The Townsend Nursery is registered with Ofsted under the Government's Department for Children Schools and Families (DFCSF). Ofsted make unannounced inspections, to ensure that all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage, curriculum are being met. Our last inspection was in March 09 and we were delighted to be awarded the highest judgemental of 'Outstanding' in all areas. To look at the most recent report and previous reports follow the link
In 2008 the Government introduced a new statutory framework which covers the education and care for early year’s children 0-5 years. This is called the EYFS, The Early Years Foundation Stage, and covers not only welfare requirements but goals for early year’s education and development. From September 2012 the new EYFS will comprise of seven areas of learning and development, the prime areas are; communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development. Four specific areas are also taught in which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. These specific areas are: literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and desgin. At the Townsend this framework is taught in a creative holistic environment. The children's development and achievements are observed and recorded by sensitive well trained staff. The proprietor is an Early Years professional and dedicated to offering high quality experiences. We are committed to:
- Providehigh quality early years education lead by highly qualified trained caring staff.
- Createa warm welcoming environment where children and their parents feel valued and know they are listened to. Our nursery ensures equality of opportunity for children and families.
- To ensurethat our children are safe and secure at all times(we have robust recruitment procedures and all our staff and those living and working on the premises have CRB checks. We operate a rigid health and safety policy and safe guarding children policy.)
- To maintaina creative stimulating environment both indoors and outdoors where we can nurture each child and build confidence and self-esteem.
- To prepareour children so they can confidently embrace their future school and life long learning experiences.
We were the first nursery in the county to gain Bronze, then Silver and Gold Quality assurance. We are about to pilot the new Quality Mark scheme. We are the first nursery in the county to receive the new Quality Mark, as recognition for our commitment to very high quality provision.
NEF(nursery education funding)
We are registered for this follow the link for more information how 3 and 4 year olds can claim up to 15 hours free:
(We accept childcare vouchers and payment by
Every Child Matters
We operate under the children's Act 2004 and follow the Government's aims for every child to:
- Be Healthy
- Stay Safe
- Enjoy and Achieve
- Make a positive Contribution
- Achieve economic Well- being.
We are a registered Forest school with trained forest school leaders.
Each week we spend a morning down in the designated forest on the farm- a short walk away. The children wear waterproof /protective clothing and suitable boots. They learn how to use tools safely, den build, climb trees and learn about the natural environment. Parents are asked to see and sign the forest school policy.
We teach the children British values in accordance with the EYFS, which are reflected in our behaviour management and equal opportunities policies. We aim to actively promote the fundamental values democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Each Term we look a different value and use books, lessons, and everyday examples to teach these values. They include being honest, being brave, being friendly, appreciate what we have, keepingon trying, being kind and sharing and taking turns.
The Townsend Nursery opened its doors in September1999 to welcome pre-school children the term they turn 2 years. The school is set in the Victorian wing of a listed Queen Ann farm house, it has been especially designed to create a homely environment and many of the original features including a range cooker and two bread ovens have been left in situ and help children have an understanding of history. A recent addition of a stunning orangery has given us extra space down stairs and access to our garden. There is an attractive courtyard and grass area with a play house, climbing frame, swings and a fairy house. We also use a walled kitchen garden, to cultivate and grow plants or maybe for a mini-beast safari and of course we make use of the farm for nature walks. On warm days we move the classroom outside and the children can play in the water tray, chalk on the pavement or sit in the shade of the apple trees and listen to a story. We follow a Reggio Emilia approach to learning and also deliver a forest school programme in a designated wood, which is within easy walking distance on the farm.
The aim of the nursery is to create a safe and comfortable learning environment for pre-school children. We operate in accordance with the 2004 children’s Act, Every Child Matters and everything we do reflects this; we teach the children to enjoy and achieve, to be healthy, to keep them safe and encourage them to make a positive contribution and support economic well being. We also operate under the Childcare Act 2006. Literacy and numeracy skills are taught at an appropriate level for each child’s needs, linking in through half termly topics to the long term learning principles and commitments of the Early years foundation stage, which covers a child’s development from birth to three through to the end of the reception year. We achieve this by building on skills that are age appropriate and stimulating to each child’s interests and schemas. We observe and record children’s development and achievements, with the use our ipad , these along with assessments are uploaded onto our virtual learning platform into each child’s learning journey which parents can share with unique log in details. All this information is considered confidential and never placed on the web, or shared outside the nursery without parental consent, as we operate under a strict confidentiality policy and safe-guarding children policy. We consider parents as their children's primary educators and as such appreciate daily contact. Formal reports are uploaded to the platform at the end of the autumn and summer term and during the spring term informal parent's sessions are held to discus each child.
