Statement of Purpose
Meadowbank Day Nursery is a privately owned day nursery providing the very best high quality child care in a happy, safe, stimulating and nurturing environment.
The setting is run by a family team who recognise the need to provide a home from home environment for your child, with a lovely atmosphere and family feel.
Claire Pudney BA Hons with QTS (Director and Nursery Manager)
Sharon Rees (Director)
1 Castle Meadows Park
We want parents to feel confident about the quality of care that is provided for their child in order for them to have no concerns for their child’s health, welfare and early learning. This statement of purpose sets out information that is required in the National Minimum Standards and provides information to help parents make an informed decision about the provision they choose to place their child in.
Meadowbank Day Nursery is a privately owned day nursery. It is managed by a teacher and former nursery nurse with over 15 years teaching experience in Early Years education and staffed by highly qualified and experienced practitioners. We are registered with the CareInspectorate Wales (CIW) and belong to the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA).
We are based in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire and suitably located off the A465 Heads of the Valleys and A40. We are conveniently located offering easy access to all main roads and routes to the various adjoining locations and beyond.
We try our best to cover all areas of your childcare needs by providing the following services:
- Full time day care.
- Part time day care
- The option to extend your sessions in the morning or in the evening.
- Breakfast Club and Afterschool Club
- Holiday Club
- Weekend openings (subject to numbers)
- Wrap around care with pick up/drop off to local schools.
- All meals and drinks.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Our mission is to be the friendliest local day nursery where everyone feels welcome and included. We aim to provide families with high quality flexible care and education whilst embracing the Birth to Three Matter Framework and the Foundation Phase.
We believe that a homely atmosphere is paramount and aim to provide a safe and caring environment where all children can feel happy and relaxed and develop to their full potential.
The first few years of a child’s life are important informative years and at Meadowbank Day Nursery we focus on the needs of the whole child.
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 Meadowbank Day Nursery:
- To provide a safe, happy, caring and stimulating environment for your child
- To enable all children to develop their capabilities as successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors to society.
Meadowbank Day Nursery: A place to learn, develop and grow: “happy healthy children”
We have a clear understanding of our values at Meadowbank Day Nursery:
- Happiness and wellbeing
- 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
- Partnership and care – being reflective and learning from parents as partners, developing strong nurturing relationships
- Commitment to excellence
Aims and objectives of the service
At Meadowbank Nursery, we understand how important it is for you to find the best childcare for your little ones. As a parent myself I know that leaving a child is never easy, but you can be rest assured that with our nurturing and caring environment, our nursery will become their “home from home”. Our main objective is to ensure the children are welcomed into a caring and nurturing environment which is adapted to suit their own individual needs. It is important to us that we work in partnership with the parents, carers and any external agencies when welcoming a child into our setting.
We are committed at Meadowbank, in promoting equal opportunities and inclusion.
*To provide a happy, secure environment where children, parents, carers, visitors and staff feel welcome and valued
*To develop a positive partnership with parents, a vital part in providing high quality care for all children
*To allow each child to learn through play giving them the care and support needed for them to develop at their own pace and to the best of their ability
*To provide fun, stimulating and age/stage appropriate activities, equipment and experiences for every child in our care.
*To support the child and promote learning and growth in all areas of their development.
*To provide positive attitudes towards each other, respecting others race, gender, disabilities, culture and beliefs
*To ensure our staff are competent, positive role models and are provided with up to date training throughout their journey with your child.
*Ensure all children settle into the Nursery environment as they arrive at Meadowbank and to have an enjoyable time whilst they are with us.
Numbers, ages and sex of children for whom care is to be provided
Meadowbank Day Nursery is registered for 82 children between the age of birth and 12 years.
Range of needs of relevant children to be met
At Meadowbank Day Nursery we accept and respect all children as precious individuals, regardless of gender, race, religion, disability or culture. We believe it is important that the children have the chance to build warm and loving relationships with their carers and to be comfortable within the Nursery environment.
We welcome all children with individual needs and requirements. We are happy to discuss your child’s individual needs and requirements.
We strive to provide a professional service that where possible, can cater individually for your child, from dietary to physical needs.
