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Our play areas and facilities

Situated within easy reach of the University of Bradford City Campus and Bradford College, we are around a 10 minute walk from Bradford town centre. Although we are located in an inner-city area we are based in a picturesque area which is off of the main road and surrounded by trees, grass and even a lake area.

We have four outside play areas, two of which are large grassed areas and one a large soft play area all of which are accessible straight from our units. We try to be as flexible as possible and will help parent/carers wherever we can.

The nursery offers:

  • Flexi-care sessions 
  • Stay and Play 

 

Buttercup (12 weeks - 2 years)

Our Buttercup unit provides care to babies from 12 weeks to 2 years. Buttercup staff provide an environment which offers a safe and stimulating space.

The children's individual learning and developmental needs are met in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and are based around the identified three prime areas;

Three prime areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional development (PSE)
  • Communication and Language (CL)
  • Physical Development (PD)

The experiences on offer are varied and planned around the children’s individual needs. Staff engage closely with the children at all times and endeavour to develop secure attachments. It is during the settling in period that these attachments are formed. The child will be observed and the adult, with whom child engages the most, will become his or her keyworker.

We offer a “free flow” environment where children can move around the room freely taking advantage of all the experiences on offer. The experiences are based around the senses; sound, sight, hearing and touch. Young children and babies learn through their senses. To develop their skills they will be able to enjoy the tactile experience of paint, sand, water and dough or clay. They can also use their imagination in the role play area and discover the enjoyment and pleasure of books. Games, such as 'peek a boo' and 'round and round the garden', are important as they not only give children their first experience of early communication and language but also sound, imitating, sharing and turn taking skills.

Within our unit we have suitable sleeping arrangements. These are all based on individual children’s daily needs and are agreed with parent/carers during the settling in period. Children may sleep in cots, Silver Cross prams and/or sleep mattresses (children must be over 1 year to be able to sleep on these). If you wish your child to sleep outside in a pram in warm weather they can do so, as the area used is alarmed and in very close proximity to the unit. All sleeping children either indoors or outdoors are monitored continually by staff.

Rain, snow, sun or cold your child will enjoy the experiences of being outside unless it is deemed unsafe to do so. Buttercups have direct access to their own small play area as well as a large shaded grassed area where they often go to enjoy the experiences offered by the natural environment.

Positive relationships with parents and carers are key to the successes of a child as they enable the keyworker to meet the children’s individual needs effectively, plan appropriately, offer support accordingly and record development accurately towards the EYFS.

Each child will have a profile which will contain observations, work products and their 'My Learning Picture' which is the assessment tool for meeting the EYFS learning and development steps. These are available to you at all times and can be taken home to share with family/ friends. Practitioners are available to speak to on a daily basis and a longer discussion can be arranged when required.

Daisy (2 - 3 years)

In our Daisy unit we provide care to children from 2 to 3 years old. We offer a "free flow" environment to fulfil the strong explorative instinct of children of this age group. The experiences offered are planned around the children’s interests and linked to the three prime areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS):

Three prime areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSE)
  • Communication and Language (CL)
  • Physical Development (PD)

The experiences offered are planned and evaluated to ensure every child’s individual developmental needs are catered for, and they are achieving their learning outcomes. Periods of sustained shared thinking are utilised and vast amounts of resources are available for schematic play. Children can develop their imaginative and creative skill in their play through sand, water, paint, cornflour and clay or dough. Children can extend and develop their imagination in role play, practicing and revisiting familiar experiences.

In our mark making area children are able to experiment with different materials, develop hand and eye co-ordination, and cultivate early writing skills. We have a book area where children can explore books, develop early language and listening skills and explore the events of the world around them.

The "free flow" environment includes the outside area where children can develop and enhance their physical skill using the surroundings as well as large physical equipment such as slide, climbing frame, tyres, bikes, prams, hoops and balls. The children also have access to a large grassed area attached to the rear of nursery. 

