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:
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.
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:
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.
There is an emphasis on relationships between home and Nursery, and information sharing is very important.
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:
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.
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.
We believe our children are happy because we:
At Leigh Lollipops Nursery, parents can be confident that:
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.
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.
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.
Leigh Lollipops Nursery is a non-profit making organistation, run by a parent committee, and registered with the Charity Commission.
Registered Charity Number 1033808