BELL DAY NURSERY
Thank you for your interest in Bell Day Nursery. If you would like to visit us please telephone and make an appointment.
We are a Community Interest Company, and as such it is very important that we serve the local community in offering high quality childcare and employing local staff and trades people where possible.
Each year any surplus profit is used to support registered charities, benefitting the people of the Saffron Walden area.
Our aim is to...
"Provide high quality, stimulating and accessible childcare in our small, intimate Nursery for all children from birth to school age, providing a safe and supportive environment, where we work in partnership with the parents."
We are an independent Day Nursery set in an attractive residential area of Saffron Walden.
The Nursery was established in the late 1980's, and offers children a homely, family atmosphere. Over the past few years the Nursery has grown, and in April 2010 we moved into our newly refurbished building adjacent to the original setting.
The ground floor is the home of the babies and toddlers, the two year olds live on the first floor, while the preschool unit is on the second floor.
We are fortunate to have a new purpose-built play area with safety surfacing and modern wooden play equipment, as well as our raised beds for growing and digging, and the adventure/construction area. This is complemented by a good selection of other toys. All children have at least two sessions of outside play a day and the undercover area can be used when the weather is very inclement.
The Nursery is open 51 weeks of the year, closing for statutory holidays and the week between Christmas and the New Year.
We offer full or half day sessions, Monday to Friday, when the Nursery opens at 08:00 hrs and closes at 18:00 hrs. The morning session ends after lunch at 13:00 hrs; when the afternoon session begins.
The management team
Three very experienced Managers oversee the running of the Nursery.
Glenys: has spent her entire working life with children, after training at a residential nursery, and with experience in a special care unit of a maternity hospital. Subsequently she ran a pre-school for 12 years, and this Nursery since 1990.
Jenny: trained as a primary school teacher at the Saffron Walden Teacher training College on the same site that the Nursery now occupies. Having qualified she taught in two different schools, before continuing her training to cover Nursery Education. Jenny came back to her roots when joining the Nursery staff in 1993.
Arthur: who has been our advisor for some years has now taken up his part-time post, job sharing with Glenys. He continues to work with his wife, running the 'Coote Childminding Centre'. He is an outstanding practitioner with many years experience.
Kirsty: is the Deputy Manager who started working at the Nursery as relief staff in her holidays from college whilst following a career in hairdressing. She so enjoyed working with little children that in 1996 she undertook her DPP course followed by her 'Care and Education for the Under 2's' qualification. Kirsty is also part of the leadership team in Sunshine Corner.
A trained and experienced team of varying ages cares for and educates the children, giving a rich balance of energy, ideas and enthusiasm. Happily our staff retention is very good, which offers continuity of care to families with several children.
We have a rigorous CRB checking system in place. With a view to Continuous Professional Development our staff regularly attends courses, and takes part in on line courses.
All staff completes First Aid training, as well as those practitioners who hold the full 12 hour First Aid certificate, all of which are updated every 3 years.
We have staff who attend Health and Safety training and Safeguarding and other specialist areas as required by Ofsted.
We have policies relating to all aspects of Nursery life, which can be seen on request. There is a full set of copies in each room, so if you would like to read them please ask a member of staff.
The up to date legislation on Safeguarding Children means that if we ever suspect that a child's physical or emotional safety is in question we are duty bound by law to report the facts to Social Services.