Recording Your Childs Development
All children are individual and progress at different rates. Our assessment involves establishing what each child can do and planning the next step through the keyworker system. We observe all the children regularly and, throughout the year we build up a profile for each child. This is presented to you at the end of each full term and a summary is passed on to the relevant reception class teacher, when they progress to school, to ensure continuity of learning and progression. Any concerns about your child would be raised with you during the term. However, each keyworker is available for a chat on a daily basis.
Special Educational Needs & Safeguarding
Any child attending the nursery, who has special educational needs will receive additional support from a qualified member of staff, as necessary.
Cumbria Local offer please follow http://localoffer.cumbria.gov.uk/kb5/cumbria/fsd/home.page for information regarding SEND
The Nursery is committed to building a 'culture of safety' in which children are protected from abuse and harm in all areas of its service delivery. For further information regarding child protection please follow http://www.cumbrialscb.com/ Once enrolled if your child/ren is absent for more than 4 weeks without explanation we would follow normal child protection procedures found on the Cumbria LSCB website.
Beckermet Nursery Baby Unit
At Beckermet Nursery, the Baby Unit has a homely atmosphere with comfortable cots and lots of soft cushions. It is a self-contained area providing dedicated care for babies from 3 months to approximately. 18-22 months. They will then move to the ‘Tiddler Room’ which is another self-contained area for babies who are between 2 and 3 years of age. The children in the Baby Unit are cared for on a ratio of one member of staff to a maximum of two babies. This ensures excellent quality care in a stimulating environment. (OFSTED requirement Statutory Framework for EYFS ~Appendix 2 No.5 states “there must be at least one member of staff for every three children)
The unit has its own Senior Nursery Nurse who is fully qualified with a great deal of experience in the running of a day nursery. She is assisted by nursery assistants who specialise in the care of babies. In the Baby Unit, we provide a safe, stimulating environment to encourage the use and development of the baby’s senses, giving them the freedom and space to move around and the opportunity to explore. The areas are brightly decorated with colourful displays; there are mirrors on the walls and mobiles hanging from the ceilings. The unit is resourced with age-appropriate play equipment which includes soft play toys, multi-activity centres, push-around toys, heuristic and sensory equipment.
Daily Record Books
We provide all babies with a record book which goes home daily. Messages are written in the book by the Baby Unit staff such as any relevant information, that they feel you would like to know, about your baby’s day. Any information you feel you need to let us know about can also be passed this way e.g. times of their last feed and nappy change or any problems that would be useful for us to know about. This information exchange ensures that parent/carers receive all relevant information regarding their child.
'Home Cooked' Meals and Snacks
A child's diet in the first few years are of vital importance, as this is the crucial time when the foundations for future good health are laid. Beckermet Nursery offers your child a healthy and varied diet prepared daily on the premises. All our food is healthy, tasty and cooked in a well equipped kitchen using fresh, wholesome ingredients. We provide breakfast, lunch and snacks. Fresh water is served throughout the day and of course on request.
A dedicated baby menu of pureed fresh vegetables and fruit is provided and we cater for any special dietary requirements – just let us know. At Beckermet Nursery we understand the financial strains placed upon families. As Beckermet Nursery is a none profit making organisation with charity status we are able to offer top quality care and service at an affordable cost. We are in receipt of free entitlement nursery funding for two, three and four year olds, where funding is not received then the following fees apply. Our hourly rate for babies and children is £5.20 (charged thereafter half hourly). This DOES NOT include lunch and snacks.
There is also a 10% reduction for second and subsequent children. We accept several different childcare vouchers.
If you would like a place for your child at our Nursery, please make an appointment and we'll gladly take the time to explain everything you need to know. What happens if my child is ill? It's unavoidable that small children catch all kinds of minor infections. Any child suffering from infectious illnesses such as chicken pox should be kept at home. For illnesses such as sickness and diarrhoea the child should be kept at home for at least 48 hours. If you need advice on the incubation period of infectious diseases you should contact your GP. Should a child become ill at nursery, efforts will be made to contact the parents or nominated carer.
We have three routine nappy changes each day, plus extra if needed. Sometimes bottoms become sore, we are happy to apply cream at the parents / carers request.
Baby Unit Sleeping
Each baby will have their own separate bed linen which will be washed at the end of each week or earlier if necessary. The sleep room temperature is maintained at a comfortable level and regularly checked via a wall thermometer. Sleeping babies are checked every ten minutes and this is recorded via their wall chart.
Items needed when starting nursery would include:
- Nappy Sacks
- Sleeping Bag
- Waterproof Suit
- Changes of Clothes (incase of accidents)
Please make sure all of the above is clearly labelled.