At Meadowbank Day Nursery we provide the best quality childcare at all times, in a stimulating environment with the support of a staff team.
We follow the National Birth-to-Three Framework and the Early Years Foundation Phase Curriculum. Learning through play is a central principle. This means allowing children the freedom to explore the world around them. As practitioners, we make careful observations so that each child can be guided towards the next step in their learning. Each child has an individual learning journey filled with photos and examples of their learning that stays with them throughout their time at nursery. Parents are invited and encouraged to contribute to their child’s learning journeys by providing information on experiences and activities their child has been involved with away from the setting.
Meadowbank Day Nursery is an English Speaking Nursery, however all staff use incidental Welsh which is spoken on a daily basis. This consists of songs and phrases.
There is one registered person (RP) – Claire Pudney and two people in charge (PiCs)- Claire Pudney (Nursery Manager) and Nicola Pritchard (Deputy Manager) who are responsible for the day to day running of the service.
Meadowbank Day Nursery is open week days 8am until 6pm. There are a variety of sessions available between these times. We also offer extended day care from 7am until 6.30pm. It is envisaged that the Nursery will also open on the weekend should this service be required. We are however closed on statutory bank holidays and 2 additional days for the Christmas break.
Full day 8.00am-6.00pm
Short Day 9.00am-3.00pm
Morning session 8.00am-1.00pm Afternoon Session 1.00pm-6.00pm
Breakfast Club 8.00am-9.00am After School Club 3.00pm-6.00pm
Hourly rate: for up to 2 hours; for over 2 hours see half / full days
Staffing and Room Ratios
As part of the minimum standard for CIW we ensure we adhere to the ratios of staff to children within each age range. The minimum staffing ratios are as follows:
- One adult to three children under 2 years
- One adult to four children aged 2 years
- One adult to eight children aged 3-7 years
- One adult to ten children aged 8-12 years
Who looks after your Child?
Each age group has a designated Room Leader who ensures the smooth running of their room. All Room Leaders are qualified members of staff who have all achieved their level 3 or level 5 in childcare. Depending on the age and number of children per room dictates the number of Nursery Practitioners supporting the Room Leader. Our Nursery Practitioners have also achieved their level 3 in Childcare.
In an early years setting, it is really helpful to have a Key Worker System. Within each area at Meadowbank there is a team caring for the children. However, each team member, a “Key Worker”, is designated to certain children as their main carer. A key worker (with the consistent support of their colleagues) cares for up to 3 children in the baby unit, 4 children (toddlers) up to the age of 2 years and 8 children (preschool) for children between the age of 3-5 years.
The transition from home to nursery can be a big step for children of all ages, but the transition is made that much easier with the help of a key worker.
Full details of the provision
Our services offered are fully inclusive of meals and snacks.
We take food and mealtimes at Meadowbank very seriously. It is critical that children have a well balanced diet full of whole and nutritious foods so that they have energy for the day and so that their bodies have everything they need to grow.
We put considerable effort into researching recipes, testing dishes and have created a fantastic menu which is on a four weekly rotation and seasonal. However, if parents have dietary preferences these can be catered for. The children are provided with a very tasty, healthy and balanced breakfast, dinner and tea every day. They are made on the premises from fresh produce, by our own experienced cook. Fresh fruit or age appropriate snacks are provided between meals at mid morning and mid afternoon.
Meadowbank Day Nursery also achieved the ‘Gwent Healthy Snack Award’ in October 2017.
When designing the Nursery it was important to me that everything was transparent for parents, children and staff alike. On that basis the Nursery was designed open plan and divided into areas. This allows for all the children to interact with each other and ensure for a smooth transition on their learning journey through Meadowbank Day Nursery.
The setting is based on two levels and divided into areas. On the ground floor we have a Baby area and Main Nursery which caters for our Toddlers and Pre-School children. On the first floor we have a dedicated area for After School/Holiday Care. The children are divided into groups according to age and ability.
The Baby Area (12 children)
Our baby area is a comfortable and well equipped play area. The room is bright and stimulating and allows babies to explore in a safe environment. Within this area we have a cosy sleep room, separate nappy changing area and a milk kitchen therefore allowing the babies needs to be met as necessary.
