Preparation for school is very important at Wells House, and to maintain a high quality of education our staff follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, Every Child Matters, under the guidance and advice from the early years team.
The following activities are also on offer to the pre-school children:
These rooms nurture each child’s natural curiosity within a structured framework providing Preschool children with an early introduction to school life. Through a balance of formal teaching and child-initiated play, we support children with phonics, letters, counting and other fundamental skills such as concentrating and contributing.
Each child’s learning are focused on them being independent in their own development and exploration, with the use excellent up to date resources and equipment. Our well qualified experienced practitioners work closely with the children to progress their learning giving them the confidence to thrive. We recognise that all children learn in their own way and in their own time, our environment supports children to be inquisitive, children are encouraged to ask questions, make an inquiry, research and be eager for knowledge, we skilfully provide for children to explore and express themselves, this is open ended and provides the means for expression, communication, language and curiosity.
Partnership with parents
This is very important at Wells House and once a child has fully settled into nursery life a learning journal login will be sent to parents, so they are fully informed on the day to day progress their child will be making including photographs of their child enjoying their activities and experiences, parents can add to the learning journal so that practitioners can see progress made at home too.
Obviously face to face discussions daily about your child are what matters most to us here at Wells House but with busy lives this is not always possible, so each room will also have daily diaries for each child, these can be taken home daily so no information sharing opportunities can be missed and finally we have a parent App that we can remind you of upcoming events, new policies and procedures or any other information we wish to share.
Here are some of the comments Ofsted made about Wells House Kindergarten in their latest report
The experienced and long standing management team are committed and passionate. They have high aspirations for the quality of the nursery. The management team regularly create clear targets to help them improve further.
Since the last inspection, they have forged links with local primary schools and nurseries and together they share good practice.
The environment is highly stimulating. Each area is carefully planned to capture children’s interests and to support their development. For example, older children benefit from a vast range of activities and interesting resources aimed specifically at supporting their literacy skills.
A wealth of information is exchanged between staff and parent’s. Staff offer well targeted support for parent’s to extend children’s learning at home. For example, parents are offered activities and professional advice, such as tips on promoting children’s speech. This contributes to the good progress that children make.
Staff provide a consistent approach to promoting children’s positive behaviour. For instance, staff working with very young children use picture cards to communicate positive messages, such as kind hands. Older children help to create the rules which are displayed in their room. All children’s behaviour is good in relation to their age.
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