Parents and carers are involved from the outset, filling in entry profiles and helping the key people caring for their children to form lasting attachments. We appreciate contact during the drop off and collection times so we can share information. In addition to this we hold lots of social events and the notice board informs parents of support, training and events taking place in the local area.
The development of literacy and numeracy skills are high on the agenda during the lessons structure; the children are taught letters and sounds, and phonological awareness is further developed through songs nursery rhymes and word games. The nursery encourages the enjoyment of books, we firmly encourage with the help of parents that children will become lifelong readers. During circle time children are encouraged to join in with rhymes and songs and acting out stories and to initiate ideas, building their self confidence and to extend their vocabulary. We pride ourselves on encouraging a listening environment, where adults model good listening skills and encourage language development through open ended questions and through both adult and child initiated activities.
The children take home free readers each day, to share with their parents these are not intended as a reading scheme as the children are too young; however it encourages the love of books and we hope our parents will enjoy sharing these books ,at a time that they are not feeing pressurized or harassed. We have strong links with the maintained sector and private schools, and are linked through early years partnership with both Ashperton county primary school and Much Marcle C of E school. During the summer term when the older children leave us for their 'new schools we arrange teacher visits with our partnership school, Ashperton and also support transitional visits by accompanying the children. We are keen all our children achieve smooth transitions into their new schools; and draw up detailed holistic information based on the detailed learning journeys and wherever possible link with other providers to share information with shared settings.
Mathematical development is also encouraged through games, problem solving activities, and software on our computer and interactive white board. We use Roamer the Robot, counting rhymes, number lines and routines like counting the children during registration, and discussing 2d and 3d shapes in the environment.
The nursery encourages the development of personal and social skills with activities like music dance and drama; we normally put on a performance either a play or a concert each Christmas for parents’ grandparents and friends. Children are encouraged to be independent, sociable and encouraged to express their feelings and be empathetic to others. The children learn new songs and rhymes which dovetail with the topics and these words are posted n our . Musicality is encouraged by learning rhythm and beat, and listening to sounds in the environment as well as classical pieces. The children are encouraged to be independent, help decide and mind map what topics we are going to do, and it is fine to do a puzzle or create a masterpiece; we consider child initiated play and open ended play very important. The children plan ,build and play in our topic linked role play areas, the home corner or build in our imaginative construction areas(inside and outside) including milk crates, blocks and drain pipes . Our sand or water trays reflect the children's interests and may be interpreted as a sea scape or a dinosaur landscape. Every day we play outside, sometimes we explore the farm, visiting the apple orchards and watching the various crops being planted, or harvested. We roll down the grassy banks or lie on a rug an listen to the bees working .In spring and summer we plant bulbs and seeds and cultivate the kitchen garden. The children are encouraged to be curious about the natural world and the seasons and explore these using all their senses: kneading snail shaped bread, tasting the apples they pick and fruit they prepare for snacks, listening to and looking at the different birds feed on the bird table. We use an interactive white board and the children are taught to use the computer through age appropriate software. Our own Forest school site encourages the chidren to manage their own risks, light bonfires and build dens and learn about ecology.We have French lessons with a fully qualified French teacher each Wednesday morning.
Most of all the Townsend is like home from home, where children learn to learn from first hand experience, whether cooking, dancing or moving to music or programming a toy, the emphasis is on having fun and through these activities the children learn to respect other’s ideas, cultures and beliefs, working in partnership with parents.
