Call Little Engines direct on:

020 8768 5555

We are open from 8am - 6pm

1a Cargreen Road,
South Norwood,
SE25 5AD.

Little Engines Ethos

Our ethos is to provide high quality, safe and inclusive childcare from the catchment area of Penge, South Norwood and Thornton Heath that has regard for the themes and commitments of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.

We have a commitment to building positive relationships while working in partnership with parents/carers and working closely with other agencies such as Ofsted, Croydon Early Years, Vision Support and The Speech and Language Team to ensure that the children in our care are receiving the best possible start to life.

Our expectation is that we will provide an enabling environment, both inside and out, that offers a wide variety of experiences and activities that will help all children to develop to their full potential during their time with us. In order to help us monitor the success of these experiences and activities, and their part in child development, we observe the children ‘at play’ and use these observations to help us make informed decisions in our planning to cater for the individual needs of the children as we very much view each child as unique.

In order to ensure the children’s learning and development needs are met we plan using the principles of The Early Years Foundation Stage and ensure that all planning is flexible and allows for spontaneity and for the ideas of the children to be explored as theses are paramount in their continued all round development.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The aims and objectives of the Nurseries include:

  • To provide children with an inviting, friendly, nurturing, safe, secure, caring and stimulating environment in which they are able to express themselves freely, build positive relationships and develop to their full potential whatever their individual needs may be
  • To provide each child with a ‘key person’. This person will take primary responsibility for helping the child and their families to settle and build relationships at the setting
  • To enable the children to develop a positive self-image and ensure that their physical and emotional well being is catered for during their time at the setting
  • To work closely with parents and other agencies so the needs of the children are always being met

To promote equality amongst the children by:

  • Providing a non-sexist environment in which children are able to access all toys, books, and games
  • Providing children with positive images and resources that reflect the diversity of our community, for example, posters, toys, food, clothing and celebrating festivals
  • To work towards excelling in providing the Welfare Requirements and following the Practice Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • To provide places for children with special needs and staff who are trained to give the child and parent/main carer support
  • To have an open-door policy for parents/carers in order to help us work in partnership with them and ensure their input into the care their child receives with us
  • To provide quality care, and education for all children in our setting
  • To actively encourage all our staff to take part in regular training to ensure that they acquire and maintain a deep and up to date knowledge and understanding of the childcare issues that are integral to our commitment to providing high quality and inclusive childcare. We believe that the quality of the staff reflects the quality of the setting

Call Little Engines direct on:

020 8768 5555

We are open from 8am - 6pm

1a Cargreen Road,
South Norwood,
SE25 5AD.

Routines

We have planned a daily routine to help guide us through the day, however this is completely flexible and will be adjusted to the individual needs of children as needed. Routines can be important and as they help children to feel safe and secure and this helps them to adjust to new situations such as starting nursery. All children and families have their own daily routines and we are very aware that we need to know about these and incorporated them into the nursery day as far as is possible in order to aid the settling in process. Included in our welcome pack is a form about daily routines and we will discuss this with the child’s parents/carers prior to their start date.

An example of how the nursery routine may differ for some child may be ‘sleep’ and ‘meal’ times. We may usually serve lunch at 12 noon and have ‘sleep at 1pm however a child may be used to sleeping from 11-12.30 pm and eating at 1pm so we would accommodate the child’s individual needs, allow them to sleep as needed and ensure lunch is saved appropriately for them.

Some examples of the way routines can aid the child’s daily journey and development are:

  • Ease separation from main carer
  • Provide a comforting and reassuring environment
  • Help focus on various parts of the day
  • Shows a passage of time
  • Give an idea of what will happen next
  • Plan ahead
  • Foster cooperation
  • Aids transition from one activity to another
  • Build positive relationships
  • Develop confidence and self esteem
  • Build communities and a sense of belonging
  • Act independently

It is important to allow children to help form routines at the nursery, some ways we do this are:

  • Let children choose how they say goodbye to their parent/carer, e.g. a kiss and cuddle or share a story, bring a favourite toy
  • Ask them to help plan the day, e.g. what activities would they like to do and when, where would they like lunch
  • Sing a welcome/goodbye song and let the children choose whose name to sing as the song goes round the group

Routines should reflect the individual learning needs of all the children and therefore may need to include auditory signals (singing a song/using keywords), visual clues (pictures/photographs/blinking lights), tactile clues (a touch on the shoulder).

 

Nursery Routine

Little Engines Younger Room daily Routine

8:00am

Meet & greet Children & their Parents / Carers & share information with Parents/Carer. Free Play.

