Welcome to the ‘Castle Day Nursery’

Baby & Toddler unit

In a purpose-built unit overlooking the garden, we provide a caring and stimulating environment fulfilling the babies and toddlers every need.

2-3 Year olds

The children participate in free flow activities including art, craft and messy play. These are all based on the children’s interests, and designed to move them on developmentally.

Pre School

The preschool classes are free to flow, thus enabling each child to choose which classroom they wish to play in, and to make use of all the activities on offer. This improves social skills and plays experience.

Why Castle Day Nursery

The Castle Day Nursery is a full-time Child Day Care Nursery, setting and caters for 54 children per session between the hours of 7.30am — 6 pmMonday — Friday. We provide a stimulating, caring, fun and safe environment for your babies where children can grow and achieve. We promote a positive atmosphere where teaching children the key principles in the life of caring for our planet, respecting others beliefs and thoughts, and knowing that learning can be fun, will give them a steady and firm footing for their future.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and support children with selecting activities, toys, and resources. This is achieved with the help of the qualified and proactive staff.

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From Director’s Desk

Prasanna is the Director of The Castle Day Nursery and also a businessman. He has businesses in UK and abroad. But his love and passion for working with children has driven him towards this Nursery. Prasanna has taken over this running Nursery in 2017 and aspires to take the nursery to a new heights of eco-culture with the use of new advance technologies. He envisions taking the nursery to next level of its eco-friendly operations.

Meet Our Teachers

Christine

Nursery Manager

Nicky

Nursery Manager

Katie

Deputy Manager

Kim

Deputy Manager

Classroom Facilities

Within the nursery, we offer individual classrooms. These include a Baby/Toddler Unit, three classrooms for 2-3 year olds and three classrooms for over 3’s. For all age groups, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage guidelines, where your child will be encouraged through various activities, theme work and practical participation in numerous projects, which are then planned around the children’s own interests

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A Little About Us, And What We Do

We are here to provide a safe, stimulating environment for your child at very affordable price. We ensure that their time spent with us is enjoyable and fun.

At the Castle Day Nursery, we promote and encourage children to self-select their own toys and encourage them to tidy up and look after all the equipment they have available to them within the setting. This helps to promote self-worth and gives them confidence.

Staff will allow children to express themselves freely when playing or doing art work for example, when doing a piece of art we would allow the child to choose what they would like to use, paint or pencils and what colour they would like to use, this enables them to self choose, be creative and explore media and materials.

Staff will discuss topics of interest with the children and plan their activities around these interests.

At the Nursery we make all toys and equipment accessible at all times of the day and the children can tidy away and choose new resources at will. This enables them to self select and encourages them to tidy up, play together, and develops independence in selecting and carrying out activities.

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Get Fit and Healthy

The children are encouraged to be physically active to  promote their fitness and wellbeing.

They enjoy many different activities, which all promote a healthy lifestyle. These include healthy cooking activities, and resources on subjects such as, good brushing of teeth.

Environmentally friendly

We are an environmentally friendly nursery, and we encourage staff and children to turn off lights and taps when not in use. The children recycle paper within the  classroom, and are encouraged to put waste paper in the recycling bin. Also, we have an on site fabric recycling facility for staff and parents use. There is a water butt in the garden, which we use for our flowers and vegetables.  We grow our own vegetables and herbs, which the staff and children plant and care for. We also         recycle our fruit and vegetable peelings, and create our own  compost which we use in our garden.

All staff and children are proactive in caring for our environment.

We have joined the Keep Britain Tidy ‘Eco Schools’ programme, and  have gained our Silver award.

Festivals

As a nursery we celebrate a variety of  festivals through out the year, where the   children learn about cultures and beliefs.  We do this through activities, books, tasting traditional foods, discussions at  carpet time and by  using our multi-cultural resources.

Garden and Woodland area

All children use our well resourced garden throughout the year. We provide rain coats and umbrellas, so they are able to enjoy the garden in all weathers.

Within our Woodland area the  children enjoy activities based around the natural environment such as, collages with twigs and leaves, making bird feeders and creating bug hotels.

Our pre-school children also enjoy toasting marshmallows, popping corn and making winter fruit punch on our fire pit.

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Our Menu

At the nursery we believe in promoting healthy eating  and life styles.

