Hargate Avenue’s children have been out and about over the summer, visiting the residents at Half Acre House. They used play dough to make different creatures and chatted to the ladies and gentlemen before enjoying juice and biscuits. They took in photos of their families to share with the residents who also had pictures of their families and themselves when they were younger. They taught their new friends some songs and made some funky moves with a dance competition, and the residents danced the ‘Hokey Cokey’.
Nursery Manager Hayley said “The idea is to broaden their knowledge and understanding of respecting their elders, our differences, and good old British Values. These visits as they are beneficial for both young and old, enabling the children to gain confidence and discuss common interests, ie families, songs, and of course – food. We are hoping this experience will help the children to develop an understanding of the world around them, and we plan on visiting on a regular monthly basis to watch their relationships grow. The smiles on the faces of all the children and residents is something wonderful to see.”
"Staff have an excellent knowledge and understanding of the children's individual needs and provide a stimulating environment where all children are excited and motivated to learn. Observations of children are consistently used to plan for children's individual next steps in learning."
Linda Shore, Ofsted Inspector
"This provision is outstanding . All practitioners have high aspirations for children's achievement. This means the nursery is exceptional in the way it meets the needs of all children, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities, and they make very rapid progress towards the early learning goals."
Ofsted inspector Caroline Midgley
"The Staff always make my child feel happy, safe and secure. The Staff are always approachable, welcoming any queries, concerns and often encourage new ideas from parents and children. My daughter often get comments she is lovely and often models herself on the staff."
Scott, Olivia's Dad
"My son, eats food at nursery that he wouldn't / doesn't eat at home. Which is fantastic! I think the other children eating well shows him there something more to this dish than he thinks."
Laura, Austin's mum