Minnies: children up to 2 years of age: 15 places; ratio of 1 adult to 3 children
Tiggers: children aged 2 to 3 years : 18 places; ratio of 1 adult to 4 children
Pre-school: children aged over three years : 26 places; ratio of 1 adult to 8 children
The ‘before and after’ school club: for up to 40 (with an ideal ratio of 1 adult to 10 children) primary aged school children from Green Lane Primary School and other schools, operates from the building.There is a ‘holiday club’ for primary school aged children during the school holidays.
Opening hours:The Centre is open, Monday to Friday7.30am to 6.00pmfor 50 weeks of the year
Enrolment of children:
Please contact the Nursery by telephone (01833) 638581 to arrange an appointment to visit with your child and discuss the application further.
Green Lane C of E Primary school: Although we are a separate company we have strong links with the school to ensure the smooth transition for the children. www.greenlane.durham.sch.uk
Please find below full details of all of our services - Minnies, Little Tiggers, Pre-school and the Club...
Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. A child’s experiences in the Early Years have a major impact on their future life chances. A safe, secure and happy childhood is important in its own right and it provides the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.When parents choose to use Early Years’ services, they want to know that the provision will keep their child safe and help them to thrive. Early Years Foundation Stage is the framework which provides that assurance.In Minnies' Room, our focus is on children aged between six weeks and two years old. We offer one member of staff to every three children because they are very much in need of our support. We take careful consideration into planning activities and make observations in the child’s Learning Journey. Planning is always displayed in the entrance to the Minnies Room along with photographs of the children.
Once the registration form has been completed with your emergency contact details, you can arrange your first Nursery visit.We also have a ‘settling-in’ form which includes information for you to fill in such as when your child sleeps, your child’s likes and dislikes, feeding times and other information which will help us to look after your child well.You are welcome to visit Nursery at any time to meet staff and have a look around. This will also give you a chance to discuss your queries or questions. Not all children take to being separated from their parents in the same way; some are like ‘ducks to water’ and others are not so keen at first. Of course, we will work with you and your child to make this transition as smooth and stress free as possible.
What is a special carer?
Each child in Minnies will be assigned a special carer who has the special responsibility of working with a small number of children, giving them the reassurance to feel safe and cared for, and building relationships with you, the parents or carers.The special carer will help your baby or child become familiar with the setting, and to feel confident and safe within it. They will also talk to you to make sure that the needs of your child are being met appropriately and that records of development and progress are shared with you and other professionals as necessary. Your child’s special care will create a Learning Journey for your son or daughter. The Learning Journey will indicate progress that your child has made, special moments, observations and any other things that have occurred during this time.
Children love the social experience of sitting in small groups taking part in activities such as songs and story-time. In Minnies' Room, we do a lot of group time activities with the children and encourage them, for example, to make different sounds during song time with musical instruments. Children also have the opportunity to play with the other children within Nursery, playing with different stimulating toys, and also listening to stories.
During the time that your children are with us, we offer lots of 'messy play' activities, to include painting. We give the children support and encouragement during these activities and all of the work that they create will be their own.In Minnies' Room, the children tend to paint with their hands; however, we give the children paint brushes, rollers and stamps to encourage hand-to-eye co-ordination. When we are exploring our messy activities, we provide children with aprons but also wearing old clothes is a great idea!
We have a great outdoor area where children can find various ways of moving around. The money raised from a recent fundraising event meant we were able to purchase new soft flooring for the outdoor area; this provides all children with the opportunity to crawl, run and jump around safely.We have a beautiful blossom tree which provides protection from the summer sun. We also have a newly-built canopy which enables us to access the outdoor area in most areas whilst still remaining dry. Children have lots of opportunities to learn about the effects of wind through the music lines, coloured streamers and natural mobiles in the tree. We have a lovely area which has magnifying glasses where children can enjoy searching for mini-beasts such as wiggly worms and spiders.
