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Wimbledon Park
Durnsford Pavilion
Durnsford Recreation Ground
Wellington Road
Wimbledon Park
London
SW19 8EQ
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Coronation Gardens
95 Pirbright Road
Southfields
London
SW18 5NB
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Little Learners nursery has a lovely park setting in Durnsford recreation, ground Wimbledon Park and is open Monday to Friday from 9.15am - 3.00pm providing sessional day care and wrap around care with Wimbledon Park nursery. The nursery can accommodate up to 30 children and has use of an outdoor playground, totally secured. The nursery welcomes all children from ages 2 years - 5 years. We welcome parents to stay and settle their child into the group. We respect the needs of all children with regard to culture, religion, gender and ability or disability.

Little Learners is Ofsted registered and inspected by Ofsted and assisted by the local council early years department. We can apply to our local authority for grant funding (national education grant) for all children ages 3 and over who are not being funded at another nursery, funding for 2 year olds is available only for children who meet a specific criteria (special needs, parents on welfare benefits).

We are a member of the pre school learning alliance and we adhere to its aims. The early years foundation stage curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning there is a set of "early learning goals" which establish the expectations most children aspire to reach by the end of reception year. Our nursery is staffed by qualified experienced childcare professionals all trained to level 3 or above. We also have trained special educational needs staff helping children to develop their learning. Many of our staff had been parents of the nursery children who have been trained through us. Our staff ratio average is 1 adult to 5 children plus managers..
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

Provide a safe, comfortable and stimulating environment for children aged 2-5 years.

Allow children to develop at their own pace and in an enjoyable way through a varied programme of adult and self led activities guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum.

Provide comprehensive observation and feedback to parents / carers through a dedicated key worker system, ensuring a seamless integration between development at home and at nursery.

Prepare children for full time school, helping them to form relationships, understand boundaries and become comfortable when separated from parents / carers.


THE CURRICULUM
The EYFS curriculum is set out by the Department for Education and identifies three Prime Areas of learning and development for children aged up to 3. For those aged 3 to 5 years, these are supplemented by four further Specific Areas.

Prime Areas
Personal, social and emotional
Communications and language
Physical development

Specific Areas
Mathematics
Expressive arts and design
Literacy
Understanding of the world

We use this curriculum and associated guidance combined with our detailed observations of individual children to plan sessions which challenge and stimulate all members of the group and help them work towards developmental milestones in each of these areas. Whole group activities are supplemented by small group and one-on-one work on a daily basis and activities take place both inside and outside.
PARENTAL PARTNERSHIP
We recognise that parents / carers are the first and most important educators in a child's life. It is therefore vital that you are kept fully informed and involved in your child's development at nursery. Examples of parent / carer involvement include:

Completion of an 'All About Me' pack, exchanging knowledge about your child's needs, activities, interests and progress.

Annual formal written reports, frequent informal verbal updates and open-door policy.

Detailed learning journals for each child, with opportunities for parents to feed in their own out of nursery observations and 'Wow' moments.

Personal photographic diaries for each child updated by parents.

Additional support and resources for children from families who have English as an additional language.

Cooperation, coordination and referral to other authorities and support resources for children with diagnosed or suspected special educational needs.

Opportunities for parents / carers to participate in sessions and share special skills or knowledge.

Monthly newsletters.

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
The nursery has written policies in place covering financial terms and conditions, equal opportunities and inclusion, safeguarding, complaints, administration of medicines, behaviour, health & safety, food hygiene and allergies and various other areas. These policies are available for inspection in the nursery.

SNACKS
All sessions include a snack break which is an important opportunity for children to socialise and develop self-care skills. Children are encouraged to wash their hands independently, pour their own drinks and choose their own snacks. We ask parents to contribute an item of fresh fruit each week to supplement the snacks we provide, which include breadsticks, raisins and rice cakes.

PACKED LUNCH
A healthy packed lunch to be provided by parents for those children who attend a full day or wrap around from Wimbledon Park Nursery, please refrain from including sweets or chocolate within the lunchbox.

CHILDREN'S BELONGINGS
Each child should bring a bag with a complete change of clothes to each session. They should also bring a water bottle. All items should be named. If your child is wearing nappies, spares should be provided in the bag, along with baby wipes. Children are welcome to bring a comfort blanket or teddy when they first start however we will encourage them to leave this in their bags as they become settled in the nursery.
Little Learners take no responsibility for any items, including jewellery, clothing, toys etc., that are sent in with your child to the nursery and subsequently lost. No child should attend Little Learners wearing any item of jewellery for health and safety reasons. Could you refrain from sending your children to nursery in their best clothes as they come to nursery to explore and learn which includes messy play inside and out e.g. painting, sand, water, mud kitchen, corn flour, pasta play. Crocs are not to be worn at Little Learners as they do not provide support for children’s feet and ankles when climbing on play equipment.

STAFF
The nursery is run by a highly experienced and well qualified team of five permanent members of staff. This is supplemented by regular visits from music and dance specialists. We also share staff from time to time with our sister nursery meaning we never rely on unfamiliar agency staff.

Principles:
Lorraine Greeley-Ward Diploma in Childcare P.S.L.A. N.N.E.B. Level 3
 C &G Teacher Training
Angela Taggart Diploma in Childcare Level 3 P.S.L.A./ H.N.D. A.D.C.E.Levels 4/5 C&G Teacher Training

Mounia - Deputy Manager
Kate Rickman - Smiley Time
Jane Cooper - Music and Movement
Joanne Groves - Dance