Boys & Girls Nursery has been running for 10 years and provides childcare across four sites – Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, Stanmore and Watford. Rated ‘good’ by Ofsted, the nursery group cares for children from 0 to 5 years old. The curriculum provided at the four settings includes weekly French lessons as well as music and movement sessions.
Natasha Kirby, the founder of Boys & Girls Nursery group, explains more about how the setting has grown from humble beginnings.
When was Boys & Girls Nursery established and how has it grown?
After working in childcare from the age of 16, I established the first Boys & Girls Nursery in Watford in 2007. I opened my own nursery because I realised that a better service for childcare should be available.
As a parent to 3 little girls, I know we all want the very best for our children and when we can’t be with them, we need to be absolutely certain they’re receiving care and attention from a team of highly qualified, caring professionals who are passionate about what they do.
We now have four thriving nurseries in Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, Stanmore and Watford. Together, with our dedicated team of 150 staff, we’ve been able to create a uniquely nurturing and informal environment and have established a reputation as a leading childcare provider in the areas we operate. We pride ourselves on being #expertsinchildcare.
What is the nursery’s ethos and what values does it promote?
Our mission is to nurture and develop every individual child at their own pace so that when they move on to the next step in their education, they do so with confidence in themselves and their abilities with the knowledge that learning is fun.
At Boys & Girls Nursery we have a long list of things we care about and at the top of the list are our boys and girls. We understand that no two children are the same and that they all have their own likes, dislikes and personalities. By caring for and meeting the needs of every individual to the best of our ability, we know every child can flourish, learn and have fun whilst enjoying a sense of belonging and community.
What aspect of the nursery are you most proud of?
Our family-run nursery group has been born out of hard work and a desire to make sure that only the best care is available for your children and I am extremely proud of the team that provide this at our nurseries.
What do parents say they love most about your setting?
We receive feedback every day from our parents. The most common compliment is our fantastic team! This includes our room-based teams who provide a wide variety of songs, stories and fun activities, our fabulous chefs who serve delicious home-made meals every day, our office team who welcome everyone with a smile and our maintenance men who keep the nurseries in tip-top condition.
In what ways do you strengthen your partnership with parents?
At Boys & Girls Nursery we work with parents to support children’s learning. We have an open door policy and there is always someone at reception to greet parents, children and visitors. We have a fortnightly newsletter that informs parents of any upcoming events, internal and industry news. A parent feedback questionnaire is sent annually to current parents and we base the results as our aims and objectives for the upcoming year.
Twice a year we hold parent evenings, this gives parents the opportunity to talk to their child’s key person about their child’s learning and development. This is in addition to detailed daily handovers when their child attends a session.
We have recently introduced a ‘Marble Jar’ at the nursery reception. This new concept allows us to reach out to parents by simply asking a question that requires a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answer. An example of a recent question was ‘Do you understand the role of a Key Person?’. We would then take the opportunity in our fortnightly newsletter to explain the role of a Key Person and put improvements in place if required.
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