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Welcome to Centre Place Nursery

The Early Years Alliance provides flexible, affordable and quality care and education across England.

Centre Place Nursery is an Alliance childcare service located in Southend-on-Sea.

We are assessed as 'Good with an outstanding element in Personal Development' by Ofsted.

Our committed, friendly and well-qualified nursery team provides high quality care and learning opportunities for children aged between 0 - 5 years. 

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with a focus on learning through play and actively encourage parents to become involved in the life of the nursery. 

The nursery organises the day so that children can take part in a variety of child initiated and adult supported activities. These take into account the children's changing energy levels throughout the day. 

  • The nursery caters for the children's individual needs for rest and quiet activities during the day.
  • We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from a range of activities. In doing so, they build up their ability to select and work through a task.
  • The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult led activities and large group activities which introduce them to new experiences and help them gain new skills. They also help the children to work with others. 
  • Free flow into our garden is encouraged. 

Opening times

We are open 8.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday. 

We are closed on all bank holidays, a week at Christmas and 5 additional days for staff training.


We offer 

  • Funded childcare for qualifying two year olds and all three and four year olds.
  • A safe, friendly and fun place for you and your child.
  • Learning through indoor and outdoor play activities.
  • A well-qualified, kind and caring team.
  • A dedicated person to give focused support to your child.

Find out more

To arrange a visit please contact Deanna, Nursery Manager on 01702 619893 or email centre.place@eyalliance.org.uk

If you would like to enquire about any of our available sessions, please contact us directly or fill out our 
online enquiry form


 

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About us

babies and blocksCentre Place Nursery offers a stimulating approach to early years development and learning for young children.

Within a safe, friendly and fun environment, children are supported by qualified, caring staff in developing a wide range of skills and interests.

The children enjoy learning through play experiences in bright indoor play areas and our large garden.

We are managed by the Early Years Alliance, the largest voluntary sector provider of childcare in England with over 50 years experience delivering childcare and practical, professional support to early years practitioners.

Our nursery plans its activities in accordance with the EYFS with a strong focus on exploratory, imaginative play and healthy eating.

We recognise and understand the huge benefits that free flow play has on the positive development of very young children. 

Every child in our care is supported by a key person who understands their individual needs and offers special care and support to them. 

Rigorous health & safety and safeguarding policies and procedures are in place to ensure that every child is protected and feels safe and happy with us. 

The children are split into three different groups:

  • Jelly Babies 8 weeks - 2 years approx (Babies are welcome once they have had their second set ofinjections)
  • Jelly Tots 2 years - 3 years approx
  • Jelly Beans 3 years - 5 years

Jelly Babies - 8 weeks to 2 ½ years

In our Jelly Babies room, all staff are very approachable and support your child within a hygienic, safe, caring and happy environment in the following ways:

  • Settling babies into the routine of the room
  • Helping them to feel safe and secure, including snuggling, cuddling, eye contact and talking gently to them
  • Encouraging communication including gurgling, babbling and squealing
  • Adults listen and respond to communication appropriately, encouraging “conversation”
  • Provide activities to encourage young children to explore and use all their senses
  • Give opportunities for child initiated and adult supported activities
  • By providing consistent and repetitive actions babies will start to imitate adults, encouraging imaginative play
  • Encouraging physical development, both fine and gross motor skills, remembering that young children have little sense of danger
  • Encouraging both indoor and outdoor play
  • That for young children, rest and sleep is as important as food and fluids
  • To encourage good social skills at food and drink times, by asking them to sit down at the table when eating and drinking.

Jelly Tots - 2 ½ - 3 ½ years

In the Jelly Tots room, all staff are very approachable and support your child in the following ways: 

  • Settling toddlers into the routine of the room
  • Helping them to feel safe and secure, including snuggling, cuddling, eye contact and talking gently to them
  • Encouraging communication
  • Adults listen and respond to communication appropriately, encouraging conversation
  • Provide activities to encourage young children to explore and use all their senses
  • Give opportunities for child initiated and adult supported activities
  • Encouraging physical development, both fine and gross motor skills, remembering that young children have little sense of danger
  • Encouraging both indoor and outdoor play
  • To encourage good social skills at food and drink times, by asking them to sit down at the table when eating and drinking within a hygienic, safe, caring and happy environment. 

Jelly Beans - 3 - 5 years

In the Jelly Beans room, we pay particular attention to:

  • Settling the children into the routine of the room
  • Making the children feel safe and secure
  • Provide activities that support the EYFS, and adjust these to suit the needs of individual children
  • Give opportunities for child initiated and adult supported activities
  • Encourage both free-flow indoor and outdoor play
  • Provide and promote multicultural activities and participate in cultural and religious festivals/events
  • For adults to take time to actively listen and respond appropriately to each and every child
  • To encourage early maths concepts, such as shapes, counting and sorting etc
  • To encourage early reading skills by sitting with the children reading on a one to one basis and in larger groups
  • To encourage early writing skills by always having mark making equipment available.
  • All within a safe, caring, happy and stimulating environment.