The minimum ratio within our baby room is one member of staff to three babies.
All staff in the baby area are trained in ‘SAFE SLEEPING FOR BABIES’.
Although changes are sometimes inevitable, we aim to keep staff changes to a minimum especially in our baby room. We feel it is important for babies to develop within a secure environment with a main core of familiar nursery nurses.
Main Nursery (50 children)
Our Toddler and Pre-School children have a large main play space set up into areas to ensure their holistic development is promoted with a separate quiet area. Toilets are adjacent with changing facilities. All of the children also have direct free- flow access to our safe and secure garden.
The routine for our Toddler children is more structured than in the Baby area, as most children respond well to routine because it empowers them to be confident and aware of the world around them.
One of the main aims for the toddler age range is developing their personal, social & emotional skills, ie learning to take turns and share toys, communicating and establishing relationships with peers and adults. This is achieved by learning through play and informed planning through observation. Children learn by example and can develop more quickly in groups of children of a similar age / stage of development, particularly with regard to potty training, eating and social skills
The Main Nursery offers a variety of educational resources and activities for our pre-school children, to enhance children’s learning and development through play. We place more emphasis on preparing the children for school. We introduce a more structured routine and slightly more formal way of learning, which takes the children on their continual journey towards their first year at school.
We deliver a comprehensive nursery curriculum based on the Foundation Phase.
The curriculum is based on the seven areas of learning which are:
- Mathematical Development
- Language, Literacy and Communication Skills
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World
- Creative Development
- Physical Development
- Welsh Language Development
- Personal and Social Development, Well-Being and Cultural Diversity
Toilet training is undertaken in partnership with parents, as and when the child is ready. Our practitioners will support parents and children during this (sometimes difficult!) time, concentrating on progress and rewarding achievements.
All of our children have access to free play both in and out of doors as well as planned focused activities based around Birth to Three Matters and Foundation Phase.
We also have a kitchen where fresh, healthy balanced meals are prepared for the children daily and a dining room for our Toddlers and Pre-School children where they eat all their meals. This can also double up as Creative/Physical development area when needed.
Breakfast/After School Club
As the Nursery is housed in such a large unit we are very fortunate to have our own dedicated After School/ Holiday Club area on the first floor of the nursery. It is fully equipped to care for the needs of children from reception age up until 12 years of age.
Children can be brought to the Breakfast Club from 8.00am with an early option of 7.00 a.m.; we can then provide breakfast before taking them on to school. Our After School Club means that we can collect children from school at the relevant time and bring them back to play, relax or do their homework. We provide After School Club children with a light snack and they are able to stay with us until closing at 6.00pm, with a late option until 6.30pm should this be required.
Should we reach full capacity in After School club then we can accommodate children under 7 years of age in the main nursery.
Our wrap around service is available to those children at state nursery who may need childcare before or after state nursery sessions. Please speak to the nursery manager to check if we can arrange collection/ drop off from your state nursery premises.
To transport the children safely, all routes will be risk assessed and supervised with qualified Level 3+ staff or nursery assistant if we have written consent from the parent/carer.
Drop in sessions
This service is available to those who have an emergency or occasional childcare need for a minimum of 2 hours; it is available for children aged 0-12 years. Availability must be confirmed with the Nursery Manager.
Our Holiday Club care is for children from Reception to 12 years.
Please speak to the Nursery Manager for more details.
Our outside area is very spacious and important to us. We aim to utilise it as much as possible. Outdoor Play is a fundamental part of early childhood development. Our outdoor area and garden are designed in such a way that children’s play can come to full expression in a safe environment. We believe it is an area where children’s play and learning can take off and flourish. It is an environment where children can make a mess, run, jump and hide, and a place where they are allowed to shout and can explore the natural world. It enables them to learn through first hand experiences and to process their feelings, thoughts and ideas.
Please note that all times and activities are flexible depending on the needs of the child/ children.
To ease the transition from home to nursery, our very young babies follow a flexible routine, dependant on their individual needs with regards to food, playtime, sleep and nappy changing.
