MINIK KARDES CHILDRENS CENTRE

COMMUNITY NURSERY

At Minik Kardes, through well-planned opportunities, children are encouraged to play. We believe that through play, children learn about the world around them and begin to develop skills and concepts that they will need later on in their education. The activities vary day to day, and season to season and are based on the children’s interests and needs.

The children are free to choose their own activities while the staffs works alongside them introducing them to new concepts, vocabulary and ideas, answering any questions and suggesting ways in which they can extend and expand on the activities.

SETTLING IN

Starting at Minik Kardes is an exciting experience but may be daunting for both children and adults. In order that your child feels safe, secure and happy with us, we ask you to bring your child for half a day each day for a week and to stay with them. This time is important for the child to settle in and to learn to separate from you. We ask you to spend the whole session with your child in the nursery, exploring Minik Kardes and meeting other new children and adults. Children will need this time with you at Minik Kardes in order to gain confidence in this new environment. It is a change for all children, even for those who have had experience of staying with child minders or going to a playgroup. After the initial period, we can be flexible to the needs of the child and will discuss with individual parents how best to continue.

OPENING TIMES

Minik Kardes is open from Monday to Friday  8.00am to 6.00pm. It is important that children attend the nursery regularly. This will help them in their future educational  life. All children need to be here by 10am the very latest, which is when each group goes to their own room.

Routines, baby room,

We also have a bedroom to provide a relaxing rest area for your child. Some families prefer their children to have a sleep, others not. The children typically go to sleep after lunch. Lunch takes place between 12 and 12.40pm.

COLLECTING YOUR CHILD

Please bring your child to Minik Kardes regularly. Children learn good habits of attendance at an early age. You must collect your child by 5.50pm at the latest. The final 10 minutes is to give time for staff to tidy and set up the nursery for the next day.

If you are unable to collect your child for any reason and have nominated someone else to collect your child, you HAVE TO call us to let us know otherwise we will be unable to release your child. We are also not allowed to let anyone under 16 years of age collect your child. These rules are very strict for your child’s safety and as part of our Safeguarding Children Procedures.

If for any reason you are delayed in collecting your child or you will not be bringing your child to the nursery you can telephone us on 0207 923 7554 letting us know, or if you prefer you can email us at info@minikkardes.org.uk

OUR STAFF TEAM

At Minik Kardes, we have a Head of Centre  who is responsible for the daily running of our nursery. In the absence of Centre Head  we have a Head of Nursery. We have a total of 22 staff including 13 dedicated, qualified and experienced nursery practitioners enabling us to provide a high standard of education and care. Together, the staffs are responsible for planning a broad range of activities, maintaining a caring and supportive environment and to compile records of the children’s progress. We have students in childcare/education on work placements with us. In addition we have volunteers; they are valuable additions to the staff team. The students are supervised at all times when working with the children and we work closely with their tutors in college to ensure that their training runs smoothly.

OUR KEY PERSON APPROACH

The key person approach is the way in which we ensure that each child has a strong relationship with an adult within the nursery this helps to support every child’s emotional wellbeing. By allocating a key person to each child, the child knows there is someone in particular taking care whilst they are away from their parents.  When children feel they have someone that takes the time to get to know them well and supports them in interacting with others their confidence and wellbeing is supported.  The Key person is available to offer consultations with parents about their child’s development on a formal and informal basis.

OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS AND CARERS

At Minik Kardes, we believe that it is very important for us to form a partnership with parents and carers.  Creating genuine partnerships is a fundamental part of our practice.  This partnership is at its best when each partner respects and values the other’s knowledge, expertise and experiences, contributing these for the benefit of the child. Partnership is therefore vital in a child’s educational life. The more we work together and share information about your child, the happier they will be and the more progress they will be able to make.

SPARE CLOTHES

We ask parents to bring spare clothes for their child so that we can change them when it is necessary.  All children have a coat peg with their photo above so they have a special place for their belongings. Their clothes can be kept on that peg in a bag. It is a good idea to initial your child’s name on to their clothes. If we cannot find any clothing for your child when necessary we will dress the child from our own cupboard. We have marked our clothes with our initials (M.K.) so that you will be able to identify them. We ask you to wash and bring these clothes back to us so that we can use them for other children as well as yours when necessary.

Children are allowed to play freely. In order for children to gain the most from the experiences offered at Minik Kardes, they need to feel comfortable in their clothing and not be worried if they get dirty. We encourage children to use aprons and teach the children how to stay clean, but we ask that you dress your child with messy activities in mind. It is inevitable that they are going to get paint, mud, glue, flour etc. on their clothes from time to time.

It is important that children are able to dress and undress themselves to use the toilet or go to sleep, or to change their shoes. Please try to avoid laces, unless your child can tie them for themselves.

We do not allow jewellery to be worn as it may be dangerous causing scratches or getting lost or broken.

