Children need to feel a sense of security when they are away from their parents and we strive to ensure that all children feel happy, relaxed and safe. We encourage them to feel confident to develop good relationships with the adults caring for them and with the other children in the group.
We provide a wide range of appropriate learning materials and stimulating, high-quality toys and activities, indoors and outdoors. We also ensure that children have a varied and healthy diet, fresh air, exercise, rest and play, contributing to their physical, emotional and educational development.
Developing Young Minds
We understand that children develop at their own pace. Every child is recognised and treated as an individual, working within the Early Years framework and national standards, and we work closely with parents to provide a level of care that meets the high standards you’d expect for your child.
Snowy’s Nursery and Pre-School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
At Snowy’s we pride ourselves on the quality, experience and friendliness of our staff. Through our high qualification base, we are able to deliver a professional quality of care. Staff attend regular courses to ensure that they remain up to date and can employ best practice.
Snowy’s maintains (and often exceeds) the ratio of adults to children, which is 1:4 for 2-year-olds, and 1:8 for children aged 3 and above. This ensures that we are able to give time and attention to each and every child, from chatting to them about their interests, to helping them benefit from a particular activity or just allowing them to be adventurous in safety.
Our Mission Statement
At Snowy’s the committee and staff work together to provide the best care possible. We are always striving for improvement.
We will always ensure that Snowy’s Nursery and Pre-school is a safe and stimulating environment within which to learn, where each person within the setting is valued, where individual needs are met, and where everyone is challenged to reach their potential.
We aim for Snowy’s to be a centre of excellence, where everyone is able to play, learn and grow together.
Snowy’s Nursery and Pre-school had an Ofsted inspection on 25th February 2019, and has been judged to be ‘Good’ in all areas. We are delighted that so many of our good working practices have been recognised and highlighted in the report, and the report reflects the hard work and dedication of our whole team – staff, committee and parents.
“Staff know the children very well and build close emotional relationships, ensuring they feel valued and secure”
“Parents speak highly of the nursery. They comment on how welcome and well supported they feel, and that their children enjoy attending”
“Gaps in learning are identified and appropriate support, particularly for speech and language, is put in place”
“Children choose from a wide selection of healthy and nutritious snacks”
“Staff are good role models and sensitively involve children in discussions about the nursery’s rules and expectation about behaviour. As a result, children behave well and are polite and caring towards their friends.”
Our previous inspection was in November 2015 where we were also rated as ‘Good’ in all areas.
Snowy’s is overseen by a management committee, as required under charity law, made up of parents of children at Snowy’s and volunteers from the local community.
Becoming a member of our committee gives parents a unique opportunity to be fully involved in their child’s nursery and pre-school experience, and to shape the path of Snowy’s for the future. If you think you might be interested or would like to find out more about being on Snowy’s management committee, please speak to a member of staff or any member of the committee or email us at [email protected].
Although many of the tasks are delegated to our specialist and trained members of staff, the committee is ultimately responsible for:
managing the setting’s finances
employing and managing the staff
making sure that the setting has, and works to, policies that help it to provide a high-quality service
making sure that the setting works in partnership with the children’s parents
The elections to the committee take place at our Annual General Meeting, which is open to the parents of all of the children who attend Snowy’s. This is our shared forum for looking back over the previous year’s activities and shaping the coming year’s plan, and all parents are encouraged to attend.
Fundraising and Volunteering
There are lots of ways in which you can get involved at Snowy’s, to help us to make your child’s experience the best it can be, meet other parents and have fun at the same time! From joining our fundraising groups to help plan and organise our activites, to baking cakes and taking part in events – all offers of help, large and small, are very welcome.
As a charity, we rely on fundraising to help us raise money to buy additional equipment and supplies. We run a number of fundraising events each year, of all shapes and sizes. In 2014-15, our fundraising events included a bingo night, a welly walk and selling tea towels with self-portraits created by the the pre-school children. This allowed us to buy some new outdoor resources for the children, along with some new reading resources.
We have also been very lucky to have creative parents get involved with creating equipment for the children, including a new mud kitchen and a water wall, both of which are a big hit with the children.
Please get involved! We are always looking for new fundraising ideas and for people to get involved in fundraising events, and for volunteers to help in any way. Please speak to any member of our staff or the committee if you’d like to get involved or email us at [email protected].