We hope you are well!
Have you ever been unsure about what a day at Whizz Kidz Nurseries typically looks like? We thought we would take a moment for you to find out!
While no two days are ever the same at Whizz Kidz, you can get a pretty good idea from the routine described below! We follow the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) curriculum, so all of our activities and games are pre-planned specifically to suit which of our children will be with us at what times and what days. We customise the nursery experience our children receive in order to best suit their individual needs.
Also, keep in mind that we follow a curiosity based approach, and all of our games and activities are child lead. This means that we allow our children to learn and develop through exploring the way a child naturally should. For example, if we have set up for the day water-play in one area and play-dough in another area, but a child is keen to put the play-dough actually in the water, that is absolutely fine with us! Our activities evolve through the session as the children’s curiosity take over! We have seen time and time again that children of this age learn through play, so that is exactly what we enable them to do!
Here is a typical routine:
7.30am – 9.00am Breakfast / Free Play
The children eat together as they arrive, and serve themselves their own choices from a healthy array of cereal, toast, spreads, milk and fruit. Staff are on hand to supervise and give a hand to any of the kids that need a little help eating. The children are then free to play with the huge variety of toys, games and activities that we will have put out for the morning.
9.00am Group Time
This is lovely to see. The children will gather together and sit on the carpet as we talk about what day it is, what month it is, what season we are in, what the weather is like that morning, and we encourage the children to share with the group what they have been up to and what they have been doing inside and outside of nursery. We may also have a story or sing songs at this time too!
9.15am – 10.00am Structured Play (sort of!)
The children engage with the games and activities that we have set up for the morning. The children are free to choose which “stations” they would like to go to, though we encourage the children to have a turn and to try every “station” available.
10.00am Snack Time
We pause for a quick mid-morning snack. The children wash their hands first before sitting together to help themselves to their choice of fresh fruit, cheese cubes, crackers, breadsticks, and milk. Staff again are always on hand to assist any of the children that need a little help.
10.15am – 11.15am Structured Play / Garden Time
The children resume playing!
11.15am Tidy Up Time
Good habits begin early! The children and staff tidy up and put the toys away to get ready for lunch.
11.30am – 12.30pm Lunch Time
The children wash their hands before sitting together at the tables with staff for their lunch! Lunch is always a healthy balanced hot meal like shepherds pie and vegetables for example. Children serve themselves their drinks, although staff help if needed! Children are free to ask for seconds if they want more – growing kids need their food! Dessert will be something yummy like fruit cocktail or maybe yoghurt.
12.30pm Home Time / Nap Time
For those only with us for the morning session, parents will come to collect. Staff are on hand to see each child off and to feedback to each parent what their child was up to at nursery that morning.
For those children with us for the full day, now is the time for them to quickly catch up on their beauty sleep with a quick nap. For those children who are with us all day but don’t sleep, they are either taken into the garden to play and give our sleeping kids some quiet time, or we will setup some quiet activities for them to do while the others nap.
13.00pm – 13.30pm The Afternoon Children Arrive / Free Play
As the next lot of children arrive, the kids are free to play with the huge variety of toys, games and activities that we will have put out for the afternoon.
13.30pm Group Time
The children will gather together and sit on the carpet as we talk about varying topics, like what day it is, what month it is, what season we are in, what the weather is like that morning, and we encourage the children to share with the group what they have been up to and doing inside and outside of nursery. We may also have a story or sing songs at this time too!
14.00pm Snack Time
This time we pause for a quick mid-afternoon snack. The children wash their hands first before sitting together to help themselves to their choice of fresh fruit, cheese cubes, crackers, breadsticks, and milk. Staff again are always on hand to assist any of the children that need a little help.
14.15pm – 15.15pm Structured Play / Garden Time
The children resume playing!
15.15pm Tidy Up Time Again!
Again, good habits begin early! The children and staff tidy up and put the toys away to get ready for tea.
15.30pm – 16.30pm Tea Time
The children wash their hands before sitting together at the tables with staff for their tea! Tea is always a healthy balanced meal like wraps, sandwiches, or soup. Children serve themselves their drinks, although staff help if needed! Children are free to ask for seconds if they want more – growing kids need their food! Dessert will be something like custard or maybe yoghurt.
16.30pm – 18.00pm Structured Play / Garden Time
The children resume playing!
