Building on ‘Every Child Matters’ (DfES 2004), we recognise that children are our future and we are forming the foundations for their future happiness. At Brock House we appreciate that every child is individual, and by working in partnership with parents we hope to give children hope, enthusiasm, knowledge and understanding, confidence, self-respect, positive relationships, kindness and consideration for others, tolerance, and a zest for living.
Brock House day nursery is privately owned which offers high quality care alongside educational learning through play. We cater for babies as young as 4 months up to 5 years. We aim to provide a homely, stimulating, nurturing, happy environment, allowing children to feel safe and confident and able to reach their maximum potential.
The nursery originally opened in 2008 and is situated in the village of Norton Fitzwarren, on the outskirts of Taunton.
The nursery consists of two rooms, Ducklings and Ducks; the Ducklings room is where our younger children aged 4 months - 2 years engage in play and activities and our Ducks room is where our 2-4 year olds engage in activities and play. Although each age group has their own play space, appopriate for their age and stage, the nursery as a whole engage in mealtimes together. We have our own kitchen where all our meals are prepared daily using fresh local produce, promoting a healthy nutritious diet. We also have a sensory room, a well equipped enclosed garden along with a sensory garden where children can spend time enjoying the space to develop their confidence, co-ordination and imagination.
We encourage the children to play outside whatever the weather. We consider the outside to be a ‘classroom without a roof.’ As well as extensive physical play, there is sand and water, a ‘mud kitchen’ and a ‘planting and growing area’ for the children to do their own gardening. Staff and children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum outside as well as inside.
In the nursery itself, there is a book corner/quiet area, an ICT area, a role play area, as well as opportunities for construction, music, yoga, arts and crafts and puzzles and malleable play.
The staff team at the nursery are highly qualified and training is regularly updated. We are also a ‘Somerset Early Years Teaching Centre’ rolling out training and peer to peer support to other settings. In 2014 we were rated as outstanding by Ofsted.
Choosing a nursery for your child is such an important decision, at Brock House Day Nursery if you choose for your child to join us we endeavour to make the transition into nursery life as smooth as possible. Prior to children starting the nursery we offer play sessions, during which you and your child meet the keyworker; their connection with you and your child starts to form. During play sessions we will ask to complete an 'All About Me' pack, this focuses on your child's likes dislikes, interests and routines, therefore providing the key worker with valuable information, enabling your child to have the highest possible standard of care.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum working towards the ‘Early learning goals’ in preparation for school. We focus on child-initiated learning, and offer rich learning experiences through play involving toys, equipment and activities which inspire children on their personal, fun-filled learning journey.