Our Nursery                           

Our Vision

Leigh Lollipops Nursery embraces childhood as a magical time. It is a place which feels like home, and where parents can feel confident that their children are receiving the very best care and education. Positive, caring relationships based on trust and respect, are at the heart of our philosophy.

 

We have a clear vision of what we want to achieve at Leigh Lollipops Nursery:

  • To have happy children.
  • To provide a safe, happy, caring, secure, and stimulating environment for each child.
  • To keep all children safe, and protected from harm.
  • To enable all children to develop their capabilities as successful learners, happy and confident individuals, responsible citizens, and effective contributors to society.
  • To help all children to prepare for the future.

Our Ethos

For children to have the confidence to explore and grow, they need to be happy.  They also need to feel secure, and know that their voice matters.  We believe that the happiness and well-being of every child is of paramount importance, and lies at the heart of a successful education. We invest in these qualities in a Nursery where kindness, respect, and first-class care underpin everything that we do.

Our Mission

We want to give children chances to grow, learn, discover, inspire, laugh, and love, and in doing so, provide the best possible start to their early education, ensuring that when they go to school, they are happy, confident, independent, resilient, and sociable young people, with a highly developed curiosity, a love of learning, and an appreciation of the uniqueness that they bring to the world.

 

We work towards our vision,  ethos, and mission by allowing, encouraging, and supporting the children to:

  • Learn through play
  • Try, and build upon, new experiences and opportunities
  • Lear to mix with, and enjoy the company of other children and adults
  • Show kindness
  • Develop at their own pace
  • Grow in self-confidence
  • Develop a 'can-do' attitude
  • Gain inpependence
  • Build resilience
  • Make the right choices
  • Connect with nature
  • Laugh
  • Make memories

Our Values

Our core values are the overarching principles that are the heart of all that we do at Leigh Lollipops Nursery. We have a unique understanding of our core values. They inform our vision, strategic development, policy, provision, practice, and research. These values also define our beliefs and driving force.  With the unique child at the centre of it all, our aim is to support every child in our care through our core values. 

  • HAPPINESS AND WELL-BEING - showing kindness
  • ENGAGEMENT - being involved, responsive, interested, and interesting
  • RESPECT - promoting a culture of tolerance, inclusion, diversity, equality, fairness, and opportunity
  • COMMUNICATION - being genuine, open, honest, and sincere
  • ACHIEVEMENT - highest quality, high expectations, aiming high
  • INTEGRITY - means doing the right thing, even when no one else is watching
  • PARTNERSHIP AND CARE - being reflective and learning from parents as partners, developing strong nurturing relationships
  • CHALLENGING - testing ourselves, and those around us, not accepting the status quo
  • COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE - developing skills for learning, life, and work

There is an emphasis on relationships between home and Nursery, and information sharing is very important.

Our Beliefs

  • That childhood is a magical time.
  • That children’s early years are the most important years of their lives.
  • That the happiness and well-being of every child is of paramount importance, and lies at the heart of a successful education.
  • That all children should be kept safe and protected from harm.
  • That all children have the right to a safe, loving, and nurturing environment in which to grow and explore the world.
  • That children are born with a natural ability to learn from their surroundings and experiences, bring with them a deep curiosity, and learn best when they are interested and motivated.
  • That the collaboration between children, teachers, parents, and community is important.
  • That the educator’s job is to support and deepen the innate affinity towards learning.
  • That open and honest communication and dialogue among educators and families is a cornerstone to positive experiences for children.
  • That all individuals are unique in their perspective, and have the right to share their ideas in a respectful environment.
  • That a high level of responsibility from all to support the Nursery environment is crucial.
  • That the Nursery creates an organic, dynamic, and changing culture in which to navigate and grow.
  • That a Nursery is connected to a larger community, and has a responsibility to enter into intentional, and purposeful exchange, with that community.

Our Aims

At Leigh Lollipops Nursery, we believe that every day is a learning day, and that learning is all around us. As well as being a place of learning, we pride ourselves on ensuring that all children are coming in to a loving, caring environment where they are valued and listened to. We also involve children and parents in trying to continually improve.