18.00pm Home Time
Parents come to collect. Staff are on hand to see each child off and to feedback to each parent what their child was up to at nursery that day. Our children return home to prepare for another adventure!
So there you have it – a typical day at Whizz Kidz Nurseries. If you have any questions or comments, or just want to say Hi, we’d love to hear from you!
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An interesting topic of conversation that came up recently is “how can parents be more proactive in assisting in their child’s learning and development”? After all, the majority of our children will spend more time at home with their parents than they will at nursery. Of course, educating and enabling our nursery children to develop and grow is what our highly qualified experienced staff are trained to do, and childcare is where our passion lies. However, this certainly doesn’t negate the influence parents will inevitably have on their children through the time spent with them at home. Therefore, it is fair to say that your child’s care and development is more so a joint effort between nursery staff and parents working together!
So to refer back to the original question, “how can parents assist in their child’s learning and development from home”? The first and most simple answer to this is to continue the Whizz Kidz Nurseries theme of “learning through play”, so by simply facilitating this by allowing your child to play while at home, is a start! Some parents can be “too academic” in their thinking, and while their intentions are good in wanting their child to get a head start, parents must remember to “let kids be kids” and appreciate that at a young age the best way to learn is simply by having fun!
To delve deeper into this theme, simply talking to your child is extremely important. Encourage your child to be more vocal, ask them questions, and more importantly listen to what your child has to say, so that they know that you value their ideas. Simply asking them open-ended questions and giving them choices can be a big help – for example “what would you like in your sandwich today?” or “is the sky grey or blue today”? Engage with your child in activities like reading stories, counting, drawing, painting, and singing songs.
Encouraging your child to be more sociable and to interact with other children is also another great way to excel your child’s development. Naturally your child will play and interact with other children at nursery, but when your child is not at nursery it could be a good idea to make trips to the park, to play groups, to soft plays, or to arrange play dates so that your child has ample opportunities to play with other children and make friends.
Some parents may also wish to write “observations” on their child, and they are welcome to share these in their nursery learning journal (which are very soon to be available and accessible online!). This strengthens the relationship between parents and the nursery, and enables better communication and consistency between the two so to make sure nursery staff and parents are “on the same page” regarding your child’s development.
Otherwise, it is ALWAYS a good option to simply talk to your child’s key worker. Share information, progress, observations, feedback, worries or concerns. At Whizz Kidz our staff are trained professionals, so if you are unsure of anything (or even if you aren’t unsure but just want to chat!) our staff will always have time for a conversation!
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Hope you are all doing well! We thought you might find it interesting to hear our story – it’ll only take a minute!
It all started with an Ofsted Registered Outstanding Childminder named Janet. My mum, Janet has been working as a childminder for over twenty years now. Back around 2008 my dad, Kelly had witnessed for years first-hand the fantastic level of care Janet delivered to these children. Kelly was never ceased to be amazed at how these children would learn and develop and grow, and he was absorbed by the happiness and love that Janet was able to provide to the kids every time they came. Kelly became obsessed with the idea that this wonderfully caring environment could be scaled to a larger level, so that a greater number more children could also benefit from the opportunity to receive such awesome childcare. Kelly became determined to open a children’s day nursery.
Years passed, and circumstances had so far continued to hinder Kelly’s plan of opening a nursery, but his determination never faltered. Fast forward to 2014 - his opportunity came! Kelly put the wheels into motion and began the tough job of setting up a brand-new day nursery in Sutton, which he named Whizz Kidz Nurseries. It is worth noting here that Kelly from day one named it “Nurseries” (plural) rather than simply “Nursery” (singular), as even from the beginning he decided that one nursery wasn’t enough if he wanted to reach his goal of providing a top level of care to as many children as possible. Seeing the amount of work involved in setting up a nursery was too much for one person, it was also at this point that I, Dan came on board. We worked tirelessly and in October 2014 we received our Ofsted registration, allowing Whizz Kidz Nurseries to finally open its doors for business. We had an awesome Opening Party, with guests including the Mayor (to cut the ribbon!), our local MP, and even Bob the Builder!
