The Nursery of Narnia in Swindon will offer high quality childcare to ALL children, it is the ethos of the Nursery to ensure the equality of access and opportunity for our children to learn, share, laugh and grow in a safe, fun and inspiring environment. Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support to fulfil their potential and we commit to do all we can to help you and your little ones achieve this.
Our aim is to offer an environment designed for young children where they can learn to become a member of a community irrespective of their medical or personal profile, and under the guidance of a team of professionals, along with the family, enjoying experiences which should provide a foundation for future living and learning.
A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important and when parents or carers chose a nursery or pre-school they want the assurance that they will keep their children safe and support them to develop. The environment and daily activity programme at The Nursery of Narnia will help develop confident, independent and creative children.
Our Commitment to you and our children
• We will provide a developmentally appropriate environment so designed to meet the emotional, social, cognitive, physical and creative needs of our children and ensure they have every opportunity to access the opportunities to grow and develop therein.
• We will work with the families and care /support agencies to provide a unique, creative, innovative and supportive program to help the children develop in these vital years meeting their individual learning needs.
• We will aim to equip them with a positive self-image, a love for learning so they can observe, question and appreciate their world – allowing them to explore their creative potential, this will be born from a balanced curriculum of structured/child-led time which incorporates learning goals of play, social, emotional, physical and academic content.
• The Partners in this Nursery have a co –joined focus to bridge the gap currently felt by the children and families that are under SEND whilst also catering for mainstream children we are committed to creating an environment that encourages inclusion and understanding of diversity within our community and actively promotes equality.
• The Nursery of Narnia has been designed with a specific focus to have the capability to receive mainstream children as well as those with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND), the design has ensured the ability to receive all children in all areas and we will continue to ensure we do all we can to remove any hurdles to a child’s development based on their individual needs as they arise
We are lucky to have a Light, airy and spacious setting, The nursery is a bright, stimulating and inviting environment where children can thrive and access learning and development opportunity with ease.
Located in a convenient location for the, community of Swindon, it easily accessible from the A419, and situated on the primary travel route to the largest industrial area in the town surrounded by trees, gardens a playground and play park.
Ages: 0 to 12 years (with SEND allowance up to 19 years) Capacity: 30 children.
Please contact the team to discuss your needs and how we can support you.
Open: 7.30am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday, 51 weeks a year (however should your family have additional needs we will happily discuss this with you to ensure your needs are met wherever possible) Furthermore we recognise that as a supplier of a service such as this we need to recognise the needs of those families who work shifts.
Please contact the team to discuss your needs and how we can support you.
Outdoor play and what the EYFS has to say…
“Providing well-planned experiences based upon children’s spontaneous play, both indoors and outdoors, is an important way in which practitioners support young children to learn with enjoyment and challenge.”
The Nursery of Narnia is steadfastly committed to getting our children outside in the fresh air and into natural surroundings, our garden is a special place and a very important feature of our nursery. It is a place of great fun, excitement and learning for the children as they develop their physical, social and imaginative skills while enjoying the garden.
We will have an area of garden seeded with wild flowers and where children can investigate a natural environment. There will be a bug hotel, specific shrubs e.g. lavender, buddleia to attract insects and butterflies, wild flowers/grasses, logs, a mud kitchen, digging area, bird tables etc.
This ‘natural’ garden will contrast with the more cultivated garden, with flowerbeds and vegetable plot in our ‘taste garden’ which the children will have the opportunity to help plant and care for.
Our sensory garden will be enjoyed by children and adults alike, it will have a variety of plants to smell and touch. There will be lots of interesting and exotic smells from the chocolate plants and curry plants as well as the lavender, jasmine and sweet peas as well as calming sounds such as listening to the bamboo and long grasses swaying and the birds singing
The children will grow their own fruit and vegetables in the taste garden which they pick and cook and have for their lunch or snacks where possible. The children will also be able to plant a variety of bulbs and seedlings throughout the garden and enjoy a range of beautiful colours in the spring and summer.
Our babies are very much a part of the nursery and we will have a special space in the garden for our babies where they can play and crawl and watch the older children, in a safe and secure environment
We have a hard play area for bikes, cars and trikes and a soft surface area for other play equipment, we have also been able to secure an agreement with the council to be allowed to fit a gated access to the secure local community playground right behind our Nursery.
There are lots of areas for children to explore at The Nursery of Narnia, whether your child prefers a visit to our bug hotel or racing around our playground on a tractor or if they would prefer a quiet space we can cater for all needs. We have large trees behind our Nursery which we will use to good effect when we are outside as they will provide shade when it’s hot and shelter in the rain and snow.
The team at our Nursery will endeavour to ensure All of our children play outside at least once a day unless the weather’s really extreme – we have plenty of wet weather gear to keep them dry .
The Nursery of Narnia is so committed to ensuring our children have every opportunity to develop in an enjoyable space that the directors have incorporated a forest school provison into the setting and this is to a larger extent thanks to our neighbours Sandalwood Court NHS who have agreed to allow our Nursery to have use of the grassed wooded area between our two sites.
As a result of this The Nursery of Narnia has been able to secure the services of a level 3 trained forest school trainer to lead our little ones on a jouney of learning unlike any other, activities such as leaf printing, twig weaving, fairyland building, bug counting and building a shelter to name but a few of the great activities in store for them.
