“Our son [2½ years] has settled in so well to Cheeky Cherubs, quite often we come to pick him up and he does not want to leave! He is always kept busy with fun and interesting activities, but can also chill out in the sensory room if need be. He really likes to spend time outside and he has the freedom to do this in the fantastic play space in the garden area. Lovely staff team too.”
We recognise that parents and carers are important members of the setting with valuable knowledge and information to share about their children.
By sharing information you can make sure that the setting provides the most appropriate care and education for your child.
We encourage you to become involved in all aspects of the setting. We will keep you up to date and involved by holding regular parent drop-in sessions.
Monthly newsletters and a parent’s notice board, in our welcome area also share the latest information about nursery activities.
Our setting complies with regulatory requirements and has the appropriate number of qualified staff for the children attending. We provide in-service training and staff development opportunities to continually update their skills, knowledge and experience.
Due to our commitment to safeguard children, we follow a carefully structured recruitment and selection procedure. All new staff must undergo a range of security checks including criminal record disclosures, reference and qualification checks and successfully complete a probation period.
Staff to Children Ratios are:
0 – 2 = 1:3
2 – 3 = 1:4
3 – 5 = 1:8
At Cheeky Cherubs every child is allocated a key person who best matches their patterns of attendance.
The key person’s role is to have special responsibilities for working with a small number of children. Giving them reassurance and support to feel safe and cared for. The key person will also build relationships with the parents and carers. Although the key person will be your dedicated point of contact for questions and answers, all staff within the nursery will be happy to feedback or discuss any questions you may have as we work in such close teams, all staff form excellent relationships with all the children.
The key person will also monitor and keep confidential records of your child’s progress and achievements. These records are always available for you to see and contribute towards. Please see the key person’s policy for further details.
Download a copy of our our key person policy (pdf)
As well as all the additional activities all children have constant access to the basic provision, which is planned for by the key person for their key children based on needs and interests. Basic provision activities are:
- Role play
- Small world
- Song time
- Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy
- Letters and sounds.
During your child’s time at Cheeky Cherubs, an important part of our work with them is to produce their individual learning journey. This consists of a number of activities including observations, assessments, next steps and your child’s work which is annotated and dated. These are all based on the early year’s foundation stage.
We use electronic learning journey assessment software called 2BuildaProfile, which enables staff to use iPads to record observations and photograph your child’s activities. This is then emailed to you once a month and you are able to comment or contribute to these reports at any time.
Cheeky Cherubs believes that care and education are equally important in the experience which we offer children.
The routines and activities that make up the session/day in the setting are provided in ways that:
- Help each child to feel that they are valued member of the setting
- Ensure the safety of each child
- Help children to gain from the social experience of being part of a group
- Provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning
The setting organises the day so that children can take part in a variety of child chosen and adult led activities. These take account of children’s changing energy levels throughout the day. The setting caters for children’s individual needs for rest and quiet activities during the day. Outdoor activities contribute to children’s health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. Babies are fed and changed by their key person and can sleep according to their own routine.
We provide a mid-morning and a mid-afternoon snack, which consists of fruit and a biscuit and nutritionally balanced cooked meals at lunchtime and tea time. All of our meals are freshly prepared and cooked daily on the premises by our own in-house cook, using locally-sourced fresh produce. Each child’s individual dietary needs and / or weaning needs are catered for. We work in partnership with families and professionals to support children in developing lifelong healthy eating practices. Our meals for each week are displayed on the banana board in our entrance area for both parents and children to see. If your child has any allergies please ask to see our allergy folder which displays all of the ingredients that are used. See a sample menu (pdf).
All children should wear clothes that allow them to move freely and participate in messy play, so please bear this in mind. The nursery cannot be held responsible for any items of clothing that may become damaged.
We sell nursery uniform for our children but it is non-compulsory. Please see a member of staff if you are interested in purchasing any uniform. Uniform list and order form (pdf).
Please ensure that all your child’s clothes are clearly named and please provide a spare change of clothes on a daily basis as well as spare nappies and wipes, if needed. Please bring sun hats when it is hot and sunny and wellington boots when it is wet as we place much emphasis on outdoor play. We will provide all-in-one waterproofs for all of the children to use whilst here.
If your child is at the age where they are going to begin potty training then we are more than happy to help them make the transition. We ask you to provide your child with plenty of spare clothes, nappies and wet wipes to ensure that their personal hygiene is kept to a high standard at all times. See our nappy and toileting policy.
Sun Cream Policy
During warm weather all parents must provide sun cream for their child in a clearly named bottle and it must have a minimum SPF of 25+. Read our sun protection policy
Inset Days and Bank Holidays
The nursery is closed on bank holidays and for a small period of time over Christmas. Throughout the year the nursery has three inset days when we are closed all day. These days form a vital part of staff’s continuing professional development and allow opportunities to track and record children’s progress and to plan for the future.
A selection of our policy documents are available here for parents to download and print:
- Acceptable Use of Electronic Communications Policy
- Admissions Policy
- Child Safeguarding Policy
- Children’s Sickness Policy
- Complaints Procedure
- Equality of Opportunities Policy
- Fee Policy
- Home Visit Policy
- Key Person Policy
- Messy Play Policy
- Nappy and Toileting Policy
- Play and Learning Policy
- Risky Play Policy
- SEN Policy
- Sun Protection Policy
“Our son has settled in so well to Cheeky Cherubs, quite often we come to pick him up and he does not want to leave! He is always kept busy with fun and interesting activities, but can also chill out in the sensory room if need be. He really likes to spend time outside and he has the freedom to do this in the fantastic play space in the garden area. Lovely staff team too.”