Fast forward to the present day. While initially our numbers at Whizz Kidz Nurseries in Sutton took time to increase (we only started out with a handful of registered children), we have now grown to be filled to capacity and have a waiting list at our Sutton nursery, and we have grown our team to include a number of staff too – after all we make sure to stick to super tight ratios to provide our children with an abundance of attention! We have changed to become registered as a limited company, Whizz Kidz Nurseries Ltd, and we have also opened and are nicely filling up our second nursery, Whizz Kidz Carshalton, so Kelly has already realised his ambition of having several nurseries! Kelly also, albeit for just a brief period, ventured into an additional industry with the birth of Whizz Kidz Soft Play in Godalming, although this was short lived as the travelling distance proved to be too much to handle. I am still on board, of course, working on the back-office side of things, Janet is still working as and is still an Outstanding childminder, and my brother Adam, funnily enough also works with children too as a school teacher! Whizz Kidz Nurseries continues to stick to its roots in providing children with the best loving and caring environment that all children deserve!
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It’s the Summer Term – we hope!
Welcome to the start of the 2018 Summer Term. Let’s all hope that this Summer term actually brings along with it some Summer weather! We’ve been waiting long enough now!
Some key dates for this term are:
Half-term holiday: 28 May to 1 June 2018
Last Day of Term: Monday 23 July 2018
Note: Monday 7th May and Monday 28th May are Bank Holidays
The New School Year begins Monday 3rd September 2018 after the Summer Break.
Funded-only children will not attend during the term holidays. However please keep in mind that the nursery operates all year-round, so private nursery sessions are still available during holiday times, please ask in the office for details.
We are very happy to announce that Andrew has become a dad for the first time, as his family welcomed the arrival of Sidney Ronald Moody! Congratulations Andrew!
New Staff Members Joining the Team
This term we will be welcoming several new staff members to the Whizz Kidz team! We say hello to Leah and Kerry!
Sun Screen and Hats
If we do end up being lucky enough to get some nice summer weather, then please can we ask parents to bring in Sun Screen and a Hat for their child. Also, if you don’t already, please ensure your child has a water bottle with them to help us encourage your child to stay hydrated.
Children’s Learning Journals available online
We are excited to announce that our nursery children’s learning journals will soon be available to view online! This means that our parents will be able to login and view their child’s progress reports and observations and photos – parents will even be able to add their own comments too! We will let you know when this function is full operative!
Topics for the Term
This term we will be covering Summer related topics like holidays and beaches and the seaside. We will also be covering “people who help us”, like fireman, policeman, ambulance drivers, etc.
The Royal Wedding & The World Cup
We have various occasions that fall during this term, including the Royal Wedding and the World Cup. We will be carrying out various activities and games with our children over the course of the term to celebrate these respective events (come on England!)
We are now taking babies (under 2 years). Please spread the word!
We will give you one FREE session for your referral
As an incentive to reward our parents for their help in promoting Whizz Kidz, if you refer a friend to us who then takes up a nursery place, we will reward you for your “marketing” by giving you one FREE nursery session (subject to availability) as a way of saying thank you!
End of Year Party & Parents Evening
We will be having an End of Year Party for the children to celebrate the end of the academic year! We also plan to hold a Parents Evening, so that parents can receive a more in-depth update on their child’s progress. More details to soon follow
Nursery uniforms are now available to order! If you like, you can choose to have a Sweatshirt, a T shirt, Bag or a Cap. All of which are embroidered with the Whizz Kidz name on. You can order the uniform through http://www.tesco.com/direct/ueslink/24171.school
Could we please politely remind parents that as per our Late Pickup Policy, the charge is £1 per minute for every minute late. Also, if you are to drop off later than you usually do, please could you let us know so that we do not worry! Thank you!
Leaving for School
Could we ask any parents whose children will be leaving to go to school in September to please let us know in advance! Please refer to our Notice Period Policy, in which we ask for 6 weeks notice when leaving Whizz Kidz
Thanks for reading, and we look forward to an awesome term!
Your young ones burn loads of energy – not just running around like a maniac – but also growing healthy bones, teeth and strong muscles.
That’s why the food we serve in the nursery is both balanced and healthy – to supply quality fuel for your child. We would like to share with you some of the nutritional tactics we use at Whizz Kidz, and hopefully you might find some of these practices helpful for you to also use at home!
- We don’t serve sugary foods (they are bad for the teeth and hyper active children do not generally make for happy bunnies).
- Through the day – we serve breakfast, a morning snack, lunch, an afternoon snack and tea for those children that are staying later.
- We offer the children milk and water though out the day.
