Providing Quality Childcare

Parents as Partners

We are a family orientated nursery and form close relationships with all of our parents, children and staff. We feel parents are crucial to a child’s successful learning and development and will involve you in every step of your child’s progression through nursery. We welcome families to regular parent’s evenings where development records and observations are shared.

We have a busy social calendar throughout the year for everyone to be involved in, including our Summer Garden Party, Pre-school Graduation, Christmas Nativity and other Festival Celebrations. Events are organised alongside our policies to promote social skills for all children and their families.

We always welcome feedback on how we can enhance our children’s experiences at nursery.

Curriculum:

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Chantreyland. The EYFS sets standards for learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. Children are assessed to support children’s learning and development, and we also involve parents/carers in children’s development. Every child has a key worker, who will share developments and progress with parents at regular parent’s evenings.

The early years learning concentrates on 7 areas split between prime and specific areas of learning:

The prime areas are:

 • Communication and language

 • Physical development

 • Personal, social and emotional development

The specific areas are:

 • Literacy

 • Mathematics

 • Understanding the world

 • Expressive arts and design

We provide a stimulating range of daytime activities for children aimed at developing not only their literacy and numeracy skills but their social, physical and communication skills. Outdoor play is very important to Chantreyland and we give the opportunity for development of skills in a secure environment.

All our children have access to music and movement, including a music teacher who visits Pre-School regularly. We also have a number of bilingual staff members who are currently teaching a Spanish and Polish class.

Pre-School and Toddler children have access to the nursery’s computer and they use appropriate software depending on their age and ability.

OFSTED

We are registered and inspected by Ofsted and meet the national standards set by the Government.

To find our current OFSTED report please click below.

https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/16/EY425698 Norton Grange

https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/16/EY547605 Brierley Field

Your Nursery Journey:

Nursery Tour:

Our Care Manager will show you around our nursery, introduce you to our staff members, discuss each rooms routine and answer any questions you may have. (To book a tour, click here).

Settling in sessions:

We provide 3 free sessions before your child’s start date at nursery. This ensure that they have settled into the nursery routine and built their confidence in their new surroundings.

1st settling in session: 09.00 – 10.30

2nd settling in session 09.00 – 12.30

3rd settling in session 09.00 – 15.30

Key Worker:

Your child will be allocated a Key Worker who you will be introduced to you on the first settling in session. The Key Worker will have a chat with you to share information about your child, which will enable them to better understand your child’s needs and to begin forming a relationship. All of our Key Workers have a wealth of experience and up to date knowledge in all aspects of the EYFS. They will provide advice, guidance and support you with any concerns.

After your child has started and settled their key worker will provide a ‘settling in sheet’ which details how your child has progressed and what they like to do at nursery.

If your child attends other providers, we will share information about their development and the activities they are participating in.

Room Transitions:

As your child progresses, they will transition through the various class rooms at nursery. There routine in each room will be tailored to their development. Each Key worker will pass on all information about your child during this period, this ensures no disruption to their routine. During this transition they will visit their new room on several occasions and join in activities. Room movements depend on D.O.B and development which will be discussed with you before any decisions are made. 

Babies (3 months – 1 year)

The routine in this room is baby led, this means we consider what your baby does at home.

Activities in this room include:

  • Sensory play
  • Listening to stories
  • Singing
  • Crafts
  • Messy play
  • Motor skills
  • Outdoor play and trips to the park or playground.

Toddlers (1 year – 3 years)

In this room we start to introduce a more structured routine.

Activities in this room include:

  • Morning time
  • Group time with circle games.
  • Reading stories,
  • Singing
  • Free play
  • Outdoor play
  • Crafts
  • Messy play
  • Baking
  • Trips out to the park, playground and shops.

Pre-School (3 years +)

In Preschool room the routine will be structured to prepare your child for school.

Activities in this room include:

  • Morning time
  • Group time, circle time and reading stories.
  • Singing classes
  • Free play
  • Outdoor play
  • Messy play
  • Craft
  • Scissor work
  • Phonics
  • Baking
  • Maths and Shapes
  • Literacy
  • Writing and pencil control
  • Trips out to the library, park and museums around Sheffield
  • Each week there will be a topic and letter of the week and children to do in class and activity sheet to go home.

Transition to School:

When your child starts to get ready to go to Primary School they will be provided with a ‘transition sheet’ this will detail everything about your child and their development along with their records through nursery. Your child’s teacher will normally come and visit the nursery and observe your child and the key worker will also have a chat with the teacher. We hold a graduation to celebrate all your child’s achievements they receive a graduation cap, medal and certificate.