The Directors Kacie Miller and Verity Bambridge started a small crèche in 1997 in Horton and relocated two years later to Penclawdd and established Gower Day Nursery. The nursery was expanded in 2004 to create a purpose built baby unit and now welcomes families back from the first generation of children that were cared for. The nursery is now fully run by a dedicated management team and goes from strength to strength caring for families throughout Gower and the wider community.
Our team provides a safe and caring setting for children 3 months – 8 years and we’re open from 7.15am – 6pm every day of the year, excluding bank holidays. We are registered with CIW for 37 children and can offer flexible sessions, full days and wrap around care from the local schools. We have an off road car park and a spacious all weather garden, which gives the children lots of opportunities to learn outdoors, and will encourage freedom to explore and be physically active.
Our ethos at Gower Day Nursery is to ensure that learning is fun, encourage independence, and gain confidence. Our children become prepared for full time education, and we will ensure a smooth transition to school by providing transport in fully business insured vehicles, often with the friends they have made within the nursery.
In our rooms we have interactive touch screens which we use to sign everyone in and out, keep records of daily activities, food, sleep and nappy changes. We use Famly Nursery App Software. Each child has its own portal where parents can log in and see progress reporting, observations, and photographs of their child that have been taken throughout the day. This is all personalised with the child’s key worker and instant messaging guarantees strong parent communication.
CCTV is installed in each room and recorded 24 hours a day 7 days a week and all our Policies and Procedures are available to read on site.
We use the Foundation Phase Framework and Curriculum for Wales which promotes equality of opportunity and values, and celebrates diversity. We plan ahead each year, and our themes change every six weeks with the help of the children, and using our Quality of Care Report. We incorporate all areas of the Foundation Phase and Curriculum for Wales throughout the nursery and we are committed to delivering the best early start in education for the children using a vast range of resources. We believe that teaching children to be respectful of the environment and using the reduce, reuse, recycle concept is a very important part of our culture and we will educate the children by leading by example.
The statutory Areas of Learning in the Foundation Phase are:-
Personal and Social Development, Well-being and Cultural Diversity
Language, Literacy and Communication Skills
Welsh Language Development
Knowledge and Understanding of the World