Key person and learning journey's

 

Every child attending Westfield House is assigned a key person who will help your child to become familiar with the setting and to ensure that your child’s learning and care is tailored to meet their individual needs. Your child’s key person will record and document your child’s learning journey and work with you to support your child’s individual learning and development.

 

We will ask you to contribute to your child’s learning journey by sharing any information about your child’s individual needs and interests so that we can plan a challenging and enjoyable experience for your child in all areas of learning. 

We now use Tapestry online learning journeys for our children. It's a great way to share information with about your child, document any interests developing  and celebrate their achievements :)

 

 

 

Outdoor learning

We have amazing facilities at Westfield House including a huge garden and a separate court yard providing all children with access to an exciting and stimulating outdoor learning environment.

 

 At Westfield house children have lots of opportunities to be outdoors in the fresh air exploring and investigating. We provide waterproof all in ones for all children so we can have 'fun' outdoors whatever the weather.

 

Our dedicated team of experienced nursery practitioners continually push the boundaries to enable all of our children to access the outdoors in an elemental and meaningful way.

Mealtimes

 All children attending a full day at nursery will be offered a balanced midday meal, a two course tea and a morning snack. 

  Meal and snack times provide lots of learning opportunities and help children develop independence. We encourage (where possible for) children to make choices, help serve food, pour their own drinks and feed themselves. Mealtimes at Westfield House are happy social occasions in our dining room and are cooked from fresh by our resident cook who is committed to offering all children healthy, nutritious and balanced meals and snacks which meet individual needs and requirements.

Menus are planned in advance, rotated regularly and reflect cultural diversity and variation and are displayed for parents on our parent information board. 

 

 

 

From September 2017, the Department for Education rolls out a new policy of extended entitlement of up to 30 hours funded childcare for eligible children aged three and four.

A child is eligible from the term that begins following their third birthday if the child’s parent(s) meets the eligibility criteria set out below:

  • The parent (and their partner where applicable) should be seeking the funded childcare to enable them to work.
  • The parent of the child (and their partner where applicable) should also be in qualifying paid work. Each parent or the single parent in a lone parent household will need to expect to earn the equivalent of 16 hours at the national living wage or their national minimum wage rate over the forthcoming quarter.
  • Where one or both parents are in receipt of benefits in connection with sickness or parenting, they are treated as though they are in paid work.
  • Where one parent (in a couple household) is in receipt or could be entitled to be in receipt of specific benefits related to caring, incapacity for work or limited capability for work that they are treated as though they are in paid work;
    where a parent is in a ‘start-up period’, (ie they are newly self-employed), they do not need to demonstrate that they meet the income criteria for twelve months in order to qualify for the extended entitlement.
  • If either or both parents’ income exceeds £100,000 they will not be eligible for the extended entitlement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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