Luke Pollard has met with local childcare provider Cheryl Hadland of Tops Day Nurseries at the nurseries in Stonehouse and Devonport and pledged his commitment to support local childcare providers.
Luke Pollard MP joined Cheryl Hadland, managing Director of Tops Day Nurseries during the official openings for Tops Stonehouse on Wolsdon Street and Tops Devonport, based at Greenark Children’s centre on Friday 3rd May 2019.
Throughout the open day, colleagues, parents and Luke Pollard MP signed a specially made pledge board to agree to banishing single use plastic and reducing waste to landfill. As one of the South’s leading eco-sustainable day nursery groups with 29 settings across the South Coast, Tops are leading the way in sustainable childcare. One of the group’s settings were even the first nursery setting in the UK to achieve the Surfers Against Sewage: Plastic Free Schools status.
Speaking after the official opening event, Cheryl Hadland said:
“I am delighted Luke Pollard, MP has pledged his support for childcare providers, families and children in Plymouth
At Tops Day Nurseries we provide top-quality early education to our children, and we’re pleased that the Government’s 30-hours childcare policy means that more 3 and 4 year- -olds can benefit from our services.
However, funding in Plymouth is less than the cost of delivery, and this reduces our ability to pay our staff what they deserve and burdens parents with having to pay more towards their children’s education and care than any other parent in Europe. We also want a healthier environment and future for our children and grandchildren. This is why I look forward to working with our local MP to campaign for a more sustainable future for childcare providers, parents and children,”
Luke Pollard commented:
“It was great to meet Cheryl Hadland at Tops Day Nurseries in Plymouth – Stonehouse and Devonport and hear about the great work Tops does to give children the best start in life possible. I was particularly impressed at their commitment to reducing one-use plastic and reducing their impact on climate change.
“It is great news that some 3 and 4-year-old children in Plymouth are now able to receive 30-hours funded childcare, however, I understand that many settings and parents of small children are facing financial challenges, and I will be making representations in Parliament and to the Government to help ensure that every child in Plymouth is able to access a high quality early education and also that we work to improve Plymouth’s effort to reduce one use plastic and air pollution, and to process waste more efficiently, in order to provide a healthier future for our children.”
Tops Day Nurseries offers care for children from 3 months – school age, as well as having an afterschool and holiday club for children up to the age of 8. Parents will soon be able to benefit from extended opening hours of 6am-8pm*, 52 weeks a year including Bank Holidays. This is as well as the number of extra-curricular activities that are due to be introduced to extend the experiences children have whilst at nursery. For more information, please call 0801 699650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Speech and language are key priorities on both a local and national level, which means the Giving Voice accreditations are some of the most prestigious awards in the childcare sector. They were set up by the Children’s and Workforce Team of Trafford Council, in partnership with Trafford Speech and Language Therapy Service. The aim of the accreditations is to recognise the outstanding achievements of childcare and educational settings in supporting children’s speech and language development.
The Giving Voice Awards range from Bronze to Platinum levels, with increasing requirements at each stage. Elmscot Woodlands has proven the setting has gone above and beyond by achieving the Silver level and is now working towards achieving the next stage of the awards.
Requirements to achieve the accreditations include attending training courses on speech and language, as well as completing various evidence-based tasks. There is also a setting visit to discuss what has been implemented across the nursery and any further next steps that the team would like to enhance.
Lauren O’Brien is the Elmscot Woodlands’ “Giving Voice Champion” and said the award has been really helpful in giving further insight into how the nursery can develop its speech and language provision.
Danielle Riley, Nursery Manager at Elmscot Woodlands said: “It’s important to Elmscot Woodlands that we are an inclusive setting and can provide care and support to as many children as possible. Recognition such as the Giving Voice accreditation shows the lengths we will go to in order to achieve the best for the children within our care.”
Elmscot Woodlands is part of the Elmscot Group of Day Nurseries and Nursery Schools, providing outstanding childcare and education to over 1,800 children across Cheshire.
