Welcome to Wells House  Kindergarten

Stay and Play Sessions

We have often been asked to provide an extra service for parents who just want to drop off their children for a few hours of fun to allow them time to visit the gym, go to a doctor's appointment, do some shopping or just have some Me Time!

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Units

We have three units at Wells House
Kindergarten, Tweenies and Pre-School.
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Curriculum

Our curriculum encourages children to think, reason, question, experiment and explore. Each child will have a Key Worker as we believe that warm, nurturing relationships are fundamental to meeting the young child's needs.

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Nutrition

Here at Wells House we believe that a healthy diet begins the process of a healthy life.   As a result, we will introduce ever changing menus to promote healthy eating and drinking. We accommodate children with dietary restrictions whether cultural, religious or medical.

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Ofsted

You can see our latest OFSTED Report now on our Ofsted page. We had another tremendous report.

Ofsted found our provision to be "Good" in all three areas inspected.  

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Hours, Fees and T&C's

Wells House Kindergarten is open Monday to Friday, 7.30 am to 6 pm. We offer a flexible variety of competitively priced options, whether you are looking for full time, half days or daily sessions. Our terms and conditions are also listed here

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About Us

Wells House Kindergarten has been established since 1996. We are located on Ringley Road, Stoneclough, with excellent links to Swinton, Bury, Bolton and access to the M60/M62 and the A580 to Manchester.  - See location map.

It is a detached setting with an extensive outside play area for all ages.

The nursery cares for children from birth up to 5 years of age and currently has 5 different units for children to be grouped according to age and development stages. Wells House is an inclusive setting.

We are committed to a child-centred approach to childcare; we actively encourage our children to be outside in the fresh air and participate in vigorous activities as we feel they are essential for the children's well being and fitness. The more children's muscles and senses are exercised, the more the brain will develop its capacity for learning.

The motto of Wells House is “Security, Knowledge and Growth”. With this important statement and the following concepts of Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, and Social (P.I.E.S) development, along with the Early Years Foundation stage, we aim to offer the highest standard of professional and stimulating childcare and pre-school education. 

We are a Mindful Nursery

Wells House Kindergarten became a Mindfulness Nursery in 2014. Tina Knight the owner wanted to focus on children's wellbeing, particularly in helping and supporting children dealing with Stress and Anxiety and after a lot of research she attended an 8 week Mindfulness course. Tina quickly saw the potential of its use within the nursery setting and introduced the Pre School staff and children first.

We have seen positive results in the children and staff and we hope that we will be able to develop mindfulness throughout the nursery.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is an essential means to achieving fulfilment and happiness. Mindfulness is is the conscience awareness of our current thoughts, feelings, and surroundings-and accepting this awareness with openness and curiosity in a non-judgemental way. It means focusing our attention on none-doing, a crucial skill in these distracted times. It is more important than ever to teach ourselves and our children how to concentrate.

Research suggests that people with higher levels of mindfulness are better able to regulate their sense of well-being by virtue of greater emotional awareness, understanding, acceptance, and the ability to correct or repair unpleasant mood states...The ability to skilfully regulate one's internal emotional experience in the present moment may translate into good mental health (in the) long term.-Jeffrey M.Greeson,PhD

The most important years for the growing brain are from birth to age six (although it doesn't finish growing until around the age of twenty-five). Practising 10 mindful minutes a day can change the direction in which society is moving and is preparing and building Healthy and strong minds in the next generation.

By sitting and mindfully breathing for 10 minutes (although we only start with just 3 minutes with the children),in as little as 8 weeks you can strengthen the part of the prefrontal cortex involved in generating positive feelings and diminish the part that generates negative ones.

We as a nursery feel that this is important and we have introduced mindful thinking to both staff and our children and use this ancient method of mindful practise to help develop their strong minds and prepare them for the future ahead.

We are the only nursery to our knowledge who practise mindful awareness and feel the children benefit from doing so as they accept their feelings and have been given a coping and managing strategy in using mindfulness, We do this by teaching the children the importance of breathing and how to breath using various techniques and introduce the ' barking dog ' and the 'wise owl' to help tackle our anxiety, anger or stress they maybe feeling.

The Pre School for example develop their mindfulness with the help of Lottie the dog, a home link and circle time exercise for the children. Through storytelling, the children learn about how Lottie is feeling anxious and scared and together they will discuss how to overcome these feelings. We explain their feelings of anger/frustration as a barking dog in their brain (from the limbic part of the brain, which is responsible for how we feel) and we show them breathing techniques which will put the dog back into his kennel and will bring the wise owl out (the cortical part of the brain, which is responsible for how we think about things, our talking and our way of thinking).

Lottie and the children learn how to overcome her worries and anxieties to lead a healthier and happy mind. These techniques are also used in dealing with negative or unwanted behaviour and to help develop the children's understanding of negative behaviour and how to overcome these feelings in a positive way.

For any Parents interested in mindfulness the nursery has some excellent resources that we can loan you. We also have ideas for Mindfulness activities such as

  • Mindful listening
  • Mindful seeing
  • Mindful Smells
  • Mindful touch
  • Acts of kindness

Here are some of the comments Ofsted made about Wells House Kindergarten in their latest report

  •   Children make good progress based on their starting points, and are well prepared for their future learning because the quality of teaching is good across the nursery  

  •   Staff make good use of the assessment tools they have and use their daily observations of children's play to plan activities that are interesting and offer realistic challenges. As a result, children are motivated to learn and explore  

  •   Children follow good hygiene routines. They enjoy healthy meals and snacks, and independently brush their teeth during the day, which promotes their good health  

  •   Children are very settled and content because staff provide a caring and nurturing environment, particularly for the young babies  

  •   Children form strong attachments with staff. As a result, children's emotional well-being is positively promoted  

  •   Staff have a good understanding of safeguarding procedures. This is underpinned by effective policies. Consequently, children's safety and well-being is supported  

  •   The management team demonstrates a strong commitment to promoting high-quality childcare  

  •   Regular training opportunities undertaken by staff ensure qualification levels are high and they are equipped with the skills and knowledge to provide quality care and learning. This has had a positive impact on the learning experiences offered to children, particularly babies