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Welfare of the Children

Emphasis is placed on a homely atmosphere particularly in the youngest baby area. The Nursery is sensitive to the needs of new parents as well as the child, especially during a potentially difficult settling in period.

Good liaison with staff at this time is essential. A key person takes responsibility for new children starting and a bond is encouraged but it is also important for the children’s development and socialisation that they respond well to other members of staff.

Transition Statement

Children ideally move on when they are developmentally ready. Thought and care is taken with transition between the groups: Chicks, Ducklings, Goslings, Cygnets & Swans. Short regular visits are made prior to starting in a new area of the nursery, and children begin to build a bond with their new Key Person. It is sometimes possible for children to transfer in pairs.

There is a good scope for continued contact between staff and children. Although there are virtually self contained areas within the main rooms for the varying age groups, the nursery is generally envisaged as a whole, creating flexibility and integration between areas, shared staff and resources. We also encourage siblings to have regular contact with one another.

There is a full Transitions Policy available to parents in our Policy and Procedures Folder.

Routines

Each room has their own routine and plan of activities which are displayed for parents.

Sleep

There is provision for all children to rest during the day. Sleeping arrangements are always discussed with parents. For Babies under approximately 18 months cots and a separate sleep room is provided. Older children sleep on mats and have a sleep according to their needs. Older children who do require a daytime sleep have a quiet time appropriate to their needs. We provide bedding for each child.

 

Meals

We have been awarded 5 stars by Environmental Health for food safety, the top mark that can be awarded. The Nursery has a large kitchen where our food is freshly prepared by our experienced cook.

Our menus are produced with the child’s balanced diet in mind, and therefore each meal is prepared using fresh ingredients. Meat, Fruit and Vegetables are delivered fresh on a regular basis. WE DO NOT USE NUTS IN THE NURSERY. Nutritious and well balanced meals are provided throughout the day. Breakfast is available until 9.00am. A mid morning healthy snack with milk or water is provided at 10.00am. A home cooked 2 course lunch is served at 12.00pm. Staff are encouraged to eat with the children.

Either a hot or cold tea is provided at 3.30pm, followed by fresh fruit or yoghurt. We offer water or milk for the children to drink and drinking water is always available.

Staff are asked to encourage children to relax whilst eating and to respect children’s individual speed of eating. Children are encouraged to enjoy meal times as social occasions, using good table manners and sensible behaviour. In Swans, the children participate in helping to lay the table and serve their friends. Allergies and specific dietary requirements can be catered for if previously discussed with the Nursery Manager/Deputy Manager. Young babies have a diet appropriate to their specific needs which contains no salt, sugar or unnecessary additives.

We offer various menus depending on the age and stage of the individual child. Copies of our menus for babies and older children are displayed. Parents also receive copies of these when joining the Nursery. Our Nutritional Policy is displayed in the Entrance Hall.

About
Forbury Gardens is The Forbury Group's first nursery which was established in 1991. We are a privately run children’s day nursery. Offering full and part time places to children from 3 months up to the age of 5 years. We are situated in the heart of Reading town Centre, next to the Forbury Gardens, and five minutes walk from the train station, and five minutes walk from the town centre. Our other two nurseries are Berkeley Gardens Day Nursery which is also in Reading and Newbury Gardens Day Nursery which is in Newbury town centre.
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Prices
Whilst awarded ‘Outstanding' from Ofsted, and gaining top marks for nutrition and food safety, we offer very competitive rates. Our staff are also highly trained and qualified to meet your child’s needs providing a happy and safe environment in which to flourish.
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Staff
Our staff are committed to providing the highest standards of professional childcare and education. Before beginning employment, all staff are thoroughly vetted in accordance with OFSTED requirements. Our staff are dedicated to giving your child the individual attention to develop their social, emotional and intellectual development.
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