At 5 Star Day Nursery, we are committed to working in partnership with parents and providing clear and transparent lines of communication about both their child and the nursery as a whole. On this page you can find further details about the nursery, in addition to our main policies and procedures.
NURSERY OPENING HOURS
The Nursery opening hours are between 8 am – 6 pm, 52 weeks a year (except Public Holidays and Christmas)
*We offer extra sessions starting from 7.30am- 8am, and 6pm-6.30pm; this is based on pre-bookings only and incurs a small additional charge. Bookings must be made at least one week in advance.
We work hard at 5 Star Day Nursery to ensure the children enjoy nutritious, healthy meals and snacks, from reading some of our patrons feedback, it seems we are doing a good job.
We rotate our menus on a four week cycle, below you can find one of our current menus.
Keeping your Child Safe and Sound
5 Star Day Nursery strongly believes in children being safe at all times. As providers we have implemented effective systems and practices to enable a safe and secure environment for all children, staff, parents/carers and visitors.
- We operate an access control door system so all staff are fully aware of who is coming in and out of the setting.
- All parents/carers must provide the Nursery with a password and inform the staff of who will be delivering and collecting the child on the day.
- We recruit staff with care and attention.
- Both inside and outside of the setting is safe and secure with fences, fully secured gates, doors and locks.
- Our toys and equipment are age appropriate and of high quality; they are risked assessed as per our Health and Safety Policy.
- All necessary areas are covered by CCTV to make the setting a more safe and secure environment,
Vouchers and Funding
We accept certain Child Care Vouchers from employers who offer this benefit to their eligible employees as a paper or e-voucher. Vouchers are non-taxable and exempt from NI contributions for employees, whilst offering NI savings for employers.
Tax credits are available from the HM Revenue and Customs, based on household circumstances. Check online at www.hmrc.gov.uk/taxcredits for further information and eligibility.
5 Star Day Nursery offers ELT (Early Learning for Two’s) government funding for eligible 2 year olds.
5 Star Day Nursery also offers NEF (Nursery Education Funding) for 3 and 4 year olds. For further information please ring the Sandwell Family Information Centre on 0121 569 4914.
Education and Development
At 5 Star Day Nursery we closely follow EYFS guidelines to enable your child to learn and develop their skills and understanding at this most crucial stage. We recognise each child is different and we work closely with parents to help each individual child with their learning journey.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum(EYFS)
What is the EYFS?
The EYFS is a statutory framework to support children’s learning and development from birth to five years.
Who uses the EYFS?
Anyone who offers care and education to children aged birth to five. Childminders, day nurseries, pre-schools, playgroups, holiday play schemes, reception classes in schools, after school and breakfast clubs all work within the EYFS.
What is it all about?
The framework recognises that the years from birth to five are so special because you see the greatest growth and learning for all children.
The framework is based on 4 themes and principles:
- A Unique Child
Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
- Positive Relationships
Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
- Enabling Environment
Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers.
- Learning and Development
Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
There are 7 areas of learning
The Prime areas are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language Development
- Physical Development
The Specific areas are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive Arts and Design
For further more comprehensive details on the EYFS framework, you can download our helpful parents guide or visit the EYFS website. We are always happy to discuss the framework and individual children in more detail, simply contact us to arrange it.
4Children Parents Guide 2015
The purpose of this newly devised booklet is to help parents/carers find out more about how their child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the curriculum we follow which is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their loves than at any other time. This booklet has been written to help parents/carers to know what to expect during these vitally important years by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS.