The daycare centre

Click here to read our latest outstanding Ofsted report (April 2015).

Year-round care for children under 3 years

Care and early learning for children under 3 is provided for 51 weeks of the year within our small day nursery, a cosy and nurturing setting, where children are supported by their key person and a dedicated team of early years practitioners. ACE Daycare is open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 6 pm. We aim to provide a homely environment which is welcoming, physically and emotionally secure, for each child.

“The quality of leadership is outstanding. There is an exceptionally strong drive for improvement, with excellent opportunities for staff to enhance their professional development. Staff build very effectively on children’s in the moment interests, such as their excitement about on-going building work to improve the outdoor area. Data clearly shows that children attending the day care facility consistently achieve higher levels of attainment on entry to their next stage of learning than other groups of children. Partnership working with other professionals and settings throughout the country promotes the pursuit of excellence and is highly motivational for staff.”
(Ofsted, 2015)

“The high level of care provided together with a highly stimulating environment and learning activities ensure children feel safe, settle quickly and enjoy their learning.”
(Ofsted, 2011)

Our programme and learning environment is designed to enable our youngest children to achieve high levels of wellbeing and involvement in a range of experiences. We recognise that young children need close nurturing relationships with their significant adults, including their key person, as children need to feel safe and happy to be able to thrive and learn.

“Effective use is made of the excellent range of resources including toys, story books, sensory materials, sand, water and outstanding outdoor equipment to support children’s learning and development.”
(Ofsted, 2011)

We aim to foster a close relationship and dialogue with parents and carers. Our narrative story observations, which are used across the children’s centre, are a key way to share our insights into each child’s learning and development. This provides an opportunity for a very personal conversation about how we can together support and extend each individual child.

Families in receipt of the free early educational offer for their two-year old can use this to access 15 hours attendance in ACE Daycare as three five hour sessions per week during term times. With the support of the ACE Centre trustees we have held down costs at £23.50 for half a day and £47.00 for a full day.

Year-round care for children 3-5 years

By working in partnership with our maintained nursery school, children can take up their funded free education sessions in a way which is fully integrated with their daycare. We offer families the possibility to wrap additional daycare around their free 15 hours entitlement, from the term after their child’s 3rd birthday.

Children enjoy both their free and fee-paying hours within our outstanding nursery school, supported by their key person, qualified teachers and familiar early years workers.

“Children are exceptionally well prepared and confidently move on to the next stage of learning.”
(Ofsted, 2011)

Holiday playschemes for children up to 5 years old

During the school holidays we offer a holiday playscheme which runs within the familiar environment of the nursery school. Children enjoy learning through play with staff who are regular early years workers from across the children’s centre. Find out more.