Learn about Little Trees St Arvans

Learn about Little Trees St Arvans

Little Trees Day Nursery St Arvans provides a nurturing environment where children aged three months to four years old can learn and grow together. We are passionate about giving your child the very best experiences to ensure they develop into well rounded little individuals.

Opening Hours

Little Trees Day Nursery St Arvans is open 7:30am to 6:00pm Monday – Friday (with the exception of bank holidays).

Meet the Manager

Hayley is the Manager of Little Trees Day Nursery St Arvans. Hayley started her career as Early Years Teacher, owner of her own nursery and a Childcare Assessor. Her favourite thing about her job is watching the children flourish. When she is not working, she particularly enjoys spending time with her own family.

To support her, Hayley has a highly qualified and experienced team. Her staff are dedicated to giving young children the care and attention they need to aid their social, emotional and intellectual development.

Our nursery workers are up to Level 5 qualified in Childcare and Education or are working towards or beyond this qualification. We offer training and continued professional development to all employees.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All our employees undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. Every member of staff is trained in paediatric first aid and child protection, giving you added peace of mind.

Key Person

Each child will have a key person who will teach and support child through observations, assessments and planning to ensure that activities are tailored to your child’s unique needs and interests.

Communication

We use a safe, interactive learning journal app called Famly, to record your child’s progress. Famly has been designed to encourage and support nursery/ home communication, to allow parents to play an active part in their child’s education. Famly is updated regularly. When parents log in they will be able to access their child’s learning journal, together with any photographic and video evidence. Parents are encouraged to upload any of their own observations from home to contribute to their child’s assessments. Parents will also have access to their child’s daily diary, invoices and the nursery newsfeed.

Alongside Famly, Little Trees Day Nurseries hold dedicated parents’ evenings where they will have the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress and wellbeing. Parents are also encouraged to communicate with the nursery staff regularly and are always welcome to call the nursery or speak to their child’s keyworker during drop-off or pick-up time.

As Little Trees St Arvans is in Wales, nursery staff will incorporate the Welsh language into the activities they plan for the children.

Settling-in Sessions

Following a tour of the nursery, should you register your child to join, we would be delighted to welcome your child for a settling-in session to help them feel comfortable prior to their first day with us. The session usually lasts three hours and you will be welcome to spend 20 minutes or so at the start of the session, settling your child in. We can arrange this on a date to time to suit you and your child.

Curriculum

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (England) and Early Years Foundation Phase (Wales). Children learn by playing and exploring, being adventurous, and through creative, investigative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outdoors. The nursery curriculum provides the children with quality individualised learning experiences which is structured, balanced, relevant to the child and related to the real world - and rooted in “PLAY”.

Age Groups

0-2 years – Explorers

Staff ratio

The staff ratio in Explorers is 1;3 and each baby is allocated a key person. At the end of each day, your key person will give you feedback on your child’s day utilising the Daily Diary on our Famly App.

Routine

Your baby’s routine is important to ensure continuity of care between home and nursery, and we will make every effort to mirror your routine whilst your baby settles into nursery. Our baby rooms are spacious, bright and filled with wonderful soft furnishings and age appropriate resources to entice their curiosity, wonder and fascination in a safe nurturing environment. We introduce activities to meet their natural curiosity and wonder of the world, whilst encouraging exploration.

We have a dedicated quiet rest space for our explorers, with cots, swings, rockers and mats so that your child can sleep peacefully as they would at home. We use high quality, muslin cellular blankets for all of our children to ensure that they are comfortable and safe.

Breakfast - 8:15 – 8:45am

Activities

Snack time - 10:00am

Activities

Lunch – 11:30am

Nap time – from 12:30pm

Afternoon activities

Tea – 3:30pm

Free play and activities

 

Development and Learning

Children in our Explorers group are exploring the world for the first time so we surround them with a nurturing environment filled with encouragement. Your baby will experience the early successes that they need to grow and develop independence. We support babies to learn at their own pace and in their own way, by playing and exploring, active learning or creating and thinking critically.

We nurture baby’s language development through songs, stories, rhymes and games. We surround our babies in a language rich world, exposing them to new vocabulary each and every day.

Explorers develop new skills every day and our rooms are set up to encourage free movement. Various methods of mark making are readily available to all of our explorers, and we have access to soft play facilities that cater to their physical development needs. We often use our prams to take our Explorers out for walks and will encourage walking Explorers to examine their surroundings on foot.

