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Welcome to The Trees Day Care Nursery in Oxford Road, Swindon

The Trees Day Care Nursery

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(Opened on 19th August, 2013)

114 Oxford Road
Swindon
Wiltshire
SN3 4HD

Tel: 01793 832222
Email: oxfordroad@thetrees.co.uk

The Trees, Oxford Road, Stratton-St-Margaret, Swindon. Occupying the entire ground floor, this large detached property has been extensively refurbished to create the ideal nursery environment. The nursery is divided into two spacious play rooms especially equipped for the appropriate age groups. For outdoor activities we have a safe, secure play area. The nursery also has a private car park for easy drop-offs and collections.

The Nursery is situated in a predominately residential area, on the Oxford Road, joining A420 heading for Oxford, and A419 heading north toward Gloucester and south to J15 on the M4.

Nursery Manager

The nursery manager is Michelle Lay who started work at The Trees in 2011. She has worked at both the Swindon nurseries, gaining experience in every aspect of child care. Michelle has a Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's workforce. She was appointed Manager of The Trees Nursery in Swindon, Oxford Road in June 2015.

The Staff Team

Caring for children is an important and challenging career. The right person and good training can make a huge difference to your child's enjoyment of their time at nursery. Therefore, all of the staff at the nursery hold the NVQ Level 3 in Child Care, or are working towards it. All have a Paediatric First Aid Certificate and Food Hygiene Certificate, both of which are renewed every three years. In addition, all staff are carefully vetted through the Criminal Records Bureau and personal references are taken up when they first join the team.

It is important to us that your child settles at nursery and establishes strong connections with both staff and children. We therefore try to ensure children are kept within key groups with the same member of staff throughout their stay at nursery. Children are moved between age groups at the end of each school year to ensure that they create these strong bonds with their peers. We believe that emotional development and attachment is the key to a child's holistic development and this is why we believe in the key person system.

Settling-in Period

It is important to us that new children and parents have time to settle into nursery life and therefore we provide individually tailored settling in periods at the nursery. The first of these is an introductory session, lasting half an hour, during which time parents meet staff and then introduce their child to the nursery staff. During this session parents can advise us of their routines and we can talk about procedures in place at the nursery. We will spend the rest of the time playing with their child and familiarising themselves with their surroundings.

The second session can last from half an hour to one hour in which parents are encouraged to leave their children for short periods to allow them to adjust and begin to feel comfortable in their new environment. If you wish you can stay on site during this time and observe your child's progress from peep windows in place within the office.

The third, could be a two-hour session, usually takes place over a lunch time or tea time and parents are, again, encouraged to leave their child for longer periods to enable them to start socialising with their peers and getting to know their new friends.

Settling in is a very important part of the nursery experience for both children and parents. The nursery is very flexible about how this is conducted and, if it is thought to be beneficial, a number of home visits by the child's key person can be arranged to help with the transition process.

Baby & Toddler Unit

This Unit, known as 'Peaches', can accommodate children up to 23 months. Comprising of two rooms divided into areas for quiet time and stories, small world play, 'messy' play such as water and creative activities, role play and physical movement. All children have access to their coats on low level pegs, giving independence when wishing to access the garden.

All children have their own labelled baskets for bedding, and have access to both cots and padded sleep mats, in an adjoining Sleep room.

Daily diaries are kept for all children, as a record of your child's activities, routines and individual development. We encourage parents to spend time to study their child's current daily routines and exchange feedback with staff.

Age 1-2 years

The 1-2 years unit comprises of a large well-equipped playroom called 'Pears', divided into areas for quiet time and stories, small world play, 'messy' play such as water and creative activities, role play and physical movement. Daily feedback is given through day sheets.

All children have their own labelled baskets for bedding, and have access to padded sleep mats for nap time.

A visual picture board is used to aid children in selecting and communicating their next activity to a member of staff.

Age 2-3 Years

The 2-3 year old's also have their own room, known as 'Cherries', with areas dedicated to world play, 'messy' play such as water and creative activities, role play and physical movement. Also an adjoining carpeted area for children requiring a sleep and quiet adult led activities and stories.

Staff plan weekly adult led activities, such as cooking, counting, a walk and outdoor play or individual activities aimed at each child's next steps. Emphasis is placed on pre-school education. Learning through play children learn their letters, writing, numbers, shapes and sounds.

