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About Us 

We provide ourselves on our play based approach to children learning, by supporting children to take part in play and by providing a well resourced play environment both inside and outside. Care and education is based around each individual, with each child’s development being documented in their own learning journal as a keepsake of their achievement. The strong relationships that we build with parents, families and outside professionals ensure that we are all working together to support your child. As your child continues their journey throughout the nursery we gradually support them to become confident, independent learners, ready for the next stage of their education.

We are proud to say that Ofsted have placed us as a ‘Good’ setting. Please see our link on our website to our latest Ofsted Inspection which took place in September 2017.

What Letterbox will offer

Each child at Letterbox will be individually planned for through a variety of interesting and exciting activities and these will carefully be created through your child’s interests.

We use an online system which enables us to document all your child’s learning through written observations, photographs, Audio Clips, Progress trackers and reports all is done so in line with the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) and supported through COEL (Characteristics of Effective Learning).

EYFS Areas

  • Personal, Social and Emotional
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

COEL Areas

  • Playing and Exploring (Engagement)
  • Active Learning (Motivation)
  • Creating and Thinking Critically (Thinking)

Key Person

A Key Person is a named practitioner who is responsible to ensure your child feels safe and secure. Their role involves responding sensitively to children’s feeling and behaviours and meeting their emotional needs by giving reassurance and support each child’s well being. They will also support your child’s physical needs including nappy changing, toileting and dressing. The Key Person is a familiar figure who is accessible and available as a point of contact for parents and main carers. Your child’s Key Person will also track yours children developmental progress and plan for their individual needs.

Induction and Settling Process

We have recently changed our induction and settling in process and our procedure for this is called ‘ Successful Induction in Five Steps’ 

A settling session is a time when your child’s key person gets to know your child and you and your family. The Key Person will ask you about your child’s routines at home and any interests, comforters etc all vital pieces of information to get to know your child as well as they can. These sessions will be arranged by the Key Person. Theses sessions are very flexible and adaptable to ensure that a child feels secure before they officially start.

All inductions and settling sessions are free of charge.

Outside Play

We offer free flow access to the outdoor area. Our garden is fully equipped with a variety of resources including Climbing frame, fireman’s pole, Play house, Slide, Chalk boards, Gardening patch, cosy corner / book corner etc we also have 3 well stocked child accessible sheds for Maths, Literacy and Investigation. We have recently purchased some new bug hunting equipment, bird feeders, bird table and bug hotels and are looking forward to creating our new Nature area in the garden.

The main garden area is fully equipped with a large climbing frame which includes a tunnel, slide and fireman’s pole. We also have a boat area which is great for children to balance and promote their social skills.

Added to this we also provide a range of scooters, trikes and bikes, balls, balancing beams as well as numerous other physical equipment so all children of any ability would be able to develop their physical skills further.

We are proud of the mud kitchen we provide the children, this is very popular and therefore it means that your child’s clothing may occasionally become a little dirty when playing in this area. We do, however, always aim to protect children’s clothing with aprons but this does not cover all their clothing!! We also provide a range of water and sand activities to give the children a variation in their play.

Staff are always on hand to suggest new games or activities for children and normally end up in the middle of games that the children have decided to play!!

We are developing our Sensory areas with a range of textures and are also going to plant a range of sensory plants for the children to explore. We often seek advice and source new equipment to support all children with additional needs and disabilities.