At Greenfields our priority is every child’s happiness, safety and well-being. This is at the centre of everything that we provide for the children and families who access our services. All of our environments, resources, staff training and delivery methods are devised with positive outcomes for children in mind. Children learn and thrive best when they are happy and feel safe; by ensuring that their individual needs are met we are able to help children to prepare for learning. We believe that children learn best through play and a flexible approach that encompasses their individual learning styles. We find that by encouraging children to initiate their own play and by identifying and supporting their interests we are able to support children’s progress. The childcare staff are trained and supported to deliver a holistic approach to the curriculum and they understand that when working with children, there is a need to be flexible and to be able to change plans at any given moment. We do not make long term plans for learning but instead take an approach which supports ‘in the moment’ and spontaneous learning on a daily and weekly basis as children’s interests and abilities can change rapidly. When supporting children’s learning, parents/carers are our biggest resource and we aim to involve them at every possible point including input into their learning journals and information on their interests that we can build on when they are at nursery.
Greenfields has delivered childcare services at Bilborough Children’s Centre since 2008. Our nursery there is purpose built and consists of two rooms for two year olds and a pre-school room for three and four year olds as well as a multipurpose area and an outdoor play area. We provide sessional care for children accessing the government’s Early Learning Programme for two year olds and Nursery education for three and four year olds . We also provide day care for two to four year olds. We work in close partnership with the Children’s Centre in delivering other family services in the centre.
The nursery is open from 8.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday during term time.
Meals are provided by the Nursery Catering Company who prepare nutritionally balanced meals for children in the early years which are approved by the Food Trust.
Funded places of 15 hours per week are available for two, three and four year olds and we offer 30 hours to eligible families of children aged three and four.
The Childcare Services Manager is Helen Fletcher and the Setting Manager is Jennifer Openshaw.