We are a small privately run day nursery with a home from home ethos. We have a long standing team with staff who are committed to providing the best care for your child.
We have three rooms, which cater for the ages 6 weeks - 5 years and a large room, which is used exclusively for our Out of School and Holiday Club.
We have a Baby room for age 6 weeks to approximately 24 months, when we feel the babies are ready to move on then they enter our Tweenie Tods room until they are age 3 years. Between 3 years and 5 years the children attend the Pre School room, which can be accessed using the free, flexible, early learning entitlement. (Set criteria applies, contact for further details)
All children are treat as individuals and we will not move a child up if they are not developmentally ready to do so, we make the transition from one room to the next as easy as possible, with visits prior to a permanent move.
Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided; we aim to provide nutritional home cooked meals. Also nappies and wipes are included in the fees.
We offer a pick up drop off service to and from local nursery schools to ensure wraparound care. An after school club is available 3pm - 6pm with collection from local schools included in the fees. We also have a breakfast club and a holiday club available.
We are registered to provide free funded places for 2 year olds, for up to 15 hours per week and this can be delivered flexibly over the full year or term time only (terms and conditions apply). This is free at the point of entry with no hidden fees. Nappies, wipes and meals are also included at no extra cost.
At Lighthouse we aim to provide the best possible care for your child.
We will achieve this by providing:A safe and secure environment.
A fun and enjoyable place to learn and play.
Exciting educational activities.
Healthy meals and snacks.
A high standard of physical care.
Some of the facilities at Lighthouse include:4 beautiful play rooms.
A large outdoor play area.
Good quality equipment.
Two toileting areas and a changing room.
The experiences learnt during infancy are crucial to a child's later development. At the Lighthouse we aim to offer a varied mix of structured learning, free choice and self-discovery to enable each child to develop a full range of fundamental skills and values at an early age.
Our fully qualified staff provide a safe, stimulating environment in which children learn and develop through meaningful play experiences which coincides with Ofsted requirements. We feel that learning should be child lead when possible but most importantly should be FUN!! This will develop happy, confident and independent children.
The children of the nursery work with within The Early Years Foundation Stage. This is a document setting the standards for learning, development and care for children birth to five which, aims to meet the needs of the individual; this document helps the staff plan activities and support the children in their individual needs.
Our current rating from Ofsted is 'Good' and this inspection was carried out in December 2013. An extract from this report reads: "Staff are kind, caring and attentive, as a result the attachments between them and the children are strong and promote children's well being. Staff have successfully created an exceptionally caring and secure environment where all the children are warmly welcomed and feel extremely well supported."
"Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfill their potential, a child's experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life choices. A secure safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. When parents choose to use early years services they want to know that provision will keep their children safe and help them thrive."
The EYFS is the framework that provides that assurance.
Statutory framework for the EYFS, Department for education and skills 2012.
Staff operate in a key person system that enables them to work closely with a small group of children. This includes carrying out observations, assessments and meeting parents to discuss their child's development. All staff have a good understanding of children's ages and stages of development.
We plan a programme of activities and experiences tailored to each child's age and individual needs. Children with special needs are included into our planning with their own individual education plan that is developed by the SEN co-ordinator and their key person. We take care to provide equipment and resources that are stimulating and interesting, encouraging the children to investigate, build and develop skills around all aspects of life.