Oakengates Nursery School

Welcome to our Toddler Room 

             24-36 Months 

                                                

Our Toddler room is dedicated to nurturing your two year olds growing sense of challenge and independence. Offering them the freedom to become resilient and challenge their own expectations whilst supporting them to understand social relationships and the rules of playing together.

Our Toddlers are supported by practitioners who are knowledgeable about the development of two year olds and use strategies to help build language and vocab skills that encourage toddlers to express themselves and have their own ideas about their learning.

 

The Environment

Both our indoor and outdoor areas are planned with highly stimulating resources that are inviting to Toddlers so that they are excited to learn and make sense of new experiences.

Our language rich environments encourage Toddlers to build their Communication & Language skills, encouraging them to use new vocab and words to become a creative and critical thinker.

 

The Curriculum

Our curriculum is influenced by the interests and learning patterns of two year olds.         

We know that Toddlers enjoy repetitive experiences that allow them to play and explore with the world around them. They are beginning to show an interest in their peers and enjoy sharing experiences with adults or friends.

We use the 'Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS)' to plan age appropriate leaning through the 'prime' and 'specific' areas of learning:

  Prime areas of Development

  • Communication and Language 
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development

Specific Areas of Development

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

We strongly believe songs, rhymes and stories are integral for language development and promote this regularly throughout the curriculum.

We track how your child is developing by making regular observations of their achievements using a programme called '2simple' and assessing their learning using the EYFS 'Learning journey'. The Learning journey is accessible at all times for you to look at how your child is progressing and you can make appointments to speak to your babies key person or attend our termly stay and play sessions.

 

Routines

We have a flexible rhythm of the day that sets out what your child will be accessing throughout the day.

Time Provision
7:30 Breakfast time
8:45 & 12:30

Welcome time

Registration, Songs & Rhymes

9:30 & 1:30

Adult directed enhanced provision and child initiated learning

Indoor/Outdoor

(snack café also available)

11:00  & 3:00 Tidy up time
11:10  & 3:10 Story time
11:45 & 3:30 End of session

11:45-12:30

4:00-4:30

Lunch time

High Tea

4:30-6:00 Enhanced provision

We will also give you a daily feedback which shows details about your child's day so that you can follow how your child is doing, what they have eaten, how they have slept and what experiences they have enjoyed.

 

Meals & Snacks

Our meals are freshly prepared on site by our cook daily and all menus are developed by Telford and Wrekin ensuring they are healthy and balanced. We encourage independence by allowing children to pour their drinks and feed themselves but offering a helping hand where needed. Food at this stage is cut into easy manageable chunks by the adults. The lunch and snack menus offer a range of healthy choices catering for all dietary needs including allergies.

Water is provided throughout the day with the addition of cows milk at snack times (or alternative milk for those with dairy allergies).

 

Home-School Links

During the induction we ask you to complete an 'All about my child' booklet that helps us to support your young child in their first days settling in. We also offer a home visit so that we can get to know your child in their own environment where they are confident and comfortable.

We actively encourage parents and carers to get involved with their child's nursery education, inviting you in for termly stay & plays as well as contributing to your child's 'learning journey' by telling us about their achievements at home.

You will have the opportunity to take our mascot 'Brenda Bear' home and tell us about the exciting things she does with your family by filling in her diary for us to share.

Each week during term time a weekly newsletter is published on the website that will inform you of what's happening in nursery, important dates, visitors, celebrations and what learning will be taking place. It will also inform you of any important events such as trips etc. that you may wish to get involved with.

 

Our Staff

All our Toddler children have a Key person that is there to help your child settle and be the point of reassurance when comfort is needed as well as track how they are developing and work together with you should you be concerned about your child's progress. 

Our staffing structure consists of a Supervisor supported by a team of practitioners that have a wealth of experience and training specifically for supporting young children's development. 

 

Keeping Safe

We ensure we adhere to the Ofsted Statutory requirements by having robust policies and procedures to safeguard your child such as regular sleep monitoring, secure nappy changing and more. We have no less that one adult to 3 children under 2 years on site and our outdoor area is secured so there is no access to unauthorised persons.

Ofsted reported in our school inspection (Sept 2017) 'Children's safety is of paramount importance to every member of staff. All staff are vigilant and have a thorough understanding of what to do if they have concerns about a child' they felt that 'Leaders go to great lengths to ensure that all early years welfare and safeguarding requirements are met and children are kept safe'

We will inform you if your child is unwell or has an accident whilst in our care though an accident form or a phone call, all parents & carers are required to fill in all permission documents on enrolment. All staff have regular and up to date first aid and child protection training.

We ensure all our policies are available by publishing them on the website for you to access, we encourage all our parents/carers to read them carefully.

Our toddler room offers a choice of full year (51-week) contracts or term-time only contracts. Nursery is closed for one week in the Christmas and New Year period. Note that the term-time contract does not entitle access during staff training days (5 per year).

