Thatto Heath Nursery
The nursery is ideally located behind the train station on Sunbury Street and with the building once a local primary school, it is the perfect place for little ones.
About the Nursery
Small Wonders Thatto Heath is located close to local train and bus routes, making the commute to work easier for parents. Our opening hours are 7.30am till 6.00pm for 52 weeks of the year. We strive to provide the best possible care for the children attending our setting and work to an extremely high and professional standard, providing a healthy, happy environment that will keep learning fun. Our recently refurbished setting has also been awarded the Healthy Early Years Status and an Environmental Health Food Rating of 5.
We are registered by OFSTED for a maximum of 134 children.
The environment for our babies is warm and secure and their learning and care is catered for over three spacious rooms with an adjoining hallway. Within the first room, you will find an area for those children aged under 12 months who are learning through their senses and developing physically. The room is bright and spacious and the resources are appropriate to encourage exploration and investigation. The room also has a designated milk kitchen where strict sterilisation procedures are followed for formula bottle feeds and weaning systems. We provide bottles and dummies for children or parents can choose to provide their own. Non-mobile babies benefit from resources suited to their needs such as play mats, mobiles and bouncers. The second room is designed to meet the needs of those children who have become mobile (i.e. rolling, crawling, walking). The room offers continuous provision such as messy activities, home corner, treasure baskets and construction.
Our baby department is also home to a separate sleeping room where little ones can rest during the day. Strict policies and procedures are followed to ensure the safety of children. Children's routines are monitored and we complete daily checks, sleep charts, nappy change and accident/medication forms when needed. Parents will always benefit from a handover with a day sheet detailing activities and information from their day.
The toddler department is a large open space over two rooms. It consists of a dining area, arts & crafts area and areas of continuous provision. There are areas dedicated to role play and imagination and children can move freely and are encouraged to access resources that are on their level; offering choice and encouraging independence. Our dining area gives children the opportunity to enhance their social skills - they serve themselves, pour their own drinks and clear away. They also benefit from sitting with peers and practitioners where they can engage in conversation and feel the benefit of this family custom.
Children can access toilets freely and take part in the self care customs such as supervised tooth brushing. The setting also has a nappy change facility which caters for those children who are toilet training. We have spare underwear, clothes and wipes which are included in your childcare costs.
We operate continuous provision including paint, sand, water, small world, role play, construction and mark making. We follow the child's interests and build individual planning files to meet their needs alongside monthly themes to enhance and enrich learning. Children's progress and development is monitored using the Early Years Foundation stage and practitioners use learning stories to identify and evidence this progress.
This department gives more individual attention to the education needs of children aged 3-5 and it comprises of a large arts and crafts area and a separate room entirely dedicated to role play, music and movement.
Children across the nursery experience a broad and balanced curriculum which is based on learning through play. Children also benefit from weekly planning, an enrichment programme, enhanced provision, and nursery trips to enhance their learning. We welcome children who are not yet toilet trained as we have the onsite facilities to change children and will support parents on their toilet training journey. We also accept that children develop at different stages and we will do all we can to help with this process. Through the seven learning areas children will be supported in reaching their full potential and achieving their goals giving each child a wide range of experienced knowledge to draw upon when they enter school. The setting has a qualified early years teacher on site who is responsible for the delivery of education for children aged 3-5 and will support your child's transition into key stage 1. The early years teacher works with the local schools and invites your child’s teacher to the nursery every year.
We have four outdoor areas including a large wooden gazebo and a planting train. We have climbing facilities and resources to support physical development. The outdoor areas are designed for each age-specific group, the play areas are imaginatively kitted out with a combination of play equipment, all-weather surfaces, grassed areas and landscaping.