Whilst in Minnies' Room, children go on walks around the local environment. We visit the Bowes Museum grounds where children have lots of open space to explore their environment. We spend time stamping in paddles and searching for conkers.We often head to the local park where children enjoy finding their own ways of moving around the play equipment whilst being supported and encouraged by their carers. We have a fantastic push-chair with four seats for children and this helps us get out more often. We also try to do as much as we can in order to raise money for different charities. We have recently held a week long pyjama party for ‘Children in Need’ and a ‘Princess and Pirate Family Night’ to raise money for new resources for the Nursery.
Meals and snacks
School lunches are available to children in Minnies' Room. These are provided by the school kitchen. They are priced at £2.46 per meal which will be added onto your bill each month. The menu from the school is on a four-week rota; a sample copy is available on request. If you would like your child to have a packed lunch, this will be kept in the fridge until the appropriate time (your instructions).A child’s meal will then be heated up and he/she will be supervised and encouraged with their eating skills. If your child attends Nursery for breakfast and/or tea, we ask parents and carers to provide this. Children will receive a snack at around 10:30am and 4:30pm. We provide the children with healthy snacks and try to provide a variety of different tastes and textures. If you do not wish your child to have the snacks, or have any concerns, please feel free to speak to a member of staff; we will try to be as flexible as possible.
We will provide a large sack for your child to keep on their peg in Minnies' Room. In the sack, you can keep anything your child may need throughout the day. This may include:· spare clothing· nappies· nappy cream· sun hat and sun cream· welliesThis sack is provided for you to try and help make things a little bit easier so that you don’t have to remember everything each day. We will check these sacks regularly and will let you know if you are running low on anything.
The Daily Diary is kept throughout your child’s day to enable you to see what they have got up to whilst in Nursery. We understand that it can be difficult to leave your child at such a young age, so we try to make it as easy as possible by telling you as much as we can about their day. Within the diary we will note:· How the children do at mealtimes - such as how much they eat, what they have had and how much of their bottle they have consumed.· Times of any nappy changes and whether they were wet or soiled.· Sleep times.· Activities your child has taken part in throughout the day.· Any messages we need to tell you and if they need more nappies or milk, et cetera.· Any other things your child may experience around Nursery.· This diary will be given to you at the end of each day; feel free to add any comments and return it at the start of each of your child days in Minnies' Room.
Opening hours, fees and holidays
Minnies' Room is open between 07:30am and 6:00pm, Monday to Friday, 50 weeks of the year. We close over Bank Holidays and for a short period over Christmas and New Year.Our fees are £3.45 per hour. If your child is ever off sick or absent from Nursery at any time, it will be much appreciated if you could contact us to let a member of staff know as early as possible in the day. You will still be charged for the hours your child has booked in for. Any permanent changes should be made in writing with one month’s notice. You are entitled to six weeks holidays; this is pro rata running from September until August. We require one month’s notice for any holidays to be taken. Upon starting in Minnies' Room, your child will automatically be entitled to a place in Little Tiggers (2 to 3 years) and also in Pre-school (3 to 4 years); this will save you worrying about Nursery being full when you may need a place. If you do not wish to take up these places, please inform the staff in Minnies' Room as early as possible.
Tiggers’ Room is for children aged 2 to 3 years old.
