Welcome to the Gingerbread Cottage Playgroup
The Gingerbread Cottage was opened in January 1992 to provide pre-school activities for children living within the local community. The playgroup is a private of part Launde Primary School and is situated in a double mobile building within the school grounds. The playgroup is able to take children from outside the school’s catchment area when places are available.
Admission at the playgroup does not provide guarantee a place in Launde School.
Our setting aims to:
- Provide high quality care and education for children primarily below statutory school age;
- Work with partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop;
- Add to life and well-being of its local community ;
- Offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity.
The playgroup provides the opportunity for children to become familiar with the school environment, providing visits to the nursery classes and meeting Nursery staff.
Our two playrooms are well equipped with toys, games, drawings and painting materials, sand and water play. Caring and enthusiastic staff will help your child to develop to the best of their ability. We have an enclosed outside play area where a large range of toys and equipment can be used safely under adult supervision.
At Gingerbread Cottage, we provide care and education for young children between the ages of 2½ - 5 years. The younger children attend our afternoon sessions.
In order to help young children settle into our group, we invite Parents/Carers along with their child to visit our playgroup and spend an afternoon with the staff and other children. As leaving Parents/Carers for the first time is crucial and anxious period in a child’s life. This visit makes it easier for the child to settle into the playgroup, make new friends and enjoying new experiences.
When the child has settled into our playgroup routine and is ready to progress to morning session, we will inform parent/carer, providing we have places available. We also offer an early starter session which starts at 8.00am.
We are open for 38 weeks each year term times
We are open for 5 days a week
Welcome to Gingerbread 2 Nursery.
Gingerbread 2, a registered charity, will open in January 2012 to provide full day care for children from six weeks of age to five years old. The Nursery is a private enterprise and run by a management committee. It is situated on Harborough Road at the heart of Oadby Town.
It is important that all our parents know their children are safe in our care, so the nursery will feature a secure access system and offer CCTV monitoring. The nursery will also have air-conditioning throughout to maintain an optimum-learning environment.
Our nursery’s aims and objectives are:
- To provide a safe secure and stimulating environment for all children and most importantly a happy and caring atmosphere.
- To maintain a close relationship with the parents and children, working in partnership to help the children learn and develop.
- To maintain a key person approach to ensure an individual and unique outcome for each child.
- To follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework recognising each child’s individual needs and ensuring activities encourage personalised and child initiated learning.
- Offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity.
- To help children gain independence and enjoy the company of their peers and adults.
- Add to the life and well being of our local community.
- To support and encourage our children to flourish and reach their full potential.
The Baby Room
We aim to maintain high staffing ratios to help babies make significant strides and achieve goals in all areas of learning. The key person approach will help staff to identify the baby’s interests and thus identify their next steps of development.
All babies will be nurtured, loved and cared in a way that makes them feel safe and secure. The baby’s well being will be fully promoted to ensure that they thrive in all areas. We aim to offer baby yoga to all our young children.
The large baby area consists of two spacious rooms that offer the six areas of learning. This includes a separate sleep room, a creative area, an eating area, home corner, a snuggle area, a sensory area and a walkway through to our outdoor play area.
The toddler area is spread across two rooms, one of which leads into a garden area that encourages the children to enjoy free flow play.
The rooms are set up to encompass the six areas of learning as well as focusing on the children’s own interests. Throughout the day the children can select their own resources and take part in a variety of creative and messy play.
The room also has an interactive whiteboard and I Pads to encourage the children to explore numbers, phonics and nursery rhymes.
We are happy to say that the nursery has a fully installed state of the art kitchen that is safe for children to use. We want your children to explore their senses, experiment with different ingredients to cook and create healthy food, thus promoting healthy living.
To build a trusting partnership with our parents, a daily diary will be kept to record what your child has done and learnt that day and the diary can be used for parents to advice the key person of any activities that the child may have done whilst away from the nursery.
The pre-school is located on the second floor comprising of two large rooms, a kitchenette and a roof top garden scheduled to open during the spring term as this is phase two of our project.
The nursery will do all it can to prepare your child for school, actions and strategies will be put in place to gently encourage pre-schoolers to become independent. We will ensure that your children will be able to serve themselves at meal times and be able to put on and take off their own coats.
The rooms will be set up to encompass the six areas of learning as well as focusing on the children’s own interests.
A range of play equipment will be available to help children develop an array of skills and great care will be taken to choose materials that will create an inspiring sensory experience.
As well as toys we will use real tools as well as props, such as brushes and garden tools and kitchen utensils to help build the children’s imagination and language skills. Construction play will also be available such as bricks and other building materials to help children develop fine motor skills and spatial awareness as well as problem solving.
The room will also have a mini gym to encourage co-ordination, physical development in order to promote and teach our children the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
Throughout the day the children can select their own resources that are age appropriate to help and encourage their learning and development.
The room will also has an interactive whiteboard and I-Pads to encourage the children to explore numbers, phonics and nursery rhymes.
Outdoor Garden Area
Outdoor activities contribute to children’s health, physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children will be encouraged to utilise our outdoor play areas at every opportunity.
Both garden areas will be safe and secure for the children to access and explore. One of our garden areas will be laid with quality, child friendly soft synthetic grass and the other with safe rubber and these will enable the children to play outside safely all year round.
Our gardens will offer a variety of age appropriate equipment as well as stimulating features and sensory play areas such as water features, sand/soil pits and wildlife areas.
To help our children to settle in with ease within our family, we will invite parents along with their child to visit our nursery and the staff and all the other children.
Leaving children for the first time is a crucial and anxious period in a child’s life as well as the parents. This visit will therefore makes it easier for your child to settle into the nursery, make new friends and enjoy new experiences.
