Early Days Nursery, Fun and Learning Every Day

Inclusion & Equality

Early Days Nursery values everyone as an individual whether they are a child or an adult. We embrace equality and diversity in an all inclusive practice. Everyone has equal rights and we are committed to providing equal opportunities. We aim to meet every individual’s needs which may mean that we extend our services or activities are differentiated for different abilities / developmental levels of the children.

Early Days Nursery is committed to an equal opportunity policy regarding gender, colour, religion, ethnic background and ability with regard to staff, parents and children alike.

We have a strong SENCO lead and work in partnership with professionals in order to support children with additional needs as part of our all inclusive, anti – discriminatory practice.

The legislations we adhere to include:-

  • The Equality Act 2010
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995
  • Equal Pay Act 1970 (Amended by the Equal Pay Regulations 1984 & Sex Discrimination Act 1986)
  • Race Relations Act 1976 & 2000
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
  • Sex Discrimination Act 1975 & 1986

We embrace the fact that we are a multi – cultural nursery and enjoy celebrating various festivals / celebrations throughout the year. We encourage the children to be bi – lingual and also implement the ‘universal’ language of Makaton.

Please see Early Days Nursery British Values Statement.

Secure attachments

Early Days Nursery builds and maintains strong, professional relationships with children, parents / carers, staff and other professionals.

We have an ‘inclusive’ ethos valuing every member of our nursery community as individuals and we realise that we can work together as a very strong team.

This friendly atmosphere is evident to the children within the nursery hence they learn how to build relationships and the importance of having them.

It is important for every child to have secure attachments in order for them to develop in every aspect in a balanced way. Secure attachments are the first building blocks for all further / future development of a child and then young person.

In order to encourage the formation of these secure attachments each child at Early Days Nursery has their own key worker in their room.

The role of the Key Worker is to form a caring and trusting relationship with the child and their parent(s)/ carer(s). The key worker provides a secure, safe, happy, healthy environment for your child to fulfil their full potential.

Each key worker promises to:-

  • Welcome your child at the beginning of each day
  • Plan and implement activities for your child based around their interest, development and learning
  • Offer a variety of learning experiences through play for your child and other experiences including outings and community links
  • Monitor your child’s development in regards to the EYFS and update this in their learning journal and on the room planning
  • Welcome and record your comments and  input in regards to your child’s learning and development (for planning and learning journals)
  • Give extra assistance for your child to reach their desirable goals and learning outcomes
  • Encourage your child to eat well at meal times, explore foods and learn about healthy eating
  • Comfort your child if they are upset
  • Help your child when in the bathroom / toilet training
  • Help your child to interact, socialise and communicate with other children and adults at nursery
  • Help your child enjoy quiet times / sleep at sleep times
  • Liaise with you, the parent / carer / other professionals, to keep you informed and be able to answer any questions / concerns you may have

Settling in

Prior to a child starting Early Days Nursery we offer two settling in sessions free of charge. These are designed to give the child the chance to acclimatise to their new situation (i.e. the environment, the staff, the children and the fact that a family member is not there). The settling in sessions are normally 1 / 2 hrs long but are set according to the needs of each individual child. Each child settles at a different rate and so we observe and adapt this process to suit your child.

Transitions

When a child moves into a different room this is done according to the child’s progress and development which will have been observed and assessed closely by their key worker, other staff and by yourself, as a parent / carer. The transition procedure is a process which will involve the staff in the child’s existing room / setting and they staff from the new room / setting. Information will be shared and a timeline set for the transition (subject to change dependent upon the child’s reaction to the change). We realise that any transition requires time, consistency, patience and co – operative working.

Communication

Communication is the key to consistent development and improvement. We realise the importance of communication between both adults and children within the setting.

Interaction is paramount throughout Early Days Nursery. It is through communication, language and literacy that we can educate each and every child in a free-flowing manner. Interaction throughout play can highlight specific areas of the EYFS and a child is learning and developing without even knowing it. We focus on open ended questioning as well as exploring and extending language. We aim to provide as many opportunities as possible in order to do this.

Some children attending Early Days Nursery speak a second language / English is not their home language. We embrace this and celebrate the diversity within nursery. We try to ask for parental involvement at this point as we can then learn words in different languages. This can provide more learning opportunities for the children and also minimise any communication / language barriers.