Carers are available 07:30am to 6:00pm, Monday to Friday, 50 weeks of the year.You are entitled to 13 weeks holiday throughout the school holidays. If care is required during this time, letters will be sent to you for confirmation of childcare required (our opening hours remain the same). Any holidays taken throughout term time will be charged.You will be invited to visit Nursery prior to admission. This will enable you to meet staff and other children, and familiarise with the Nursery itself. It will also give you the opportunity to discuss any issues you may have. You are welcome to stay in Nursery during the first days in order to help your child settle.You will be entitled to 15 hours free funding per week from their third birthday although this is not received from the Government until the term after their third birthday. A member of our team will discuss with you your child’s move to Pre-school nearer the time.Our fees are £3.20 per hour. We are able to provide your child with a hot meal from the primary school canteen; the additional cost will be £2.46 per day; alternatively you are welcome to send your child with a packed lunch. If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Role-play and imaginative play
One of the ways in which children can extend their understanding of the world is by acting out in their play experiences and relationships they have encountered so far. Children need to be able to experience what it feels like to be a mother, father, granny, nurse, doctor, et cetera. This helps the child to see the world from the other person’s viewpoint.Imaginative play provides an opportunity for children to act out situations. Dressing up clothes can help a child feel a little like someone else. Dressing up is great fun and also gives a child an opportunity to experiment with various materials, textures, weight, warmth and colour.We offer dressing up clothes, tabards, shoes, hats, et cetera for the children to try out. We regularly change our role play area based on children’s interest such as campsite, farm shop and beach.
Nearly all of the children love to play with sand. It is a natural material that children can feel, build, mould, dig, flatten, fill, pour and empty.Sand play is an essential experience for young children as it enables them to understand different concepts. It also encourages sharing, co-operation, self-discipline, conversation and socialisation with other children.
Water is soothing, sensory and un-demanding; it encourages co-operation and is free. There is the miracle of discovery, and volume and weight, but most importantly there is ‘no right or wrong’ and therefore no sense of failure.Water play is marvellous for developing language, hand and eye co-ordination and socialisation. We provide an endless list of equipment to use in the water - anything goes!
We offer healthy snacks during each session which are free of charge. These could include apples and raisins, melon and kiwi, wholemeal toast or bread sticks and dip. Water and milk are available at snack time and children are given a choice.The children often participate in helping to make their own snack. Water is available during the session if the children need extra drinks.
If your child requires a sleep during their time in the Tiggers’ Room, or just needs a place to go for some quiet time, we have a lovely space which has lots of cushions, blankets, pictures and fairy lights.
We offer the same play and learning opportunities outdoors as we do indoors. Activities can be provided on a larger scale to extend experiences further; for example, water play could include gutters and pipes. Children have a free choice of play, as they do indoors. We have a mini-beast area to explore, a garden and planters for the children to water and care for, bikes and cars to encourage the children to develop their gross motor skills, and lots more. We have access to a lovely garden area which includes a sensory area, a willow igloo, and a walk-in sandpit. We also go for lots of walks around the area.The Early Years Foundation Stage framework states that outdoor play must be included in each day's activities unless the weather is deemed to be unsafe. We ask that children are dressed appropriately to suit the weather conditions (ie: named wellies, coats and hats in cold and wet weather, and sun hats in the warm weather). Sun cream must be provided in the warm weather.
Floor and table
We provide a wide range of activities and toys both on the floor and table. These encourage manipulation, hand and eye co-ordination, the opportunity to encourage sharing and concentration, and provide stimulation throughout play.We offer threading, lacing, diggers and cars, dinosaur swamps, small world building sites, gloop (cornflour and water), play-dough (which the children make), dried and cooked pasta, baking activities, artistic adventures and much more!We also have a sensory area to encourage children to investigate and explore using all of their senses. It is never too early to introduce children to books; book corner is quiet and calm with a variety of books, comfy cushions and puppets.
Painting is an activity which most children enjoy enormously. They can use painting for learning, reinforcing and as a means of self-expression. We do not show them how to do it; we let the children express themselves! The use of paint brushes, rollers and toothbrushes encourages hand-eye co-ordination and gives practice in the various stages of gripping.Collage is another form of creative play. Children are able to select a wide range of materials to develop their works of art. Parents can support us by providing plastic bottle tops, yoghurt pots, material, shiny wrappers, et cetera.We do provide aprons for the children to wear during these messy activities; however, we do advise that old clothes for Nursery are a very good idea!