We have a four weekly menu which is reviewed  regularly, and prepared by our cook. We only use fresh fruit, vegetables and meat, including produce from our own garden. The children have access to fresh water and healthy snacks throughout the day.

There is an allergy chart in the kitchen and each class room, so that all staff are aware of each child’s specific needs and dietary requirements.

A sample of our menu

Lunch:- Tagliatelle alla Carbonara with garlic bread Mixed fruit pavlova with cream

Tea:-     Scrambled egg on toast Banana

Lunch:- Tuna fish pie with carrots and peas Layered apple sponge with custard

Tea:- Ham wraps with sweetcorn salad Fruit yoghurt

Lunch:- Roast chicken with roast potatoes broccoli, sweetcorn and gravy Semolina

Tea:-    Crackers, cheese, raisins and apple Carrot cake

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Learning Journals

The nursery follows the Early Years Foundation Stage guidelines which supports your child from birth until the end of reception year at school, and ensures a productive pre-school learning experience.

With the staff’s knowledge of each individual child’s interests they are able to plan activities to support them with their next developmental milestones.

Staff communicate with parents to ensure they are involved in their child’s progress, which in turn, is recorded in the child’s Learning Journal.

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Our Results Speak for themselves!

Staff are good role models for children and gently remind them of their high expectations. Children behave very well and are consistently kind and considerate of the needs of others. They happily share out toys so they can all have a go.

Staff supports children’s language development very well. For example, they use simple words to describe the environment for babies and encourage interesting conversation with older children. Children confidently communicate and express themselves

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Teaching, learning and assessment

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Personal development, behaviour and welfare

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Outcomes for children

We are voted as Good  in all aspects of the quality and standards of the early years provision by Ofsted.

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Our Rooms & Classes

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Class Size

Baby and Toddler

In a purpose-built unit overlooking the garden, we provide a caring and stimulating environment fulfilling the babies and toddlers every need.

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Months Old

Class Size

Our 2-3 Year olds

The children participate in free flow activities including art, craft and messy play.

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Months Old

Class Size

Pre – school

The preschool classes are free to flow, thus enabling each child to choose which classroom they wish to play in, and to make use of all the activities on offer.

Your Children

Areas of Development and Learning

The Castle Day Nursery is registered by OFSTED Early Years Directorate and with the DFES to receive Nursery Education Grant for eligible two, three and four year old children, and with the West Sussex Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

We work within the development matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage covering seven areas of learning, which are split into primary and specific areas.

We plan the curriculum for the each child through observations, planning and assessment from 6 months upto 5 years and cover all the seven areas of learning through this growing process.

The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experience and run through and support learning in all other areas. The prime areas continue to be fundamental through the EYFS.

The three primary Areas are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas and provide important contexts for learning

The Specific Areas are :

  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and Design
  • Literacy

All 7 areas of development are represented in each free flow environment, for every age group. Toys, resources and activities are constantly reviewed, expanded upon and amended in line with the children’s interests and development.

Safety

At the Castle Day Nursery we carry out Risk Assessments of the building, garden and equipment once a year. Staff receive a letter explaining any risk we feel they need to be made aware of.

Senior staff also conduct a regime of weekly recorded (Visual) inspections of the garden and play equipment. The maintenance manager also undertakes a monthly, more detailed (Operational) inspection of all the equipment and furniture in the Nursery and the garden.

Hygiene

It is the policy of The Castle Day Nursery that all new staff read our Health and Safety folder and Safer Food Better Business file before starting work.

All staff of the nursery re-read the Safer Food Better Business annually, to refresh themselves on good food hygiene principles.

All staff have Basic Food Hygiene training which is renewed every three years.

The Cook, Kitchen assistants and senior staff, check the fridge and freezer temperatures during the day and record this information on the temperature sheets, which also includes the critical temperatures for them to refer to.

Quality Education

All staff follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum guidelines, when doing any planning for their floor, making sure all areas of development are covered.
The staff store previous planning sheets in their planning folder and evaluate its effectiveness on a monthly basis.

Staffs allow children to express themselves freely when playing or doing art work, for example, when doing a piece of art we would allow the child to choose what they would like to use, paint or pencils and what colour they would like to use, this enables them to self choose, be creative and explore media and materials.

Your children’s education and wellfare are our main priorities