At Fennies, your child will explore an exciting new world with multi-sensory experiences, where they will make new friends, have lots of adventures and begin their amazing learning journey.
Each Fennies nursery has its own unique flow. The day is planned to make sure that your child is fully engaged in all areas of learning, exploration and play as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The EYFS sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old.
All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.
During your time with us, your child will engage in play and activities in the 7 areas of learning and developing. These areas of learning are:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
All nurseries have access to fully resourced outdoor areas that incorporate these areas and extend children’s learning throughout the day.
To enhance the high-quality delivery of the EYFS curriculum, Fennies also benefit from the skills of a sports coach and language teachers. These specialist educators work closely with your child’s key carers to ensure they are tailoring their lessons to support their ongoing learning aims as well as introducing them to new life skills.
Fennies is a very welcoming place where your child (and you) will settle quickly and easily and consideration will be given to the individual needs and circumstances of your child and your family.
We want to ease the transition into our nursery environment by making sure that every child we welcome is nurtured, stimulated, safe and secure. We recognise that every child is different and will have different needs so everyone’s settling in period will vary, depending upon your requirements.
Our settling in process consists of short visits to the nursery over the course of a week and we ask parents to remain on site.
Your first settling in session will be an opportunity for you to familiarise yourself with our nursery, the team and the room that your child will start in. It also gives us time to complete your child’s registration records and learn more about your child.
We also allow for a gradual transition after your settles and can tailor your first full week at nursery to consist of half days if preferred.
Partnership with Parents
Our relationship with you and open communication is vital for your child’s success. We operate an open-door policy and encourage you to regularly speak to your Nursery Manager and your Key Person. We can send you photos of your child and are happy to call you with regular updates during your first few weeks of nursery life, as you and your child adjust to the new routine. You are always welcome to stop by or pick up the phone during the day for an update or a question.
Every day, your Key Person will share information about your child’s day with us. This will include details of their food and drink, nappy movements, sleep times and activities that they have engaged with.
We use a secure online system to share your child’s learning journey with you and encourage you to share your child’s interests and achievements at home so that we can build on this together. Our nurseries have reading libraries and home learning packs that you can access to continue this journey at home.
There is a statutory requirement that your child’s progress will be reviewed when they’re between 2 and 3 years by their key person and your health visitor. We also hold regular parents’ meetings to share information about your child’s learning and progress with you.
Food and Nutrition
Nutrition plays an important role in the growth and development of children. From a young age they are developing tastes and eating habits which will impact them for the rest of their lives. Fennies works closely with the Early Years Nutrition Partnership, who support us with our policy, menus and training. This is proving invaluable and its impact is reaching far outside the realms of the nursery settings.
It has served to not only provide a range of healthy balanced recipes for children but also to educate staff and families further in their own understanding of nutrition and good mealtime behaviours. This means children, staff and parents are making better, more informed choices about meals and lifestyle both at nursery and at home.