Music and dance
Singing, dancing and using musical instruments can be very soothing and are a very pleasurable experience for children. We offer regular opportunities for children to try out a variety of instruments and play along to different styles of music.Children learn to speak by imitating. Those who have learnt to listen and join in songs tend to become more confident in their use of words. They develop voice control by repeating songs and rhymes. Action songs provide exercise and encourage body control; circle games help social development when everyone has to take turns or play a part.ITWe have recently purchased new tablets, cameras and remote control vehicles which the children can access freely throughout the day.
Our Pre-school Room is for children aged 3 to 4 years old. The term after your child turns three to four years old, he/she is entitled to 15 hours of funding provided by the Government.
Care is available 07:30am – 6:00pm, Monday to Friday, 50 weeks of the year. Our session times are 8:30am to 11:30am and 12:30pm to 3:30pm; however, childcare availability is flexible.
You are entitled to 13 weeks holiday throughout the school holidays. If care is required during this time, letters will be sent to you for confirmation of childcare required (our opening hours remain the same). Any holidays taken throughout term time will be charged.
You will be invited to visit Nursery prior to admission. This will enable you to meet staff and other children in the Nursery itself. It will also give you the opportunity to discuss any matters you may have. You are welcome to stay in Nursery during the first days in order to help your child settle.
Our fees are £3.10 per hour if you wish your child to attend for additional hours, other than those provided by funding.
We are able to provide your child with a hot meal from the primary school canteen at the additional cost of £2.46 per day; alternatively, you are welcome to send your child with a packed lunch.
If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We offer healthy snacks during each session. These could include apples and raisins, melon and kiwi, wholemeal toast or bread sticks and dip. The children often participate in helping to make their own snacks. We ask for a contribution of £ 1:00 per week. Water and milk are available at snack time giving the children a choice. Water is available throughout the day whenever children need extra drinks.
When your child starts Pre-school, you will be given the opportunity for your child to attend swimming lessons at the Teesdale Sports Centre on a Monday afternoon or a Thursday morning. Swimming lessons are for a 10 week period; we work on rota basis to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to attend if they should wish to do so.
Implementing the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Throughout your child’s time in Pre-school, we will follow their interests, progress and development. Your child’s progress will be recorded in their Learning Journey which is available for you to view and discuss at any time.If you have any concerns regarding your child’s development, please speak to a member of our team.
We have a close relationship with Green Lane Primary School and your child may be given the opportunity to spend some time in the reception/foundation class, taking part in activities and attending school assemblies. Pre-school children eat their lunch in the school along with the other children. We find this helps with the transition into primary school as the children are already familiar the environment.
Expressive arts and design
We support children’s creativity by extending their curiosity through exploration and play. Opportunities are provided for children to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings and experience a variety of art, music/movement and role-play activities, and design and technology.
Personal, social and emotional development
We provide children with experiences and support which help them to develop a positive sense of themselves and others, respect for others, social skills and a positive disposition to learn.
Physical development is supported and encouraged by providing opportunities for children to be active, to improve their skills, co-ordination, body control, manipulation and movement. We support the children using all of their senses to learn about the world around them and the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices in relation to food.
Communication and language
We encourage children with communication, speech and listening skills. We offer varied opportunities which allow our children to utilise and extend their skills in different situations. The children really enjoy bringing ideas and stories to circle time to discuss these with their friends and the staff.LiteracyWe provide opportunities for children to explore mark-making in a variety of fun ways and to begin to write (ie: marking with foam, sand, paint and various other mediums). We read to children and encourage them to take an interest in stories and print. The children enjoy quiet and group time reading of books, and playing games such as Listening Lotto and Story Stacks.
We support children in developing their understanding of Mathematics in a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practise and talk about their developing understanding. Children enjoy learning to use various tools such as dice, accounting games, matching games, number rhymes; these all assist in extending their skills to allow them to gain confidence.