Explorers learn more about the world using their senses, so we have filled our Baby Room in sensory materials, textures, toys and objects. We spend lots of time singing, listening to music and playing with instruments. They have lots of opportunities to play with sand, water and other materials too.

2-3 years – Adventurers

Staff ratio

The staff ratio in Adventurer’s is 1;4 and each toddler is given a key person. At the end of each day, your key person will give you feedback on your child’s day utilising the Daily Diary on our Famly App.

Routine

Breakfast - 8:15 – 8:45am

Activities

Snack time - 10:00am

Activities

Lunch – 11:30am

Nap time – from 12:30pm

Afternoon activities

Tea – 3:30pm

Free play and activities

 

When they are ready, we will work closely with parents to support your child in learning to use the toilet independently. This is an incredibly important milestone in every child’s life, so it is important that we talk about each child individually to work out when they are ready to start this.

Development and Learning

The foundation for learning has been laid by making it fun and by recognising that personal, social and emotional development are key to future education. The key person continues to plan for your child’s individualised needs and interests, and offer opportunities to extend their development and knowledge of the concepts they have already developed through adult led and child initiated play. Children at the age of 2 are often adventurous in their play, learning to risk assess their own play based on the emotional and secure attachments they have already formed. The environment reflects the starting point of early stages of preschool.

Toddlers are curious and busy. They seek out new experiences and adventures. At Little Trees we are always looking for ways to challenge our Adventurers. We encourage them to share their thoughts and feelings with us, so that we can tailor the learning environment to their interests. We update and change our environment in the room regularly to stimulate their imaginations, as they begin to become young children.

Adventurers enjoy opportunities to express themselves in many different forms. At Little Trees, we encourage and provide opportunities to role play, where they can engage in imaginative play, ample space for sand and water play, and opportunities to enjoy messy play encourage mathematical thinking. They enjoy mark making in a variety of forms.

Adventurers are becoming increasingly independent. We support them in this transition to becoming young children. We encourage them to be more independent by teaching them the skills they need. Within our safe environment, adventurers are encouraged to take risks and to learn by trial and error.

As they are learning to communicate more effectively, we teach them how to be polite and courteous to others. We talk to your adventurer regularly about their likes and dislikes, what they did at the weekend, and how they are feeling. We sing songs, play games, read stories and much more.

3-4 years – Investigators

Routine

Breakfast - 8:30 – 9:00am

Snack time - 10:00am

Lunch – 12:00am & 12:30pm (Two sittings)

Tea – 3:00pm

 

Staff ratio

The staff ratio in Investigator's is 1;8 and each Pre-Schooler is given a key person. The Famly daily diary is not used in our pre-school room as we encourage the children to become independent in communicating what they have been up to during the nursery day.

 

Development & Learning

 

Our Pre-Schoolers are Investigators. They are inquisitive in their play. They want to be busy all the time and at Little Trees we encourage our children to explore through open ended experiences which come from their natural curiosity.  We encourage them to follow their own interests and initiate activities, building on their independence.

Our Investigators are encouraged to be resilient learners who take risks, ask questions and find solutions.  They are becoming independent in their self-care skills and are becoming ‘school ready.’

Close friendships with their peers are formed at this age and our children will start to learn how to lead, how to compromise and how to resolve conflict amicably with the guidance of our skilled staff.

In Wales we follow the Early Years Foundation Phase (EYFP) which also includes 7 areas of learning. These include:

·        Personal and Social Development, Well-being and Cultural Diversity

·        Language, Literacy and Communication Skills

·        Mathematical Development

·        Welsh Language Development

·        Knowledge and Understanding of the World

·        Physical Development

·        Creative Development.
 

We provide a wide range of exciting activities and experiences which follow the children’s interests and next steps, so each child has individualised learning. Children learn best when they lead their own play and we guide and extend this with our skilled practitioners.

Our Investigators are able to focus and concentrate on activities of their choice for a period of time. We introduce learning concepts in a structured manner in preparation for starting school and will start to learn the following skills. 

·        Phonics, name recognition

·        Early Mathematics such as counting, number and shape recognition

·        Mark making such as letter formation, drawing a recognisable picture

·        Group activities such as circle time where children will become confident to speak in a large group sharing their news and experiences.

School Readiness

In the Summer term we will start to liaise with the primary school that your child will be attending sharing information that will help your child to successfully transition onto their next important step in their educational journey. We will provide activities such as reading books about starting school, sharing photos of your child’s new school and trying on various school uniform items.

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