 

Sessions - Daycare:

Full day 7.30-6.00 including breakfast, cooked lunch and tea

Short day 8.45-3.30 including cooked lunch

Morning 7.30-12.30 including breakfast

Afternoon 12.30-6 including tea

Breakfast 7.30-8.45 (can be added to short day)

Late 3.30-6 (can be added to short day)

 

Sessions - Funded children Term-time only:

Breakfast 7.30-8.45 PAYABLE

Morning 8.45-11.45

Lunch 11.45-12.30 PAYABLE

Afternoon 12.30-3.30

Late 3.30-6.00 PAYABLE

NB: Additional payable morning and afternoon educational sessions are available.

 

CHARGES:

Full day 7.30-6:              £43.75

5 x full day:                    £207.81

Short day 8.45-3.30:       £30.00

5 x short day:                 £142.50

Morning 7.30-12.30:        £20.85

5 x morning:                   £99.04

Afternoon 12.30-6.00       £22.94

5 x afternoon:                  £108.97

Breakfast:                        £4.90

Lunch:                             £4.15

Late (includes tea):           £9.00

Educational session 3 hrs: £10.50

 

 

 

Parents or carers of two year olds who meet the criteria can apply for a free early learning place to fund childcare sessions for 15 hours per week flexibly, 38 weeks of the year from the term after their second birthday.

A child born in the period Will become eligible for a free place
1 April - 31 August Start of Autumn term (following child's 2nd birthday)
1 September - 31 December Start of Spring term (following child's 2nd birthday)
1 January - 31 March Start of Summer term (following child's 2nd birthday)

Eligibility:

  • you meet the criteria for free school meals
  • you receive working tax credits and have household gross yearly income of no more than £16,190 before tax credits
  • your child has a current statement of Special Education Needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan
  • your child attracts Disability Living Allowance
  • your child has left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residency order (including children in care).

Changes from the 1st April 2018

From the 1st April 2018, any child born on or after 1st January 2016 will be entitled under the new criteria thresholds:

  • you meet the criteria for free school meals
  • you receive working tax credits and have household gross yearly income of no more than £15,400 before tax credits
  • your child has a current statement of Special Education Needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan
  • your child attracts Disability Living Allowance
  • your child has left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residency order (including children in care).

Parents/carers who meet the above criteria will usually automatically receive a letter to inform them that they are eligible for the funding.

When enquiring for a place please bring your letter confirming you eligibility and also proof of identification and address, when you collect your registration forms.

 

Number of children

% of toddlers

Autumn 2015

33

62%

Spring 2016

29

67%

Summer 2016

31

66%

 

 

Received £

How the money has been used

£

Research

Autumn 2015

£33’610.50

 

(£4.85 per hour x 15 hours x 14 weeks x 33 children)

 

  • Towards staff wages for small group intervention

To pay for session

£24’255.00

 

£9’355.50 for additional support

  • Small group intervention of 1:3 is very effective for Personal, social and emotional development, play, communication  and education in helper children to make progress.
  • Language Spirals resources, age appropriate, for short pacey regular sessions, are shown to improve children’s speech, language and communication rapidly.

Spring 2016

£23’207.25

 

(£4.85 per hour x 15 hours x 11 weeks x 29 children)

 

  • Towards staff wages for small group intervention

 

 To pay for session

£16’747.50

 

£6’459.75 for additional support

  • Small group intervention of 1:3 is very effective for Personal, social and emotional development, play, communication  and education in helper children to make progress.
  • Short periods 10 – 20 minutes, daily over ½ a term of intense sessions improve progress and outcomes
  • Children are grouped according to sessions that they attend and to specific need and ability
  • Children’s needs are accurately assessed and targeted

Summer 2016

 

 

 

Partial wage cost of the Federated learning mentor for..

  • Talking two's home visits,
  • Family Learning,
  • Follow up work with families from home visits

 

  • Barriers to learning have been identified early and provision put into place collaboratively with other professionals either for the child or the family.
  • Strong home/nursery links formed between practitioners and parents/carers to ensure that the child makes good progress.
  •  Parents have been informed of the expectations for early learning and have had the opportunity to be a part of their child's learning at nursery and at home.
  • Short periods 10 – 20 minutes, daily over ½ a term of intense sessions improve progress and outcomes

Spring Term 2016
  • 57% of children have less than expected progress, 11% have made expected progress and 32% have made exceeding progress in health and self-care. Many of the Talking Two funded children are not developmentally reading for toilet training and a commitment is needed from both parents and ourselves to keep consistency for the child.
  • 71% of children have made expected or exceeding progress in ‘The world’. There are two statements in 22 - 36 months and there are plenty of opportunities for children to access resources and activities within the enhanced provision.
  • 83% of children have made expected or exceeding progress in ‘Speaking’ and 56% of children have made expected or exceeding progress in ‘Listening & attention and Understanding’. This is exceptional progress considering their starting points and this area of development has a great impact on other areas of learning.