Foxes is designed for children aged 18 months - 3 years. Throughout the day we offer a selection of child initiated, and adult led activities, all planned around the children's interests. Our curriculum follows the Early Years Foundation Stage, more specific details on this and our
 extra -curricular activities can be found in the curriculum page. [Click Here]

 Within Foxes  there are four main rooms that make up the toddler zone.  This incorporates a large playroom, a messy play room, a  dining room/table top activity room and our sensor room offering music and lighting .We are very aware that our toddlers like an afternoon nap, therefore, we provide a separate sleep room where children can rest on a bed or in a cot and this is available to them at any time of the day. 
We believe that it is important to allow children access to fresh air throughout the day and to achieve this all rooms lead out on to our covered play and Astro area. Our main nursery garden has a variety of outdoor equipment such as  swings, climbing equipment and a mud kitchen.  We have additional facilities for wet weather play.
Children are encouraged to participate in as many of the activities on offer as possible to achieve a well-balanced curriculum, varying from Table-top activities such as threading through to more messy play activities like arts and crafts . The children are free to move round the different rooms throughout the day, enjoying activities independently as well as having the opportunity to work together in small groups.
Image of Birch Farm Foxes Toddler Room Dinning Room

Image of Birch Farm Foxes Toddler Room Home Corner
Progress is monitored and recorded to assess that children are achieving in all areas and are charted in the individual  Learning Journeys. Observations made by staff and photographs of your child's nursery experiences will be added to the Learning Journey folder which will follow your child throughout their time at nursery.
The Learning Journey will contain regular progress reports, termly reports written jointly by parents and staff with a record sheet that is completed when a child moves to a new zone of the nursery or leaves Birch Farm. Your child's Leaning Journey is always available for parents to view at our parent consultation sessions each term or other times by request.
We operate  a "WOW" Moment achievement system within nursery setting. This helps to promote good links with children's interests at home and in nursery allowing staff to plan activities ensuring a seamless link. If you wish to add comments to your child's Learning Journey a "WOW" Moment box for you to pop your observations into and this is available in Foxes or you can [Click Here]to submit "WOW" Moment

During your child's time in Foxes a member of staff will be allocated to your child a s a key person.  A key person is a named member of staff who is responsible for a small group of children providing reassurance supporting children's wellbeing, responding sensitively to individual feelings and emotional needs in a safe and caring environment.  The key person also ensures a child's physical needs are met such as changing nappies, toileting and help with dressing.  This person will provide a familiar figure who is accessible and available as a point of contact for parents building effective relationships between child, parent and nursery.
We believe it is very important to maintain a regular team of staff to ensure that the children  can develop a close and secure relationship throughout their day at nursery.  We do not use agency staff but we do ensure that all staff spend time with all children on site through playing in the garden together, birthday gatherings and using each others rooms.
Image of Birch Farm Foxes Toddler Room Role Play

Foxes Music area
Whilst observing children we identify their present schema which is an identifiable pattern of learning.  Often children will have one dominant schema throughout their lives, but may engage with others taking them into adulthood. When planning for children  staff will incorporate aspects of their current learning abilities and interest.  
Schemas can be supported in all areas of learning,  meaning that they support the Early Years Foundation Stage. If you would like to know more about schemas [Click Here] more information. 

To arrange a viewing of the nursery please contact Mini or Nikki .
 If you would like to join us here at Birch Farm you will need to complete a Foxes registration pack.
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