Situated at St Cuthberts Church, Castle Vale, Barmpot’s is a pack away early years nursery, this means that at the end of the day the setting’s resources are packed away and set up the following day. We are a small family run nursery who believe that working together with parents/careers, families and other professionals are the best way to support children’s learning and development.
Our moto is “working together as family to support children’s learning and development”
We are open Monday to Friday 9.00 am till 3.00 pm term time only. We offer the free funded 15 hours to children between 2 years old to 4 years and for families who are entitled to it as well as 30 free funded hours for 3-4 year olds.
The owner has worked within early years for 14 years and holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA level 6, in childcare studies).
Before staff can take up a position within Barmpot’s Pre-School, they go through a robust selection and recruitment process. This includes references and DBS checks.
Nursery practitioners are qualified to a minimum of a level 2 in childcare, Nursery may employ apprenticeship’s and none qualified staff as additional support however they will not be left alone with the children at any time and will still go through the same selection and recruitment process.
We have a large open plan space for the children to explore. The team works together to plan activities that are
educational and stimulating for the children. Many activities are
planned around the children’s own interests. Focused activities can
take place in small groups or on a 1 to 1 basis where necessary.
Structured timetables and planned activities organises the
day to day running of the unit, and enables us to monitor their
progress, and areas to improve.
We follow the Early Years curriculum that is
broken down into seven areas which are
- Personal, Emotional and Social
- Communication and Language,
- Physical Development,
- the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
Your child will have
their own key person who will closely observe and monitor their progression through
their learning journals. All activities are based on children’s individual
interests and developmental stage.
All the children no matter what their age play, learn, develop
and have fun together. We do not separate the children by age or development
but encourage them all to socialise with each other.
We have found that this
has helped the younger children to develop as they are support by the older
children and the older children have the chance to teach their younger friends,
this in turn support the older children with their own development. This
creates a family environment.
All children will be expected to wear
the relevant uniform when attending nursery. The uniform consists of the
- Red; polo shirt
- Black; jumper/cardigan
- Black or grey trousers, skirt /dress
As we are inspected by Ofsted it enables us to claim ‘Educational Funding’
for 3 and 4 year olds attending our nursery. Funding is claimed from the local
Authority by Barmpot’s Pre-School and accepted as part payment for fees.
would like more information regarding your child’s entitlement, please speak to
the Nursery manager or Deputy.
All 3/4 year olds can now get 570 hours of free early education
and childcare. Currently this can be taken as 15 hours per week for 38 weeks
Parents can start claiming the term after your child’s 3rd birthday.
To claim funding, we just need to see the original birth certificate and take a
copy for our records.
It has long been recognised that high quality early year’s
education can make a dramatic difference to children’s lives. So from April
2015 the Pupil Premium Payment was introduced for nurseries to mirror that
given to schools.
Eligible children will be entitled to an extra £300 per year,
to be used by their nurseries for additional resources to improve the quality
of early year’s education. Please speak to your nursery manager to check if
your child is eligible.
The children have access to a secured garden area at the side
of the building and enjoy a range of activities outdoors. If the weather is
nice they will spend most of their day in the garden having fun.
Messy play activities
Children love getting dirty with messy play activities and we
love giving them the chance to get messy and have lots of fun. We offer a wide
range of creative and messy play activities for all the children to take part
in; painting (with a range of tools), collaging, sand play, water play, soil
play, glitter painting and much more
Trips, event and outings
We believe in giving the children the chance to have a range experiences
where they can learn, develop for this reason we take the children out
regularly. This may be a day trip where parents are invited, trips to the local
park, visits to Berwood residential home (where the children meet the residents
and play alongside them), trips to local library, shops, bug hunts and much