Kingswood Community Nursery is a newly opened nursery (October 2016). Pen Green and Kingswood staff, parents and governors have developed the nursery. Pen Green senior staff and governors lead and manage the Kingswood satellite nursery provision. Priority places are allocated for children eligible for two year funding, parents may choose to take their child’s three and four year old free entitlement in the provision also.
Kingswood Community Nursery
The Kingswood Community Nursery provision is located within a Borough Council neighbourhood centre. Part of the neighbourhood centre is leased to the Children’s Centre and within this provision we have developed the community nursery. The Children’s Centre and Nursery have been sensitively and thoughtfully extended and refurbished to accommodate our services and extend the Pen Green ethos.
The nursery consists of a thoughtfully designed space dedicated to the education and care of children from two years of age. The environment allows children to independently access resources sensitively supported by their Family Worker (Key Person). The indoor and outdoor environments provide safe and emotionally containing spaces and high quality learning experiences. The staff will observe and play alongside the children to support them with their learning and development and giving the children the opportunity to play and socialise with their peers. The staff are also able to book the use of shared spaces within the Kingswood Children’s Centre including a Sensory Room and Water Room for use with the children. The Sensory Room provides stimulation to children in a calming environment; it is of interest and fun for our younger children and a peaceful environment for the older children wanting periods of quiet relaxation. The Water Room provides opportunities for the children to engage in purposeful water play, to problem solve and actively engage in a mix of adult lead and child initiated opportunities.
We have a mini bus driven by a qualified mini bus driver and the children have opportunities to visit Pen Green and use the facilities such as the Water Therapy Room, the Soft Play Room, the Beach, Discovery area and the Snoezelen.
At Kingswood, we have a multi-disciplinary staff team which includes staff with backgrounds in Early Years and Family Support. The staff within the nursery are qualified to Level 3 as a minimum. All nursery staff will use the early years foundation stage (EYFS) to support them with children’s learning and development.
The multi-disciplinary team gives staff the opportunity to work together for children and their families with a shared vision and common goal. We work in close collaboration with external colleagues from a variety of related disciplines. This enables us to provide for a range of services for families in vulnerable circumstances and offer them help and support to improve outcomes.