The nursery routines

Play 2 Learn has a high ratio of adults to children in the setting. This helps us to:

  • give time and attention to each child
  • talk with the children about their interests and activities
  • help children to experience and benefit from the activities we provide
  • allow the children to explore and be adventurous in safety
  • There is a list of staff member names and qualifications in the entrance hall. We have an Early Years professional in our setting; Annette Rahman this qualification is the same level as a teacher (level 6). The EYP is a specialist in early years education and leads the team in improving and reflecting on practice in the nursery to ensure that all the children reach their potential through appropriate activities.

    Play 2 Learn recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children. All staff are seen as co-workers working with you in providing care and education for your child. There are many ways in which parents take part in making the nursery a welcoming and stimulating place for children and parents, such as:

  • exchanging knowledge about their children's needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff
  • helping at sessions of the nursery
  • sharing their own special interests with the children
  • helping to provide, make and look after the equipment and materials used in the children's play activities
  • taking part in events and informal discussions about the activities and curriculum provided by playgroup
  • joining in community activities in which the playgroup takes part
  • building friendships with other parents in the playgroup
  • Parent Helpers

    If you would like to help at the nursery please let Annette or Shazia know. Helping at the nursery enables you to see what the day-to-day life of the nursery is like and it enables you to join in by helping the children to get the best out of their activities.

    Joining in

    You can offer to take part by offering to share your own interests and skills with the children. Parents have visited the nursery to: play the drums for the children; dance to traditional Indian music; and show the children their collection of shells. Do feel free to arrange to drop into the nursery, if you would like to see it at work or to speak with the staff.

    Key Persons

    The nursery has a key person system. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom she/he is particularly responsible. Your child's key person will be the person who works with you to make sure that what the nursery provides is right for your child's particular needs and interests. When your child first starts at the nursery, she/he will help your child to settle and throughout your child's time at the nursery, she/he will help your child to benefit from the nursery activities.

    Records of Achievement

    The nursery keeps a record of achievement for each child in the 'All About Me' journals which the children make and keep up to date with their key person. Staff and parents working together on their children's records of achievement is one of the ways in which nursery and parents work in partnership. Your child's record of achievement helps us to celebrate together her/his achievements and to work together to provide what your child needs for her/his well-being and to make progress.
    Your child's key person will work with you to keep this record. To do this you and she/he will collect information about your child's needs, activities, interests and achievements. This information will enable the key person to identify your child's stage of progress. You and the key person will then decide on how to help your child to move on to the next stage. Your child's book will be given to you at the end of the year.