Brookes University Nursery provides childcare for the staff and students of the
university. The Discoverers’ Room (2-5’s)
is also open to external children. The
nursery is open from 8.30am to 5.25pm with the possibility of booking extended
sessions between 8am to 5.55pm. We operate
on Monday to Friday for 47 weeks of the year.
Nursery is registered to provide full day care for 60 children aged from 4
months to under 8 years, although we currently take a maximum of 54 children on
any one session. We group the children
between two rooms depending on their age.
The Explorers’ Room caters for 12 children between 4
months and 2 years. The staff ratio in
this room is 1:3. Four qualified Nursery
Nurses work alongside a Lunchtime Assistant.
The Discoverers’ Room caters for up to 42 children
between 2 years to 5 years. The staff
ratio is 1:4 for the 2-3’s and 1:8 for the over 3’s. Seven qualified Nursery Nurses work alongside
two qualified Nursery Assistants (also qualified to level 3).
employ an additional full-time qualified Nursery Assistant who is supernumerary
who can cover staff absence due to holiday or sickness. Additional contingency arrangements include
the manager and deputy roles being supernumerary and having a bank of regular
cover staff. Should the unlikely situation arise where,
through unforeseen circumstances, there were not enough staff available for
work on a particular day to cover our ratios, parents would be asked to wait
with their children until the appropriate cover had been arranged.
Nursery Chef plans and provides a wholesome balanced diet in the fully equipped
nursery kitchen. The daily menu includes
a fully cooked lunch and mid-morning and afternoon snack. Special diets and allergies are also catered
for. Fresh drinking water is always
room we operate a Keyperson Approach, whereby each child is allocated a
particular member of staff to be their ‘special person’ with whom they can
build a closer relationship. The
Keyperson is the main person responsible for the child’s well being on a daily
basis and for providing their ‘intimate care’.
They will also be the main person to share information with the parent. Each Keyperson also has a ‘buddy’, who will
be able to take over the care should the Keyperson be away.
staff plan for the children’s learning using the Early Years Foundation Stage
(EYFS). The EYFS continues into school until
the end of the Foundation Year (rising 6’s).
framework is grouped into four themes:
themes underpin effective practice and guide the staff in the delivery of the
EYFS. Meeting the individual needs of
all children and delivering personalised learning and care lie at the heart of
the EYFS. Staff individually plan for
their key children based on observations of what they enjoy, their stage of
development and previous experiences.
progress is recorded in each child’s Foundation Stage Profile along with
supporting evidence under seven areas of learning:
have regard to the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ (Playing &
Exploring, Active Learning and Creating & Thinking Critically). Some of our activities are planned to
facilitate these characteristics by ensuring there are opportunities for
open-ended play, exploration, problem solving and creativity. This type of planning values the process of
learning rather that the end result.
children are encouraged to make their own contributions to their folders by
choosing evidence to be included and recording their own thoughts and
feelings. We also value parents own
observations on their children’s progress which helps to create a holistic view
of the child. Each child’s key person shares
these records with the parents each semester but they are available to be
looked through at any time. A school
report will be forwarded onto the appropriate school when each child leaves the
nursery and the additional supporting evidence is given to the parents to keep.
children are given as much freedom of choice as possible to encourage
autonomous learning, develop independence and a rich learning environment.
nursery was last inspected by Ofsted in June 2015 and received an ‘outstanding’
grade in all areas.
Training and Development
staff have an individual training and development programme which is discussed
at their annual Personal Development Review.
Individual objectives are set in order to develop practices and
procedures and maintain a highly motivated and valued staff team. Performance is regularly reviewed throughout
the year during 1:1 supervision sessions and the interim PDR.
with attending many individual courses, the nursery also operates three full
staff training days each year. These are
also good team building exercises and help us to develop new skills and
evaluate as a team our nursery practices and policies. Discussion and reflection on practice also
regularly takes place during room and full staff meetings.
Nursery has a full list of policies and procedures that are available to
parents and which are reviewed annually.
room have their own information packs which are given to parents when their
child joins the nursery. All relevant
records on the children are kept on file and any general information is
regularly shared and discussed with the parents.
Nursery has a Childcare Forum which meets twice a year to discuss nursery
issues. The Forum is made up of nursery
parents and staff and chaired by Alison Cross, the Director of HR. Parents are consulted on nursery issues and act
as a sounding board for new ideas and initiatives whilst being kept updated
with new developments.
Operational Plan was reviewed in May 2017.