Hopwood Hall College annual Apprenticeship Fair played host to some employers including local based nursery chain, Fisherfield Childcare. The Apprenticeship Fair was a chance for local employers to meet students and make them aware of any vacancies or opportunities that are available.
Fisherfield Childcare operates seven nurseries across Rochdale, Middleton and Bury, and most recently they have added a soft play party centre, Running Wild.
Shareen, Level 3 Childcare practitioner, said: “Studying at College was good and the apprenticeship gave me the chance to learn on the job and apply my skills. It was worthwhile and now I am a qualified Nursery Practitioner. Fisherfield Childcare has made me feel very welcome, and I love seeing the children. I like getting involved in real jobs and helping each child to meet their needs; I know, I am making a difference.” Shareen Afzal is the latest in a long line of apprentices and trainees who have been given a helping hand onto the career ladder by Fisherfield Childcare.”
The club runs from Monday to Friday, 20-24 February, from 8am to 6pm. It is open to all children aged between 4 -9 years, regardless of whether or not they attend Fisherfield’s term-time clubs or nurseries. We can offer everything from Single Half-Days to a Full Week of Full-Time care.
The staff are all highly trained and passionate about caring for children and the Club has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.
Full-day sessions (8am-6pm) are £25.75 and half-days (8am-1pm or 1-6pm) are £16.50, but full-week and sibling discounts are available.
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The Farmers Children at The Gables recycled all manner of waste materials into fashion items as part of the Bagslate Moor Road nursery’s “Go Green Week”, then they took to the ‘catwalk’ to show off their creations in a fashion show. It was just one way in which the Farmers were encouraged to think about how items can be reused and recycled.The children dressed in outfits and accessories were made from anything from black-and-white newspaper to red plastic tubs but they had one thing in common – they were all ‘green’.
The babies, on the other hand, got really into recycling – quite literally. The grey tent was made into a ‘recycling centre’, filled with newspaper, tin foil and boxes for them to explore: a whole new way of getting close to your subject! Go Green Week was celebrated throughout the entire nursery, with a host of ‘Green-related’ activities and craft sessions. Becki, nursery practitioner said: “The week has been really popular with the children; they have loved it.”
Outside, the woodland area, orchard, hard surface play area, allotment and outdoor kitchen have been enhanced by the addition of a new grassland area with picnic seating, a willow arch and a meandering wooden bridge. The existing wooden play equipment, sandpit, picnic area has had a makeover too – it’s been sandblasted and re-sealed with wax. The alterations and additions mean that the nursery now boasts three large open-plan areas, making an even greater range of indoor activities possible. As the nursery is by the community park the site is bordered by tall trees, but there’s a secure fence around the nursery, and CCTV as well.
Inside there is a new baby and toddler room, containing purpose-built equipment including low-level tables, a kitchenette, pre-schooler-sized toilets, potty-training facilities and sleeping areas. There is also a ‘baby pod’, a cosy cocoon containing sensory equipment and a selection of toys and other items that can be personalised to each child using the pod.
There’s a new reading and relaxation area for children of all ages. It’s lit by lots of natural light and has plenty of comfy seating, making it a great place to read – or just to enjoy some quiet time. We also have new flooring throughout and, for a fluid transition between indoors and outdoors, a space where coats and wellies can be kept at the ready, just waiting to be put on little ones before they race outside.
Gemma, Assistant Nursery Manager said: “The children are still exploring their new space, and already they love it. They also adore going on adventures outside, and taking part in activities made possible by the outdoor facilities – such as learning about different types of gardens, planting seeds and pulling up carrots and onions.”
"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