Our Centre provides three core services;
1. Maintained nursery school education for three to four year olds
2. Early access to education for two year olds in our Robin Room
3. Children’s Centre services in our Family Room
This section provides a summary of the provision made by each of the three services, with more detailed information relating to learning and development, and practical organisation outlined in other sections of the brochure.
The Nursery School
The Nursery School offers sixty full-time equivalent places for three to four year olds. This includes forty part-time places and thirty-six full time places, with sixty children in total attending each session. Provision is managed by two class teachers alongside a team of highly experienced nursery nurses and teaching assistants.
Each staff member works closely with a group of children and their families; visiting families at home before settling, supporting the settling process, monitoring progress, and meeting with families to make individual learning plans. Once children are settled they quickly become familiar with all staff. Staff support children’s learning in a range of ways including; leading planned activities, supporting children’s exploration of materials, and modelling and supporting the development of language and skills appropriate to the task at hand.
The environment is spacious, light, and modern with access to a well-equipped outdoor area. Children are able to move between the indoor and outdoor areas throughout the session until story-time.
The Robin Room
The Robin Room is our provision for two year olds with ten morning, and ten afternoon places for families referred by the Early Years Multi Agency Panel and other professionals. Provision is managed by a class teacher who works with two nursery nurses, and collaborates with other professionals, providing individual learning plans for each child. The Robin Room team offer a supportive nurturing environment for our youngest children, and follow the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance to ensure provision meets children’s developmental needs. Robin Room has a well-equipped indoor space and beautiful sensory garden. Children have access to a sensory room, sessions in the Family Room and also have opportunities to spend time in the nursery school. These experiences enrich children’s learning and are built into individual learning plans when it is appropriate for each child’s development. Robin Room is located next to the Family Room and accessed through the Children’s Centre reception area.
The Family Room
The Family Room is run by a Children’s Centre manager with the support of family services workers. The team organise activities for families with children from birth to five years. Activities are tailored to meet the needs of our local community; each term’s new timetable is based on feedback from families and consultation with other children’s centres in our locality. The current timetable is available at the Children’s Centre reception.
‘Stay and Play’ sessions are run on a drop-in basis and provide families with a chance to engage in a range of play experiences with their child, meet other parents and talk with professionals to get advice relating to the learning and development of their child. Other sessions involve families engaging in a series of sessions and require advance booking.
• Baby PEEP for parents with babies under 1year
• Cookery workshops
• Parenting workshops run with outside partner agencies
We work closely with other agencies to provide on-site access to a range of professionals. These include;
• An Early Years Speech & Language Therapist offering Talk Shop sessions and individual support
• A Family Support Worker supporting families with child development, behaviour and routines, parent anxiety and depression, relationship difficulties and budgeting
• A visiting Educational Psychologist offering support on children’s behaviour and learning
• A Contact-A-Family worker, providing support for parents of children with additional needs
• The locality Health Visiting team who run a Well Baby and Child clinic and support weaning workshops and postnatal groups
For more information about becoming involved in the development of children’s centre services please read ‘Parent Partnership’ (p24) in our handbook or contact the centre.
Families attending any session need to complete a Wandsworth Children’s Centre registration form. These are available from the Children’s Centre receptionist