Our Story

Leigh Lollipops Nursery has been established in Leigh Village Hall for over 40 years and is registered with Ofsted on the Early Years' Register to provide care for children aged from 2 to 5 years old. 

 

The mixed age group uses the same outdoor and indoor spaces, but do enjoy some different group time activities. We offer morning sessions from 9.00 am. to 12.00 p.m. and afternoon sessions from 12.00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. every day of the week during term time (38 weeks per year)

 

Facilities at our beautiful rural setting include our large hall, which is divided into areas to promote learning, and a large, safe, enclosed garden - with views over farmland and countryside - for outdoor play providing additional opportunities for the children to extend their learning and fun. Our environment is a wonderful resource and enables us to provide outstanding learning opportunities to the children in our care.

 

We follow the Early Years' Foundation Stage (EYFS) which sets the statutory standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.  All schools and Ofsted-registered early years' providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, pre-schools, nurseries and school Reception classes.

Our Ethos

Leigh Lollipops Nursery strives to provide a wholesome, safe, happy and caring learning environment for children aged from 2 to 5 years old to play, learn and grow, and where every child is supported and encouraged through their own unique learning journey to develop to their full potential. 

 

By following our mission, vision and values, we create a nurturing, stimulating and welcoming learning environment for all children. We provide the children with the tools they need for future happiness and success. Our combination of child initiated play and adult led learning provide a variety of play based learning, while always keeping the child’s best interest in mind and allowing for hands-on, experiential learning. 

 

The following aims reflect and act in support of our ethos:

  • To provide a welcoming, happy, exciting, caring and stimulating learning envionment in which children, staff, parents / carers and visitors feel safe, secure and happy
  • To work together in partnership with parents/carers to enable children to become inquisitive, confident and happy individuals by promoting opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments through play
  • To enhance the development and education of children ans start them on their journey to literacy and numeracy 
  • To value each child as an individual enabling them to develop self-belief and a positive self-image
  • To encourage self-disciple and respect for others
  • To make the Nursery genuinely accessible to children and families from all sections of the local community
  • To show respectful awareness of all the major events in the lives of children and families in the Nursery
  • To promote equal opportunities for all children
  • To provide a well balanced session of activities, which promote and encourage the seven areas of Learning for the Early Years' Foundation Stage
  • To raise achievement through active independent learning and the vital support of parents/carers

Our Approach

At Leigh Lollipops Nursery we believe that all children have the desire, ability, and motivation to learn about their world. We seek to nurture these natural impulses by providing an environment for learning and discovery that is supportive, stimulating, and challenging.  Each child is seen as a unique individual and is given the opportunity to follow their instincts, direct, and take ownership over their learning. Simultaneously, staff provide the structure, guidance, and challenges that children need to thrive.

 

We believe that the aesthetics of the learning environment are important - children find wonder and inspiration in materials, and are drawn to beauty in their environments. Our activities are arranged to provide a structured, consistent, and inspirational base for learning, and are filled with carefully chosen, teacher-prepared materials. Through hands-on work with these materials, children develop their knowledge of language, math, scientific, sensorial, and artistic concepts. Through observation, discussion, and work with the children, the staff develop an understanding of them. The interplay of these relationships fosters each child’s unique development.

We Love the Outdoors

We have a wonderful garden and like to spend as much time as we can in it! We take the children of lots of countryside and woodland walks, fostering an interest in, and appreciation of, nature, the outdoors and the rural environment.  We teach the children how and why the rural landscape, and the activities of the countryside, change with the seasosn.  The children love 'wet wellie walks' and following trails through the woods.

Our Wonderful Staff

We are so fortunate to have such a brilliant and committed staff!  Many of them have been at Leigh Lollipops for a number of years and range in age from yummy mummies to glamourous grannies, but they all share a passion to work with children, always having the children's welfare at heart and ever striving to bring out the best in them. We are immensely proud of our staff and their passion, dedication and tireless efforts in providing a childcare service, second to none. All of our staff are qualified or training as Early Years' Practitioners.  They all hold current Paediatric First Aid Certificates and regularly attend training courses to update their knowledge in all areas of childcare.  We believe it is vital to provide staff with an environment that encourages self-learning, promotes self-assessment and provides continual challenges to enable each of them to grow.

