Welcome to West Bassetlaw Childcare
West Bassetlaw Childcare provides flexible, affordable and quality childcare. We are based in Nottinghamshire and offer 52 Ofsted-registered places.
We have been assessed as 'Good' by Ofsted. We currently have childcare places available. Simply contact us to discuss your child's needs.
Our committed, friendly and well-qualified childcare team provides high-quality care and learning opportunities for children aged between 0-11 years.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with a focus on learning through play and we actively encourage parents to become involved in the life of our setting.
We are managed by the Early Years Alliance and work in partnership with the Children’s Centre and Dyscarr School.
We are open from 7.30am — 6pm Monday to Friday, 51 weeks of the year, excluding bank holidays and three staff training days.
The Ladybirds group is for the 6-week to 2 year olds. This room is calm and inviting, with age-appropriate toys and a dedicated outside play area.
The Caterpillars group is for 2 to 3 year olds. This group is on a steep learning curve with their language and communication and physical development.
The Butterfly group is for the 3 to 5 year olds. This group is playing and learning fast, developing and growing in their understanding. The Butterflies have the free 15-hour entitlement and are reaching their Early Learning Goals ready for school. September 2017 will see us offering 30 hours free childcare for this age.
After-School Club: We have staff running an After-School Club for older children. Activities range from cooking to games in the sensory garden.
- Funded childcare places available for qualifying two year olds and three and four-year-olds (15 hours entitlement).
- School holiday play schemes.
- 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
Please contact acting nursery manager Kayleigh May on 07944 324947 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time to visit the setting and meet the team.
West Bassetlaw Childcare offers a stimulating approach to early years development and learning for very young children. Within a safe, friendly and fun environment, children are supported by highly qualified, caring staff in developing a wide range of skills and interests. We work hard to ensure your child has a fun, stimulating, educational and exciting time with us.
The children enjoy learning through play experiences in bright indoor and outdoor play areas with exciting outings planned regularly.
The Ladybirds group
Ladybirds are our 6-week to 2 year olds. Their room is calm and inviting, with age-appropriate toys and a dedicated outside play area.
The Ladybirds group has a room of its own that is light and bright with underfloor heating. It has cooking facilities and a changing/wet area; there are also cots and comfy cushions for sleep/rest time.
The environment is stimulating and fun where babies/toddlers can learn, socialise and play. Your child will be allocated a key person; this person will be an important link between yourself and the setting. We also follow the guidance of the Early Years Foundation Stage for development and learning.
We have a settling-in process, so you and your child can get used to the setting. There is an easy daily routine that will fit around your baby or toddler. We have regular meals and snack time throughout the day. We can also help with potty training and weaning issues. We have a daily diary that helps you keep in touch with the activities that your child has been engaged in.
We believe every day is to be filled with golden opportunities provided by well motivated and well trained staff.
The Caterpillars group
This group for 2 to 3 year olds is on a steep learning curve with the Early Years Guidance and focus on the Prime Areas of Language and Communication, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
We work on the child’s interests and plan activities that will stimulate and encourage development and learning. There are ‘snap’ sessions of learning as children learn best when they are having fun, so our daily routine is planned around learning through play.
We have constant indoor and outside play and open snack and lunch times, where the children are supported to become independent and confident. We can also support with potty and toilet training. We support children who access the two-year entitlement and complete two-year progress checks.
When they leave the Caterpillars group the child is allocated a key person who will support them transitioning into the new team. The key person gradually builds a profile on the child’s development and learning and this is shared with the parent or carer at a termly review/parents evening.
The Butterfly group
This group offers high quality education for 3-5 years. We believe every child deserves the best possible start in life and it is here within the Butterfly Group that this will happen.
The children have access to various learning opportunities within our main room, the outside learning environment and our onsite learning room.
Each child has their own key person who completes a learning journey consisting of observation, development profile, ‘Wow, I can Booklet’ and achievements they have made during the year . This is shared with you at termly parents evenings.
Your child is entitled to free 15 hours (term time only) the term after their 3rd birthday. (The hours can be used from 8am – 4pm, Monday to Friday.)
In September 2017 we will be offering 30 hours free childcare.
After School Club
The After School Club runs from 3pm to 6pm every day and offers a range of different activities from baking, arts and crafts and physical activities in the playground.
The children have a light tea when they arrive, a bit of ‘chill out’ time, followed by the activity planned. Our activities are based on a specific topic e.g the world.
Alongside the set activities there is a lot of free-flow play providing the children with a choice of activities and toys. We encourage independence, the children help prepare their own tea, clear away and set up activity areas.
As the children will have spent a majority of their school day indoors, we try to get the children outside as much as possible.
As summer approaches we will be spending a lot more time in the sensory garden, so we can have picnics and lots of physical play.
This term both the caterpillar and butterfly group have been looking at the process of growing. This particular topic develops the childrens understanding of the world, as well as providing them with some responsibility. This topic was chosen as it was based around the childrens interests and they have loved searching for different insects around the nurserynusing their magnifying glasses and tubs. We incorpoated this interest into ou planning and createdan insect tuff tray and added tweezers and insect toys to help develop the childrens fine motor skills.
The caterpillar group have thoroughly enjoyed reading Jack and the beanstalk, so we planted our own beanstalk to help the children to understandhow plants grow. We made sure to put it in the sunlight and give it lots of water everyday, its growing just as big as us!
The butterfly group have also done some special planting. They have helped set up a garden area outside and planted a variety of things, carrots, tomatoes, strawberries and more. The children also helped to plant grass seeds outside and it has grown so much! We have had to keep trimming it with scissors when it gets too long. We have used the grass in our small world play, the children have loed using their imagination and making a fairy garden complete with magical gems and fairy dust!
To showcase the childrens work through this topic we have based our display board around jack and the beanstalk. The caterpillars did some print painting useing a variety of vegetables, and the butterflies drew pictures of characters from the story and some children even did some beauiful writing.
During this time we have had two beautiful bluetit birds nest in our bird boxes..and they have had babies. It has been lovely to watch them flyingin and out of the bird box collecting food for their babies.
If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact us on 07944 324947 or email us at WestBassetlaw@eyalliance.org.uk
Our 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.
Your '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.
Nursery Manager — Kayleigh May Level 3
Deputy Manager — Jenna Spencer BA Hon EYP
Dawn Wilson Level 3
Shirley Griffiths Level 3
Sarah Presgrave Level 5 HND
Sarah Lightfoot Foundation degree
Leah Page Level 3
Jane Parry. Level 3
Bethany McCormack Level 3
Andrea Macefield Level 2
Leyla Uzsoy Level 3
Emma Whitmore Level 3
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.
If you have any further questions about staffing or anything else please don't hesitate to contact us on 07944 324947 or email us at WestBassetlaw@eyalliance.org.uk
Thank you for your hard work, T loves nursery and has plenty to talk about. He's really gained lots of confidence. — E.D.
Do 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. Please ask us.
Do you offer funded entitlement for 2 year olds?
If your child is two-years old, your child may be eligible to attend the 2 year old funded childcare programme. The funding is available for 15 hours per week. Please ask us.
What sessions do you offer?
We offer full daycare, 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.
If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact us on 07944 324947 or email us at WestBassetlaw@eyalliance.org.uk
West Bassetlaw Childcare
West Bassetlaw Children's Centre
Great feedback and a happy and worn out child at the end of the day. — C.S.
E always shares with me the activities she has done at nursery; they are engaging, educational and active. I'm really pleased with it all. Thank you for helping E to flourish. As a working mum I really appreciate the time you take with her. — D.F.
R is really thriving at the setting and has developed quite a personality. — F. P.