We understand that as a parent, sending your most precious thing in the world – your child – to nursery can be a daunting experience. The information on this page will provide you with some information about how each of our nurseries run, and what you can expect from a day at our nurseries.
There is also information on the sessions we offer, and the food that is provided.
Please look at our Locations page for more information about each specific site.
If you decide you would like to register your child with Good Manors you will receive a registration pack that needs to be completed and returned. We will then ensure we have the space available to offer you a space. You will then need to pay our registration fee and deposit.
After registering your child’s start date, settling in sessions are then booked with the nursery management team. The first visit is a stay and play where you are asked to stay and fill out some information about your child with the child’s key worker on our online learning journey software. We then offer three further settling in sessions for you to drop your child off and let them play for an hour to see how they get on. Once this is complete, your child starts with us!
In some instances, children require further settling in sessions, we will work with you and your child in these cases.
You, your child, and your family are all part of the Good Manors family. Our excellent liaison with you is crucial as we recognise that you have the best knowledge of your child. We obtain regular information about your child and family, so we understand your child’s needs and interests in the context of your family background.
We work hard to make you feel welcome and to involve you as partners in your child’s learning and development, by encouraging you to observe your child at play in the home and to use this to help develop their learning.
We use different ways to keep you up to date. We provide daily feedback from staff, a daily diary from our Blossom online learning journey, emails for correspondence, regular newsletters, parent’s evenings, home learning resources, and invites to nursery events.
Your child will also have a key person assigned to them, who will be primarily responsible for caring for your child and planning their learning within the nursery. You and your child will build up a strong bond with this key person.
We are open and receptive to your suggestions for improvement, so if you have any comments or suggestions, please let us know!
We have a full set of policies and procedures available to parents to read. You can find the latest set of policies here.
Each of our nurseries have three rooms that children are based in. Each room is run by a senior member of staff known as a Team Coordinator, and each Team Coordinator works closely with their team of Nursery Practitioners to support your child.
Within the baby room the staff work closely with you to ensure that your child’s individual needs and routine is met throughout the day. Each baby is unique, so we will fit our routines around your baby’s needs, such as bottle feeding and sleeps. Our daily diary also holds all information such as how much your baby has eaten, details of nappy changes and what they have been doing. Strong bonds and attachments are built up between your baby and their key person for them to feel secure in their nursery environment.
In the tweenie room your child starts to gain new skills, develop their already existing skills, and start to form personal preferences within their play. At this age, your child will be encouraged to start making choices within the activities that they take part in throughout the day, in preparation for their later transition to preschool.
Your child will begin to gain independence, such as toilet training, starting to learn to dress themselves, reducing sleeping throughout the day, using non-plastic crockery and cutlery, and being able to communicate well. Your child will also really find their voice at this age!
Your child’s time in the preschool room will see them start to build up and develop their knowledge on what they have already learned. We provide a variety of more advanced activities and experiences for your child, to develop their enquiring, active minds and to enable them to become independent and confident learners.
Your child will also become more independent, and so will take the lead more in the focus and intent of their play, and their day. More opportunities are provided for your child to explore and develop their interests, and we also work hard to ensure that your child is ready and equipped for their transition to school.
Our aim is to ensure that your child enjoys their time with us and can learn and master new skills, whilst being looked after in a caring and safe environment. Our daily routine provides the opportunity for this to happen, which has been perfected over the course of over twenty years.
Whilst our routine is subject to change depending on things such as weather and seasonal events, here is an overview of what you can expect for your child at our nurseries.
Nappies are changed at least every three hours. Where applicable, your child’s bottles will be tailored to suit your children’s needs.
Your child’s sleeps will be tailored to suit your child’s needs when they are in the baby room, and will gradually move to the nursery sleep time as your child moves to the tweenie room.
|7:30am – 9:00am||Breakfast on arrival and free flow play|
|9:00am – 9:15am||Morning welcome time|
|9:15am – 11:30am||Free flow play|
|During morning free flow play||Adult-led activities; morning bottles, nappies and sleeps; garden time; morning snack|
|11:30am – 12:15pm||Lunch|
|12:15pm – 3:30pm||Afternoon free flow play|
|During afternoon free flow play||Sleep time; adult-led activities; afternoon bottles and nappies; garden time|
|3:30pm – 4:00pm||High tea|
|4:00pm – 6:00pm||Evening free flow play|
Your child will take part in a wide range of age appropriate activities, this includes both indoor play and outside play. The activities cover all areas of learning in our curriculum. Our messy play activities include sand play, water play, baked bean play, cereal play, playdough, painting, gluing, and sticking, to name a few! We also enjoy music and movement, construction activities, small world play and role play opportunities.
Your child will be encouraged to explore the outdoors every day, playing in the messy garden, with the outdoor sand or mud pit, climbing on the climbing frame and various other garden activities such as play with balls, hoops, bikes and obstacle courses.
We regularly take our children out to explore the wider community and go for walks to the local park, shops and occasionally further afield, to provide more varied experiences for all of our children.
We offer full day childcare, 51 weeks of the year excluding public holidays, from 7:30am to 6:00pm, Monday to Friday. We close for a week between Christmas and New Year, and on all public holidays.
Our sessions are as follows:
Full day: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Mornings: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Afternoons: 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Extended morning: 8:00am – 2:00pm
Extended afternoon: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Early bird: 7:30am – 8:00am
At our nurseries you can expect your child to be fed a range of nutritious and yummy meals! By following a carefully constructed menu that is regularly updated, following current best practice nutritional guidance, we provide all children with healthy meals that give them the energy they need and is also portioned and served appropriate for their age.
Each of our nurseries has its own in-house cook who will work closely with you and your child if there is a specific dietary requirement. See below for our latest food menus.
T: 01329 230123
T: 01329 823222
T: 023 9217 7560
T: 023 9307 7148
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