Our Vision

Play. Grow. Belong.

Our name is no accident. We know how amazing the first years of a child’s life is and we count ourselves very lucky to be part of the lives of so many of the children in our community from birth right up to 11 years old.

We are passionate about the work that we do and believe that, for every child to succeed, it is extremely important that during their time at our setting they are:

In order to help us achieve these aims, our staff we will always be:


Our setting organisation and routine is also tightly focussed on these goals:

Empowered

  • Support children’s choices
  • Give choices: resources / snacks / indoor or outdoor play
  • Use in the moment planning
  • Give responsibility around routine tasks – snack, lunch etc.

Respectful

  • Encourage cooperation
  • Positively role model
  • Respect each other
  • Give children real life experiences of nature, e.g. caterpillars, egg hatching
  • Forest school
  • Discuss feelings explicitly
  • Use story/circle time to build empathy
  • Share rules and boundaries
  • Set behavioural expectations
  • Celebrate a range of festivals
  • Explore feelings and ideas
  • Include all children

Achieving

  • Encourage independence
  • Do yoga
  • Allow appropriate risk taking
  • Provide appropriate challenge
  • Sound bags / boxes
  • Story Sloths
  • Early Talk Boost

Valued

  • Form positive relationships with children through listening to their needs
  • Use reward and praise, e.g. sunshine certificates
  • Have positive conversations with parents / carers
  • Use Show and Tell

Part of our community

  • Take our older children on trips out during holiday club provision
  • Visit places within our community e.g. the library, Rosevale Care Home, Wigginton Stores, the duck pond, Churchfields park
  • Mix various groups and age ranges
  • Involve our families so that we can cater for individual needs
  • Encourage friendships
  • Have a strong links with schools and local groups
  • Have a strong program for transition
  • Parents in the setting – stay and play etc.
  • Staff across areas of provision
  • Visitors / specialists in setting
  • Lanyards

Welcoming

  • Positive – talkative, saying hello and goodbye, body language and tone of voice
  • Being engaged
  • Using names
  • Showing an interest
  • Friendly
  • Approachable
  • Being organised
  • Inclusive

Communicating

  • Passing on information
  • Listening
  • Sharing ideas
  • Adjusting language effectively
  • One voice at a time
  • Calm and composed – quiet
  • Open body language and expressions
  • Eye contact where appropriate
  • Using good manners
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Clear roles and responsibilities
  • Setting clear expectations
  • Proactive

Teaching

  • Lead by example
  • Play
  • Model
  • Observe
  • Show
  • Explain
  • Demonstrate
  • Describe
  • Respond
  • Provide opportunities
  • High challenge, high support
  • Following the child’s lead
  • Observing each other
  • Collaborating
  • Using appropriate strategies for each child
  • Be deliberate and intentional with your practice

Aware

  • Self-awareness
  • Who’s around you
  • Individual needs
  • Observant and vigilant
  • Dynamic risk assessment
  • Numbers and ratios
  • Staff deployment around setting
  • Knowledge of policies and procedures
  • Safeguarding knowledge
  • Getting to know each other – staff, children, families
  • Passing on information effectively

Kind

  • Caring
  • Compassionate
  • Showing respect
  • Helpful
  • Understanding
  • Putting the other person first
  • Supportive
  • Being available
  • Give praise