The nursery opens at 9am, and the children are handed over to parents or carers at 12:30on Monday, or at 3.45pmTuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday if they wish to stay for the afternoon session. We ask parents to bring in a healthy packed lunch with a cool pack. We have a no nuts policy. The fees are paid half termly and NEF nursery education funding is calculated depending on the number of hours a child takes, this is up to 15 hours free (received the term following a child's third birthday) Fees are paid directly into the nursery account and must be received by the end of the second week of each , we accept company childcare vouchers. We operate under both the Data protection Act and also the Freedom of Information Act. It is sometimes necessary for us to share information such as ethnicity and gender with the Local education authority. Unfortunately there can be no refunds for missed days either through sickness or holiday. Once dates have been negotiated it is appreciate that they are not altered, if a day is reduced and the place is not filled the place will be charged for. We require a full terms notice in writing otherwise the fees will have to be paid.
There are a maximum of 26 children each day with a minimum of 4 qualified members of staff lead by and Early Years Teacher. It is appreciated if named boots are left in the winter term and we ask for a packet of biscuits each half term. In the summer we like the children to wear sun cream and sun hats. We appreciate parents as the primary educators of their children and encourage partnership with them. We ask that parents read the behavior management policy, which was drawn up in consultation with past parents, and support us with this policy. We also appreciate our parents being aware of the health and safety policy which states that a child who is sick needs to be kept off nursery for at least 48 hours to help minimize the spread of infection. There is a list of infectious diseases displayed on the parent’s notice board. The complaints policy is also on display with the procedure to follow in the event of a complaint being made, along with our last OFSTED report and a complaints poster including Ofsted’s number. In the event of a complaint being made this would be recorded in the complaints book in the nursery and if Ofsted are involved all parents would be informed.
It is also vital that parents read the lost and uncollected children policies and also our list of nutritious snacks served each day, including toast which the children help prepare and fruit in season. All staff have obtained food hygiene certificates which are updated every three years; we have obtained the highest score from environmental health on health and safety issues. We have a no nuts food policy and ask that you tell us and record on the information sheets if your child suffers from any allergy. Safety is one of our key priorities and parents are required to read shared information on how to keep all the children safe, parents are reminded all staff are trained in safe guarding children and our policy reflects the government's policy on ' what to do if you are worried a child is being abused'. In response to The Early Years Foundation stage Framework welfare requirements we ask for detailed statutory information on legal responsibility, persons authorized to collect, and emergency contact details along with medical information. We expect you to update this if there are any changes.
Staff including supply cover and all family members over 16 hold a current CRB enhanced disclosure . All are well qualified the proprietor having a PGC Early Years and Early Years' Teacher Status , and all remaining staff have a level 3 in childcare and development. All staff hold a current pediatric first aid certificate and have weekly training to keep abreast of changes in legislation. We have a policy of continual professional development and work to achieve the highest possible quality for all the children in our care. We have achieved a gold level quality assurance and continue to use reflective practice to keep up our high standards of care and education. During our last Ofsted inspection we were deemed 'Outstanding' in all areas.
To arrange a visit contact Sue Davies (proprietor) on the above number.
Activities(over and above EYFS)
Tuesday pm drama
Wednesday am- French – pm- Music
Thursday am- Forest school- pm ICT
Friday pm- Gym
Snow and Adverse weather policy and procedure:
In the event of adverse weather the following procedure will be followed:
- In some extreme bad weather situations it is likely that staff will not be able to get into work and our ratios would be compromised, or it looks as if the conditions could present a danger to parents, children and staff, we will decide to close the nursery.
- If we have advance warning we will verbally tell all the parents to look at the Web site and listen to BBC Hereford and Worcester announcements about school closures.
- Without warning the information will be pasted on the web page and attempts will be made to text parents/ staff in good time before they needlessly make a journey.
If we are presented with an emergency weather situation once children/staff have got to school- we will ring all parents and emergency contacts to inform them that the school will be closed and that they should come and collect their children. Staff will be sent home as soon as it is safe to do so without ratios being compromised. The proprietor will stay with the child until they are collected and in the unlikely event that the parents are unable to collect the children they will be kept at the house, with the parents’ permission.
- Parents will be kept informed, and the children will be constantly reassured and their well being cared for at all times. All family members have been CRB checked.
- In certain circumstances parents views will be canvassed.
- Refunds for lost days/hours due to unforeseen weather conditions cannot be made as fees are calculated on the whole terms running cost