The children communicate what they desire to do next around the nursery such as, going out to the garden or the toilet, using their own visual timetable

Pre-School group

The 3-5 year old's room 'Apples' is divided into areas for quiet time and stories, small world play, 'messy' play such as water and creative activities, role play and physical movement.

Each week the staff plan either an Adult Led activity such as, cooking, counting, a walk and outdoor play or individual activities aimed at an individual child's next steps.

'Apples' promotes pre-school education which combines play with learning their letters and sounds through songs and rhymes. With significant focus on pre-school learning including colours, letters, writing, numbers and shapes in preparation for the transition to school this year.

School age group

The nursery runs a Breakfast Club where children can be dropped off in the morning, eat breakfast and are then escorted to the 'Colebrook' School by nursery staff.

If required Staff can also collect children from school, when attending the After-School Club. Drinks and snacks are provided whilst children relax playing board games, using computers, art equipment or playing in the garden. During school holidays children are welcome to attend all day.

All Groups

The nursery is equipped with a separate milk kitchen we provide required milks and bottles which are sterilised in individual sterilisers. Each room has access to a separate nappy changing facility where we provide eco-friendly nappies, pull ups, wet wipes and creams.

Potty training is provided for younger children, if required.

Food & Mealtimes

A good diet is essential for the health and happiness of children and the nursery has designed a selection of well-planned meals and snacks, which are nutritious and tasty, using a combination of fresh fruit, vegetables and protein. It caters for most dietary needs, menus are varied and all meals are cooked freshly on site.

Breakfast is available for children and babies, followed by a mid-morning snack. A cooked meal is provided at lunch time, followed by tea in the afternoon. Drinking water is available for all children at all times, as is a fruit bowl in each age group, which children can help themselves in between meals.

Lunchtime is the most important meal of the day when staff and children eat the same meal together at tables in the playrooms. It is a great opportunity for children to try new foods and for everyone to enjoy the social side of mealtimes. Pre-school children are encouraged to help serve their own lunch and tea and to help clear up after mealtimes in preparation for the transition to school.

Day Breakfast Snack Lunch Tea

Security

The nursery door is securely locked at all times and only a member of the nursery staff is authorised to open it. Parents are requested not to answer the door if they hear the doorbell ring. Staff will check ID's and passwords for anyone other than the primary carer collecting a child and will not allow anyone they do not know, or who does not have prior consent, entry into the building.

Opening Hours

Normal opening hours are 8.00 am to 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

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Pricing Schedule (as from 01 November 2016)


Age Mornings Afternoons One Day Full Time
  (8.00 am to
1.00 pm)
(1.00 pm to
6.00 pm)
(8.00 am to
6.00 pm)
Per Month
3 months to 3 years £31.50 £30.50 £57.00 £1035.00
3 years to 5 years £30.50 £29.50 £54.00 £995.00

flexible sessions available

*School Holiday Clubs


Age Mornings Afternoons Session Full Day
  (8.00 am to 1.00 pm) (1.00 pm to 6.00 pm) (9.00 am to 3.00 pm) (8.00 am to 6.00 pm)
School Age to 11 years £18.00 £18.00 £25.00 £30.00

*Pre - booking essential
All meals, morning or afternoon inclusive of either breakfast or tea. Full Day all meals including Lunch.

*Breakfast and After Schools Clubs


Age Breakfast club After school club
  (8.00 am to 9.00 am) (3.00 pm to 6.00 pm)
School Age to 11 years £5.00 £14.00

*Pre - booking essential
Inclusive of Drop-off and Pick-ups from local school.
All meals, morning or afternoon inclusive of either breakfast or tea.

1. Prices are inclusive of all meals and consumable such as nappies etc.

2. A session is a five hour period, 8.00am 1.00pm and 1.00pm 6.00pm

3. For details relating to these please refer to the Terms and Conditions of the Company's Day Care Nursery Facilities Agreement.

4. It should be noted that the fee paid is for an annual facility during opening hours and is payable monthly in advance.

5. The Day Care Nursery will be closed on Bank Holidays also between Christmas and New Year, the fees have been calculated accordingly and there will be no adjustment for any distortions caused.

6. A discount of 10% of the fees for a minimum of three full days or 20% for full time is available for siblings attending the Nursery at the same time as each other where the youngest child is being paid at the full time rate.

The nursery accepts childcare vouchers. To find out more, please speak to the nursery Manager.