Our Phylosophy

At Play 2 Learn we believe that we should see things from a child's point of view so that the nursery is welcoming, fun and stimulating. We strongly believe that every child is a capable learner and we aim to build close partnerships with parents and the community. We plan for each child's development by observing their interests and than extending their learning by offering activities that interest them. All children are observed on a daily basis by each practitioner, these observations are then recorded either in writing, by using photographs or using the child's own work. This then forms the basis for their next step in learning and allows children to become highly involved in activities supported by the qualified key person.

We also take a very creative approach to learning with lots of activities available everyday such as painting, sticking and gluing, play dough, clay, gloop play, music, dancing and drawing. In this way the children are able to express themselves and have fun at the same time.

Our Approach

We strongly believe that children need to know how to take part in nursery activities, to make friends and to have social skills such as please and thank you. This will serve them well not just in school but in life in general. Children also need to be able to communicate what they would like and we support their emergent language with signing. This is especially important for those children with English as a second language as it allows them to take part and not get frustrated. In order to encourage children's language we sing nursery rhymes, read books look at words around us and spend time speaking and listening to them.

The environment is designed to be calming with this approach using muted colours and lots of mirrors so the children can see themselves. The equipment consists of natural resources that look beautiful and last a long time.

Everything you need to know

Fees

The registration fee is £30.00 which is non refundable

AgeAll dayHalf-day:
8am-1pm or 1pm-6pm
Pre-school:
8.45am-11.45 or 12.30pm-3.30pm
Wrap around
18 months-2 years£55£30£20Not available
3 years and over£5£25£20£15

For children aged 3 years and over there are also after school hours available from 3.30pm-6pm for £15.

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Our carers

Name: Sajjda
Position: Manager
Qualification: Level 5

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Overall responsibility of the setting
  • PALS (Play and Learn to Socialise) leader
  • Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)
  • Lead for Communication- Every Child A Talker (ECAT)
  • Curriculum Lead
  • First Aider/medication
  • Lead for Makaton signing
  • Mentoring level 3 students
  • "I have been working at First Step Playgroup for seven years. I work closely with parents from different cultures and backgrounds as we are in a multi cultural community; I also work with outside agencies and multi professionals."

    Name: Tracey
    Position: Deputy Manager
    Qualification: Level 3

    Roles and responsibilities:

  • Overview of day to day running of the floor
  • Dealing with parents
  • Registering children
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Forest Schools Leader
  • 2 and 3 year old children's Key person
  • Behaviour management
  • Student mentor for level 2 students
  • Name: Brindar
    Position: Senior Additional Adult Support
    Qualification: Level 3

    Roles and responsibilities:

  • Equal Opportunities Lead
  • Forest Schools Assistant
  • Mentor for Additional Adult Support staff
  • Name: Qurratulain
    Position: Key Person
    Qualification: Level 2

    Roles and responsibilities:

  • Works with 2 year children
  • Health and Safety Officer
  • Fire Marshall
  • PALS assistant
  • Name: Sarra
    Position:Additional Adult Support and Key person
    Qualification: Training for level 2

    Roles and responsibilities:

  • 2 and 3 year old key person
  • In charge of the Kitchen
  • Lead in physical development
  • Name: Jakkie
    Position: Key Person
    Qualification: Level 3

    Roles and responsibilities:

  • Working with 2 and 3 year old children
  • Name: Hina
    Position: Key Person
    Qualification: Level 2

    Roles and responsibilities:

  • Works with 2 and 3 year old children
  • Name: Bernie
    Position: Additional Adult Support
    Qualification: Level 2

    Roles and responsibilities:

  • Supports children with special educational needs
  • Name: Chelsea
    Position: Additional Adult Support and Key person
    Qualification: Level 3

    Roles and responsibilities:

  • Supports children with special educational needs
  • Works with 2 year old children
  • Name: Neelam
    Position: Additional Adult Support
    Qualification: Studying level 2 in childcare

    Roles and responsibilities:

  • Supports children with special educational needs
  • Works with a group of 2 and 3 year old children
  • Curriculum

    Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by Play 2 Learn helps children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with interesting activities that are right for their age and stage of development.

    For children between the ages of 3 months and 5 years, the nursery provides a curriculum for the foundation stage of education. This curriculum is set out in a document, published by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and the Department for Education and Skills which is called Early Years Foundation Stage. The nursery follows this guidance. The guidance divides children's learning and development into seven areas. These are divided into the three prime areas:

  • personal, social and emotional development
  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • And the specific areas of:

  • mathematics
  • understanding of the world
  • Literacy
  • Expressive Arts & Design
  • For each area, the guidance sets out developmental stages. These stages state what it is expected that children will know and be able to do by the end of the reception year of their education.

    For each stage, the guidance describes the stages through which children are likely to pass Play 2 Learn uses these stages to help trace each child's progress and to enable us to provide the right activities to help all of the children to achieve.

    Personal, social and emotional development

    This area of children's development covers:

  • having a positive approach to learning and finding out about the world around them
  • having confidence in themselves and their ability to do things, and valuing their own achievements
  • being able to get on, work and make friendships with other people, both children and adults
  • becoming aware of - and being able to keep to - the rules which we all need to help us to look after ourselves, other people and our environment
  • being able to dress and undress themselves, and look after their personal hygiene needs
  • being able to expect to have their ways of doing things respected and to respect other people's ways of doing things
  • Communication and language

    This area of children's development covers:

  • being able to use conversation with one other person, in small groups and in large groups to talk with and listen to others
  • adding to their vocabulary by learning the meaning of - and being able to use - new words
  • being able to use words to describe their experiences
  • getting to know the sounds and letters which make up the words we use
  • listening to - and talking about - stories
  • knowing how to handle books and that they can be a source of stories and information
  • knowing the purposes for which we use writing
  • Making their own attempts at writing
  • Mathematics

    This area of children's development covers:

  • building up ideas about how many, how much, how far and how big
  • building up ideas about patterns, the shape of objects and parts of objects, and the amount of space taken up by objects
  • starting to understand that numbers help us to answer questions about how many, how much, how far and how big
  • building up ideas about how to use counting to find out how many
  • being introduced to finding the result of adding more or taking away from the amount we already have
  • Understanding the World

    This area of children's development covers:

  • finding out about the natural world and how it works
  • finding out about the made world and how it works
  • learning how to choose - and use - the right tool for a task
  • learning about computers, how to use them and what they can help us to do
  • starting to put together ideas about past and present and the links between them
  • beginning to learn about their locality and its special features
  • learning about their own and other cultures
  • Physical development

    This area of children's development covers:

  • gaining control over the large movements which we can make with our arms, legs and bodies, so that they can run, jump, hop, skip, roll, climb, balance and lift
  • gaining control over the small movements we can make with our arms, wrists and hands, so that they can pick up and use objects, tools and materials
  • learning about the importance of - and how to look after - their bodies
  • Expressive Arts & Design

    This area of children's development covers:

  • using paint, materials, music, dance, words, stories and role-play to express their ideas and feelings
  • becoming interested in the way that paint, materials, music, dance, words, stories and role-play can be used to express ideas and feelings
  • Play helps young children to learn and develop through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children think. Play 2 Learn uses the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidelines to plan and provide a range of play activities which help children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development. In some of these activities children decide how they will use the activity and, in others, an adult takes the lead in helping the children to take part in the activity. In all activities information from the EYFS has been used to decide what equipment to provide and how to provide it.