All that we do is linked back to the child – our ethos is to give all children in Cornwall
the best start in life.
1. To provide high quality, inclusive and affordable childcare
This we feel is achieved by:
- Ensuring there are no barriers to using our services such as affordability, access and transportation, meeting the needs of each individual child, supporting our families, listening to the needs of our parents, creating and supporting strong partnerships and more.
- Providing high quality resources and play experiences in a selection of positive environments both within the centre and at beach, forest or cultural/community areas. Furthermore, creating ‘outreach’ services to ensure we reach targeted and vulnerable groups.
- Ensuring our staff are trained to the highest of standards and supported through regular training events, best practice sharing and continuous professional development, review and support.
- Ensuring our team have a high ratio of highly qualified staff with Level 3 as the minimum, with those in apprenticeships working towards a Level 3 minimum qualification. This includes our curriculum is designed by our Early Years Teacher and supported by our Day Care Manager to ensure we support children to develop and become school ready.
- Ensuring the welfare of our staff is at the heart of their day to day practice and personal development.
- Providing flexible care packages to meet the needs of every child throughout Cornwall through session times and outreach work.
- Always aiming to provide staffing ratios and qualification above the minimum standards set by Ofsted.
- Through thorough consultation with our parents from settling in to on-going daily discussions, Tapestry, information sharing, parent evenings, monthly newsletters, presentations, events and parent surveys.
- Valuing our parents’ opinions to ensure we really are meeting their needs, both for their children and themselves. By sharing our experiences and our knowledge of best practice, we believe this consultative and reflective approach ensures that we keep our customer promise of providing a service that meets the needs of our families... our door really is always open and we are always ready to listen.
2. To provide safe nurturing and stimulating environments
Young children develop faster when being cared for in a safe nurturing environment. We aim to achieve this by:
- Ensuring our rooms have a homely feel, with the opportunity for free flow play throughout the setting in a variety of care rooms offering inspiring play and learning and also by making use of our external areas of the setting and further afield within our local environment such as beach and forest schools.
- Encouraging children to take safe risks so that they can learn through doing, however, the emphasis of ‘safe’ ensures your children grow confidently and reduces the fear of the unknown. This improves behaviour and increases confidence and self-esteem.
- Offering children from three months to eleven years of age a unique childcare provision. Our work has, at its core, the aim of enabling children to develop their emotional, social, cognitive, interpersonal and physical skills, and their desire to explore, discover and be creative.
- Ensuring there is continuity between home and nursery.
- To provide a safe environment by regular review of our policies, procedures and risk assessment. Ensuring all our staff are paediatric first aid trained and retrained every three years with our own internal ‘refresher’ delivered to whole team by professional body and ensuring all staff undertake regular child protection training and all those in leadership undertake Multi Agency Level 3 training at least every two years but take part in internal update training.
3. To work in partnership with parents, external groups and agencies to achieve the best outcomes for children.
This we feel is achieved by:
- Cultural Capital is the essential knowledge that children need to prepare them for their future success. It is about giving children the best possible start to their early education. We develop our curriculum to enhance the experience and opportunities available to children, particularly the most disadvantaged.
Some children arrive at our setting with different experiences from others, in their learning and play. What we do through the EYFS curriculum and interactions with our teachers and practitioners, potentially makes all the difference for our children. It is our responsibility to help children experience the awe and wonder of the world in which they live, through the seven areas of learning.
- Strong communication and sharing good practice to ensure there is continuity between home and nursery.
- Encouraging parents, as the child’s key teacher, to play a key role in their child’s care and education.
- Offering advice and support to parents and/or signpost them to others that are able to help.
- Sharing and celebrating childrens successes and achievements.
- Working within multi-agency partnerships.
- Sharing best practice with dual-settings.
- Working with local schools to facilitate smooth transitions from nursery to school.
- Developing and delivering a Peer Mentoring Programme with others so as to share best practice and remain sustainable.
4. To provide high quality care through the Continuous Professional Development and Training of our team.
- We are fully aware that to provide a high quality childcare provision, our staff must also be highly qualified with continuous professional development. We are proud of our national and regional awards of recognition in these areas.
- Listening and supporting our staff is essential in achieving a happy workforce which equals happy children and happy parents.
- All our team undergo and in-depth induction process, bi-monthly supervisions and annual appraisals and our apprenticeship programme ensures our staff learn all aspects of childcare, safeguarding, our culture and ethos, leading potentially to a position within our organisation at the end of their apprenticeship.
- All our team attend regular internal training, undertaken by our Day Care Manager as well as attending external training based on their needs and the needs of the children they care for.
- We are accredited with Millies Mark to ensure our team a full capable if an emergency arose, which also means 100% of our staff are trained in Paediatric First Aid.
- Our curriculum is designed by our Early Years Teacher and Day Care Manager. Our team are further supported in delivering our curriculum with in-house coaching and mentoring.
5. To support healthy living initiatives through experiences, activities, knowledge sharing and provision of a nutritious menu of snacks and meals and refreshments
- We are committed to ensuring that children and families in our care learn about the benefits of healthy lifestyles. It is our belief that by sharing our knowledge and by providing healthy, nutritious and balanced snacks and meals, we will play a part in developing healthy behaviours, improve long term health and reduce health inequalities.
- Developing and creating an accessible environment both indoors, outdoors and within our local community to support adventure, wow experiences, sports days, physical activities and other fun and healthy events, often chosen by the children such as zumba, Asian dancing, Teddy Tennis and karate.
- All meals and snacks are planned and prepared by our own personal Chef, on site, in our own kitchen, where we ensure children have a nutritious and well balanced diet whilst at our setting.
- We encourage where possible all children to have their five a day and cater for any child with a food intolerance or allergies.
- We do not put salt in our foods and limit sugar as much as possible.
- Fruit, vegetables and meat are sourced locally.
- We encourage child independence during snacks and meal times.
6. To support your child to become school ready – this is not just about meeting a good level of development academically, school readiness includes:
- Being able to use the toilet independently
- Having an understanding of boundaries and routines
- Having the confidence / self-esteem to communicate needs
- Being able to share and take turns
- Having the ability to sit for a short period of time on the carpet
- Can separate from main care giver
- Effective communication skills
- Ability to actively learn and think critically
- Can follow instructions
- Be able to express themselves effectively
- To be resilient