The children’s usual sleep pattern is after lunch, but where children need to sleep at different times this will be accommodated and discussed between the children’s parent/carer and keyworker.

We make sure the children are safe and comfortable at all times. Our children sleep on bed mats and each child has their own bedding, which is kept in a basket with their name on and is washed on a weekly basis or before if needed.

Staff members interact with the children at all times enabling them to model play, behaviour and build strong attachments with their key children. These attachments enable the keyworkers to plan experiences to meet individual needs and record their development in their profile.

Positive relationships with parent/carers are key to the successes of a child as they enable the keyworker to meet the children’s individual needs effectively, plan appropriately, offer support accordingly and record development accurately towards the EYFS.

Each child has a profile containing observations, work products and their 'My Learning Picture' - the assessment tool for meeting the EYFS learning and development steps.

These are available to you at all times and can be taken home to share with family and friends. Practitioners are available to speak to on a daily basis and a longer discussion can be arranged when required.

Sweetpea (3 - 5 years)

In our Sweetpea unit we provide care for children from 3 to 5 years old. We offer children play-based experiences which are planned around the children's interests, learning and developmental needs and linked to the seven areas of learning within Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Three prime areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSE)
  • Communication and Language (CL)
  • Physical Development (PD)

Four specific areas:

  • Literacy (L)
  • Mathematics (M)
  • Understanding of the world (UW)
  • Expressive art and design (EAD)

All activities are play-based and are a combination of child-initiated and adult-led. These activities allow the children to build on and extend their learning, remain interested and focused and become sociable and confident children.

Activities involving sand and water will help children develop simple mathematical concepts such as weight and size. Through books they realise that words have meanings, develop language and grow in confidence which enables them to share experiences, ask questions and make choices. Using paint or cornflour enables them to experiment with texture and colour. 

The children have access to a computer which enables them to develop mouse skills and communication techniques. There is a cosy space where children can have a look at books either alone or with peers or revisiting familiar themes with practitioners and a provision for mark making where children can practice and develop pre-writing skills on either a small scale or large scale using a whiteboard. Provision is also made for role play where children revisit and expand on ideas and build their imaginative skills.

We have our own enclosed grassed area where the children have direct access throughout the day. In addition to this the children are encouraged to explore the grassed and tree areas that surround the nursery building. Trips are undertaken to local amenities such as the park, library, the National Science and Media Museum and the pond area enabling the children to gain experience of the world around them.

Staff members interact with the children continually and are positive role models in play, interactions, communications and behaviour.

Every child has a keyworker who plans activities and experiences to meet the children’s individual needs and supports them to reach their learning outcomes. The children’s achievements are recorded within a profile which is taken to school when they leave the setting. This provides the school with relevant information with regards to their learning and development and supports him or her through the transition to school. Children’s profiles are available for parent/carers to see at all times and can be taken home for you to share with family and friends.

Positive relationships with parents/carers are key to the successes of a child as they enable the keyworker to meet the children’s individual needs effectively, plan appropriately, offer support accordingly and record development accurately towards the EYFS.

Outdoor areas

The nursery has four outdoor play areas.

Situated behind the main building is a soft play area which includes nature materials, small climbing equipment and space for wheeled toys and bikes.

A large shaded, grassed area is at the side of the main building, this includes planters and large gross-motor climbing equipment.

At the front of the baby unit is a small play area, which is enjoyed and well used by the Buttercup children.

In addition to these the Sweetpea unit has its own fenced off grassed play area in front of the building which includes nature materials, digging areas and small climbing equipment.

All our outdoor play areas are fenced and have gates.

All of the children are encouraged to enjoy our outdoor space as much as possible and are always well supervised.

Children playing outside at University of Bradford nursery

Library

The nursery operates a Library service. Please take some time with your child/children to look through the books and resources on display. There are a variety of books for you and your children to borrow.

It is beneficial to read with your young children.

If you would like to borrow a book please speak to a member of the team.

Child reading at the University of Bradford nursery.