To find out more about Elmscot Woodlands Day Nursery and Nursery School and the incredible facilities or to register for a place, please contact the Nursery Manager directly on 0161 903 9040 or email email@example.com.
Budding young gardeners from Bright Kids Nursery in Studley have been helping to spruce up the local community in support of Studley in Bloom this week.
Spring has well and truly sprung at the nursery where green-fingered pre-schoolers have been learning all about gardening – planting seeds in the garden area and making bird feeders for their feathered friends.
And they decided to get out and about and put their horticultural skills into practice, helping Studley in Bloom to brighten up the community.
Lyn Carter, Volunteer at Studley in Bloom, said: “We’re delighted to see budding young gardeners learning and getting out and about to help support Studley in Bloom and brighten up our communal areas. A big well done to team Bright Kids – what a blooming great job!”
Bright Kids Studley offers childcare for children aged from six weeks up to five years. It also offers before and after school care and holiday club for children aged from four to 12 years.
The Barn Nursery in Hemlington has been recognised by The Woodland Trust and received a Green Tree School gold award for completing challenges, and their ethos that children should spend as much time outdoors as they can, in all weathers.
On a typical day at the nursery, children enjoy climbing trees and eating food cooked on the fire-pit.
Claire Welsh, the nursery’s deputy manager and senior Forest School lead said to Teeside Live: “We are nurturing the generation that will inherit the planet.
“We are completely based in nature; we take everything we learn from nature and really try to encourage a child’s imagination instead of sitting them behind a row of desks.
“Being outside is good for the soul. We do outdoor cooking, the children use tools under supervision, and we are teaching them life skills.
“I think that creates curious learners which sets them up for school. We want them to understand what is all around them.”
The nursery has separate areas for different age groups, but with the children spending most of their time outside, they all feel like “one big family.”
“It’s good for social development because the older children know how to interact with the younger ones, and vice versa.
“And there’s no better teacher than the children themselves,” added Ms Welsh.
Children at The Barn Nursery are taught about deciduous trees and diurnal animals. “It feeds their curiosity – we’re not about ticking boxes; going along on that journey with them is just gorgeous,” she added.
The staff at the nursery said they are “incredibly proud” to receive the award.
“It has been a challenge but we’ve been committed, and it’s great to get that recognition.
“We’re a Forest School, so our ethos matches with theirs.”
Happy Feet Day Nursery in Coniston Hall has closed after it was labelled “inadequate” in all areas following their latest inspection by Ofsted last month, and after they failed to meet the requirements set out for them following the Ofsted visit.
Ofsted inspector, Anne Cliff, said in the report that: “Children’s safety is significantly compromised” and that “staff do not risk-assess children’s activities.
“They do not consider the potential risks as children play with large hammers and metal tape measures.
“Children are not safe when they play with this equipment because staff fail to supervise them adequately.”
The report also mentions that the doors to premises were unlocked, which meant that children could “easily leave the premises without staff noticing.”
At the time of their inspection, Happy Feet Day Nursery was looking after 36 children from newborn to four years old.
The inspector, who described the setting as “chaotic”, added: “For example, staff do not notice when children need to have their nappies changed and only take them to be changed when this is pointed out to them.
“They delay the opportunity for younger children to sleep because it is not ‘sleep time’.
“This means children are upset and frustrated because they are clearly tired.
“Staff do not motivate children to play, explore and to make new discoveries. Children wander around aimlessly.
“They are bored, restless and not engaged in purposeful play or learning. This leads to a chaotic and disorderly environment.”
According to the report, children were not thriving and were not preparing for their next steps in learning. The only positive note on the report was that the staff provided children with healthy snacks and drinks.
The nursery was issued a Welfare Requirements Notice with a list of required improvements to be met by May 2nd, but failed to meet these as reported by Ofsted, and have now closed as a result.