When children reach the age of two they will progress into Meadows where they will have a fun filled year of adventures, learning and meeting new people. Each staff member has individual key children which are their prime focus when it comes to their development; offering support when needed and working in close partnership with parents. Overall, making sure that a child's time is happy by providing activities to suit their interests and development. As they near the age of three they will be getting ready to move into Red Hens pre-school. During that time we focus on our transition sessions where the child is able to explore and become comfortable with their new environment before moving through.
In the Meadows room, we have structure in place such as daily routines, welcome time and outdoor play each day. We feel that promoting independence is an important part of learning for each individual as well as independent self care. We introduce this by encouraging and helping with hygiene routines; putting on own coat, washing own hands, pouring own drinks and beginning to toilet train.
The room layout has been designed to provide activities for all areas of development. this changes throughout each term to suit the children's interests and choices at the time. Throughout each day there are opportunities for group work, independent play, one-to-one time and free play. We have also recently introduced a six week programme of letters, sounds and phonics, as we believe planting the seed for school readiness is important to ensure the best development outcomes.
Hi my name is Linda and I have worked here at Beechwood Farm Day Nursery for over 3 years. I have over 27 years experience working with children in a variety of settings.
I love messy play with the children and going on long farm walks.
My hobbies include watching and riding motorbikes, walking, cooking and last but not least looking after my 6 grandchildren!"
Hi I'm Jennah-rae but I don't mind being called Jennah. I have worked with children in a variety of circumstances and settings for 8 years and counting, from supporting in a primary school to the more relaxed environment of running a Brownie Guide unit. The use of Sign Language has been a big part of my life as I was part of a deaf choir where we signed all of our songs, so I am looking forward to learning Makaton alongside the children. In my spare time I enjoy sewing with my mum, watching musicals (my favourites include Hamilton, Matilda and of course Wicked) and during the warmer months I like to pack some sandwiches, put on my hiking boots and go for long walks with my family. I look forward to getting to know you all.
Hi my name is Julie, I am a qualified level 3 practitioner and have been working with children for about 30 years. I have worked as a one to one, teaching assistant with primary aged children and various ages in nursery settings. In my spare time I am a nana to an 18 month old boy and I am about to become a nana again in January. I have two black labrador dogs called Sam and Tara. Sam is a therapy dog who travels with me once a week to a residential home for dementia patients. We visit the patients where they stroke and talk to him.
"I'm Zoe Moore and I have worked at BFDN for nearly two years now. Previous to this I have completed various work placements; in nurseries, primary schools and also volunteering at a Hospital, where I shadowed a play specialist working with children who have additional needs.
I have Forest School training and love putting this into practice with the children during outdoor play sessions.
I have been doing drama for 10 years, both as a hobby and I have completed a level 2 Acting BTEC. My other hobbies include art, reading and of course, going to the theatre."