- If a child is engrossed in an activity; and wishes to skip a snack; then we respect their wishes – the next meal is never too far away.
- Fruit and vegetables are the back bones of our meals. If you have specific dietary wishes; then please let us know.
- We regularly involve your children in preparing food – our objective is to trigger their curiosity; to get them familiar with tasting new foods.
- We have observed that peer pressure is a powerful force. So don’t be too surprised if your child tells you that he eats his least favourite food at nursery; but still objects at home!
- Our menus are changed regularly; normally on a weekly rotation.
- From time to time; we will send home simple recipes for you to make with your children. It’s great fun and children absolutely love the interaction.
- If you child has any allergies; then it is vital that you let us know when you fill in your registration documents.
- When your child comes home; engage with them; ask them what they had for lunch today.
If you have any questions about food, please get in touch, we are more than happy to help!
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I probably have a biased view on this since I am part of Whizz Kidz Nurseries, but in comparing a nursery to a childminder I would have to pick a nursery. My mother actually works as a childminder, so I’m sure her view would be the opposite, but sorry Mum! In my opinion nurseries come up trumps, so let me explain why.
One main reason I’d favour nurseries over childminders is the opportunity for the enhanced social development for children. When attending nursery, a child will be met with a room full of children their own age, and will learn from a young age how to make friends, interact and play with others, how to share and take turns, and will begin learn the dynamics of team work. These are skills that they will carry with them for life and enhance further as they get older. Additionally, being in a group setting is something they will experience once they start school, so this will give them a head start in this aspect and make for an easier transition further down the line.
This is not to say that childminders won’t allow a child to develop these skills, but they are limited in the number of other children they can have – if any – and often a childminder will have a mixture of ages, so a child might not necessarily have other kids own age to play with. A childminder may try and compensate for this by taking a child on outings to play groups and soft plays, but even then, the majority of the child’s time will most likely not be in a group setting like that of a nursery.
Diversity, exposure to other cultures and traditions
Attending a nursery can be more of an educational experience for a child in regards to being exposed to a variety of cultures and traditions. A child at nursery will make friends and play with children of a mixture of backgrounds, races, and languages. Even meal times at nursery will provide a variety of different foods of different ethnicities, encouraging a child to develop an open mind and more flexibility in their thinking from a young age.
Childminders often, simply through having less (or no) other children will therefore often not provide the same opportunity as a nursery in this aspect.
Easier transition to school
As touched on earlier, a nursery setting has many similarities to that of being at school, therefore a child will have a head start and find it easier to settle into the school routine once they reach that age. There may be similarities obtained from a childminder setting too, but it will not be the same as a nursery.
More standardised emphasis on curriculum
While childminders have become extremely more regulated and almost bureaucratic in recent years, nurseries must conform strictly to the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) curriculum. Therefore parents can rest assured that at nursery their child will be taught the key areas of learning which include communication and language, physical development, personal, social and emotional development, literacy, mathematics, understanding the world, and expressive arts and design. Furthermore, a nursery child’s learning and development will be thoroughly recorded and communicated to the parents (whilst not being too regimented – they are only children, after all!) in a format similar to a school report, so you will know exactly where your child is at with their development.
This is certainly not meant to be a blog putting down or discrediting childminders, certainly not! Many childminders do an outstanding job. Many childminders go out of their way to utilise their advantage of greater flexibility in regards to session times and with outings, often taking children out on more trips to places like parks and farms etc. than nurseries may be able to accommodate. They also often can provide more one on one attention to a child, which can give a child a head start before school in regards to things like reading and writing. However, this one on one advantage is often short lived, and most children will catch up to roughly the same level once they have settled into school, regardless of whether coming from a nursery or childminder background. However, in my opinion it seems quite clear that if you are looking for childcare, a nursery will more often than not provide the better option. Once again – sorry Mum!
Potty training your child can seem like a huge daunting task for parents when they are experiencing the process for the first time, but it is really very simple and nothing to worry about.
We partake in the process of potty training children everyday, and have seen numerous children successfully transition from nappies to the potty.
This short Whizz Kidz Nurseries guide will provide you with the knowledge you need to tackle potty training like a pro!
Click HERE to download our FREE Potty Training Guide
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Whizz Kidz Carshalton
War Memorial Sports Ground (Carshalton Athletic FC)
Colston Avenue, Carshalton SM5 2PW