We are also grateful for any spare clothes. Please think of us before you throw anything away.

MEALS & AFTERNOON SNACKS

We employ a cook to provide the best possible diet for your child. We cook a wide variety of foods in order that our children get to experience various cuisines.

In the mornings, we provide breakfast for the children. Breakfast takes place between 9.00am and 9.30am. After registration we give milk, crackers or fruit to children. Children have their lunch between 12 to 12.40pm. In the afternoon at 3.00pm, we offer the children a snack, e.g. milk, water, fresh fruit, cakes, sandwiches, cracker, yoghurt, etc.

We allow parents to celebrate their children’s birthday in the nursery. For this kind of celebration parents can provide a birthday cake (nut free), some healthy snacks, drinks etc. for the children to share. This must be arranged prior with your child’s key person in case another child shares the same birthday. We ask parents to bring the healthier varieties of snack foods for parties to reinforce the importance of a good diet. (We provide a list of suggested healthier party foods on request)

We organise trips as part of the curriculum and we ask parents to provide a packed lunch for their children and themselves if they are coming.

If your child is vegetarian or not allowed to eat or drink specific foods please let us know and we will make sure that staff are made aware.

OUR TOYS AND RESOURCES

We recognise that each child is unique and will support them to be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of secure and loving relationships, as well as having the opportunity to learn in a positive and stimulating environment. We provide plenty of activities for all children to keep them engaged in learning and developing their skills. Please ensure that toys are left at home as staff cannot take responsibility for children’s own special items. We encourage non-violent, co-operative play and behaviour.

A SICK CHILD

At Minik Kardes, you will be asked to provide your own and emergency telephone numbers when your child’s starts. This is so that we can contact you or another suitable person if your child is ill or has a serious accident. DO NOT forget to tell us if you change these numbers. This can be extremely important. We need to be able to contact you very quickly if the child is ill or hurt. Please keep your child at home if they are not well. We do not have facilities to look after them properly and we run the risk of infections spreading to other children and staff. If your child is taking any medicine you must let the staff know. We can only give medicines to children which are prescribed by your GP. In order for us to do this you must sign the Medicine Book and explain the situation to one of the teaching staff.

All accidents are recorded in our Accident Book and we will tell you at the end of the session if your child’s name is in this book for any reason. We also have an Incident Book where we record injuries which have occurred outside of the nursery.

HELPING YOUR CHILD AT HOME

Minik Kardes provides opportunities for parents to discuss their children’s progress. Children display the highest achievements if you show interest in what they do.

The best help can be the giving of your time to your children, sharing their experiences and being proud of their efforts. You can allow your child to help you at home so that you can help their learning by discussing home life with them. We may ask for your help in the nursery sometimes. If you have any time to spare to read stories, do cooking or other activities please let us know.

We need your help particularly when we are planning our outings.

BILINGUALISM

Being bilingual is a positive educational asset. At Minik Kardes we offer a unique service to the Turkish speaking community. Research has shown that maintaining the child’s first language is as important as learning English. Here, children can use and learn through both languages at the same time. Research has also shown that children learn a new language best in a pressure-free environment where they are learning through meaningful experiences. Our curriculum offers exactly this.

GROUP ARRANGEMENTS

In Minik Kardes, children are grouped according to their age. The groups are:   

Name Age groups number of children Number of staff
Baby Room 3mths -2yrs 12 4
Additional room 2 – 3yrs 8 2
Dolphin Group 2 – 3yrs 16 4
Dinosaur Group 3-  5yrs 16 2

SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS OR DISABLITIES

We value and respect every single child according to their individual ability boundaries and work with parents to ensure the children can participate fully in all areas of the curriculum. One member of staff is the designated special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO). We work closely with Islington and Hackney’s Inclusion Team to ensure appropriate support is given.

PLAY BASED CURRICULUM

At Minik Kardes we are very aware that play is vital to children’s learning.  Through play children learn to communicate, negotiate, enjoy the company of others, practise new skills, be creative, explore, reflect on ideas, solve problems and develop a sense of humour and fun. Adults support children’s learning through play by joining in, offering models of language and behaviour, helping children to solve problems, sometimes by asking questions.

IMPORTANCE OF OUTDOOR PLAY

As outdoor play is an essential part of the early years curriculum, we plan our outdoor activities carefully. We believe good outdoor provision does more than support children’s physical development.  It gives them opportunities to explore a wide range of activities to help their learning and can offer different opportunities to the indoor area.

YOUNG CHILDREN AND LEARNING

Young children learn by:

  • Relating to adults and other children
  • Exploring and finding out how things work
  • Being physically active
  • Adults listening to them, talking with them and taking their interests seriously
  • Playing and having fun
  • Being given an interesting, stimulating and safe environment to investigate
  • Being given time and encouragement to explore and be active

Good quality education for young children builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding that the children already have by the time they start in nursery or playgroup.

