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Why choose Patricia Pilgrim Nursery?

Staff: Extremely competent, well qualified, caring and thoughtful. Best of all, they enjoy their work, so they are bright and cheerful – a perfect setting for happy children!

Location: Amid 1.7 acres of beautiful surroundings with large landscaped gardens and an Eco field - the opportunity to learn about nature by exploring and discovery.

Learning: Experienced teacher and nursery practitioners really prepare the children for the future. A structured but individual learning program is both interesting and fun. Close links and regular consultation with local schools – a great start to their forthcoming school life!

Healthy Lifestyle: We’re committed to giving children a really fit and healthy start in their early years. Fresh wholesome food prepared by our own nursery cook and regular physical education provided by our teacher and the staff.

Progressive: We adopt the latest concepts and techniques in teaching and caring for children. Computer knowledge and technology feature high on our agenda alongside literacy, numeracy and lifeskills.

Competitive: Our fees are most competitive for an exceptional nursery.

General Aims

“Childhood - where our future begins”

We believe this maxim and take it very seriously. We always do our best to give the children under our care the best possible start in life. 

Within a happy and secure environment and in achieving our aims, we are confident that our children learn to work independently and as part of group. They will develop an understanding of what is right and what is wrong and be sensitive to the needs and feelings of others. They also learn to imagine, observe, communicate, concentrate, initiate, solve, listen and talk. They will gain confidence and independence.

A child is not a vase to be filled but a candle to be lit
- Francois Rabelais

The above expresses the beliefs that underpin the Revised Early Years Foundation Stage and provides us with a great way to think about our work with young children.The Early Years Foundation Stage is the framework used in early years settings in England and is supported fully by the Patricia Pilgrim Nursery.

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Nursery Curriculum

The nursery follows the revised Early years Foundation Stage as set out by the Department of Education. This framework seeks to cover all aspects of practice from:

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Development

All Practitioners will observe and assess their key children to enable them to plan for their individual needs. This information is recorded in each child's "Learning Journey". This formative assessment is shared with the child's parents / carer who can also add to it. A summative assessment will be written on all children between the ages of 2-3 years which will also be shared with the parent
carer and can be shared with the child's Health Visitor during the child's 2 year check.

The revised EYFS areas of learning have been designated into Prime areas of learning and Specific areas of learning.
The Prime areas of learning are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

These areas relate closely to child development and are universal to every child across the world, regardless of their social or cultural context.

The Specific areas of learning are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World Expressive arts and design

These areas are dependent on the prime areas but relate more to bodies of knowledge and are something that in modern life we all "wish" children to be learning as they do not come naturally.

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Many of the activities are structured around achieving the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage but are linked to the "characteristics of effective learning" which involves:

  • Playing and exploring which is when children are finding out and exploring, playing with what they already know and being willing to have a go.
  • Active learning which is when children become involved and concentrate, keep on trying and enjoy achieving what they set out to do.
  • Creating and thinking critically is when children make sense of their experiences.

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Full details of our fees can be obtained by contacting the nursery.

LEA grant funding for 3+ children and we accept employer childcare vouchers as part/full payment of current fees.

General Points:

  • Fees are charged monthly in advance, payable on the 1st of the month, paid by standing order - (the monthly amount = weekly amount x 4)
  • A discount from the full fee, of 5% is allowable for a second child attending nursery, with a further 5% allowed for a third child.  The maximum discount given to any one family will be 10%. All discount will be deducted from the oldest child's fee.
  • One months notice in writing is required to alter the pattern of attendance or on leaving the nursery.
  • A surcharge will be levied on fees still outstanding after the due date
  • Late collections will be surcharged

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Dietary Needs

The nursery provides a well balanced diet and encourages healthy eating habits.

Lunches are cooked at nursery by our own cook. They contain lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese, vegitarian alternatives, vegetables, fruit, whole grain bread, pasta or cereals.

There is a mid-morning 'snack time' with things like crackers, raisins and fruit.

Afternoon tea is also provided and consists of sandwiches, scones soup, pitta bread etc.

Milk and water is freely available at these times.

If necessary, we can cater for any 'special' dietary needs of the children e.g. vegetarian, non-dairy, coeliac etc.

As 'snack times' are incorporated into the daily nursery routine, children learn to help with both preparation and clearing away after their snacks.

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We like to make our activities and learning fun - sometimes that means getting 'messy'.

Some children can feel under considerable pressure if they are worried about keeping clean all the time - we do therefore ask, that children come in clothes that don't matter too much.

The gardens here at the nursery really are great and the children just can't wait to go outside to play - even if it's a bit wet and muddy.  So we like to have a change of clothes and a pair of wellington boots, clearly marked with the child's name.  A named shoe bag is ideal for safe keeping of each childs clothes and footwear.

Also during the warmer months sun cream and hats will need to be provided.

All-in-one wet weather suit or water proofs.

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