The nursery has an open door policy that allows parents to visit and participate with the activities. This is to ensure that the transition to nursery is as smooth as possible for both the child and the parent.
The nursery will be open Monday to Friday, all year round but will be closed at Easter, at Christmas and on bank holidays.
- Normal Full Day: 7.45am till 5.45pm
- Morning Session: 8.00am till 1.00pm
- Afternoon Session: 12.45pm till 5.45pm
- Short Days (a): 9.00am till 4.00pm
- Short Days (b): 9.00am till 3.00pm
Nursery Education Funding (NEF) Funded Sessions:
- Am Session: 9.00am till 12.00pm
- Pm Session: 1.00 till 4.00pm
- Flexible funding sessions to suit your needs
We understand parent’s need for flexibility, so please inform us of any different times that you may require. We will do the utmost to accommodate your needs.
We aim to ensure that each child:
- Is given generous care and attention, assisted by our ratio of qualified staff to children, as well as help from our placements.
- Has opportunity, to join with other children and adults to live, play, work and learn together.
- Is helped to take forward her/his learning and development by being encouraged to build on what she/he already knows and can do.
- Has a key person who makes sure that the child makes satisfying progress.
- Is helped and encouraged to thrive, learn and develop in their own unique way.
The Foundation Stage Curriculum for children birth to five years.
Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and learning offered by our nursery helps children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with interesting activities that meet their interests and are appropriate for their age and stage of development.
All children at the nursery will follow the EYFS introduced in 2008. The EYFS is set out in a document, published by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and the Department for Education and Skills, called Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage. We follow this guidance. The guidance divides children’s learning and development into six areas:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication, language and literacy development
- Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
- Physical development
- Creative development
Parents as Partners
We recognise parents as the first and most important educators of their children. All our staff, see themselves as partners with you in providing care and education for your child. There are many ways in which parents can take part in making the nursery a welcoming and stimulating place for your children:
- Exchanging knowledge about their children’s needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff.
- Share their own special interests with their children.
- Being a part of the management of the setting.
- Taking part in events and informal discussions about the activities and the development process provided by the nursery.
- Come into the nursery on a regular basis to look through your child’s unique Learning Journey.
- Attend the nursery to talk to all our children about their individual careers.
The Key Person Approach
Our nursery promotes a key person approach. Each member of staff will have a group of children for whom they are responsible. Your child’s key person will liaise with you to make sure that we ensure a smooth transition and are catering throughout for your child’s interests and needs.
Children’s Learning Journey
The nursery will keep a Learning Journey for each child. Working together on your child’s Learning Journeys is one of the ways in which the key person and parents can work in partnership. Your child’s Learning Journey helps us celebrate together his/her achievements. Working together in partnership will also promote your child’s well being and thus ensuring rapid progress.
Your child’s key person will work with you to keep this record.
To do this, the key person, in partnership with you, will collect information about your child’s needs, activities, interests and achievements. This information will enable the key person to identify your child’s stage of development. You and the key person will then decide on how to help your child to progress on his/her developmental journey.
We would like all parents to contribute to their child’s Learning Journey by bringing in things from home that your child is proud of or any special events or occasions that are memorable for all the family.
Meal times are an important part of a child’s development. Breakfast, morning snack, lunch and tea will be provided as appropriate. We recognise the diverse community that surrounds our nursery so we are going to be the first nursery in our immediate location to be fully vegetarian. All these meals will encompass fresh fruit and vegetables and be prepared in house and in our state of the art kitchen.
We will prepare fresh foods from different cultures.
We recognise the importance of healthy eating and that will be reflected in the nutritious, balanced meals that we will provide.
The menus will be devised to incorporate fresh fruit and fresh vegetables every day. A variety of different tastes and textures will be introduced to the children to engage their tastes buds.
Gingerbread 2 will be a sweet free zone.
For babies who are bottled fed, parents will need to provide feeds for the day.
Copies of the nursery’s policies are available at all times located in the reception area. These policies ensure that the service we provide is a high quality one and being part of the nursery is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for all the children, parents and the staff.
As part of our policy we aim to make sure that our provision meets the needs of each individual child and we will take into account any special needs your children may require.
The setting works to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and The Special Education Needs Code of Practice (2000). Our Special Educational Needs co-ordinator is; Ms Ila Gadher.
The Management of Our Nursery
A Parent Management Committee whose members are elected by the parents of the children who attend the nursery, manages the nursery. The election takes place at our Annual General Meeting.
The Management Committee is responsible for:
- Helping the manager with the day to day running of the nursery.
- Managing the nursery’s finances.
- Employing and managing staff.
- Making sure that the nursery has and works to policies and procedures that help to provide a high quality service.
- Making sure that the nursery works in partnership with parents and other relevant agencies.
Fees and Charges
A registration fee of £25 (non-refundable) is required upon confirmation of your child’s place at the nursery.
We offer a variety of flexible sessions from hourly rates to blocks to suit individual needs.
We also offer government funded places for a maximum of 15 hours per week. Discounts are offered during school holidays for siblings.
Late Stay Charges
If you are late collecting your child then after fifteen minutes a charge of £4.75 will be levied. A further £4.75 will be charged for every five minutes of lateness thereafter. This may seem excessive but is necessary as two staff members have to stay with the child until the parent arrives.
Nursery Education Funding
The Nursery is a validated nursery educator and therefore receives funding enabling us to give your child free part time places.
Each child is entitled to five, three hour, sessions per week. These sessions can be with one provider or shared between more than one.
For more information visit the Leicestershire County Council web site www.leics.gov.uk/education/earlyyears or contact Children’s Information Service on 0116 265 6541.