8:45am - 9:30am

Breakfast is served. Staff sit with, encourage & support children.

9:30am - 10:00am

Nappy Changing & Toilet / Potty and Hygiene Routines Circle time. Children engage in group songs, rhymes, stories & as appropriate discussion. Preparation for AM / PM trip.

10:00am - 11:15am

Focus Activity & Free Play.Trip out (AM & / or PM) e.g. to the park, library, shop.

11:15am - 11:30am

Lunch preparations. Nappy Changing & Toilet / Potty and Hygiene Routines

11:30am - 12:00am

Lunch is served. Staff sit with, encourage and support children.

12:00 noon - 2:00pm

Sleep time. Nappies and checked / changed as children wake up. Free play with a range of activities.

2:30pm - 2:45pm

Snack time. Staff sit with, encourage and support children.

2:45pm - 3:30pm

Focus Activity & Free Play.Trip out (Am &/or PM) e.g. to the park, library, shop.

3:30pm - 3:45pm

Tidy up & Tea preparations.

3:45pm - 4:15pm

Tea is served. Staff sit with, encourage and support children.

4:15pm - 4:30pm

Circle time. Children engage in group songs, rhymes, stories and as appropriate discussion. Nappy Changing & Toilet / Potty and Hygiene Routines.

4:30pm - 6:00pm

Quiet Free Play & Winding Down to go Home Time - Sharing Information with Parents / Carers


Little Engines Older Room daily Routine

8:00am - 8:45am

Meet & greet Children & their Parents / Carers & share information with Parents / Carers. Free Play.

9:00am - 9:30am

Personal hygiene routines. Breakfast is served. Staff sit with, encourage & support children.

9:30am - 10:30am

Focus Activity & Free Play.Trip out (AM & / or PM) e.g. to the park, library, shop.

10:30am - 10:45am

Snack time. Staff sit with, encourage and support children.

10:45am - 11:30am

Focus Activity & Free Play.

11:30am - 11:45am

Personal hygiene routines (including check / change pull-ups).

11:45am - 12:30pm

Lunch is served. Staff sit with, encourage and support children.

12:30pm - 2:00pm

Sleep time.Quite time.Free play with a range of activities.

2:00pm - 2:15pm

Snack time. Staff sit with, encourage and support children.

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Focus Activity & Free Play.Trip out (Am & / or PM) e.g. to the park, library, shop.

3:15pm - 3:30pm

Personal hygiene routines (including check/change pull-ups).

3:30pm - 4:00pm

Messy play activities

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Tea is served. Staff sit with, encourage and support children.

4:30pm - 4:45pm

Laptop & ICT activities.

4:45pm - 6:00pm

Free Play & Winding Down to go Home Time - Sharing Information with Parents / Carers


Every day your child will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of experiences including art and craft activities, music, song and story sessions, messy play, and outdoor time (weather permitting).

This routine is approximate and very flexible and will not always run to exact time. We endeavour to work to the children’s own individual routines, and needs.

Call Little Engines direct on:

020 8768 5555

We are open from 8am - 6pm

1a Cargreen Road,
South Norwood,
SE25 5AD.

Food & Menus

We provide three freshly prepared meals and 3 fruit snacks everyday.

We have a four to six week rota of menus which provide a healthy and balanced diet. Our menus are seasonal and will change accordingly and always take into account the children’s individual needs.

Our menus ensure children are offered their ‘5 a day’ fruit and vegetables.

Abacus Childcare Settings are very proud of the wide range of food provided for the children we care for. We regularly attend ‘healthy eating’ courses and keep up to date with current issues concerning children’s meals.



Monday

Breakfast

Selection of cereals / baby cereals and milk

Lunch

Jacket Potato, baked beans, coleslaw and grated cheese

Dessert

Youghurt

Tea

Bagels with ham or cheese spread

Dessert

Fruit

Tuesday

Selection of cereals / baby cereals and milk

Chicken and vegetable stew, rice and sweet corn

Peaches

Tuna sandwiches with cucumber

Fruit

Wednesday

Selection of cereals / baby cereals and milk

Steamed fish, mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans

Jam tarts and fresh cream

Meat balls

Fruit

Thursday

Selection of cereals / baby cereals and milk

Sausages (pork or vegetarian) potato wedges and mixed vegetables

Homemade fruit cake

Cheese on toast

Fruit

Friday

Selection of cereals / baby cereals and milk

Spaghetti Bolognaise and garden peas

Fruit cocktail

Hot dogs or vegetarian dogs in a bun

Fruit

Dietary Needs

All dietary needs are reviewed, on settling, with parents and are accommodated within the nursery menu wherever possible, ensuring we cater for every child’s individual needs, whether they are allergies, intolerances, religious beliefs or personal wishes.

