.

Our nursery is here because of the outdoor space. We are surrounded by enormous trees, secret spaces, digging and mud play, a mini allotment, shelters, rickety steps and slippy hills. We practice a 'forest schools' approach, where children can be themselves outdoors as they learn about and explore the wonders of the natural world (and we can see the trains).

CURRICULUM Our week starts with a blank sheet of paper and a whole load of knowledge. We rarely plan. Our ethos is to be led by the children. When children are happy and engaged, they enjoy their learning. We listen to children and follow their lead, providing support when needed. This could be anything from arranging for caterpillars for the children to observe to helping them find answers from the Internet. We do not have a set number of things that children need to do or achieve. However, there are 17 'Early Learning Goals' (EYFS) that every child is expected to achieve at the end of their first year at school. (For more information, do a search on EYFS and have a read). We regularly observe children to check their progress. We identify next steps for each child and provide opportunities, challenge or support to help them. We carry out regular, formal assessments alongside you and use this information to support the children even further. As a result, our children make rapid and sustained progress. They don't

To keep you up to date on what your children have been up to, we have a secure IT system with safe access from home. You can see photos and videos of your child's shenannigans. You can also send us information about what the children have been up to at home. Youcan also see how much they ate and for younger children how much sleep they have had and details of nappy changes and feeds.

"yellow wellies have supported my beautiful, funny girl for 3 years. you have all shown her kindness, understanding and love and because of you all she is 100% ready for big school"

WHAT DO WE DO ALL DAY? Where do I start? Here's a few recent examples of what we get up to all day; making Mud Pies admiring our own reflections tidying up after ourselves (oh yes, it is possible!) sharing stories climbing the hill in the woods to find the Gruffalo enjoying a cuddle and an afternoon nap serving ourselves at meal times looking after our allotment enjoying a day out on the train junk modelling watching our caterpillars organising a movie day (including creating tickets and snacks) exploring materials looking at x-ray images strolls round the City playing music and dancing crawling through dens dancing with the Gruffalo just chillin'

Meals and Snacks Our delicious, homemade meals and snacks are prepared from scratch by Kimberley, our nursery chef.


All of our fruit and vegetables are supplied by Robinsons (just over the road) and is varied and fresh. Sometimes we pop down for the children to select their own. We ensure that every food type that children require is included in our all day menu and that any foods that do us no good are excluded. We are able to meet any dietary requirements, whether they are allergies, preferences or medical.

Every child is different. We work hard to understand and meet every child's individual needs - emotional, social, physical and developmental.

We have very tight procedures around food management, leaving you safe in the knowledge that your child's diet is healthy.

It goes without saying that children with special educational needs or disability are welcomed and valued, We work hard to ensure that every child has the opportunity to join in, to explore independently, to contribute to the group and be part of our team. We are a community, a family, We learn together about our similarities and our differences, We listen to other's opinions, we form and share our own opinions and we enjoy sharing things in common. Learning about the wider world, through our friends and our families, we hear stories of travel and use the library to make sense of how the big, vibrant and wonderfully diverse the world is. .

TEAM Our staff are important to us. We work closely together, sharing and learning alongside the children while we enjoy each other's company. All staff are encouraged to further their qualifications and attend regular training, to help improve what we do and to lead on their own practice - to meet their key children's needs.

‘Durham wellies is a fantastic nursery both my girls love it, staff are amazing’

This is lead from the top by Kate, the Director of Early Education, who is studying a Doctorate in Early Childhood Education and is a leading practitioner who challenges practice and continually seeks to improve outcomes for every child. In spite of having her head in the clouds she also has her feet in the soil, you may see her digging the garden - we all pull our weight! We love our jobs, we love our children

"My little girl had attended Yellow wellies since she was 6 months old. It truly is a home from home... I wouldn't trust anyone else with my children. All the staff care about every single child...I would and do recommend this nursery to anyone."

OPENING HOURS We are open all year round, from 7,30am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. Our sessions are 8am-1pm, 1pm-6pm, or 8am to 6pm, with the 7,30 start as an optional extra. We offer term-time only places to school staff (funding for term-time becomes 15 or 30 hours per week - see below).


FEES AND FUNDING Early Education Grant We provide every 3 and 4 year old with 11 hours of funded education, all year round (from the term after their third birthday) Funded two year-olds We offer funded places for qualifying 2 year olds for 11 hours a week all year round. New 30 hours funding for working families We also offer the funded hours for working families for qualifying 3 and 4 year olds. This is an additional 11 hours a week (totalling 22), all year round. There are lots of qualifying criteria and terms and conditions surrounding all of the above funding. Please discuss your individual requirements with us and check the link below for the criteria.

0191 384 1444