 

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

  • To provide a welcoming, happy, exciting, caring, and stimulating learning environment in which children, staff, parents, and visitors feel safe, secure, happy, valued, included, and respected.
  • To keep all children safe and protected from harm.
  • To promote well-being and respect.
  • To create a nursery which feels like home, and to provide an extended family environment.
  • To work together in partnership with parents to improve learning and care, and to enable children to become inquisitive, confident, and happy individuals by promoting opportunities to interact in positive relationships, and enabling environments through play.
  • To engage our children in the highest-quality teaching and learning and maximising success for all.
  • To use the curriculum to enhance the experience and opportunities available to children, particularly the most disadvantaged.
  • To enhance the development and education of children and start them on their journey to literacy and numeracy. 
  • To develop a shared vision for the future of Leigh Lollipops Nursery.
  • To foster high-quality leadership at all levels.
  • To work in partnership with other agencies, and our communities, to promote the welfare of our children.
  • To reflect on our work, and fulfil our learning potential.
  • To value and empower our children and staff by recognising and celebrating successes and achievements.
  • To value each child as an individual enabling them to develop self-belief, and a positive self-image.
  • To encourage self-discipline, respect for others, and to be responsible for their own actions.
  • 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 (EYFS).
  • To provide opportunities for children to experience the awe and wonder of the world. 
  • To raise achievement through active independent learning, and the vital support of parents.
  • To develop a culture of ambition and achievement
  • To equip our children with skills for learning, life, and work, ready to actively grasp, and follow their dreams in the future.

Our Approach

We aim to foster a love of learning by supporting children’s interests through lots of first hand experiences that enable them to learn about the world, their community, themselves, and each other. We consider ourselves to be life-long learners and strive to keep up to date with good Early Years’ practice based on the latest research.

 

We believe that all children have the deisre, 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 te opportunity to follow their insticts, direct, and take ownershp over their learning.  Simultaneously, staff provide the structure, guidance, and challenges that children need to thirve. 

 

Our team work together to create a safe, stimulating environment, for all of our children, providing opportunities for them to express themselves and to grow and develop into socially confident learners and resilient, adaptive, creative, and emotionally intelligent members of our community and society.

 

We offer a rich environment full of opportunities and experiences that stimulate and extend children’s learning through playing, exploring, being active, solving problems, working together, creating, and being asked questions to help their thinking. The indoor environment has a homely feel - it is calm and purposeful, whilst outdoor play provides different opportunities to assess risk and try new things out.

 

It is our job to facilitate the children’s learning by planning activities based on their interests to provide challenge and to support and extend their learning. Our staff are experienced and knowledgeable about child development and play.  We know that the quality of interactions in play scenarios is more important than quantity, and that when adults let children take the lead, play becomes more elaborate, creative, and sustained.  

 

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.

 

To begin with, we encourage and support children to move forward with their communication and language, physical development, and personal, social, and emotional development. Without these prime skills they cannot progress onto the specific areas that include mathematics and literacy.

 

‘Enrichment activities’ provide a different dimension to the children’s usual experiences and often involve the Nursery team working with partners in the community to enhance our core offer. We believe that many of these creative and imaginative activities not only develop the children’s life skills but, more importantly, that their well-being and emotional balance is nurtured.

 

Lastly but most importantly, we support the belief that successful relationships between parents and educators can have long lasting and beneficial effects on children’s learning and well-being. We actively encourage parents, carers, and families to get involved with Nursery life and to take advantage of the facilities and opportunities in the local community.

Happiness is Key

We believe our children are happy because we:

  • Create an atmosphere of fun, and friendship for everyone, adults, and children alike.
  • Celebrate the unique characters of our children and embrace their different interests.
  • Develop high self-esteem by giving each child individual support and attention.
  • Offer a wide range of activities for children to inspire a love of learning.
  • Provide a wholesome, secure, caring, and stimulating environment.
  • Safeguard their physical and mental well-being.
  • Give all children the confidence to develop and practise their language skills.
  • Build strong links with the local community.
  • Ensure families are involved in all aspects of the Nursery.
  • Inspire creative and independent thinking through our open-ended activities, and by celebrating and listening to our children's ideas.
  • Provide a variety of play based learning, while always keeping the child’s best interest in mind and allowing for hands-on, experiential learning.
  • Explore and learn to care for the world around us.
  • Give children opportunities to follow their fascinations and discover their capabilities, by planning our learning journey with them, and enjoying their wonderfulness.
  • Design activities around children’s individual needs and support and ease their transition into school life.
  • Maintain high expectations of our children.
  • Provide additional support where needed.
  • Make sure every day is a new adventure.

Our Guarantee

At Leigh Lollipops Nursery, parents can be confident that:

  • Staff will actively promote our aims and values. 
  • We have clear policies, procedures, and codes of behaviour, which are consistently applied and understood by staff, parents, and children. 
  • You and your child will be consulted about the service provided, and your views and ideas valued. 
  • Our children are happy, well cared for, confident, safe, and secure.

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 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.  The Nursery is degree-led - our Head of Nursery being a qualified teacher with a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree - and all of our staff are qualified.  50% 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.

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.

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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