Our Nursery

The nursery provides the childcare element of the Highfield Children’s Centre, Drewry Road. There are four playrooms and a recently refurbished outdoor play area.

Nursery is open from 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday, closing only for Public Holidays and for the week between Christmas and New Year.

A number of different sessions are available:
Full day session             8am – 6pm
Morning Sessions          8am – 1pm
Afternoon Sessions        1pm – 6pm

Free nursery places are provided for children eligible for Nursery Education Fund, subject to availability.

The manager has a degree in Early Childhood Studies and Early Years Professional Status.  All of the staff have at least a level 3 qualification and some have level 4 or 5.  There is a teacher employed by the local authority to work with the Children’s Centre, who spends time in nursery. Kiddicare also employs Apprentices, who are working towards levels 2 + 3 by day release at local colleges. The nursery has a very low staff turnover and a mix of mature staff and younger Apprentices.  There is a good ethos of professional development with staff continuing to learn throughout their employment.

The nursery has a five star rated kitchen and a Gold award for Quality Inclusion. Fresh food is provided and is cooked on the premises.

Learning
Learning experiences in the early years can determine a child’s attitude to future education. It is essential we make our activities interesting and fun to encourage children to want to go on learning when they move on to their next setting. Key workers build up knowledge of individual children through observation and through the information parents provide. They plan to meet the current interests and learning needs of each child, by assessing where they are now and how they can extend the learning with achievable activities that develop self confidence and positive self esteem.

We plan activities that cross the six areas of the curriculum – Personal Social and Emotional Development, Communication, Language and Literacy, Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Physical Development and Creative Development.

We use the Early Years Foundation Stage to track the development of each child and to plan for next steps in their learning. With parents permission we  forward information to the child’s next setting.

Partnership With Parents
On entering nursery each child is allocated a key worker who is responsible for building strong and trusting relationships with parents. The key worker ensures the needs of the child are met throughout the nursery, from nappy changing, through meal times to ensuring their individual educational needs are met in the planning of activities.

We communicate with parents on a daily basis as they drop children at nursery and pick them up again, and in writing to provide extra information. We have a parent’s notice board and each child has a home school diary. Key workers assess children’s development every term to ensure they are continuing to increase their learning.  After each assessment, parents receive a summary sheet of their child’s achievements during that term.

In the baby room parents are given daily information sheets giving vital information about their child’s feeding and routines. For the rest of the children, parents’ evenings are held twice a year, at the end of the Autumn and Summer terms. Keighley Kiddicare is a voluntary organisation and parents can take an active part in its management by joining the Board of directors.

Testimonials

Recent parents questionnaires have said …………………

  • “My child has come on leaps and bounds in his development and this would not have been possible without the staff at Kiddicare – I could go on forever!”
  • “The staff have provided my baby with lots of love, care and security, he has developed tremendously”.
  • “Lovely warm, friendly, calm atmosphere for parents and children”.
  • “I feel welcomed on arrival and staff are approachable”.
  • “My child is happy and making good progress”.

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33 Barlow Road,
Keighley,
West Yorkshire 
BD21 2EU

 

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General enquiries
Tel:01535 664055 | Fax: 01535 607901 Email: admin@kiddicare.org.uk
Nursery
Tel:      01535 661963
Email: carol@kiddicare.org.uk
Out of School
Tel:      01535 664055
Email: karen@kiddicare.org.uk
Mobile : 07834 460534
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