Teddy Bears provides the ultimate care and education for your little ones, offering full and part time places. We promote an anti-discriminatory environment where every child is special and treated fairly with respect, love and careful attention to their health and safety.
We promote the fundamental values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths or beliefs. These are interpreted for our youngest children as learning right from wrong; learning to take turns and share; and challenging negative views and stereotypes. ‘We do not promote views and theories that are contrary to established scientific or historical evidence and explanations.’
We are open from 8 am – 6 pm Monday to Friday except Bank holidays and one week between Christmas and New Year. We do not charge for Bank holidays or the week between Christmas and New Year. We also look after children from 7.30 am at the request from parents.
The Nursery has an excellent security system with access through a locked door. All doors are connected to a fire alarm, giving additional security in case of a fire. At Teddy Bears we have a variety of play areas for babies, toddlers and pre-school children, all equipped with fantastic facilities and equipment.
We are committed to delivering exceptional standards of care and education.
• An uncompromising approach to quality
• Safe, secure access
• Excellent service to Mums and Dads
At Teddy Bears we endeavour to involve parents in their child’s experiences at nursery and have an
‘Open Door’ policy where parents are welcomed into nursery to discuss any matters arising.
We organise parents’ workshops to inform parents on how they can support their children in their development. Subjects such as healthy eating and outdoor play are promoted and we explain how we are encompassing this in our daily routine.
For our pre-school group, we have Parents Evenings where children’s progress and future needs are discussed as well as advice provided for the transition to infant school.
We organise events such as Christmas Play and Summer Concert for parents to attend. In addition parents are encouraged to support the nursery with topics applying their own experiences, such as ‘People who help us’, celebrating a festival or speaking a different language.
Parent’s support is encouraged when we send resources home with their children. Sharing ‘Story Sacks’ with your child promotes strong home links and in the pre-school group we also provide a digital camera to record events at home.
We have four groups within the nursery. This allows the children to interact with peers of approximately their own age.
Under 2 years
These ages are all approximate as we look at children’s individual ability when transferring them onto the next group and not their age. Parents are involved in this process and are closely informed of their child’s progression.
Any visitors or contractors must produce a form of ID before they gain access to the Nursery and they are required to sign a visitors/contractors book; which is monitored regularly to ensure that relevant procedures are being followed. Additionally you will be asked to provide a ‘Password’ that can be used to verify the person picking up your child knows you. This is especially important in an emergency when staff have never seen the person at the nursery before.
Health and Safety also plays an important part in Nursery life. We ensure that our Nursery provides a safe environment for all children, parents and staff. Our Nursery staff receive regular training and updates on Health and Safety issues.
At Teddy Bears we practice the Key Worker system. When starting at nursery each child is assigned to a Key Worker who will assist your child in a smooth transition to nursery. This person will build a close relationship with the child and parents as well as supporting the child’s progress in all areas of development.
Staff regularly sit and eat with the children at meal times to encourage good table manners and appropriate social interaction. We believe that meal times should be happy social occasions where skills can be developed and food enjoyed. We encourage the children’s self-help skills at meal times as they use cutlery independently and pour their own drinks. Older children are encouraged to serve their own food promoting independence and self-confidence. Also they are involved in tidying up, such as collecting cups or spoons and enjoy this responsibility. We encourage children to try foods they are not familiar with, to expand their experiences with food. If a child dislikes the meal they are encouraged to eat at least one mouthful, and this information is passed onto parents. The eating of fruit and vegetables is continuously promoted, so that the children are aware of their importance to good health.
Parents are also requested to be involved in a 2-3 year old assessment which is a legal requirement for the nursery and takes place at approximately two and a half years. This is where you will be asked as the parent/carer to celebrate what your child can do both at home and nursery. This information will provide us the picture of your child’s achievements in the prime areas of communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development.
Our Menu: A wide variety of meals introduces children to dishes from other cultures, and different tastes. A five week rotation of the weekly menu ensures that a varied diet can be enjoyed whichever day they attend.
Sample Lunch: roast chicken, roast potatoes, vegetables, angel cake and custard
Sample Tea: tomatoes and hot dog pasta bake, various fruits
Drinks: At snack times, during the morning and afternoon session, milk or water are offered to the children.
In each classroom water is available for the children to access throughout the day.
Staff at Teddy Bears hold a variety of qualifications that are all nationally recognised. We provide ongoing in-house training to update and improve the knowledge of our staff in all matters of childcare. Our staff also attend external training courses to aid their professional development. In addition, we ensure that all staff receive paediatric first aid training, safeguarding, fire training and basic food hygiene skills.
Vicky purchased Teddy Bears in September 2006, after working as a Chartered Management Accountant for 25 years and since then has devoted her time to improving the facilities and the standard of care and education provided at the nursery. She is a hands on owner involved in the daily running of the nursery. Vicky is in charge of all administration and is always available to deal with queries or offer support.
Sam has nearly 30 years experience in the childcare field and has been at Teddy Bears since it opened in 2003. Whilst being responsible for maintaining the high standards of the nursery, Sam also ensures that each member of staff adheres to the policies and procedures creating a safe, stimulating environment for all the children who attend.
In addition Sam is our Lead Safeguarding officer.
Position: Senior Nursery Nurse
Qualification: NVQ Level 3 (2003)
Sarah has been with us since February 2010.
In addition Sarah is our Safeguarding officer.
Sarah is currently on maternity leave and due
to come back in Jan 2018.
Position: Senior Nursery Nurse
Qualification: NVQ Level 3 (2008)
Katie has been with us since 2009.
In addition Katie is the Health and Safety officer.
Position: Nursery Nurse
Qualification: NVQ Level 3 (2004)
Helen came to Teddy Bears in May 2016.
In addition Helen is our SENCO and Safe
Position: Nursery Nurse
Qualification: NVQ Level 3 (2012)
Jessica joined us in May 2012.
In addition Jessica is a joint Fire officer.