Weaning

When your child reaches the stage you begin weaning them at home we will be here to offer support, follow your instructions and provide consistency of care to assist their development through this important step.

We liaise with you on which foods you have introduced at home. We will not introduce any food that you haven’t already tried at home with your child.

The nursery menus will be adapted for your child’s weaning needs.

Drinking Water

Fresh drinking water is made available to all children constantly throughout the day.

Water is offered at all meal times as part of the menu.

All requests from a child to have a drink are responded to, and a drink is provided immediately.

Individually labelled beakers and water bottles are available at snack time and throughout the day. The children are made aware that drinks are available and they are encouraged to locate their own bottle/beaker if they are able to.

Food Hygiene

We take all food preparation and hygiene matters very seriously and as such ensure all staff involved in food preparation have, a minimum of, the basic food hygiene qualification.

Call Little Engines direct on:

020 8768 5555

We are open from 8am - 6pm

1a Cargreen Road,
South Norwood,
SE25 5AD.

Childcare Policies & Procedures

All Ofsted registered settings have a legal obligation to adhere to the statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundations Stage.

Every nursery is unique and incorporates a full set of robust policies and procedures that are suitable for use in their setting as their fundamental framework.

The development of appropriate policies and procedures underpins how we ensure the welfare of children, staff and parents and fully embraces our commitment to equality of opportunities.

They are central to our high quality provision, define legal obligation, goals and values, meet health and safety requirements and clearly outline expected working practice.

A carefully-formulated set of policies and procedures is constantly evolving. We review as a minimum annually and on an ongoing basis within our working practice.

The continuous reflective practice of our staff team means that whenever a policy or procedure is in use it is under review and any considered changes implemented as needed.

We believe our policies and procedures show that we are aware of and have considered and addressed our legal responsibilities to ensure consistent high quality professional practice within the provision of care and education the nursery provides.

To view policies and procedures most directly related to your child’s care please click on the side bar.

 

A full set of policies and procedures can be accessed below:

Call Little Engines direct on:

020 8768 5555

We are open from 8am - 6pm

1a Cargreen Road,
South Norwood,
SE25 5AD.

Curriculum & The Early Years Foundation Stage

The continual provision of the setting, in our younger and older room and outside area, supplemented with target activities, provides a stimulating and supportive environment for all children in our care and promotes respect for cultural diversity, equality of opportunities, inclusion and anti bias practice. We value the essential support and contributions that parents/carers and the wider community provide, and feel this all contributes towards enabling children to developing to their full potential in all areas of learning.

Our curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) (DfE March 2012) and we are committed to upholding and providing the standards this sets out. Our aim is to exceed these wherever possible.

Copies of the EYFS can be obtained from: www.early-education.org.uk.

The EYFS sets out a principled approach to childcare and education, a unique child, positive relationships, enabling environments and learning and education. We believe that these principles enshrine every aspect of our provision and flow throughout our ethos, aims and objectives.

‘Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them. Development is not an automatic process, however. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationship and enabling environment.’ (EYFS page 2)

It is this philosophy that our staff team follow as they build relationships with and observe their key children, identifying their interests and level of development. This information helps us to enable their environment and plan future activities and experiences that will enhance their development.

Running alongside the principle of The EYFS are characteristic of learning, which help to identify how children learn and how we can best facilitate this, and seven areas of learning and development outlining expected progress towards early learning goals (the knowledge, skills and understanding which young children should have acquired by the end of the academic year in which they reach the age of five). We observe children in these areas and plan a curriculum that will help them all to develop to their full potential.

Areas of learning and development:

Prime Areas

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

Secondary Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Each of these areas for learning contain smaller headings and the EYFS lays out sound advice and guidance for practitioners on how they link to its principle, development matters, what to look for when observing, effective practice and planning and resourcing.

The EYFS places great value on children’s ability and opportunity to learn through play and we believe children learn best when they are happily engaged in play that interests, stimulates and challenges them. Through play, exploration and investigation children learn and develop in all areas. Play helps them fit into the world physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially, and grow to be a healthy and competent individual. We provide children with a stimulating environment; where playing and learning go hand in hand and positive relationships are forged. The staff team ensure that provision is made for each individual child’s unique and specific needs and abilities.

See also our play and teaching and play policies.