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Tiggy Winkles Nursery

TiggyWinkles Day nursery operates within Pegasus School in Castle Vale. The nursery is located at the back of Pegasus School and benefits from its own entrance and outdoor facilities. We have been providing childcare since 1999, delivering a high quality service to our parents and children, and our latest Ofsted inspections returned a ‘Good’ rating.

Within the setting we have a consistent, reliable, high qualified staff team who care for your children and ensure high quality care is maintained at all times. The nursery also has additional support staff who are responsible for the management and upkeep of the environment and building, keeping our facilities fully risk assessed and providing a home from home environment.

With Safeguarding at the forefront of how we operate, Tiggy Winkles is safe and secure, and all our nursery nurses and support staff are DBS checked and approved to work with children, leaving you with the knowledge that your children will be cared for and looked after for their entire time with us.

Thank you for taking the time to look at Tiggy Winkles Nurseries. If you have any further questions please give us a call.

Facilities

Here at Tiggy Winkles, your child’s well-being is our main concern and we are proud to have excellent facilities to ensure children are safe as well as having fun.

Indoors

Full access to a wide variety of educational toys and equipment.

Outdoors

Our children have full use of a playground, grassed area and an adventure play area and have regular trips out of the nursery to learn and play.

ICT

Older children are encouraged to improve their ICT skills by having access to the nursery’s ICT facilities where they have a selection of learning games.

Reading

All Tiggy Winkles Children are part of “Merlin Smart Readers”, an exclusive book club allowing children to take books home and read with their parents.

Celebrations

At our nurseries we incorporate fun celebrations along with learning and therefore enjoy as many festivals and events as possible throughout the year! Regular visits from our photographer mean that these special moments are captured forever.

Parent Partnerships

As a setting we value parent partnership and build on these through our online learning journal, face to face conversations and getting to know the children and families really well.

Festivals & Events

Apart from celebrating the most popular and well known festivals such as Christmas and Easter, Tiggy Winkles children get to enjoy celebrating many religious festivals such as Diwali, Eid and Hanukah.

For Chinese New Year, children get to taste treats from the other side of the globe including noodles and spring rolls, and in preparation for Easter Sunday they get to parade around the nursery for their parents.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Tiggy Winkles follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. We ensure that our staff support your child in their earliest years as we understand that children need to be given the opportunity to learn and develop new skills through play.

As a setting we believe that ‘In the moment planning’ is the best way that allows children to be imaginative, creative and challenged as an individual based on their interests and level of development. Our curriculum builds on what children already know and can do and ensures that they gain sufficient knowledge and skills for their future learning.

Tapestry

We use an online learning journal called Tapestry. Tapestry builds a very special record of your child’s experiences and journey through their early years developed specifically for the EYFS.

A Well Balanced Diet

Our nursery strives to provide the best start in life for your child and recognise the importance of a well balanced diet. We provide healthy snacks and hot nutritious meals served straight from our kitchen.

Menus are carefully planned to ensure that your child is offered around 9 different types of fruit and vegetables each day and with a variety of food to ensure a well balanced, healthy lifestyle, in line with national Healthy Eating standards.

Achievement and Graduation Days

Tiggy Winkles annual Achievement Day always sees a brilliant turnout of parents in the nursery where babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers are recognised for their successes throughout the year.

Achievement Day celebrates the main achievements of each and every child throughout the previous year at nursery and presents them with personalised awards and sees proud parents gain the satisfaction of knowing how well their child has been doing at nursery.

Children who are leaving the nursery ready for school have a ‘My First Graduation’ ceremony and have a chance to celebrate their time at nursery in preparation for going to school.

Under 2’s Education

Our Under 2’s Education Programme follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, and focusses on three prime areas.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We love sharing new activities with the children to help them develop into well-rounded little people, giving them opportunities to let us know what they like and dislike and share their own ideas and feelings with the rest of the children. Co-operative play is at our heart, as it is important to us that your child can play well with others.

Communication and Language

We know communication is key, so we help your child cope with situations they may not be used to, figure out what they want, and help to articulate it. We help them grow their word base and speak politely to others, as well as listen to their peers.

Growing your child’s imagination is key, so we encourage them to be creative and come up with their own fun ideas.

Physical Development

It’s important to keep healthy, and we teach this right from the start in a variety of fun ways, taking part in healthy eating events and teaching what foods are better for your child.

We also help your child’s physical development through their age related milestones.

2-5’s Education

When your child reaches the age of 2, four further elements come into effect.

Literacy

We send children home with a book each week to share with their family, and ask for your and the child’s comments. Books are a combination of fact and fiction, with a mixture of fun stories and pictures, and we use Jolly Phonics to help the children form the correct sounds of the words. We also help children understand how the story is structured and the correct formation of letters.

Mathematics

We bring in mathematics by skilfully hiding it in fun activities! Counting into double-digits and being able to place numbers in order, are just two of the elements your child will learn. We build up your child’s maths skills through carefully selected activities.

Understanding The World

For young people, the idea of past and present can be confusing, so we help them by relating it to their own experiences. We show them the differences between themselves and others through books, activities and games, and help them describe what they see.

Expressive Arts & Design

All the children will take part in musical & rhythmic activities, get to play with a variety of tools and materials, experimenting with colour and texture. We also help them develop their imagination through roleplay activities and imitating adult tasks such as story telling, developing them into a little creative ‘bundle’!

Opening Hours & Age Range

Our nurseries are open Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 6pm for 51 weeks of the year (excluding Bank Holidays & the Christmas week). Tiggy Winkles have an age range for children between 6 weeks and 5 years old. We also provide 15 hours of funded childcare for 2 year olds in line with the EEE Government Funding (if criteria are met), and 15 or 30 hours funded childcare for 3-4 year olds is available to all parents.