Forest school will help our children develop the following confidence, social skills, communication, motivation, physical skills & knowledge nd understanding of the environment.
Our Sensory Room is a specially designed room which combines a range of stimuli to help individuals develop and engage their senses. These include lights, colours, sounds, and sensory soft play objects all within a safe environment that allows the person using it to explore and interact without risk.
The Nursery of Narnia is designed to support the development needs of all and as such we will also be installing a TV into our sensory room to be used when required to offer children the escape they need, we have spoken to many parent of children with a huge variety of conditions and the common theme is that most children have a favourite cartoon (Mr Tumble for example) our approach is non-prescriptive and as such we will match our methods to your child’s individual bespoke needs.
Our sensory room benefits from a whole range of sensory equipment such as bubble tubes, sensory ball pond, padded mirrors, soft illuminated shapes, soft music and light show projector, floor imaging equipment, sensory drawing boards, infinity tunnels or a fibre optic sensory harness to name but a few of the fantastic options we have available to us.
The Nursery of Narnia will have a fully interactive kitchen and dining space where the children will be able to not only eat their meals but also learn about their food developing their understanding about healthy eating and getting involved in making simple things to eat, we will also be using this space in the evenings for heathy eating groups and cookery sessions for our parents and the local community to get involved in.
The Kitchen will offer a valuable place for our children to explore their 7 areas of learning further in a space that is different to the usual nursery space, this will be a fantastic opportunity for them to learn to understand and recognise each others preferences and needs further underpinning the nurserys ethos of ensuring our children grow and develop with an understanding and respect of the diverse culture in which they live in and enhancing their sense of community and relationship development.
The Nursery of Narnia will benefit from an Information technology suite which will incorporate equipment such as a large interactive smartboard, IPADS, remote control toys, Bee-Bots with interactive learning mats, torches, radios, cameras, tape recorders, construction kits the list goes on as does the learning journey available to our children.
So to start with we have the EYFS (Early Year Foundation Stage) this is a UK government document which sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five, The Nursery of Narnia is committed to ensuring our setting meets all of these requirements to secure the quality of learning and development our children need and deserve.
It details all the legal requirements, the principles that practitioners need to put into their practice and information on supporting children’s progression through the seven areas of learning and development which we will come on to later in this booklet.
Our children will be encouraged to learn holistically through play. Through play children can develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences and environments.
The importance of self-initiated play, particularly for young children means that we need to give them open-ended toys, like blocks, sensory materials and real-life objects (experiential play) to create their own learning experiences.
We are committed to ensuring the quality of our children’s learning and development as such it is structured against the EYFS guidance to safeguard this commitment.
The prime areas are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language. These are fundamental because they work together to support development in the other areas. Development and Communication and Language.
These are fundamental because they work together to support development in the other areas. The developmental statements in these areas help practitioners to identify and plan for the children’s individual interests and abilities. These areas of learning are accompanied by the specific areas of learning which are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts & Design.
Movie Club – The Nursery will open up throughout the month to offer a movie club experience for the children and their families, we will aim to offer a new title for viewing with all of the fun of the cinema at a fraction of the cost and in a more relaxed space so families can bring babies if wished.
Sports Club – The Nursery has the benefit of a small sports pitch and as such we will be offering a range of after school and weekend sports clubs to offer children the opportunity to join in… Furthermore the directors of our Nursery recognise that there is a gap in family life where parents and carers coming home from work are often unable to play a sport with their child due to lighting or excessive court hire costs…as such The Nursery of Narnia will offer its space to our children at a fraction of the cost to enable more quality family time for you and your children.
The Wardrobe of Narnia – This is a resource sharing unit, we will be offering parents the opportunity to share resources within our Nursery community, if your little one has grown out of clothes or toys then please add them to the wardrobe but in return you are able to take from the wardrobe also, this we hope will enhance the sense of community at our nursery and encourage sharing and sustainable cost effective living.
Respite Relief Sessions – Our team recognises how difficult it is for parents who have children with disabilities to get respite care, we also recognise that relatives such as grandparents may not have the appropriate space to care for or have the skillset to take care of your child… So the nursery opens its doors to families who need to use our space for such needs … respite suddenly becomes possible and your family are able to pull together better to support each other with the peace of mind that a skilled staff member will be on hand to support where necessary.
Date Night Club – The Nursery will open its doors for a late night session twice a month to enable you book your children in to allow you to spend some well-deserved time together… The Nursery of Narnia understands that you the adults need time too, this will be on set nights to be published soon.
Parenting Classes – The Nursery will put on regular parenting classes to support families as they grow and develop.
Heathy Eating Classes/Groups – We will be seeking to open healthy eating groups which will be open to all.
Craft Clubs – The Nursery will be seeking based on interest to run craft and hobby clubs in evening and on weekends
Forest School – If the interest is there we will offer outdoor activities to parents and children at weekends, we will also offer training for anyone wishing to develop into a forest school leader.
Disco – The children will be able to attend a disco free of charge once every 3 months at the Nursery.
Stress Management, Mediation and Resilience Counselling – Where needed the Nursery has secured the services of a professional counsellor who is happy to offer our parents a great service at a very low cost, however The Nursery of Narnia recognise that sometimes we all need to just talk our problems through and so families are able to access our family assistance program to book sessions with our support team to help work through the issues to help you find solutions.
Explorers Club – The Nursery will arrange for reduced rate trips for our families to go on throughout the year.