What We Offer
Our vision is to provide a beautiful and nurturing environment where children can be individuals; enabling them to develop as confident, enthusiastic and inquisitive learners.
“All children thrive and make consistently outstanding progress in their learning and development, as the nursery provides an exceptionally stimulating well- thought out educational programme.”
(Ofsted - Outstanding, 2019)
Westfield House has its origins starting as a childminders within a family home, with demand seeing it flourish organically into a thriving nursery still within a homely setting.
Our team is highly qualified and work with passion and commitment.
“It is evident that the whole staff team is very committed to making sure children achieve at the highest level. Highly developed ways of planning are in place, taking account of each child's individual needs and specific interests. The excellent recording of the quality of teaching and children's progress ensure that all achievements are outstanding.”
(Ofsted - Outstanding, 2019)
We care for children aged 0-12 years. This variety in ages offers a wonderfully rich and diverse environment for your child. Children are encouraged to play and explore; to be active learners; and to think critically. Resources and activities are tailored to your child’s needs and interests, and the children are involved in choosing and planning activities.
Every day is planned to be varied, whilst also following the routine to the day of meal and sleep times.
Activities are tailored to your child’s interest and developmental needs. We know the best way for children to learn is through play, so whilst they enjoy the freedom to explore and create their own play, we have focused activities and special “invitations to play” throughout the day.
Some of the things we offer are:
- Yoga (with specialist input by Tatty Bumpkin) for our pre-school children
- Forest School (with trips to Northcliffe woods on Mondays and Thursdays for our over 3 children)
- Gardening & Growing
- Cooking & Baking
- Music & Dance
- Role Play
- Games & Jigsaws
- Messy Play
- Arts & Crafts
- Painting & Drawing
- Junk Modelling
- Garden Play (outdoor classroom)
- Mark Making & Emerging Writing
- Construction & Den Making
Through all this wonderful play, fun and discovery children will be supported in reaching early years goals outlined by the government in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Your child’s learning journey will be carefully detailed through online daily diaries along with photographs and observations made of your child.
Our spacious baby room typically cares for 9 children, and has an adjoining sensory and sleep room which allows us to adapt the space to meet babies’ routines and interests. Babies rest in our sleep coracles or on our sleep mattresses and have their bedding washed daily.
The outdoor space has two different soft surfaces for them to crawl, walk and explore on. A summerhouse and apple tree within this space provide shelter and shade for the children. Snacks and mealtimes can be enjoyed outdoors wherever possible using a small bench or floor level strapped chairs. We even have private nappy changing and hand washing facilities in our outdoor bathroom area to mean that care routines can easily take place whilst enjoying plenty of time outdoors.
Squirrels & Discovery Room (Toddler’s)
Our toddler age children benefit from two rooms to meet their ever changing needs and interests, and typically caters for 12 children. Our main toddler room holds all the Early Years Foundation Stage areas of learning within its continuous provision and is changed regularly. Our Discovery Room provides a special place for large scale art projects which are usually process rather than product driven. Fine and gross motor development is encouraged through sensory and construction play. It holds a sit in sandpit which can also double as a small world play area when sand is not in use.
There is a large garden area for this age group which allows for a lot of physical development and includes a climbing frame and slide. We have a story corner and outdoor library area. Children often eat meals and snacks outside and care routines are facilitated by our outdoor bathroom.
Foxes & Badgers (Pre-School)
Our pre-school typically grows to 21 children by the summer term, often starting out with smaller numbers which allows for high quality tailored teaching of this age group.
Pre-school is spread across two room which have an adjoining door which allows either for free-flow play or small group working. All of the areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage are catered for and taught by Qualified Teachers/Early Years Teachers/Level 6 Qualified staff. Children explore a rich range of resources and are encouraged to develop their independence, knowledge and experiences in preparation for school.
Our children can directly access the garden through doors connected to the room, which allows for plenty of outdoor learning and often free-flow opportunities. Our outdoor learning using natural resources is enhanced by the skills of our team who all have their Forest School Level 3 Qualification.
Forest School sessions are run on a Monday and Thursday.
Wraparound Provision (Breakfast, After School & Holiday Club)
We offer wraparound provision for Saltaire Primary, although spaces are limited and children who come for early years care are prioritized.