About the Curriculum for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS 2012)

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development.

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

  • Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development; and
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world; and
  • Expressive arts and design.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it’s suitable for very young children, and it’s designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child’s unique needs and interests.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

The Early Learning Gaols

Prime Areas – children begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all areas.

Communication & Language –(Listening  & attention, Understanding, Speaking)

Language development is about both learning to talk and learning through talk.  Children develop language and communication skills by being given lots of opportunities to express themselves and talk about what interests them, as well as express their needs and wishes. They will have opportunities to talk about present, past and future events, express imaginary ideas and possibilities and as they get older, discuss more abstract ideas. A good play environment with interesting things to do, plenty to talk about and adults and other children to talk with will help all children to develop their language skills. Talk is the basis on which children develop the skills they will need to become readers and writers later on. Children at this nursery will have the opportunity to develop good communication skills in both English and Turkish.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development – (self-confidence and awareness, Managing feelings and behaviour, making relationships)

We strongly believe personal, social and emotional development is the foundation of learning for our children.  It is about helping children to develop a sense of themselves, a sense of belonging and relationships with others.  It is about expressing feelings of joy and wonder.

This area of development helps children to develop awareness of and respect for other people, cultures, languages and beliefs.  It helps them to see themselves as part of a range of different groups: the family, friends and with other adults.  It also helps them to develop confidence and independence.

We value each individual and help every child to become confident and independent. Children learn to play alone and in groups. We encourage children to develop social skills like taking turns, sharing and showing a caring attitude towards others. Children learn to co-operate and follow instructions.

Physical Development – (moving and handling, Health and self-care)

We value physical development as our children use physical movements to explore, express their feelings and make sense of the world.  As they develop they begin to understand how their actions can cause things to happen.  They learn to control their bodies and develop the physical skills which will enable them to be independent.  They also learn to hold and control small toys and tools, pens and scissors as well as to run, climb and jump.  Hand eye co-ordination is improved using beanbags, balls and bats. Hand control skills are developed as children use crayons, brushes and scissors. Movement and action play an important part in developing children’s thinking.

Specific area – include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime, and provide important contents for learning.

Literacy Development

Reading

Learning to read is a complex process which involves a wide range of knowledge, skills and understanding.  At Minik Kardes, we have a wide variety of Turkish and English books and we encourage children to read, talk about books and look at the books by themselves, with friends and with adults. Children learn quickly to recognise their own and others names and the letters in them. This is the beginning of letter recognition.  We teach lots of songs and rhymes in both languages, as we know that learning to rhyme early indicates success in reading later on.

Writing

Learning to read and learning to write are closely linked.  As children learn about print and learn that print carries a message they usually become interested in writing and want to write for themselves.  At Minik Kardes, we encourage them and give them lots of opportunities to make marks and experiment with writing in their own ways and to watch adults writing in both languages. Later on children begin to make letter-like shapes and form letters.

Mathematical Development – (Numbers, shape, space and measures)

In Minik Kardes, we encourage our children to use Mathematics in all aspects of life, to solve problems and to communicate thoughts and ideas.  We know that Mathematical development does not just know numbers and what can be done with them.  It is also about shape and space, quantities and measures, patterns and developing a sense of logic, positional language (e.g. in front of, behind etc) as well as other mathematical language. Children use numbers in lots of their activities, and learn to recognise and write them.

Children also explore maths through sand and water by filling and emptying jugs and bottles. Children sort, match, count and group everyday objects. They also sing number rhymes and songs. Children learn about shapes and measuring through activities such as jigsaw puzzles, shopping, cooking, home corner etc.

Understanding the World – (People and communities, the world & Technology)

This relates to children’s knowledge and understanding of the natural world and the environment, their developing sense of history and knowledge about places. Also, their understanding about how things work and why (developing scientific thinking). In Minik Kardes, we regularly take our children to libraries, parks, farms or places like shops, post offices, the fire satiation and many other places. These visits stimulate language and curiosity about the built and natural environment and children learn to respect the diversity of peoples’ ethnicity, language and culture. This understanding and knowledge also includes children’s use of computers and other technology. In our nursery, we have computers for each group of children so that they can learn through exploring and investigating and solving problems.

We encourage children to talk about their surroundings and what is happening in their own lives. Children explore the properties of various materials around them, including water, clay and wood.

Expressive Arts and Design – (exploring and using media and materials, being imaginative)

For our children’s creative development we offer many opportunities for imaginative play, dressing up, art, music and dance.  Creativity involves joy, wonder and sense of total involvement.  Being creative and wanting to draw, paint, listen to, create and move to music is an important part of life.  It involves the use of all the senses and includes developing an understanding about what is pleasing and beautiful.

Children are encouraged to draw, paint, make models, use textiles and dough and help make displays.