West Croydon is located in a modern purpose built building in a
convenient location between Central Croydon and Selhurst. This branch
was opened in 2009.
This setting cares for children aged 0 – 5 years and has been carefully designed to suit the needs of each age group.
Little Learners Day Nurseries aim to provide high quality affordable
childcare in a safe, fun and stimulating environment where the child’s
needs and interests come first.
"Children have access to a wide range of toys and resources that challenge them across all areas of learning. The younger children thoroughly enjoy being creative as they make marks on paper with paint.
Older children freely use mark-making materials, such as, pencils, pens and chalk as these are readily available at all times. As a result, they are developing early writing skills well". Ofsted Report 2013
We take security of the children seriously and have full CCTV systems and Biometric Door Entry Systems in place.
We work as closely as possible with parents/carers to make sure that we
achieve the best possible care and education for your child. We use an
online observation and development tracking systems which parents can
access and make comments whenever they wish.
One of the main aims of being in a nursery is the opportunity for all young ones to experience life outside the confines of their homes. It is at the nursery that children learn there are others like them with the same personal and emotional needs.
"Children play and learn in a friendly and stimulating environment. Staff set up play areas well, which enables children to make independent choices". Ofsted Report 2013
Turn taking and sharing are perhaps the first experiences which most young children encounter. They also form the basis of relationships with other adults and children who may come from different backgrounds and cultures.
Various topics based on the young children’s experiences are often explored and presented. Multi-cultural celebrations and customs are introduced in the hope that children will grow to understand and respect people from different lands and diverse needs.
We celebrate all major festivals of different faiths during the year with stories, art and craft activities, cooking, decorations and occasionally outings.
We provide activities related to language acquisition through:
Literacy, Songs and Rhymes
- Story telling and role-play which includes dressing up or experiencing the home corner which takes many forms, e.g. a bookshop, a hairdressing salon or a surgery.
- Circle Time where children learn to listen and discuss various topics of interest e.g. the weather, the days of the week and their own personal experiences.
- The book corner where children develop an interest for print and pictures.
- Where children acquire vocabulary and rhythm through familiar and new nursery songs and rhymes.
We ensure learning mathematical concepts by providing the following:
" Children develop good mathematical skills as they enjoy activities such as threading and join in enthusiastically with numbers rhymes and songs". Ofsted Report 2013
- Materials for sorting, matching and measuring e.g. puzzles and coloured cubes.
- Activities where children explore shape, size, weight and length e.g. cooking.
- Interactive computer software, which are set up in the computer area.
Knowledge and Understanding We aim to:
Expressive Arts and Design
- Introduce and extend the children’s knowledge and understanding of Science and the world around them.
- Explore and enjoy natural materials and their qualities e.g. sand, water and clay.
- Encourage outdoor pursuits through visits to the library and local shops. Invite members from the local community like a fireman, a policeman and a dentist for talks and presentations to encourage personal and social awareness.
- Introduce computer technology, which opens up various avenues of learning.
We encourage expressive arts and design through story telling, drama, role play, music and movement, drawing and painting with various medium, design and technology where children learn to use various tools like the scissors, glue spreaders and sellotape to create two and three-dimensional models.
Clay/playdough is also used to help children learn how to sculpt and develop a sensorial approach to learning."Children are motivated and keen to learn in the stimulating environment showing good levels of curiosity and imagination as they explore the wide range of resources available". Ofsted Report 2013
GardenThe Children can gain access to the garden directly from their room so
we can operate a free flow system . This allows the children the freedom
to go in or outdoors.
The nursery has a wide range of resources at the
child’s level, this allows the child to easily select the items/toys
they wish to use.
We have a very large selection of outdoor toys suitable for all ages
which consists of slides, bikes, trikes, push alongs, bats, balls,
skittles, hoops, stilts etc. We also have sand and water play on a
regular basis available to the children.
We operate a free flow system
so children have regular access to the garden throughout the day. We
use the garden all year around in all weathers, we provide the children
with rain suits and winter and summer hats.
We also run several
activities a year which include sports day, parents/carers fun evenings
and a nursery barbecue etc. We regularly review our practice and send
out questionnaires quarterly to ensure that we are providing a good