Hello and welcome to our website. We are a small family run business offering childcare for children from birth to school age. We are located on the senior school site in St. Ives. We have a highly qualified team that will guide your child through the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
In September 2017 certain families will be eligible to receive 30 hours of free childcare. As far as we are aware the criteria for families are as follows:
We believe that children need to be happy and settled before they can enjoy and learn. We aim to make the time children spend at The Barn Nursery a happy and fun filled one, where each child is valued and helped to reach their full potential. We believe through play children learn to construct their own knowledge about the world and, at The Barn, we encourage children to explore and experiment; be creative and imaginative; socialise with others and most important of all, to have fun and enjoy their experience here. To this end the nursery’s ethos is based upon providing a home-like experience where a key person takes responsibility for the well-being of his/her own group of children and where a warm, loving, safe environment is assured to foster the child’s feelings of security.
To do this we will ensure all staff are qualified, or working toward qualifying. Through ongoing professional development and regular training staff will be aware of child development, keep abreast of current research and best practice. Robust recruitment, safety checks and supervision meetings will be used to limit the possibility of inappropriate or unsuitable staff being employed in the setting.
We will deliver the curriculum through playful activities that are specifically tailored to the child’s needs. By observing and talking with the children the key person can see how they are disposed to learn, what they like doing and how they like to do it.
We see parents as our partners and will ask them to participate in planning for their child. We use Tapestry – a secure online learning journal to monitor and observe children’s progress. Parents will be invited to add to this to supplement and inform any notes and plans made by the key worker.
Consultation with parents is available at any time informally or if a more lengthy or private consultation is wanted an appointment can be made. We offer parents consultation sessions a minimum of twice per year.
We will support children at times of transitions working with colleagues and other professionals, such as teachers, to ensure children manage these with confidence.
Are you eligible for 15 hours free childcare?
Did you know that if your child is aged 2+ you may be eligible for 15 hours of free childcare?
To find out if you are eligible, click here. All children aged from 3-5 are eligible for 15 hours of free childcare- you can use the sessions outlined below.
Our opening times are Monday to Friday 8:30 - 17:30
Short AM 9:00-12:00
Short PM 13:00-16:00
Day Session (Short) 9:00-15:00
Day Session 9:00-4:30 (30 hour entitlement)
To find out more information on session times and prices, please give us a call.