Hook-A-Gate Nursery is located in a rural setting in Shropshire surrounded by beautiful countryside. We really do have the best of both worlds when it comes to location as we are only a 10 minute drive away from town centre and surrounding areas.
We utilise the surrounding areas frequently taking the children on regular countryside walks and forest adventures.
Hillside House Nursery is a Pre-school and Nursery offering a comprehensive and exciting curriculum for young children from Birth to 5 years of age. We are open fifty one weeks of the year and our operating times are from 7:50 am to 6 pm every Monday - Friday.
In setting up Hillside House Nursery we have considered what we would want for our own children. We would all wish for our children to be happy, fit and healthy, confident and secure, sociable, kind and caring to others, independent with a clear idea of right and wrong, eager to learn and a big sense of fun.
Whilst you as a parent are the major role models in your children's lives, we will do as much as we can whilst they are in our care to encourage all of these attributes. Everything we have and do will go towards helping to achieve this.
The children whilst in our care spend a lot of time in groups eating together and playing in the garden. Children will move from one room to another according to their emotional and intellectual development and not simply because they reach a particular milestone birthday.
All of our Nursery Staff are well qualified and will continue to enhance their qualifications whilst they are with us by attending suitable training courses. Two members of staff are qualified to degree level in child related subjects and we have an ongoing graduate opportunity for our practitioners.
There are essential qualities that Hillside House Nursery Staff have, for which there are no certificates: a love of children, patience, warmth, kindness and of course they must be lively and interesting to the children.
We understand that we can never know a child in the same way as their parents do. This is where we can build up our unique partnership with parents, supporting and guiding each other. We aim to build up strong relationships with all parents from the very first meeting, and communicate well though day to day discussions. There will be parent's evenings for Children aged 3 and 4, and we hold an annual open morning/evening that aims to share the learning environment and how we deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage
Hillside House Nursery has achieved a number of government quality awards over the years. The awards are a useful tool to support the settings continuous improvement strategies. They enable the whole staff team to reflect on best practice and how we as a setting can provide outstanding outcomes for the children and families in our care. Hillside House Nursery is always at the forefront of any new local or national government initiatives that improve quality. The setting has also created it's own unique reflection system that ensures practice is continuously reviewed and revised, ensuring the highest standards are maintained.
We have been rated 'OUTSTANDING' for 5 consecutive Inspections by Ofsted between both Nurseries.
The Nursery is a purpose built annexe to the main house. There are four main play rooms with all the latest play and learning equipment to cater for children aged birth to five years old. The environment reflects our strong commitment to learning through play. The nursery has achieved a very homely welcoming atmosphere. We have an onsite kitchen where all healthy and nutritious food for nursery meals, snacks and drinks are prepared.
We understand that modern family life can be very busy! It is not always possible to take children out for a walk to the park as often as you would like. Hillside House Nursery is an outdoor haven for children. The setting is set in a beautiful rural location in Shropshire. You can feel happy that your children are getting plenty of fresh air throughout their day at Hillside House Nursery. We have seen the benefits to the children's health and wellbeing and how learning can be enhanced greatly by using our outside 'classrooms'. We provide a range of outdoor play equipment that the children can access simultaneously throughout the day.
We also have full access from our back gardens to fields, forests, allotments and farmland. All walks outside the nursery grounds are fully risk assessed. Practitioners incorporate the outside facilities into the long, medium and short term planning for every room.
Please let us know of any health problems that your child may have, so we can make any necessary arrangements for them. If your child should have an accident or fall ill during their time at nursery, there will always be a first-aid qualified member of staff to hand who will be able to care for your child until further expertise is available. All accidents and reportable illnesses will be recorded and filed accordingly. You will be informed immediately of anything serious, and on arrival you will be asked to read and sign an accident form detailing exactly what happened. We have comprehensive security, fire, health and safety and safeguarding policies in place, so please feel free to request them. Please be assured that your child's health and safety is of paramount importance to us.
Examples of our outdoor play include:
Daily traditional outdoor games such as 'What's the time Mr. Wolf?'
Nature Walks and collections
Planting & Growing
Outside arts and crafts
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