HOW WE WORK TOGETHER
Our story began with our founder, Helen Nott, searching extensively to find the best pre-school care for her young sons in the Bristol area. In 2004 she decided to take steps to open her own nursery provision, and Charlton Nursery was born.
Both our nurseries are under the care of experienced, long serving, qualified Managers, and are supported by our Operations Manager, Mel Toogood, a Finance Team, together with our founder, Helen Nott, and supported by Deputy Managers in each setting.
Every room is managed by an experienced senior nursery practitioner and a team of qualified and trainee nursery practitioners.
We’ve created dedicated rooms for parents and carers and you are most welcome to stay and have a coffee whilst reassuring yourself that your child is settled and happy before you leave. Parent parking is available at both of our settings.
We welcome babies and children aged six weeks to five years old, 51 weeks of the year.
Learning at Charlton Nursery
We are passionate about providing the opportunities for every child to reach their full potential by the time they leave us to start school. The learning journey starts in our Baby Room under the guidance of our Lead Early Years Teacher (EYT) Amy Hunter. Amy works closely with our qualified EYTs who are based permanently at each nursery setting.
We know the learning environment is of utmost importance, and we’ve worked with renowned child education specialist
Elizabeth Jarman to create homely, communication-friendly spaces in which all children can thrive. Our rooms are split into four age groups and children can move through the nursery as and when they are ready to graduate to the next room.
We’ve signed up to the Maths, Literacy and Numeracy Champions Programmes through the National Day Nursery Association (NDNA) and are implementing these throughout both nurseries. We’ve also introduced interactive tables (whiteboards) for our children which can be operated by the children independently or by the EYT in small group learning sessions. We offer languages taught by qualified practitioners. Parents and carers can also track their children’s learning realtime via online journal, Tapestry.
Outstanding provision for children with Special Education Needs (as recognised by outside agencies) enabling all children to access the Early Years (Our SENCO is currently working towards an award - SEND Champion).
Our SENCOs are fully trained in Attention Autism and our Lead SENCO offers specific, detailed planning for children with SEND, including Workstations and Sensory time.
Numeracy and Literacy lessons taught weekly in our Pre-school (Sunflowers) by our fully qualified Early Years Teachers to ensure smooth transition to Reception. (Our Early Years Teachers are also working towards an award in recognition of our commitment to top quality literacy and numeracy in the early years - NDNA Literacy and Numeracy Champions).
We’re proud to say that both of our nurseries are rated Good with Outstanding features by OFSTED.
We are members of the NDNA and participate in the Bristol Standard framework, which helps Early Years settings in the area continuously to develop and improve the quality and effectiveness of their provision.
Tailor-planned group-time activities in line with EYFS curriculum to enable each child to progress at his/her level
An educational focus on the Characteristics of Effective Learning to ensure our children fully develop essential lifelong learning skills
Forest School for children aged 3 and over, led by a male Primary School teacher
Weekly lessons in Modern Foreign Languages for our Bluebell and Sunflower children delivered by subject specialists
Full support of parents’ involvement in each child’s development through regular meetings, stay and play sessions and home learning
Brand new interactive tilt and touch tables, using educational software to inspire learning
Our focus on nutrition
We prepare the best possible food for our children. Our menus are developed in consultation with The Early Years Nutrition Partnership, and we are actively working towards receiving their highest award. We are also participating in the Food For Life Soil Association Award.
All of our meals are freshly prepared on the premises, using nutritious ingredients to provide a balanced diet. We home bake where we can and make all of our own bread. Our organic dairy produce is supplied by Yeo Valley or Chew Valley and our meat is top quality and is supplied by Bakers of Nailsea.
We provide breakfast, a mid-morning snack, a two-course lunch, an afternoon snack and afternoon tea. Water is provided freely throughout the day. Both of our kitchens have been rated 5 stars by the Food Standards Agency and all staff receive Food Hygiene training.
Without a doubt the most important part of a nursery is the team behind it, and we are proud to say we have a brilliant staff of friendly, welcoming, professional practitioners working across both nurseries. Having a mixture of males and females for children to interact with is important and we invest in our people with regular, high quality training, in conjunction with the Bristol Association for Neighbourhood Daycare (BAND) amongst others. We also celebrate the fact that the vast majority of our practitioners stay with us for the longer term.
Our welly boot culture
Fresh air is important for children's well-being; we have a 'welly boot culture' and encourage children to enjoy our extensive outside spaces in all weathers. Forest School has become a weekly highlight throughout the year. Our Forest School is delivered by a qualified school teacher to all of those aged three years plus.
Weekly extra-curricula activities include Stretch n’ Grow, Disco Babies, The Big Act and Music with Mummy. All are part of nursery life and are provided at no extra cost. As well as Forest School for the over threes, we offer a variety of learning opportunities both inside and outside in our gardens - such as cooking, music, sensory play, singing, arts and crafts and role play.
And when it’s time for younger children to get their much-needed rest, we have dedicated sleep rooms with blackout blinds.
Fees and funding options
Charlton Nursery takes childcare vouchers and also works with the government’s Tax Free Childcare scheme. We offer reduced fees over the over 2s, sibling discounts, a discounted rate for either or more sessions as well as substantial twin discounts.
We accept Nursery Grant Funding and we’d be happy to discuss with you directly our fee structure and the funding schemes we participate in, such as 30 hours; 0-2 year old funding; 2 year old funding and 3 and 4 year old funding. For more information see Fees and Hours.