Healthy Eating at Nursery

Here at Claylands we have an on-site cook who uses the Care Inspectorate Healthy Eating Document called “Setting the Table” (See Below)

Every Meal is nutritionally balanced for young children and follows their guidelines. It is cooked fresh on the premises every day and our meal times and snack times are social occasions where the children learn, not only the taste of good wholesome food, but also the value of sitting together and sharing conversation.

Finally because the food is prepared fresh on site each day the children serve themselves which is in itself a valuable skill and they can have seconds and even thirds because they love Isobels food so much.

Setting the Table Nutritional Guidance and Food Standards

 

Manager Qualifications

Nursery Management has become a discipline in its own right, and our Claylands Nursery Manager is qualified not just to degree level, she has also gained the Post Degree Diploma in childhood practice from Glasgow University. She is one of only a very few people in Scotland to have already qualified at this level. You may be interested to see the contents of the course below.

Childhood Practice MEd/PgDip

This programme is designed for current and aspiring leaders and managers in childhood practice who have, or are willing, to undertake a practitioner qualification. It provides a practice-based examination of the theoretical approaches important to leadership and management within childhood practice.

Why this programme

  • On successful completion of the programme you will meet the requirements of the Standard for Childhood Practice (Scottish Social Services Council, 2007).
  • On successful completion of the diploma you will be given the opportunity to progress to masters and undertake the dissertation element.
  • You will gain experience of relevant theoretical approaches which will develop an understanding of the leadership and management in childhood practice.
  • The programme will also develop research, writing and professional skills which will enable practitioners to register with Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) at a manager level.
  • You will review your own work experiences and use the findings to set your professional development targets within the programme.

Programme structure

You will take six core courses. Courses will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and group project work.

Core courses

  • Childhood practice: building a professional learning community
  • Contemporary perspectives on children and childhoods
  • Leading improvements in childhood practice
  • Practice placement A
  • Practice placement B
  • Practitioner enquiry and decision making.

The Benefits of Sending your Child to Nursery

The Benefits of Sending Your Child to Nursery

Sending your child to nursery is one of the biggest steps you will have to make as a parent. It can be a very sensitive time, but nursery can have a positive and long-term impact on children’s capabilities, progress and social development.

A child’s brain develops more in the first five years than at any other stage of their life. During this time they develop emotions, speech, taste, touch, behaviour and so many more important skills that will shape the rest of their lives, so allowing them to have rich experiences will help to maximise their growth and learning.

A recent study commissioned by the Department of Education (June 2015) looked at how pre-school influences children and young people’s attainment. The study found that children who had attended a nursery and pre-school setting had a better overall attainment than children who did not, and that an early start for children in a high quality setting showed especially beneficial.

Choosing to send your child to nursery can play a big part in their childhood; it is a focused environment for children to flourish and grow to the best they possibly can. Children are able to make new friends of a similar age, develop relationships and social skills that will shape their growth when going forward. These skills will help when children go on to start school, out-of-school activity classes, university, etc., to help build them as confident individuals.

Water Play

Making the most of water play

“Water is one of the basic raw materials for purposeful play. Just like sand, clay and blocks, children can use water without being constrained by the one right way to use it,” writes Sandra Crosser, Ph.D.

“Water is intriguing. It seems to draw children to explore its structure and properties. Because water is naturally fascinating, the thoughtful teacher can structure the environment and materials in the water centre to make the most of water play.”

 

Play in child development

“Play is fundamental to human creativity and well-being.…the structure of values, beliefs and attitudes that we develop in the early years creates the strong and permanent roots that will underpin our whole lives,”

“The core characteristics of childhood are curiosity, playfulness, wonder and joy.” At Claylands Nursery we strive to create an environment which encourages and nurtures these characteristics.

Claylands Nursery Blog

A big welcome to our new blog page.

We will be posting both items relating to Claylands Nursery as well as the Nursery World in general.

We are looking forward to keeping you informed about the nursery and future plans and events.

Have a great day