Parent Rota

We also encourage our parents/carers to help during sessions on a rota basis once their child has settled.  This not only helps the staff, but most importantly, we know that the children value having their parent / carer come along and share in what they do.  Parents/carers help for one or two sessions per half term, more if desired; we love to see grandparents and other family members too!

Key Carer System

During your child's time at Leigh Lollipops Nursery, he/she will be allocated a Key Carer: a member of staff who will oversee your child’s personal, social and emotional needs and is available as a first point of contact for parents/carers.  

 

Your child’s Key Carer will observe, encourage and help develop your child’s learning by providing rich and interesting play opportunities and will also lead the development of your child's profile documentation. The Key Carer will also create a Learning Journal for your child. 

Learning Journal

Every child has a Learning Journey Folder which is a shared record of their learning and experiences throughout their time at Nursery.  Progress through each area of learning is tracked and assessed and next steps in learning are identified and targeted.  Photographs, landmarks and significant achievements and developments are recorded in these folders by your child's Key Person and other staff.  They provide a very special, valuable, unique and wonderful record of your child's learning journey whilst at Leigh Lollipops and these are yours to keep and treasure once your child leaves and moves on to 'big' school.

Two Year Progress Check

When a child is aged between two and three, we will review their progress and provide parents/carers  with a short written summary of their child’s development in the prime areas of the EYFS.

 

This Two Year Progress Check identifies the child’s strengths, and any areas where the child’s progress is less than expected.  If there are significant emerging concerns, or an identified special educational need or disability, our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator develops a targeted plan to support the child’s future learning and development, involving parents / carers and health professionals as appropriate.

 

Beyond the prime areas, the written summary includes a description of achievements reflecting the development level and needs of the individual child. The summary highlights areas in which the child is progressing well, areas in which some additional support might be needed, and focuses particularly on any areas where there is a concern that the child may have a developmental delay (which may indicate a special educational need or disability).

 

The Two Year Progress Check, which is completed by the child's Key Person, describes the activities and strategies we intend to adopt to address any issues or concerns.  If a child attends two settings between the ages of two and three, the Two Year Progress Check would usually be undertaken by the setting where the child spends most time.

 

We discuss with parents/carers how the summary of development can be used to support learning at home.  Parents / carers are encouraged to share information from the Two Year Progress Check with other relevant professionals, including their health visitor and the staff of any new provision the child may transfer to.

 

We agree with parents/carers when will be the most useful point to provide a summary.  Where possible, the Two Year Progress Check and the Healthy Child Programme 'Health and Development Review at age two' (when health visitors gather information on a child’s health and development, allowing them to identify any developmental delay and any particular support from which they think the child/family might benefit) should inform each other and support integrated working. This allows health and education professionals to identify strengths as well as any developmental delay and provide support from which they think the child/family might benefit.

 

We always seek the consent of parents/carers to share information directly with other relevant professionals.

Special Educational Needs

Leigh Lollipops provides an environment in which all children, including those with special educational needs, are supported to reach their full potential.  The Nursery SENDCo (Special Educational Needs’ and Disability Co-ordinator) plans, implements, monitors, evaluates and reviews individual support plans (ISPs) to ensure that the Nursery is putting in place effective support for each child with special educational needs, and we work closely with families and other external agencies to ensure a whole team approach to meeting these needs.  All staff work together to provide a caring environment, within which, the contributions of all children and parents/carers are valued.  Staff maintain high expectations for all children and continuously provide opportunities for them to succeed and build their self-esteem.

Uniform

At Leigh Lollipops, all children are encouraged to wear their red Lollipops t-shirt and/or sweatshirt as it provides them with a sense of belonging to something special; it also protects home clothes from getting too messy!  

Charitable Status

Leigh Lollipops Nursery is a non-profit making organistation, run by a parent committee, and registered with the Charity Commission.

 

Registered Charity Number 1033808

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