Welcome to Braeside Neighbourhood Nursery
This handbook contains information about our nursery and how we work, but at Braeside
Neighbourhood Nursery we understand that parents are children‟s first and most enduring
educators. It is therefore our aim to work closely with parents to ensure that together we are
providing a caring and positive impact on the children‟s development and learning.
Information about Braeside Neighbourhood Nursery
Braeside Neighbourhood Nursery is privately owned and has been registered since the 1960‟s,
but under the current ownership of Mr and Mrs Ashby since 1988. We are situated in a quiet
residential area in Paignton. Braeside Neighbourhood Nursery cares for babies and children
under 5 years, who are accommodated in separate units, these consist of 0-20 months,
20months- 3years and 3years –5 years units.
We would recommend the following.
? Parent/Carers and child have a tour of the nursery facilities and meet the staff prior to
admission to nursery.
? Hopefully have all questions answered by both parents and staff prior to the child‟s
first day so staff can concentrate on the child settling in and not on administration
? That you do a settling in session before your child starts. This will help them to
familiarise themselves with the staff and environment, these are known as “settling in
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) brings together Curriculum Guidance for the
foundation stage (2000), the Birth to Three Matters (2002) framework and the National
Standards for under 8‟s Daycare and Child minding (2003), building a coherent and flexible
approach to care and learning.
Starfish Our 0-20 months unit is called
During this period, young babies physical development is very rapid, and they gain increasing
use of their muscles. They learn from the moment they are born. Babies learn to communicate
very quickly and this can be shown in a variety of ways such as crying, gurgling, babbling
and squealing. They learn from hearing people talking, various sounds including singing and
rhymes. At this age they can use their arms and legs to reach for, grasp and manipulate things
and this leads to exploring with their mouths. By being aware of these different
developmental stages, staff can plan accordingly, sensitive care, which responds to children‟s
growing understanding and emotional needs, help to build secure attachments to special
people such as parents, family members and cares.
As children become mobile new opportunity for exploration and exercise open up. Staff must
provide a safe and interesting environment, with age appropriate resources; these will help
children to develop curiosity, co ordination and physical abilities. This in turn helps with the
beginnings of self-control and how to relate to other people. Building on their communication
skills, children are more able to develop a sense of self and are more able to express their
needs and feeling.
Our Birth to 20 months room has a staff ratio of 1 adult to 3 children.
? This unit includes a separate changing area where your baby will have their own
personal items such as nappies, wipes, cream etc. All these items will be clearly
marked and dated and parents will be informed when stocks are running low.
? A cot room, where babies can sleep in peace, which also has a monitor and is checked
and recorded every ten minutes by staff.
? A small kitchen area for preparation for babies bottles and food.
? And three-play area‟s, we have one play area, which is specifically used for all the
messy play, that the babies enjoy doing. The other two rooms can be joined as one
large play area where children can learn through play with many toys and activities
suitable for their developmental stage. We can also if needed separate the room into
two separate areas‟s when we have the very young babies in nursery. We at Braeside
Neighbourhood Nursery understand and cater for the needs of all the children and
especially note the vast age gap between birth and 20 months. Children in this unit
also have access to the garden area and when possible, we are close enough to the
beach and local park to take them out for walks in their pushchairs.
? Please note on all outings throughout Braeside Neighbourhood Nursery the ratio is
reduced to one adult to two children.
This age range is covered in both the Starfish and Jellyfish units.
During these months, children‟s fine motor skills develop and they enjoy a variety of
activities such as looking at picture books, listening to stories, which is an important step in
literacy. They are also becoming aware of their friends and making social contacts. This is a
particular area where children need praise, support and encouragement to help build their self-
esteem and to encourage development in eating, dressing and toileting. Developing physical
skills means that children around this age can usually walk climb or even run and this is a
time for learning about dangers and safe limits. As with all the children at Braeside
Neighbourhood Nursery we reinforce good behaviour with positive attitudes.
Our 20 months unit is called Jellyfish
20 – 36 months
From our vast experience at Braeside Neighbourhood Nursery we recongnise that children at
this age are full of energy and need careful support to channel it well. This is taken into
account when our staff are planning for the EYFS. Growing in physical strength and skills
mean that children need active times for exercise and quite times for calmer activities.
Children at this age are also learning about boundaries and how to handle frustration. Adults
are an important source of comfort and security at this stage. Play with toys that come apart
and fit together again encourage problem solving. Here at Braeside Neighbourhood Nursery
we offer our children a varied and challenging environment to help them build up their self-
confidence and awareness of people and things around them.
Our 20-36 months room has two staff ratios. Children 20-24 months remain as in the baby
unit (Starfish) at 1 adult to 3 children. When the child reaches 24-36 months the ratio changes
to 1 adult to 4 children.
? This room has a separate changing area and toilet area with child size amenities.
? Large play room with play zones and a wide range of toys and activities for the
curious and energetic toddler.
? They have a separate art area where all forms of art work are carried out and explored
by the children.
? There is a quite area if the children need to sleep, rest or just join in a quiet activity
like story time.
? A kitchen area where light snacks and drinks are prepared.
This unit is equipped and decorated with toddlers in mind. They have access to the garden,
and weather permitting, we aim to go into the garden twice a day.
Dolphins Our 36-60 months unit is called
The children in this unit are still building their sense of identity, but are usually confident,
articulate and eager learners. They are more able to maintain their concentration span and also
sit quietly when required. They help each other with social rules and customs and show
tolerance and understanding of each other, and how to control their own feelings and maybe,
actions. At this stage, children are better able to under take more challenging activities with a
wider range of materials. Literacy and numeracy play a large part in their development and
many of the children are eager to use a pencil and try to write their name with adult
encouragement. These children are especially encouraged to work as part of a group, taking
turns and sharing fairly including adults, to work together harmoniously. In this unit the
children have a café style snack where they are encouraged to choose what they would like
eat and drink, this leads to decision making.
Our 36-60 months unit has a staff ratio of 1 adult to 8 children.
? This unit has a cloakroom with a bathroom leading off with child sized toilet amenities.
? The main room is divided up into various play zones including, computer area, home
corner, dressing up department and a “shop” area that changes its theme each term.
? There are also two carpeted areas that are used for circle time or other activities such
as large floor puzzles.
? Also tables available for various toys and games to be played on.
? Off the main room there is a quiet room with cushions, library, DVD player and a
? At the far end of the playroom we have a large separate art room where all manner of
messy experiences take place.
? The art room leads directly into the garden.