All routines are guidelines only and are adapted accordingly.


Find out more

To arrange a visit please contact Deanna, Nursery Manager on 01702 619893 or email centre.place@eyalliance.org.uk

If you would like to enquire about any of our available sessions, please contact us directly or fill out our
 online enquiry form

Our Team

little girl with bowOur well qualified, committed and experienced team work hard to create a caring and learning environment in the nursery. We know that every child develops differently and at different times. Every child has a key person who understands their individual needs and interests. This helps us to ensure that every child feels involved, stimulated and happy in our care.

We follow rigorous staff recruitment, selection and supervision procedures to ensure that anyone joining our team undertakes relevant security checks including Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure, references and qualification checks. Parents are reassured knowing that child protection and safeguarding underpins every aspect of our practice and will continue to remain a priority for us.

Your child's 'key person'

Every child who joins the nursery receives support from an experienced member of the team. They are responsible for your child’s individual needs and known as the ‘key person’. 

The key person is your main point of contact however all nursery staff are happy to feedback on your child’s developmental progress on a daily basis or discuss any concerns with you.

They will also keep records of your child’s progress and achievement, which are always available for you to see and contribute towards.

Your child’s key person will make time to find out from you about your child’s interests, likes, dislikes and special requirements. Please share any important or useful information when you register your child and throughout their time with us. 

This helps us to give your child the most appropriate care and learning to suit their developmental, emotional and physical needs. 

You can access and contribute your views to your child's progress and achievements in their records.


Our team

Deanna  - Nursery Manager

Claire M - Nursery Deputy Manager (Designated Safeguarding Lead) 

Amanda - Nursery Deputy Manager (SENCo) (Term Time)

Stacey - Administrator/Nursery Practitioner

Nikki - Senior Practitioner- (SENCo) Jelly Babies (Term TIme)

Lauren - Nursery Practitioner (Safeguarding Support)

Maria - Senior Practitioner- Jelly Tots (Term Time)

Nikola - Nursery Practitioner (Behaviour Lead)

Sarah B- Nursery Practitioner

Donna - Nursery Practitioner (Welcomm Screening Support) 

Gemma - Nursery Practitioner

Amy - Senior Practitioner- Jelly Beans

Natalie - Nursery Practitioner (Term Time)

Claire L- Nursery Practitioner (ENCo) (Term Time)

Rhyanne- Nursery Practitioner

Sarah W- Nursery Practitioner (Welcomm Champion) (Term Time)

Danielle - Nursery Practitioner (Term Time)

 


Find out more

To arrange a visit please contact Deanna, Nursery Manager on 01702 619893 or email centre.place@eyalliance.org.uk

If you would like to enquire about any of our available sessions, please contact us directly or fill out our 
online enquiry form

FAQs

Child colouring with crayonsDo you have childcare places available at the moment?

Yes we do! Simply contact us to discuss you and your child’s needs.

Do you offer funded entitlement for 3 year olds?

Children are eligible for the funding in the term following their third birthday.

The funding is available for 15 hours per week.  

Do you offer funded entitlement for 2 year olds?

If your child is two years old, your child may be eligible to attend the two-year-old funded childcare programme. The funding is available for 15 hours per week. Please ask us.

What sessions do you offer?

Full day care, year round.

How quickly can my child start?

We are keen that every child feels settled, happy and secure in our childcare. We want to make the big step from home into childcare a positive experience for everyone.

Once your child is offered a place, you and your child start a ‘settling in’ process that is based on your child’s needs.

We help your child settle comfortably by:

  • Recognising that some children take longer to settle than others. 
  • Encouraging your child to develop a special relationship with their key person so they feel secure in our care.
  • Introducing your child to our daily routine and the environment at different times of the day so they feel reassured and familiar with different sessions.
  • Making you feel welcome to stay with your child at the beginning over a period of time and different times of the day. Over time you can gradually spend longer periods apart until your child is ready to start their daily session without you.
  • Talking with you regularly about the best way to settle your child and listening to your queries or concerns. We want you to feel confident and relaxed when you leave your child in our care.
  • Your child only officially starts with us when they complete their first short session happily without you.     

Find out more

To arrange a visit please contact Deanna, Nursery Manager on 01702 619893 or email centre.place@eyalliance.org.uk

If you would like to enquire about any of our available sessions, please contact us directly or fill out our
 online enquiry form

Contact Us

Boy on phoneCentre Place Nursery

Centre Place

15 Prospect Close

Southend-on-Sea

SS1 2JD

Telephone: 01702 619893

Email: centre.place@eyalliance.org.uk

If you have any questions or would like to enquire about a place for your child please contact us directly or fill out our online enquiry form


 

The Early Years Alliance also runs nearby nurseries Cockleshell Nursery and Shoebury Nursery.

You can visit their websites here:

Cockleshell Nursery

Shoebury Nursery

 

 

Centre Place Nursery
Centre Place
Prospect Close
Southend-on-Sea
SS1 2JD
United Kingdom
Tel: 01702619893

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