Our older babies also have flexible routines, but as they grow and become more independent, they tend to adopt a more consistent pattern that the whole group loosely follows. Meal times, sleep and play all start to follow more of a routine.
By the time they move to the toddler area they will have completely adapted to the nursery schedule.
In line with best practice we would recommend that a baby is not left for longer than 10 hours a day.
The toddler day is divided into a morning session and an afternoon session. Activities are carried out throughout the day with children stopping for mid-morning, lunchtime and mid-afternoon breaks.
Toddlers are encouraged to take a nap or rest after lunch and this is usually for around two hours. If you wish your child to have more, less or no sleep at all, just inform the staff.
Throughout the day, there is plenty of opportunity for the all-important unstructured play (or free time). There are also periods of planned educational activities that help the children reinforce old and new skills, and to develop confidence and independence in a more structured way.
We follow the Birth to Three Matters Framework to plan activities, monitor progress and assess the children’s development and needs. All the planned activities take into account the capabilities of each individual child. Regardless of their stage of development, all children will be encouraged to develop at their own pace, with no pressure and in such a way as to allow them to blossom with confidence.
All the planned activities are designed to develop the children’s motor skills, sociability and learning experiences. Some of the activities include:
• Sand, water and messy play.
• Creative play and modelling.
• Shape sorting and puzzles.
• Rhymes, counting and singing.
• Number and letter recognition and sorting
• Storytelling and book corner
• Painting and gluing
- Outdoor play
The preschool day is divided into a morning session and an afternoon session. Activities are carried out throughout the day with children stopping for mid-morning, lunchtime and mid-afternoon breaks.
Preschool children have lots of the critical free play, but their time is balanced with more structured activities that are focussed on the Foundation Phase seven areas of learning.
The Foundation Phase, is a framework for nursery and school children, aged 3 to 7,that was introduced by the Welsh Assembly Government in September 2008.
Focussed activities are linked to themed topics that will enhance the children’s learning experiences, build confidence and develop independence through the medium of play.
After School/Holiday area
This area offers a relaxing space for the children to complete homework and to enjoy a variety of activities such as:
- Art and craft activities
- Table tennis
- Play station
- Computers (supervised activities)
- Outdoor activities
- Visits and outings
- Xbox, Wii, Playstation
At Meadowbank Day Nursery we care for 82 children between the ages of birth to 12 years of age.
The above is in accordance with the legal space requirements from statutory guidance e.g. NMS, and is the overriding policy in respect of admissions.
- We take the following matters into account when prioritising and deciding on admissions which child can be offered a place in the nursery are:
- Availability of places, taking into account the staff:child ratios, the age of the child and any registration requirements
- Children who have siblings who are already with us
- When the application is received (extra weight is given to those who have been on the waiting list the longest)
- The nursery’s ability to provide the facilities necessary for the welfare of the child, including appropriate staffing arrangements
- A child requiring a full-time place may have preference over one requiring a part-time place. This is dependent upon work commitments, occupancy and room availability
- Any extenuating circumstances affecting the child’s welfare or the welfare of his/her family.
We operate an inclusion and equality policy and ensure that all children have access to nursery places and services irrespective of their gender, race, disability, religion or belief or sexual orientation of parents.
Prior to a child attending nursery, parents must complete and sign a contract and registration form. These forms provide the nursery with personal details relating to the child. For example, name, date of birth, address, emergency contact details, parental responsibilities, dietary requirements, collection arrangements, fees and sessions, contact details for parents, doctor’s contact details, health visitor contact details, allergies, parental consent and vaccinations etc.
Parents or carers will also be asked to provide the nursery with any further information that they feel will enable us to take the best care of their children. This should include particular likes and dislikes in food, bottle feeding habits, dummy use, etc. daytime sleep patterns should also be written down together with any methods that seem successful in getting the child to sleep if there are difficulties.
Parents will have a chance to meet the staff and view the nursery again if they wish. They will be invited to spend two morning or afternoons with their child in the nursery prior to the starting date. If the parents feel that they would still like to stay with their child after the start date this would be no problem. Parents are welcome into the nursery until they are sure the child is settled and they are happy to leave them.