About Little Engines Day Nursery

Little Engines Day Nursery School, SE25 opened in January 2004 and is situated in a residential area of South Norwood, SE25, the nursery is very close to Norwood Junction railway station, the local park, Library and shops, all of which the children access frequently.

In April 2010, the setting underwent an exciting and extensive refurbishment programme and re-opened January 2011, we extended our service from 11 to 31 children. This was a decision we made according to local demand and in consultation with Croydon Early Years and Family Information Service.

We are open 8am – 6pm, however where possible we offer some extended hours 7.30am – 6.30pm where needed for 51 weeks of the year (the group closes for bank holidays, between Christmas and New Year and for three staff training days per year).

Little Engines nursery operates over 2 floors and is registered to cater for children aged 0-8 years. Children attend for a variety of sessions, e.g. full or part time with some accessing only 3 & 4 year old Free Funded Entitlement or 2 year old funding during term time.

We currently have 39 on our register, with new children regularly joining. The setting welcomes children with specific/additional needs/English as an additional language. We currently have 1 child who has English as an additional language and 6 children who hear another language in their home.

We are fully committed to working  in close partnership with other agencies as needed, e.g. speech and language, occupational and physio therapist, health visitor, social worker, educational psychologists, vision and hearing support and pediatricians and the local authority team around the setting.

We respect cultural diversity and include all aspects of anti bias and equal opportunities into our planning, activities and attitudes to learning and play. Our main aims: –

  • To provide an inclusive, wide and balanced curriculum and encourage progression for all children in every area of their development.
  • To plan a stimulating environment using the Pre-School Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.
  • To provide opportunities for each child to acquire the self esteem, skills, knowledge and confidence to enable them to eagerly embark on their journey to the next stage of play and learning, whether that that is to go onto another early years setting or school.
  • To build children’s self esteem and confidence as independent learners.
  • To be aware of equal opportunities, inclusion and anti bias practice in our planning and implementation of the activities and experiences we offer the children in our care.
  • To work closely with parents/carers working in partnership with them to ensure consistency of care and education for every child.

Play is an excellent medium of learning for young children who need first hand experiences so that they can experiment, gain knowledge, grasp concepts and master new skills.

Children are encouraged in their learning by the equipment, experiences and activities we offer them and most importantly the adults who support them.

Careful planning, observations and record keeping enables staff to consider individual children’s interests and needs and to plan future activities and experiences that are appropriate for each of them. Staff regularly look at these records with parents/carers helping them to gain knowledge of their children’s time at nursery and share ideas and information.

Good self esteem is vital in order for children to be able to learn and therefore lots of play opportunities are offered that help to develop each child confidence and ability to express his or her needs, wants, likes, dislikes and feelings. We ensure these experiences will show every child that we value and respect them, their family, race, culture, religion, language, gender and background.

As early years practitioners our main focus for every aspect of the nursery day is the children and their best interests and our curriculum actively promotes learning through play.

Planning is based around the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. All planning is completely flexible and can be changed as and when needed to allow for spontaneous learning and the individual ideas, interests and needs of the children as we recognise that exploring these opportunities is vital to their all round development.

As we do not have a garden area we bring the ‘outdoors in’ exploring natural materials such as sand, water, soil, leaves and activities often associated with an outdoor environment including wheeled toys, climbing, bouncing, balancing and large physical movements.  We also make good use of the facilities available in our local community, park, shops, library, on a daily basis.

Our short term plan is flexible and created to ensure planned learning aims with lots of flexibility to allow for children’s interests and unplanned events. It incorporates ‘next step’ which are activities planned according to individual children’s interests and needs.

Our medium term plan looks at activities and experiences linked to children’s individual interests and needs.

Our long term plan supports the activities and experiences we provide, incorporates a range of festivals and celebrations, guides the children in our care to develop to their full potential during their time with us and prepares them for further learning as they make the transition to new settings such as ‘school’.

Unlike schools, a nursery does not have a catchment area making this easy for parents to decide where their children are looked after either for preference or convenience.

We have children from South Norwood, SE25, Crystal Palace, Woodside, Thornton Heath and the surrounding area at the nursery reflecting the choice of our parents.