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.
The following aims reflect and act in support of our ethos:
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 up to twenty-six 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, where there is a demand, one afternoon session per week from 1.00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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.
The EYFS covers seven areas of learning:
The children do this by learning through play, sometimes led by an adult, sometimes through independent play opportunities.
'What to Expect When' - A Parents' Guilde to the EYFS
The purpose of this booklet is to help parents and carers find out more about how their child is learning and developing during their first five years in relation to the EYFS.
This guidance gives you an insight into how the children are assessed according to age-related development and how we support the children’s development with next steps.
We actively work to get the children ready and confident for school in areas such as eating socially, toileting, expressing their needs, dressing / undressing and we use teaching tools such as Jolly Phonics - a fun and child-centred approach to teaching literacy.
We like to take the children out to visit different places such as farms, parks and on local walks.
Outside visitors, as well as parents, come to talk to us and share their knowledge of many different areas, eg, caring for pets, animals, local farming, the fire service and healthy living.
Peripatetic teachers visit us each week to lead other activities including yoga, singing and music.
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 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 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.
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!
During your child's time at Leigh Lollipops Nursery, he / she will be allocated a Key Person: 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 Person 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 Person will also create a Learning Journey Folder for your child.
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'.
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.
Leigh Lollipops provides an environment in which all children, including those with special educational needs, are supported to reach their full potential. The Nursery SENCO (Special Educational Needs’ 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.
At Leigh Lollipops, all children are encouraged to wear their red Lollipops t-shirt and / or jumper as it provides them with a sense of belonging to something special; it also protects home clothes from getting too messy!
Leigh Lollipops Nursery is run by a committee, made up mostly of parents / carers. The Committee is primarily responsible for fundraising, appointing the staff, dealing with the finances and matters relating to Ofsted and premises etc. The Committee is elected every year at the AGM; there is a Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and a maximum of eight other elected members.
Involvement in the Commitee gives parents the opportunity to decide how they want their children cared for and educated, something they would not be able to do in a provate nursery or school.
All parents are invited to committee meetings and there are lots of ways you can contribute to the Committee. You can choose to give as much or as little time as you can spare. The good thing is that you don’t need any experience to make a difference!
"Leigh Lollipops is a happy and nurturing nursery that provides an encouraging environment in which a child can learn through play; being part of the Committee
that works towards maintaining this environment is very rewarding and fun."
Committee Member and parent, Leigh, Surrey
Leigh Lollipops Nursery is a non-profit making organistation and is registered with the Charity Commission.
Registered Charity Number 1033808
Our fundraising also plays an important part in our community, as Leigh Lollipops is a warm and friendly nursery within the close-knit community of Leigh Village, and we love to bring parents, children and the local community together in our fundraising activities.
We have many wonderful fundraising events year-on-year that you are most welcome to participate in, which include:
Leigh Lollipops Christmas Fayre, Quiz Night, Peppa Pig Easter Egg Hunt and Teas on the Green.
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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect from Friday, 25 May 2018.
GDPR is a new data privacy law designed to give people more control over how their personal data is used and protected.
Leigh Lollipops Nursery collects, stores and processes personal information about you and your child to provide care and learning that is tailored to meet your child’s individual needs. We comply with data protection law, and your data privacy and security are very important to us.
We have updated our ‘Privacy Notice for Parents’ to reflect the changes we have made to strengthen your privacy rights. This is part of our ongoing commitment to be transparent about how we use your data and keep it safe.