Understanding of the world
Children are supported in developing their knowledge, skills and understanding of the world. We offer opportunities for the children to use a range of tools and materials safely, and to encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments. Taking part in real life situations allows children to reinforce their understanding of the world.
Play underpins all development and learning for young children. Our aims are to provide opportunities and support for the children so that they may develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally. We plan and observe around the seven areas of learning and development, including sand play, water play, malleable, instruction and role-play. The room theme is changed regularly using ideas from and interests of the children.
We offer the same play and learning opportunities outdoors as we do indoors. Activities can be provided on a larger scale to extend experiences further; for example, water play could include gutters and pipes. Children have free choice of play, as they do indoors. We have a mini-beast area to explore, a garden and planters for the children to water and care for, bikes and cars to encourage children to develop their gross motor skills, and lots more. We have access to a lovely garden which includes a sensory area, a willow igloo, and a walk-in sandpit. Also, we go for lots of walks around the area.The Early Years Foundation Stage framework states that outdoor play must be included in each day's activities unless the weather is deemed to be unsafe. We ask that children are dressed appropriately to suit the weather conditions (ie: named wellies, coats, hats for cold and wet weather, and sun hats in warm weather). Sun cream must be provided in the warm weather.
We assess and monitor your child’s progress and development during their time in Nursery in a Learning Journey. We carry out observations using sequences of photographs to record how the children use resources and also record special moments during their time here.We would like parents to have an input into their child’s Learning Journey. Photographs and stories from home, weekends away, and special moments can be added into your record.Learning Journeys are displayed in the Pre-school Room for your child and parents to see. Consent forms are included in the starter pack to ensure that you are happy for this to be displayed. Please speak to a member of staff if you have any queries.
Green Lane Nursery and Childcare Centre's Club: the children are aged 4 to 12 years of age. We provide childcare before and after school, throughout the school holidays, 50 weeks of the year. We welcome children who attend other primary schools
within the local area.
Club is situated within Green Lane Primary School. We have a large room with access to the main hall and outside areas including the school field.
You are entitled to 13 weeks holiday throughout the school holidays. If care is required during this time, letters will be sent to you for confirmation of any childcare required. Any holidays taken throughout term time will be charged.
7:30am – 09:00am
£4:00 per session
£ 3:70 for a second child
After School Club
3:30am – 6:00pm
£6:00 per session
£5:70 for a second child
7:30am – 6:00pm
£3:10 per hour
£2:85 per hour or a second child
We offer healthy snacks during each session; these are free of charge. These include cereal, toast and fruit. Water, milk and juice are available at all times.
Please notify Club of any absences on 07790 104413
We plan the activities for each term using a range of themes and topics for inspiration, and obtain ideas from children for these activities in 'carpet-time' sessions.The sessions also provide the opportunity to enjoy ‘free play’ as well as the structured activities, all of which take place in our indoor and outdoor areas. ‘Free play’ activities include small world play, creative activities, computers, bikes and football.Many pieces of the children’s work are displayed in the room for parents to view. The displays give the children an enormous amount of pleasure and pride.
All our planned activities are based around children’s interests and abilities. All activities are planned so that each individual child is able to participate if they wish. Topics which the children have enjoyed recently are marble painting, origami dogs, sunrise pictures and dinosaurs. Our planned activities also follow our yearly calendar making things for Mother’s Day, Easter, autumn and Christmas.
All children have the option to play indoors and outside; all activities are available outside as well as indoors. The children have lots of space to run, jump, skip, play football, ride bikes and scooters in our own play area as well as part of the school field.
The Holiday Club provides a similar structure to the term time events with the addition of trips to a variety of interesting places.We involve the children in choosing the places we visit. We like to visit parks around town, the Bowes Museum, farmers’ markets, picnic areas and feeding the ducks by the river. We occasionally arrange trips to the cinema, local nature reserves and more recently we arranged a falcon display. Charges may be applicable for some visits but these will be kept to a minimum. Consent forms will need to be completed prior to attending outings.